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1, 2, 3 Tips on Treating Dandruff

From the Colorado Dermatology Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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Video Transcript:

Here’s another daily tip from your friendly local dermatologist in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

You ever get the feeling that when you shake your head, your head looks like a snow globe, you know so you shake it, you see all the snow flakes go around in the globe? Unfortunately, it’s not so good when it’s landing on your shoulders. And this is dandruff. It’s that dry, flaky stuff that’s on your scalp, sometimes on your eyebrows, your nose and other places, and it creates the flakes that are on your shoulders.

How to treat dandruff

Now it’s the overgrowth of a type of yeast that naturally occurs on our bodies. And so there are some great things that you can do to treat it. And the first thing is an anti-dandruff shampoo, you can get these over the counter. And for most people I recommend getting 2 or 3 different ones, and rotating them every day. So that you’re getting one that has, maybe zinc as the active ingredient, one that has maybe selenium as the active ingredient, and one that has, maybe ketoconazole as the active ingredient. And all of these are over the counter.

Using anti-dandruff shampoo

Now, what you do is, you wash your scalp or the area affected once a day. And you massage it in, you don’t have to scrub it, just massage it in, and then you let it sit for 5 minutes, because we have to give the medication a chance to work. If you put it on, and then you rinse it off 10 seconds later, that’s asking a whole lot of the shampoo to just work in 10 seconds. Give it 5 minutes. Rinse it off completely, and apply whatever conditioner you like. And then the next day, you do the next shampoo, and the next day you do the next shampoo.

Now if this doesn’t work, if you don’t have the control you need, please talk to your local dermatologist, because we can step up the therapy and give you a prescription strength medication. But most of the time, most of the time rotating between the 3 different shampoos, they’re gonna work for you. 

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