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What exactly makes a shampoo effective in treating seborrheic dermatitis? We look at the active ingredients that help fight against flakes and other symptoms.


What is seborrheic dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis is a caused by the naturally-occurring microbe, Malassezia globosa.
The symptoms can include:

  • severe flakes

  • white or yellowish scales

  • oily and dry patches

  • redness and inflammation on the scalp

Popular treatments for seborrheic dermatitis

Medicated shampoos that you can buy over the counter normally contain one of these 5 ingredients:

  1. Salicylic Acid

  2. Selenium Sulfide

  3. Zinc Pyrithione (ZPT)

  4. Ketoconazole

  5. Coal Tar

How to treat seborrheic dermatitis

To effectively treat seborrheic dermatitis, you will need a shampoo that contains the right active ingredients and that doesn’t leave your hair dry or smelling medicated.

You’ll want an effective shampoo that you enjoy using, because seborrheic dermatitis is a chronic condition, which needs regular treatment to keep symptoms away.

Our Clinical Strength Shampoo contains selenium sulfide, proven to be effective and safe in the long-term treatment of seborrheic dermatitis.

It fights flakes better than shampoos with other active ingredients¹, targeting the root cause of dandruff, and helping prevent scalp irritation.

¹ visible flakes with regular use, vs. OTC dandruff shampoos with non-selenium sulfide actives