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Severe dandruff: get rid of it!

Severe dandruff isn’t any harder to treat than mild flaking – just make sure you choose the right shampoo and follow the right routine and you should be flake-free in no time. 

If you have severe dandruff, an anti-dandruff shampoo should still be able to deal with the problem. 

That’s because, regardless of the amount of flaking, the cause of dandruff is always the same – a naturally occurring microbe called Malassezia Globosa

More about what causes dandruff 

Here are a few things to try if you’re suffering from particularly heavy flaking: 

  • wash your hair frequently – if your flaking is heavy because you produce more scalp oil than usual, it’s a good idea to keep your hair and scalp as clean as possible. 

  • use your anti-dandruff shampoo regularly – anti-dandruff shampoo is only effective as long as you keep using it. If you stop, flakes are likely to return. 

  • use an anti-dandruff conditioner – cosmetic conditioners can wash away the active ingredient in your dandruff shampoo, so make sure your conditioner is designed to work hand-in-hand with it. See our anti-dandruff conditioners

Still got flakes? 

If you’re using an anti-dandruff shampoo regularly and it doesn’t get rid of the flakes, try using Clinical Solutions

It contains the active ingredient Selenium Sulfide and is a prescription–strength shampoo*, proven to be effective on severe flakes caused by both dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis. 

More about seborrheic dermatitis 

Get more tips to help get rid of dandruff 

More tips and advice from the experts: 

* vs. prescription dandruff shampoo with 2% Ketoconazole