Lee Anderson developed the skin condition rosacea when she was in her
40s. "My daughter used to tease me that I had 'slap-face,' because that's
what it looked like all the time -- that I'd been slapped. It was very
embarrassing," says Anderson, now 54. The condition grew worse, and she
eventually found herself turning down social invitations. "It ate away at
Anderson was in plenty of company. An estimated 14 million Americans have
rosacea, which is a fairly common skin...
Brush your hair from your scalp down with steady, firm strokes. This will carry oil from your scalp, where it can cause dandruff, along the hair strands, where it will keep your hair shiny and healthy.
Not all dandruff shampoos are alike. Some have different active ingredients, such as:
Coal tar preparations (Denorex Therapeutic Protection, Neutrogena T/Gel, Scytera)
Pyrithione Zinc (Selsun Blue for Itchy Dry Scalp, Neutrogena T/Gel Daily Control Dandruff Shampoo, Head & Shoulders)
Salicylic acid and sulfur (Sebex, Sebulex)
Salicylic acid (Neutrogena T/Sal )
Selenium sulfide (Dandrex, Head & Shoulders Clinical Strength, Selsun)
Ketoconazole (Extina, Nizoral A-D, Xolegel)
You may need to switch between types of shampoos if one type controls the dandruff at first but later loses its effectiveness.
How often you should use dandruff shampoo varies from daily to a couple of times a week. Check the directions on the bottle.
When shampooing your hair, rub the shampoo into your scalp well. Leave the shampoo on your head for five minutes, or as directed, before you rinse.
Rinse thoroughly. Any leftover shampoo may irritate your skin.
Once your dandruff is under control, you may be able to use the dandruff shampoo less frequently.
When to See a Doctor
If you find that you are still scratching and shedding after trying over-the-counter preparations, see your doctor. For really stubborn dandruff cases, you may need to use a prescription shampoo.