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You don’t need to take in oral medications if you want to resolve your dandruff. This condition is quite harmless and you can treat it at home without any need for prescription medicines.

The best and most common ways to treat dandruff are to use an anti-dandruff shampoo and to regularly brush your hair.

Anti-Dandruff Shampoos

There may be a lot of anti-dandruff shampoos in the market but not all of them are the same. Certain types of these shampoos contain active ingredients like:

Ketoconazole – Brand names include Xolegel, Nizoral A-D and Extina
Selenium sulfide – Brand names include Selsun, Head & Shoulders Clinical Strength and Dandrex
Salicylic acid – T/Sal and Neutrogena
Sulfur and salicylic acid – Sebulex and Sebex
Pyrithione zinc – Head & Shoulders, Neutrogena T/Gel Daily Control Dandruff Shampoo and Selsun Blue for Itchy Dry Scalp
Coal tar preparations – Scytera, Neutrogena T/Gel and Denorex Therapeutic Protection

If the anti-dandruff shampoo you are using begins to lose its effectiveness you may need to use other types of anti-dandruff shampoos to maintain good control of your dandruff.

The regularity of your shampoo use can entail its every day use to only two times a week. To ascertain the frequency of its use, read the directions on the bottle.

Be sure the rub the shampoo into your scalp well enough when you shampoo your hair. Let the shampoo linger on your hair and scalp for about five minutes or depending on the direction of the shampoo’s use prior to rinsing it.

Thoroughly wash your head since any shampoo residue can irritate your scalp.

You may decrease the frequency of use of your anti-dandruff shampoo when you think your dandruff problem is well under control.

With firm steady strokes, brush your hair and your scalp. This way you will be able to spread the oil from the scalp, prevent oil accumulation and enable your hair to become healthy and shiny.

When to See a Doctor

After having used over-the-counter shampoos, you see that you are still shedding skin in the scalp and feeling itchy in that area, you may need to see your doctor. He may recommend prescription shampoo for your stubborn dandruff.


More and more people nowadays are trying acupuncture for dandruff control after unsuccessfully trying all available dandruff treatments. This type of treatment is designed to help stimulate nerves and certain acupuncture points to spur hair growth with the use of hair thin, sterilized acupuncture needles. A seven star needle can be utilized to tap the area where hair is gradually thinning.  Just with any form of acupuncture treatment, however, acupuncture for hair loss in women and men should only be done by a skilled and experienced practitioner trained in the field since a wrong procedure can lead to long-term damage.

According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) dandruff is usually due to energy/blood deficiency in the Liver organ. TCM states that blood moistens the body and so blood deficiency means that your blood does not provide moisture to your scalp well enough causing skin and scalp dryness ad thus dandruff.

Other acupuncturists believe that dandruff can be also caused by “heat” which manifests in redness and itchiness in the scalp ad other parts of the body.  Another belief is that dandruff is the result of excessive ‘damp’ which implies that there is fluid stagnation in your body system that cause your hair to become greasy.  All these theories have their own corresponding acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture is often combined with Chinese herbal medicine to quicken and enhance the treatment results and make them long lasting.

Written by Valerie

January 15th, 2014 at 1:23 am

Posted in Acupuncture

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