Selsun Blue is a top anti-dandruff shampoo brand in North America. Just like Head & Shoulders, the selsun blue brand has a wide range of anti-dandruff shampoos to fight seborrheic dermatitis. Selsun Blue is a viable alternative versus the market leader, head & shoulders. Highly substantive claims have been made that selsun blue is even more effective than head & shoulders, as shown in clinical performance trials.
Selenium sulfide is an anti-infective antifungal ingredient found in selsun blue shampoo. Selenium sulfide prevents fungal overgrowth by keeping it from multiplying in heavy numbers on the skin. Not only is selsun blue effective against seborrheic dermatitis, but it can also help against tinea versicolor. The two most common selenium sulfide concentrations are 1% and 2.5% whereas the latter will most likely need a prescription to obtain.
I have three “”go to”” dandruff shampoos for treating my seborrheic dermatitis. These include head & shoulders (pyrithione zinc), nizoral (ketoconazole) and selsun blue (selenium sulfide). What I particularly like about these shampoos is that each brand has a unique and powerful seborrheic dermatitis ingredient to help keep my seborrheic dermatitis in check and in control. By rotating between the three shampoos, it prevents the seborrhea from becoming resistant to any single shampoo. Too often those with seborrheic dermatitis overlook this crucial fact!
For those with moderate dandruff the 1% selenium sulfide will more than suffice for the casual flaking. If your seborrhea is difficult to control and has an unrelenting propensity to stick around, even after washing with shampoo, then I would suggest going with a 2.5% strength shampoo. As you can see the shampoo is a middle ground in terms of its consistency. The orange/yellow liquid has a more medicinal smell to it, which can certainly be off putting for those who like their nice smelling product fragrances. Me personally, I couldn’t care less what the shampoo smells like so long as it works as claimed!
- Shake Well
- Apply to wet scalp
- Lather and leave on for 2 or 3 minutes
- Initially use twice a week for 2 weeks
For Tinea Versicolor
- Apply 2 teaspoons to entire body, except for the face and genital areas
- Leave on for 10 minutes
- Rinse well with water
- Fights dandruff and tinea versicolor
- Includes pro-vitamins B5 for healthy shiny hair
- Gets to the source to control flaking
- Lathers rather easily
- Unpleasant smell
- Ingredient list includes many chemicals
- 2.5% selenium sulfide might be harder to find
All in all, selsun blue with selenium sulfide is one of the many viable options to treat seborrheic dermatitis. Without doubt when it comes to controlling dandruff, I found selenium sulfide to be an effective solution. One of the biggest drawbacks is certainly all of the harsh chemicals selsun blue contains. Many of the commercial shampoo products contain surfactants or foaming agents with which these chemicals are purposely used for. If you’re sensitive to these chemicals there’s always natural remedy alternatives to choose from. My personal favourites include raw honey, apple cider vinegar and organic coconut oil. I give selsun blue 2.5% selenium sulfide shampoo 3 stars.