The Best Shampoos to Get Rid of Dandruff

Seen your fair share of products that flake on their promises to get rid of dandruff? After squeezing through bottle after bottle of shampoo with no results, you may even be questioning if there’s anything that will stop the embarrassing white sprinkles from appearing on your scalp, shoulders, and everywhere else.

Here’s the deal: Dandruff is caused due to a yeast that sets up shop on your scalp. (Before you freak out — everyone has it!) However, when there’s too much yeast, that leads to irritation and inflammation, and eventually the flaking off of dead skin cells—that’s the dandruff. It may seem hopeless, but according to Angela Lamb, MD, an assistant professor of dermatology at Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, there are hair-washing remedies that can help. “You need something that can treat the underlying cause — key ingredients for that are ketozonazole and salicyclic acid — and something that has tea tree oil, which is soothing,” Lamb says.

Below Lamb and other dermatologists give their go-to recommendations to help you fight the flakes. (Before you suds up, you can also spritz your scalp with vinegar to help kill the microbes causing the flakes.)

Neutrogena T/Sal Therapeutic Shampoo Scalp Build-Up Control

Magic ingredient: Salicylic Acid

When your hair’s split personality comes out, this is a favorite of Shari Sperling, MD, a dermatologist at Sperling Dermatology. “This shampoo works really well because the salicylic acid helps alleviate the dryness and flakiness associated with dandruff, and it can help clear crusty scalp build-up which relieves itching,” she says.

$7, Buy It Here

Neutrogena T/Gel Therapeutic Shampoo Original Formula

Magic ingredient: Neutar

This hair-washing product includes solubilized coal tar extract (or neutar), which handles the dirty work of fighting itchy, flaky scalp conditions, says Ranella Hirsch, MD, a dermatologist based in Boston. With regular use, it can help make your hair manageable, full, and allow you to finally shake the flakes.

$12, Buy It Here

Nizoral A-D Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

Magic ingredient: Ketoconazole

According to Lamb, it’s key to treat the root of your problem, which is what makes this product so good at putting a dampener on your dandruff. Ketoconazole hits at the underlying cause, and fights the overgrowth of yeast that can lead to a flake outbreak.

$14, Buy It Here

Selsun Blue Medicated Dandruff Shampoo/Conditioner 2-in-1 Treatment

Magic ingredient: Zinc Pyrithione

This fast-acting formula (some who use it notice an improvement after just a use or two) earns Sperling’s seal of approval because it helps slow down the production of skin cells (translation: that means fewer flakes). It also doesn’t contain irritating alcohols or irritating scents, which can cause your already-sensitive scalp to flare up.

$9, Buy It Here

Head and Shoulders Dry Scalp Care Dandruff Shampoo

Magic ingredient: Zinc Pyrithione

You don’t need to spend major bucks or hunt down a hard-to-find product with some magical ingredient from the rainforest. This is a top-notch option, Hirsch says. “You can get it over the counter at a reasonable price, and it’s both antibacterial and antifungal,” she adds.

$16, Buy It Here

via The Best Shampoos to Get Rid of Dandruff

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