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Dandruff: Fast Facts


  1. Shampooing is generally the easiest way to get rid of dandruff, as it removes excess oil and pesky flakes.
    Learn more about shampoo's fight against dandruff.
  2. If your anti-dandruff shampoo isn't helping, you might have to switch products to find one with ingredients that work better for your problem:
    • Zinc pyrithione -- reduces fungus
    • Selenium sulfide -- limits cell turnover
    • Salicylic acid -- removes dead skin
    • Ketoconazole -- combats many different fungi
    Learn more about anti-dandruff shampoos.
  3. Your anti-dandruff shampoo can stop working if you build up a resistance to the active ingredients. Rotating through three different shampoos can keep the solution working.
    Learn more about rotating shampoo brands.
  4. Shampoo should be lathered up twice and left on for at least five minutes to have enough time to penetrate skin cells.
    Learn more about why a second lather is important.
  5. Tar has been a natural home remedy for dandruff for more than 200 years.
    Learn more about how tar beats dandruff.
  6. Lemon juice is a light, fruity way to remove the smell and buildup of dandruff shampoos.
    Learn more about rinsing away dandruff shampoo odors.
  7. Though tar shampoo has alleviated dandruff for hundreds of years, people with sensitive skin could develop folliculitis, an inflammation of the hair follicles. Sensitive noggins should go with a milder shampoo.
    Learn more about sensitive scalps.
  8. If you break your scalp skin -- such as by scratching too much from dandruff -- baby shampoo can help your wounds heal without hurting.
    Learn more about healing your scalp.
  9. Working up a hard sweat can be good for the body, but not if you have dandruff. Sweat can irritate the scalp, speeding up flaking and increasing dandruff.
    Learn more about how to keep your workouts from worsening your dandruff.
  10. When dandruff happens, less is more. Using styling products, such as mousses, sprays and gels, can add to the oily buildup.
    Learn more about what to stay away from with dandruff.

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