How do I get rid of dandruff?

Posted 06/19/2012 | By HealthCorps

Often caused by a yeast-like fungus, most cases of uncomplicated dandruff can be handled with (a)appropriate frequency of washing your hair and scalp and (b) the right shampoos. Try to alternate use of a shampoo that contains salicylic acid with a shampoo that contains zinc pyrithione. To get control of your dandruff, alternate shampoos using one or the other daily, and leaving suds on your scalp for about five minutes. Rinse with warm, not hot water and use a small amount of moisturizing conditioner (many of the companies will have one for “dandruff”). Do this for about a week and then find the frequency that keeps the dandruff in check. There are “sensitive formulations” as well. A Dr. Oz tip is to mix equal parts of olive oil and baking soda and apply to the scalp to loosen accumulations of dandruff and moisturize the area at the same time.

For more resistant dandruff you may have to see a dermatologist who can offer prescription grade shampoos and scalp ointments.

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