I am having a dandruff problem. Does anyone know any conventional treatment? I tried all kinds of shampoos, both medicated and commercialized. I also tried using cream with cortisone, but it did not help at all.
Sara of Mississauga
Honey, if you've tried all those things, it's time to go to a dermatologist. It's the only other way. Good luck. (08/07/2005)
Just wondering if you've tried tea tree oil? My niece has severe eczema and it's the only thing that works on her scalp and skin. You should be able to find it at health food or natural food stores.
I also agree with the PP, that if nothing has worked it's time to see a doctor. There could be something medical causing your dandruff.
Good Luck to you.
Zincon shampoo. Wash hair with regular shampoo. Then massage into scalp the Zincon shampoo.
Let the Zincon soak in while you finish the bath. Put conditioner on the strands and ends of your hair (which is what you should be doing anyway) and rinse. Repeat daily. (08/08/2005)
My uncle had the worst dandruff in the world when he came to live with me. I read in a natures remedies column somewhere to use a vinegar rinse. After you wash hair, just put white vinegar in it and rub briskly with a towel. Do not rinse out. Just lightly saturate the hair, not drown yourself in it. It will not leave you smelling like a giant Easter egg either. (08/08/2005)
I've heard of using vinegar but use it in a spray bottle. Spray the scalp several minutes before shampooing. I think this would work after the shower if you wanted to spray it on your scalp instead of using a rinse. Either way, vinegar is a good, non-toxic way to go. (08/08/2005)
I thought I had dandruff or dry flaky scalp and tried every shampoo and home remedy I heard about. I finally went to see a dermatologist. She told me that my scalp was actually oily and that I had to rotate my shampoo, but not bottle to bottle but day to day. She told me not to use tea tree oil shampoo; since my scalp was oily, an oily shampoo was not what I needed. She put me on a schedule of four shampoos, each with a different main ingredient.
The shampoos are: Selsun Blue (selenium sulfide), Denorex (salicylic acid),T-Gel (coal tar extract) and Head and Shoulders (Pyrithione zinc). Generic store brands are OK as long as you are sure of the main ingredient. I bought a bottle of each and and labeled them 1, 2, 3, and 4. That way I don't have to worry about which one I need to use on a particular day. I bought the large bottles and it cost close to $30.00, but that was almost a year ago and I still have plenty left. Also, don't use conditioner on your scalp. This schedule has worked wonders for me. I noticed an improvement in less than a week. Good luck. (08/08/2005)
First determine if you have dry scalp or real dandruff. Real dandruff comes from within. Your scalp and probably your face, back, and chest produce excess oil. When it solidifies, it forms a crust on your scalp and when it comes away from your head, that's dandruff. Many of the remedies above will work, and additionally, Neutrogena T-Gel works great. But if your problem is severe and doesn't respond, see a doctor by all means. (08/08/2005)
Listerine in a spray bottle. Spray your scalp and let sit 5 minutes. Then shower as usual. Yes, you can shampoo. I find that real Listerine is the best, unless you can find a generic that has the same ingredients listed in the same order. Still cheaper than medicated shampoo. (08/09/2005)
By Fran Marie
We had that problem here. We use Head and Shoulders for Sensitive scalp. Comes in a blue/purple bottle. Hope this helps. (08/09/2005)
Nizoral works well. It is by prescription. You use it for a week, then once a week after that. (08/09/2005)
Try massaging your hair with Aloe Vera plants mucus. Amazing the results in a week's time. Its a typical Nagercoil Louisvalan Kannyakumari traditional culture. It is a proven one and it acts like a hair gel, too. (08/10/2005)
I use Denorex, and leave it in for 10 minutes. It helps a lot. I have bad dandruff. (08/15/2005)
My stylist told me to massage Sea Breeze astringent into my scalp before I washed it. Also try adding a little baking soda to your shampoo. (09/02/2005)
I had a bad dandruff problem or what I thought was dandruff. Well it turned out to be just a very bad case of dry scalp, so my dermatologist told me to change my shampoo to something less harsh ie., Sunsilk or even baby shampoo and to use Sea Breeze twice a week. She said to squirt it on to my scalp when I was done washing it and comb it through and leave it in. Oh my goodness, my scalp stopped itching and flaking on the 1st use. (02/22/2007)
Even I had similar problem. I was advised to use "Charma thailam", a medicated oil from Nagercoil, India. Presto, the problem vanished. Now my hair fall is arrested, bonus no dandruff. (06/13/2007)
By Reeta rajah
Use Head and Shoulders every 2-3 days or so and eventually after a short period of time it will stop. (11/04/2007)
Shower regularly and put on lime and olive oil 5 minutes before taking your shower. Don't forget to shower everyday. (12/15/2007)
Wet your hair first, use olive oil and pour it on your fingertips, rub the olive oil on the scalp where it itches or where you have dandruff then rise with water. Finally use any dandruff shampoo to wash your hair.
You will discover amazing results over a week. Also watch out of your eating habits. Avoid eating oily and fried food, get enough sleep (at least 8 hours a day), drink plenty of water. By following the steps above, your dandruff will be gone forever. Don't believe me, wait till you try it. (12/28/2007)
Oh forget to add on, please use lukewarm water to wash your hair. Avoid using hot water to wash your hair and rinse your hair till you feel it is clean. Please note do not use your fingernails to scrub your hair, use only your fingertips even when you go to a saloon ask the shampoo girl to use her fingertips to wash your hair. I hope this tips will help. (12/28/2007)
This worked on my flakes that "did not amuse":
It only took a few times with a couple of regular washings in between for me, it killed the fungus and that was several years ago. (I skipped the conditioner, don't know if that makes a difference in treatment). (10/03/2008)
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