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4 things you are doing wrong while using medicated products

4 things you are doing wrong while using medicated products

Sometimes when I sit back and think about my dandruff problem as a teenager, I recollect it as a very embarrassing experience. I suffered from constant flaking and itching due to my severe dandruff condition and this would often keep me away from social gatherings. In fact, I even stopped wearing dark coloured clothes with the fear of being mocked at due to the visible flakes on my shoulders.

My mother was observant enough to notice my problem and decided to take me to a dermatologist who advised me to use a medicated anti-dandruff shampoo. It was a thick yellowish-orange solution that had to be applied on the scalp and kept for 2 to 3 minutes before rinsing off. Yes, this shampoo which was prescribed back then was none other than Selsun Suspension 2.5% anti-dandruff shampoo. Within just a few washes of Selsun, there was a significant reduction in my dandruff and I also got relieved from that constant flaking and itching caused by dandruff.  

doing wrong while using medicated products

In India, Selsun has been available for over many years and most of us tend to buy this product directly from the chemist. However, this being a medicated shampoo, it is extremely important to carefully read and follow the label instructions before use.  4 things we doing wrong while using medicated products and the common mistakes people tend to do while using any medicated shampoo are:

1. Applying the shampoo on hair instead of the scalp

Should we shampoo our hair or scalp? Actually it is the scalp that needs more care. It is the hair roots which are secreting oils and causing dandruff related issues on the scalp. So it makes sense to focus more on shampooing the scalp rather than the ends of your hair.

2. Not Rinsing the shampoo thoroughly  

We also need to pay special attention while rinsing off the medicated shampoo after application. Rinse it and wash it well enough leaving no residue or traces of shampoo. Pay special attention to hands and nails while rinsing.

3. Using it more often than recommended

In order to get rid of dandruff quickly some of us may apply the anti-dandruff shampoo more frequently than recommended, leading to dry & frizzy hair. Here, doing wrong while using medicated products won’t help at all. It’s essential to read the instructions on the bottle and follow them properly for effective results.

4. Not using a conditioner after using an anti-dandruff shampoo

Based on my personal experience, a conditioner can help prevent dryness and may significantly improve the look of damaged or weathered hair by making hair soft, adding shine and improving strength. Conditioners should be used on the tips of the hair and not on the scalp or length of the hair. Choose a conditioner formulated specifically for your hair type. For example, if your hair is dry or damaged, consider a using a conditioner that will address this issue.

I was glad to have received proper guidance at the right time to get the right product that helped me fight my dandruff. Don’t make the mistakes I made while using a medicated anti-dandruff shampoo. Follow the instructions mentioned on the product pack and I’m sure you too will #BeSelsunSure with effective dandruff control!


  1. Data on File
  2. Van Wyk H, SA Pharmacist’s Assistant
  3. American Academy of Dermatology. 29. 1008-12. 10.1016/0190-9622(93)70282-X.
  4. as on 29.06.2020


The views expressed in the blog contents are independent views solely of the blogger. This is a part of the public awareness initiative supported by Abbott Healthcare Pvt. Ltd. This blog is for product awareness purposes only and is not intended to substitute the advice given by a licensed health-care professional.  Kindly seek advice from a health-care providers, if unsure about your symptoms or suitability of a product or if pregnant or breastfeeding.  We recommend you to read labels, warnings, and directions before use.

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