We know you want it to be as easy as walking into the drugstore and picking the first medicated shampoo you come across. But this is not the best approach to stopping a scalp itch in its tracks. Let us guide you through on how to choose the best shampoo brands including when you have dandruff.
Leave you with a row of products that do not seem to work? Very likely. Leave you with a more irritated scalp? Also likely. Leave a hole in your pocket and still have a fiery itch in your scalp? Most definitely.
Finding a shampoo to completely get rid of itchiness will take a little more. Read on so you pick the product that will give you your desired results.
What to look for
The reason your shampoo will work or not work for an itchy scalp is the ingredients it contains. Different formulations are made to treat different itchiness causes. Got that? Or should we break it down further? Ok, here goes.
A brand may be formulated to get rid of dandruff and you may hear rave reviews in getting rid of the annoying itchy flaky condition, yet do very little if at all for your red itchy scalp without dandruff.
Some over the counter products may also do little for one caused by psoriasis. You see why it is not wise to just pick up the nearest brand for dandruff and expect it to stop your itchy scalp? Read on for what ingredients must be in it to help soothe the itchiness.
Best dry itchy scalp shampoo
First things first, you will want one that suits your hair type. You know; curly hair, straight hair, relaxed or permed hair, natural hair, colored hair. There is also shampoo for dry hair and oily hair, picking the wrong product say a shampoo for greasy hair while you have the dry type will leave you in a worse position than you started with.
The different hair types all respond quite differently to products and special formulations for specific hair types tend to work better. Second, you will be looking for a shampoo that will remove product buildup from your hair and scalp. A squeaky clean scalp is also likely to be less itchy.
You will be looking for ingredients like Salicylic acid which is gentle and friendly on cases caused by inflammatory conditions such as psoriasis. This will help get rid of that dead cell build up that may be causing you to scratch your scalp.
A good brand should also have some natural soothing ingredients like tea tree and or green tea extract. The former is known for its antifungal antibacterial properties and will cover those bases if your itchy scalp can be traced back to those causes. It is also a natural antiseptic so if your itch also comes with scalp sores, it will also help.
When green tea is not being a super beverage, it is doing all sorts of great things for our scalp, handling serious disorders and bringing relief.
Itchy Scalp with Dandruff Shampoo
Having an itchy scalp with dandruff means you are looking to treat two problems at once. You will need a shampoo that will tackle both quite effectively in the shortest time possible. There are some like sulfates that do not help, but there are also some that have been tested and tried for treating an itching scalp with dandruff.
One or several of these ingredients make up the best shampoo for dandruff and itchy scalp. We will list a few below. See if you can recognize them on your medicated brand.
Some Ketoconazole products can be prescription while some can be bought across the counter. The prescription-only shampoos are stronger than those you can buy over the counter say at Boots if you live in the UK. A popular Ketoconazole based shampoo is Nizoral. You may have found it mentioned on several online forums as one of a brand that really helps relieve an itchy scalp.
Ketoconazole is antifungal medication and can be really effective in cases where your itching and flaking because of seborrheic dermatitis. Basically, Ketoconazole ingredient deals a death blow to the most common fungal scalp condition, and which you may know as dandruff. You can also use a brand that contains Ketoconazole for an itchy scalp with no dandruff.
Use it according to prescription or use at least once a day if you bought it across the counter. And don’t panic if you don’t find Nizoral, the shampoo with the same anti-fungal medication may go under a different brand name in your area. Try checking the labels of your medicated shampoo bottles to see if there is a percentage of ketoconazole.
2. Salicylic Acid
Don’t be bothered by the word acid. The only thing a shampoo with this ingredient is going to burn off is that dandruff and annoying itch on your scalp most times. Several popular dandruff shampoos contain salicylic acid.
This will tackle your problem without further irritating it, though you may want to go easy on how often you use this shampoo if you have extremely fine hair, or your hair is damaged by chemical treatment and or color.
Zinc is a well-known remedy for dandruff. It is a gentle one too so you do not need to worry about it making your scalp itchier. Other ingredients that may go along with the zinc in your shampoo may though, light SLS and parabens. Establish that these do not irritate your scalp or that other milder ingredients make up your zinc shampoo or shampoo bar.
If you find that you have an itchy scalp after using shampoo, then you could be reacting to that hair product and you may need to change it immediately as you could have a shampoo allergy.
4. Selenium Sulfide
This ingredient can be found in some of the more common anti-dandruff shampoos like Selsum Blue and Head and Shoulders. Selenium Sulfide can be a little harsh so be sure you do not have a sensitive skin.
Though there are newer brands and remedies, sometimes all you need to get rid of dandruff and itching is a one that contains this classic medication.
In case you are wondering, this is coal tar. If you have come near some kinds of dandruff shampoo, you have probably felt a certain pungent smell that doesn’t seem to go away no matter how much rinsing you do to your hair. This distinct smell is likely to tar.
Before you skip over a tar based one because you now know this little fact, just hear this, tar is really effective in treating severe cases of itchy flaky scalp including those caused by psoriasis.
A tar based brand should not be difficult to get in your area though brand names may differ from region to region. Ask your pharmacist, or check labels at your drug store.
While the different name brands may promise instant and quick relief, you will need some degree of patience when using one.
As long as they are not making your condition worse, you can give the product you choose to go with, or which is prescribed to you a few weeks to completely remove dandruff and itchiness from your scalp.
Remember the speed of how you see results also depends on how severe your dandruff or psoriasis was.