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Dark haired girl in white t-shirt looking at scalp in mirror for dandruff.

If you’re genetically susceptible to dandruff, the secret to a flake-free scalp often starts with finding the right treatment. Depending on the severity of your dandruff, this process may require a little more trial and error than most, but don’t throw in the towel! Your solution may just require a prescription.

If you’ve been using medicated dandruff shampoo regularly but still can’t shake those uncomfortable flakes, a prescription strength dandruff shampoo could be just what the doctor ordered – literally.

What’s the Difference Between Over-the Counter and Prescription-Strength Dandruff Shampoo?

Common dandruff shampoos contain active ingredients to help address problems caused by dandruff. For instance, Head & Shoulders contains zinc pyrithione, a strong antifungal agent that keeps the fungus that causes dandruff under control. Other formulas may also contain ingredients like salicylic acid to eliminate scaling, or a corticosteroid to help control itching. The shampoo you select should not only address your dandruff problem, but also any unwanted secondary symptoms caused by dandruff like itchiness, sensitivity, oiliness, or dryness.

Typically, over-the-counter dandruff shampoos will have lower concentrations of active ingredients than prescription strength shampoos. These formulas are effective for fighting and relieving the symptoms of regular dandruff. Head & Shoulders provides a variety of over-the-counter dandruff-fighting solutions, each catering to different needs, including a Clinical Strength line to treat severe dandruff.

Is Clinical Strength Right for Me?

If you have seborrheic dermatitis or want relief from persistent irritation or severe flakes, you can start to level up your care with a clinical-strength shampoo. Clinical strength offers a powerful formula that rivals prescription-strength alternatives, making it a convenient choice for effective dandruff control without the need for a doctor's prescription.

Head & Shoulders’ Clinical Dandruff Defense Collection is clinically proven to combat stubborn dandruff, dry scalp, dandruff itch, and excess oil. The shampoos and 2-in-1s contain 1% selenium sulfide, a powerful dandruff solution. This powerful formula is safe for regular use and made to maintain the health of your scalp and hair.

Powerful Without the Prescription

If you’re ready to take the next step in treating severe dandruff, a clinical strength solution is a great risk-free and cost-effective choice. With active ingredients like 1% Selenium Sulfide, Head & Shoulders provides the strongest shampoo you’ll find without a prescription.

Whether opting for the core products or clinical strength, Head & Shoulders ensures that each wash is a balanced experience – addressing scalp concerns without compromising the health of your hair. If your dandruff situation doesn’t improve after trying a clinical strength formula, please see a doctor or dermatologist. They can prescribe medication to address your persistent dandruff concerns.

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