Different Types of dandruff shampoo
This is a full list of different types of anti-dandruff shampoo treatments.
Why, do you ask? Because each shampoo has a special active ingredient. These are proven to work against dandruff.
These active ingredients are specifically used to fight dandruff from an oily scalp. There’s a big difference between oily and dry scalp!
Top active ingredients for dandruff shampoos
The most popular types of dandruff shampoo have these active ingredients:
- Coal Tar
- Zinc pyrithione
- Selenium sulfide
- Salicylic acid
A popular shampoo that uses Ketoconazole to fight dandruff. Over the counter versions use 1% Ketoconazole. 2% requires a prescription. It’s recommended use is two times per week.
Ketoconazole is becoming more and more popular based on how effective it is at treating both dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis. And its effects are longer lasting than other treatments.
Nizoral is the first treatment I would start with because of how effective ketoconazole is against different types of fungi. It’s also one treatment I see recommended over and over again. If you want to see what people have to say about it, check out the Nizoral reviews on Amazon.
Another over the counter dandruff shampoo that uses 1% Selenium Sulfide to fight flakes. There is another line of Selsun blue shampoo called naturals that uses Salicylic acid.
This version of Selsun blue uses aloe in it to help soothe skin. I’ve written more about aloe further down.
Head and Shoulders
The most recognizable dandruff shampoo out there. There are different versions of Head and Shoulders but, the classic uses Pyrithione zinc for dandruff treatment.
Coal tar is the active ingredient in this dandruff shampoo. Coal tar is meant to remove the dead skin cells from the top layer of your skin and slow skin cell growth. It should reduce itchiness, dryness, and scaling.
There are a few complaints about coal tar shampoo. The first is the smell. It can be a little bit strong. The second, coal tar makes your skin more sensitive to sunlight. The third is that it can discolor your hair. Although that’s not always the case. This type of shampoo is very effective for dandruff, itch, and psoriasis.
Although there are some complaints, people report instant relief from itchiness using Neutrogena T-Gel.
Please note, these kinds of shampoos are usually not meant for dry flaky skin. They’re made for an oily scalp. If your skin is dry and flaky, not oily and flaky, you may want to look at alternatives.