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Treating Seborrheic Dermatitis With Head & Shoulders

You’ve probably seen what seems like an endless number of commercials on TV staring those famous athletes & celebrities, pitching a product which banishes their flake’s forever. The shampoo in question is Head & Shoulders, the world’s leading dandruff remedy shampoo treatment that helps treat those dealing with seborrheic dermatitis. In my past review, I mentioned how people who’ve used Nizoral saw encouraging results in their ability to stimulate hair regrowth. The active ingredient ketoconazole is a main contributing factor here and it’s not the only shampoo that has shown to promote hair growth. Likewise Head & Shoulders is similar in this respect by also showing this same ability. However, there’s a key difference here because instead of using ketoconazole, Head & Shoulder’s uses a proprietary formula known as pyrithione zinc.

The pyrithione zinc in Head & Shoulders is a type of zinc that works to inhibit the onset of the many fungal and bacterial overgrowths associated with seborrheic dermatitis. The top epidermal layers of the skin tends to continually shed as old cells die off, resulting in the common flakes we notice. Normal people see this take a long gradual process to occur, whereas those with seborrheic dermatitis will see this process happen much quicker. We’re talking about a matter of days as opposed to weeks with the former as I had mentioned. The current view is Malassezia globosa (a fungus) as being a main contributing factor as to the cause of the dandruff . These fungi have an insatiable appetite for our natural oils that come from our scalp and other areas of the skin. With plenty of oils to consume, the fungus basically hunkers down and sets up camp on our skin.

The relative ease of obtaining Head & Shoulders makes it a convenient option as most stores will have this shampoo in stock. I’ve found with some of the more obscure brands it can be really difficult to find exactly what you’re looking for. I do think there’s a reason why Head & Shoulders is the leader when it comes to #1 anti-dandruff shampoo on the market. The shampoo works for its intended purpose and it doesn’t take long to see significant results. Proctor & Gamble have spent millions researching and developing Head & Shoulders and they’ve put out a clearly effective dandruff remedy product for sufferers of seborrheic dermatitis.


  • Fairly inexpensive
  • Pleasant scent
  • Lathers easily so don’t need to apply very much
  • Effective against seborrheic dermatitis
  • Reduces flakes
  • Can help treat other skin conditions


  • Contains many chemicals including Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Only 1% Pyrithione Zinc
  • Can be irritating to skin in some individuals
  • Has tendency to leave the scalp/hair dry


  1. Wet hair
  2. Massage scalp
  3. Let sit for a couple minutes
  4. Rinse off
    *Recommended to use twice a week

Head & Shoulders not only works to treat seborrheic dermatitis, but also those with back-acne, folliculitis and eczema. I have personally seen a difference when I used Head & Shoulders as it effectively got rid of the random acne bumps on my back. Once I washed my hair, the lather would run down my back and in the course of time the acne disappeared. Of course once I stopped using Head & Shoulders the acne returned as the sports I play makes it so I sweat a bunch. Because of the chemical content in Head & Shoulders, I don’t recommend using the shampoo directly on the face. I find in most cases the ingredients can be quite irritating for the face. What you can do instead is to wash your hair then lets the suds run down onto your face after you rinse your head. That way you wont have the full strength of the shampoo aggravating your face, but think of it more as a “dilution.”

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