What are the treatment options for seborrheic dermatitis dandruff?

Updated: Nov 13, 2020
  • Author: Marc Zachary Handler, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Treatment of dandruff may involve the following:

  • More frequent shampooing or longer lathering

  • Discontinuance of hair spray or hair pomades

  • Use of shampoos containing salicylic acid, tar, selenium, sulfur, or zinc [16, 17] ; selenium sulfide (2.5%), ketoconazole, and ciclopirox shampoos may help by reducing Malassezia yeast scalp reservoirs [18, 19, 20] ; an alternative to a shampoo with zinc is a conditioner rinse with zinc, 0.01% fluocinolone, and acetonide topical oil

  • Overnight application of tar, bath oil, or Baker’s P&S solution; Derma-Smoothe F/S oil is especially helpful for widespread plaques

See Treatment and Medication for more detail.


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