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The Best Dermatologist-Approved Dandruff Shampoos

Dandruff is one of those common issues many of us struggle with, yet shy away from speaking about. Having white flakes fall on your black turtleneck has been portrayed in beauty campaigns and adverts as a nightmare, but the reality is that dandruff is super common and doesn’t have to prevent you from feeling fabulous in black — or in general. Some cases are mild, and others more severe, but thankfully, with the right regimen, dandruff can be easily controlled.

Stephen Pullan, a trichologist at the Philip Kingsley Trichological Clinic in New York, tells us that all dandruff doesn’t look the same.

“It can be thought of as dead skin cells shedding off the top layer of the scalp, [which] happens all over the body,” he says. “The process can speed up, however, creating visible dandruff, or even worse, [symptoms] such as a bothersome form of flakes that adhere to the hair shaft and can create hair loss.”

The good news for people living with this annoying issue, however, is that it is treatable — and it starts with finding the right shampoo. “Dandruff shampoos work to decrease flaking, normalise rapid cell turnover, hydrate the scalp, and indirectly decrease itching,” dermatologist and Dove hair expert Francesca Fusco, MD, adds.

Dermatologist Neil Sadick, MD, of Sadick Dermatology in New York City notes that it’s important to pay attention to ingredient labels when shopping for cleansers. “Look for shampoos that have ingredients like ketoconazole or zinc pyrithione,” he says. “Both of these are chemical compounds have anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties that reduce and prevent fungus growth on the scalp.”

To help you have a more soothing shampoo experience, we asked the pros for their favourite formulas for ditching dandruff, ahead.

Head and Shoulders Classic Clean Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

According to dermatologist Ellen Marmur, MD, of Marmur Medical, treating mild dandruff at home is as simple as adding a drugstore pick into the mix. “This shampoo has dandruff-fighting agents such as zinc pyrithione, selenium sulfide, and zinc carbonate,” she says. “These ingredients work together to moisturise and soothe the scalp to prevent further flaking.”


Neutrogena T/Gel Therapeutic Shampoo

Dr. Marmur also recommends this formula, which has coal tar extract. It helps thoroughly cleanse the scalp and relieve itchiness and discomfort caused by scalp psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, and dandruff.


Dove Beauty Derma Care Scalp Soothing Moisture Shampoo

Dr. Fusco recommends the DermaCare Scalp Soothing Moisture Shampoo to her clients with mild dandruff. “In addition to treating dandruff, this is pH balanced and has nourishing ingredients so you can use it as your everyday shampoo,” she says.


Nizoral Anti Dandruff Shampoo

Dr. Sadick recommends shampooing with Nizoral if you experience regular flaking. “This is a good option because it contains ketoconazole, which is anti-fungal,” he says. “Some anti-dandruff shampoos can be slightly harsh on hair, so always use a moisturising conditioner that doesn’t leave behind residue after.”

Redken Scalp Relief Dandruff Control Shampoo

You don’t have to compromise the appearance of your strands for a soothed scalp, though — especially if your hair is colour-treated. Dr. Sadick recommends this Redken formula for anyone with fresh colour. “It’s formulated with pyrithione zinc, which treats dandruff without fading hair colour,” he says.

Jason Dandruff Relief Treatment Shampoo

Not only will this formula treat dandruff and cleanse the scalp, but it also has nourishing ingredients like jojoba oil to make your strands softer and smoother after one use.


Oribe Serene Scalp Shampoo

Salicylic acid and caffeine in this formula work to exfoliate dry scalp and stimulate your follicles, but let’s be real — the glossy pink bottle is the real catch.

Matrix Biolage Scalpsync Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

When itchy scalp strikes, put a bottle of this Matrix shampoo in your shower. It’s antibacterial and formulated with pyrithione zinc and peppermint oil to fight flakes and make your scalp feel clean and tingly.

Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo

Tea tree oil is common in anti-dandruff shampoos because it’s a powerful antifungal ingredient. Mixed with white ginger and lavender, this clarifying formula soothes itchiness and irritation while providing a wonderfully-relaxing scent.



Credit: Original article published here.

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