What is the most common scalp problem? You guessed it – flakes and dandruff. In fact, it affects 1 out of 5 – or more than 50 million – people in United States alone and we are spending billions to get relief.
According to Chevy Chase, MD Dermatologist Rebecca Kazin,”Dandruff is a chronic problem and can be a source of great embarrassment for a lot of people, especially women. Many shampoos and conditioners available to target flaky, itchy scalp and excess sebum buildup tend to be harsh and can leave the hair and scalp dry and unmanageable.”
Fortunately, there are some good over-the-counter solutions that won’t leave your hair dry, dull and lifeless.
Kamedis Bio-Herbal Dandruff Care ($24.99) This new therapeutic two-step system fights flakes and scales, and puts an end to seborrheic dermatitis. The system was created by Chinese medicine therapists specializing in dermatology, and the magic bullet is the patented Botaniplex® a combination of botanical concentrates and active ingredients like pyrithione zinc that reduces scaling and treats itching. Kamedis Bio-Herbal Dandruff Care hydrates the scalp, and is free of parabens, steroids and sulfates, so it’s safe for colored hair.
Phytheol Intense Dandruff Treatment Shampoo ($26) Touted for more advanced cases of dandruff, Phytheol Intense formula contains salicylic acid to tame stubborn flakes and scales quickly.
Redken Dandruff Control Shampoo (15.50) Containing pyrithione zinc to help reduce flaking, scalp irritation and itching, this formula clarifies the scalp from excess oil and scales, and leaves hair shiny and soft.
Dr. Kazin offers these 5 tips for keeping flakes at bay:
- Use a dandruff shampoo daily for severe cases, and 3-4 times per week for milder flaking.
- Rub shampoo into your scalp well, leave it on for about 5 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. Some shampoos can cause scalp irritation if you keep them on for too long.
- Brush hair from downward from root to tip with steady strokes to disperse excess oil from your scalp where you have too much, through hair strands to the ends where it can keep hair healthy.
- You may need to switch between shampoos if your stops working or your hair loses its sheen. If the formula is too strong, you can try diluting it with water.
- Once dandruff is under control, you can use your dandruff shampoo less frequently for maintenance.
Kamedis was provided for review to author. Other products were tested in-store. Opinions are my own.