Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Scalp Flaking Treatment

Treatment for mild dandruff includes daily cleansing with a shampoo that removes oils and dead skin cells. If regular shampoo does not work, then daily cleansing with an over-the-counter medicated shampoo will usually reduce symptoms. For severe cases of dandruff, treatment may include antifungal shampoo or lotions.

Treatment for dandruff includes:

  • Clean your hair and scalp thoroughly every day.
  • Dandruff shampoos that contain salicylic acid:
    • Helps remove dead layers of skin from the scalp.
  • Dandruff shampoos that contain selenium sulfide:
  • Dandruff shampoos that contain sulfur:
    • Helps reduce the amount of oil made by the scalp
  • Antifungal shampoo:

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Last Updated: Jun 8, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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