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I'm still getting dandruff?

Asked by Violet (6566 points ) December 26th, 2009

For the past few years, I have been getting a tiny bit of dandruff on my head. I tried Head and Shoulders, Selsun Blue, Neutrogena T/Gel, and even Biololage spray on treatment.
Nothing helps! I don’t know what else I can try.

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phil196662's avatar

Try a conditioner for dry hair and leave it in for at least 2 mins, it could help nourish your scalp too. Vitimine E for skin as well as Avocado’s help too!

Check this! http://www.ehow.com/how_2031407_prepare-home-remedy.html?ref=fuel&utm_source=yahoo&utm_medium=ssp&utm_campaign=yssp_art

Flo_Nightengale's avatar

They have found Dandruff to be a fungal infection of the skin and scalp. The shampoos may not be effective so I suggest you see the doctor for a more precise diagnosis.

Violet's avatar

@phil196662 thank you for the link. I don’t think I can use some of those, because I dye my hair
@Flo_Nightengale I think I brought it up with my dermatologist, and he recommended the T/Gel. I guess I should go back, since it doesn’t work (and stinks!!)

Flo_Nightengale's avatar

It is always best to return to the doc when the treatment is not working. Be a pest and they will listen.

le_inferno's avatar

Try just changing your habits. Dandruff is dry skin on your scalp, so maybe you should wash your hair less. Use a deep conditioner every time you shower, though.

Violet's avatar

@le_inferno dandruff is actually caused by skin oils http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dandruff
http://www.medicinenet.com/seborrhea/article.htm
I use to be able to wash my hair less, but lately, if I don’t wash it every 2–3 days, it gets really greasy.
Every professional I have ever talked to say not to put conditioner on your scalp/roots. It is only to be put on the bottom half of the hair.

Violet's avatar

@Flo_Nightengale I have eczema, and it’s gotten worse on my elbows. I’m so tired of going to the dermatologist for that. I had already been to the site you posted, but it really doesn’t suggest any treatments.

Flo_Nightengale's avatar

If you are tired of going to your dermatologist then maybe you need to change to another that will be able to help you. Some skin diseases are chronic and you may have your entire life. Rest assured they will not kill you however ;-) Just take care of yourself.

SamIAm's avatar

mayonnaise

SamIAm's avatar

@violet: yeah i’ve never done it because my hair is naturally oily but i remember in middle school a lot of girls would do it. i’m sure there are some videos on youtube and directions on the internet, i don’t know the exact steps but it’s supposed to work! if you try it, let me know

Violet's avatar

@Samantha_Rae oily hair is another problem if I do not wash my hair every 2 days

SamIAm's avatar

@Violet : I have to wash mine daily… I have this naturally pin straight, reallyyyy super soft hair and it just gets all yucky if I skip a day.
You may want to talk to a dermatologist…

Violet's avatar

@Samantha_Rae if I wash mine daily, it gets too dry

SamIAm's avatar

@Violet : washing your hair daily isn’t good for the oils and minerals and shit i don’t think…. you should do some internet searching on this one though, i’m sure you can find some great advice.

Violet's avatar

@Samantha_Rae that’s why I do it every 2 days

gemiwing's avatar

I second talking to the doctor again. It could be a small patch of sebhorrea (lord above if I spelled that correctly). Dry hair tips I use is to keep the water warm and never hot and avoid blow-drying hair on heat.

Violet's avatar

@gemiwing arug I really don’t like going to the doctor, it’s such a pain in the butt for me. sigh.. I guess I really should though..
I don’t use hot water and I don’t blow dry my hair.

gemiwing's avatar

@Violet I feel you on the doctor thing. I hate it but (insert sigh here) needs must. The only reason I think you should go is that none of the ‘casual’ things are working. Oh, and Tgel didn’t do a damn thing for me except make me smell like a used tire. blech!

Violet's avatar

@gemiwing I would almost rather have dandruff than use Tgel!

SirGoofy's avatar

That’s not dandruff!! You’re Tinkerbell!

La_chica_gomela's avatar

I had to go back to the dermatologist about a hundred times before I got a correct diagnosis and the proper treatment for my skin condition. Go back or find a new one until you’re satisfied.

Pandora's avatar

DHS zinc shampoo works wonders. I’ve only seen it sold at walgreens. It may be sold on line. My daughter had dandruff/eczema for years on her scalp and this has been the only thing that actually worked. She hasn’t had one flake on her head for 3 months.
And the great thing is that it doesn’t dry out or dull your hair.

Violet's avatar

@Pandora thank you very much. I’m going to check it out right now. I don’t have dandruff right this second, but it is never gone for good

Theby's avatar

My husband has the same problem and has tried everything known to man. He was told last week to rub Tea tree oil into his scalp.

Violet's avatar

@Theby I was given similar advice. I think it’s Paul Mitchell, who now has a line of Tea Tree hair products, and they have one for dandruff. The only problem is, is that it smells. : )

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

I’m not current on all the latest shampoos or on colour treated hair.

I went through a period of time when I had really bad dandruff.
Two types of products worked great when nothing else did.

1) Coal Tar shampoos

2) Shampoos containing selenium sulphide.

I’d be delighted if this helps you.

Theby's avatar

@Violet, I don’t think we have Paul Mitchell products in Australia. You are right when you say Tea tree oil stinks. I did buy some of the oil and hubby is going to rub it into his head just before bed and leave it in until morning. I’ll let you know what happens. :)

Violet's avatar

@Dr_Lawrence I having been using coal tar shampoo for almost a year now, hoping that it will work. That is actually what made me ask this question. Is selenium sulphide, what is in Selsun Blue, and Head & Shoulders?
@Theby Oh that would be great! Thank you

Theby's avatar

@Violet The Tea Tree oil didn’t work. :( Looks like it’s back to the drawing board. I’ll let you know if anything else looks promising. We are always on the lookout!!

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