Stop the Brush-Off! How Men Can Prevent Dandruff

How to Treat Dandruff

For most cases of dandruff, follow these instructions to clear up your dandruff and keep it away:
  • Step one: Go to a drugstore and buy a dandruff shampoo.
  • Step two: Use it.
Yes, it's really as simple as that. There are many different dandruff shampoos out there, and most of them will work just fine. Follow the directions carefully. Most recommend that you lather up and then leave the product on your hair for a certain amount of time (often five or ten minutes) before rinsing. If you don't like the way your hair feels after using a dandruff shampoo, you can follow it with your normal shampoo.
Use the dandruff shampoo every day until your dandruff is under control; then try to back off to two or three times a week. There may be times when your dandruff will flare and you'll need to go back to daily use of the dandruff shampoo.
What to do if the over-the-counter (OTC) drugstore dandruff shampoos aren't cutting it? Talk to your doctor. Either your regular doctor or a dermatologist will be able to handle this problem. Your doctor may prescribe a steroid product and/or a prescription-strength antifungal medication to help get your dandruff under control.

How to Keep Dandruff From Coming Back

The first step in keeping dandruff at bay is figuring out what's causing it. If it's just a mild case caused by dry skin, try using moisturizing hair products and consider using a humidifier during the winter months. If you have seborrhea, you may need to use a dandruff shampoo a few times a week on an ongoing basis to keep things under control.
If your dandruff is caused by not washing your hair often enough, obviously, the solution is to wash more frequently, if possible. If you think your dandruff might be caused by contact dermatitis, you may need to do some investigating to figure out what products are causing the irritation. Try switching to mild, hypoallergenic products to see if it makes a difference.
Realize that if you are prone to get dandruff, you'll probably fight it from time to time. As long as you recognize the symptoms and treat it quickly, you can often keep dandruff under control. It may take a bit of vigilance, but it's usually quite doable. 
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