What to look for in the right anti-dandruff shampoo?
Dandruff usually develops on oily scalps thanks to the overdevelopment of the yeast-like fungus known as malassezia, which is naturally present on the scalp. There are several different kinds of anti-dandruff shampoos available containing a single anti-dandruff ingredient or a combination of various natural and man-made ingredients which are useful in treating dandruff. Some are even available for colored hair and chronic dandruff conditions. • Coal Tar: This is an active ingredient found in medicated anti-dandruff shampoos with anti-itch properties that treats scalp conditions like dandruff. When using an anti-dandruff shampoo with coal tar, gently massage the substance into the hair and scalp. Leave it on for five minutes. Then rinse the shampoo from your hair thoroughly. Finally, apply conditioner to moisturize your scalp. • Sulfur and Salicylic Acid: Sulfur and salicylic acid are normally used together in good anti-dandruff shampoos for treating dry scalp conditions. The two ingredients work with one another to control the problems of itching and scaling that occur due to dandruff. Salicylic acid eliminates dead skin cells to reduce flaking and boost the sulfur’s ability to reduce fungus. • Zinc Pyrithione: Some of the best OTC anti-dandruff shampoos contain this substance as an active ingredient. It has antifungal properties that limits the number of malasezia on the scalp and breaks down dead skin build-up on the scalp.