How Often Should Someone Use Anti-Dandruff Shampoo?

Dandruff is a scalp condition that affects nearly 50% of the population. This condition is not only itchy but also causes embarrassing white flakes. Luckily, medicated shampoos can help. But how often should you use these treatments? Below, a few of our readers share tips on achieving optimal results from an anti-dandruff shampoo.

Dr. Stephen Humble

Dr. Stephen Humble

Owner and Operational Director at .

It Depends on the Severity of Your Dandruff Issue

The specific length of time you use an anti-dandruff shampoo depends on the severity of your dandruff issue and the product instructions. When starting the treatment, it is likely to work more effectively by being used every couple of days, which will allow the shampoo to tackle the Malassezia, the yeast that is overgrowing on the scalp.

Once you’ve gotten the dandruff under control, change the frequency of treatment to prevent it from getting out of control again. You might even find that using it less [often] is okay. I advise experimenting with how often you use it so that you can find that sweet spot.

Kristi Dawn

Kristi Dawn

Music Teacher and Editor at .

At Least Twice a Week

Ideally, [a person] should use anti-dandruff shampoo at least twice a week. Create a routine using the shampoo that works best for you. It's consistency that matters.

However, leaving the shampoo on for a few minutes before rinsing changes everything. This makes it possible for active components to eliminate flakes successfully. To achieve smoother hair and maximum protection, use an anti-dandruff conditioner that works in tandem with the shampoo.

Durgesh Maurya

Durgesh Maurya

Marketing Manager of .

Two to Three Times Per Week

If you're dealing with occasional flakes and itchiness, washing your hair two to three times a week can do wonders. This way, your scalp gets a breather between washes, and you can still kick those flakes to the curb. Try playing around with different shampoos. Maybe start with a clarifying one to get rid of build-up and then follow up with a moisturizing one to keep things balanced.

Treat your scalp with healthy fats and vitamins like Omega-3s and B vitamins. Finding the right combo might take a bit of experimenting, but once you do, your scalp will thank you for the care.

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