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Selsun Shampoo is one of the leading medicated anti-dandruff shampoos available in the UK. It is an effective treatment for people who suffer from itchy, oily scalp and excess flaky skin and has found that average brand anti-dandruff shampoos have not been enough.
Not only does Selsun Shampoo provide treatment for dandruff it also provides treatment for your hair leaving it stronger and healthier.
Selsun Shampoo is available to buy from The Independent Pharmacy. All you need to do is complete our quick online consultation.
What is Selsun Shampoo?
Selsun Shampoo 2.5% is a medicated shampoo used to treat dandruff. Selsun Shampoo contains the active ingredient selenium sulphide which reduces greasiness of the scalp and slows the rate that skin cells are produced on the scalp to decrease flakiness.
Selsun Shampoo is suitable for the treatment of those over the age of 5 years and is for topical (on the skin) use only.
Selsun Shampoo is not suitable for everyday use as it can irritate the scalp. When commencing treatment with Selsun Shampoo it should be used twice a week for the first 2 weeks followed by once a week for the next 2 weeks.
What is dandruff?
Selsun is an effective treatment for severe cases of dandruff when the average brand anti-dandruff shampoos have not been effective.
Dandruff is a common skin complaint which is not harmful and is not contagious but can be irritating if the scalp is irritated and itchy. Dandruff can also cause embarrassment for some people if the skin flakes are obvious or particularly large.
Dandruff can have several different causes including fungal infections, eczema, allergic reactions to products and psoriasis.
There are a few different treatment options for dandruff. For more information about causes and treatments visit our Dry Scalp Treatment and Advice page.
What is Selsun Shampoo used for?
Selsun Shampoo contains 2.5% of selenium sulphide in every 100mls. Selenium sulphide is effective in treating severe cases of dandruff that cause itching and irritation of the scalp. Selsun Shampoo also reduces excess oils and skin flakes produced by the scalp.
Selsun Shampoo is also an effective treatment for seborrheic dermatitis, which is a fungal skin condition that causes inflammation of areas of the body where there are a lot of sebaceous glands.
Seborrheic dermatitis presents similarly to dandruff with patches of dry, red, scaly areas of skin. Most commonly seborrheic dermatitis affects the scalp, the face, the ears, chest, back and skin folds.
If you think you are experiencing seborrheic dermatitis that is not isolated to the scalp speak to a doctor or pharmacist as other treatment options may be available.
There are potentially many cause you to have a dry, scaly, itchy or irritated scalp which may be more receptive to different treatment options. For more information about causes and treatments for dry scalps see our Dry Scalp Treatments and Advice page.
If you would like further advice about scalp conditions speak to a doctor or pharmacist.
How does Selsun Shampoo work?
The active ingredient selenium sulphide included within Selsun Shampoo works by destroying certain fungal or yeast infections called dermatophytes that can be the cause of dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis.
Selsun further works to reduce dandruff by slowing down the production of cells on the top layer of skin which therefore reduces the itchy, flaky skin associated with dandruff.
Does Selsun Shampoo treat fungal infections?
Selsun Shampoo is effective in treating dandruff caused by fungal infections of the skin caused by dermatophytes. Dermatophytes are a common fungus that causes inflammation of the skin in both humans and animals.
Nizoral is another anti-fungal shampoo used to treat dry scalp conditions, which can also be purchased online from The Independent Pharmacy. Nizoral contains the active ingredient ketoconazole.
Selsun Shampoo alternatives
There are several Selsun Shampoo alternatives available from The Independent Pharmacy for the treatment of dry scalp conditions. For more information about the causes of dandruff and available treatment options please see our Dry Scalp Treatment and Advice page.
Selsun Shampoo side effects
As with all medication, Selsun Shampoo may cause some people to experience side effects, but not everyone will experience them. The most common side effect is skin irritation due to sensitivity to the product.
It is important that before using Selsun Shampoo that you read the Patient Information Leaflet thoroughly. For more information about side effects please see the Selsun side effects section on this page.
- Selsun Shampoo Patient Information Leaflet: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/4323/pil
Selsun Shampoo warnings
Do not use Selsun Shampoo if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. It is the customer’s responsibility to check the Patient Information Leaflet thoroughly before commencing treatment.
- Selsun should not be left on the scalp for more than the recommended 2-3 minutes, as this increases the chances of experiencing scalp irritation, hair discolouration or blistering.
- Selsun can discolour silver, gold and other metals so jewellery and hair clips should be removed before use.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Selsun Shampoo is not suitable for people that are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you are worried about dandruff or other dry scalp conditions and are pregnant or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
How to apply Selsun Shampoo
Selsun Shampoo is suitable for use in those over 5 years old and should be used following these 4 steps.
- Shake the bottle well
- Thoroughly wet the hair and massage Selsun into the scalp to form a lather
- Leave Selsun on the hair for 2-3 minutes
- Rinse thoroughly with clean water
Selsun Shampoo 2.5% is for external use only.
If Selsun Shampoo gets into your eyes make sure to rinse your eyes thoroughly with clean, cold water.
Selsun should not be ingested or swallowed. If swallowed Selsun can make you nauseous or cause vomiting. If you consume Selsun and feel unwell contact a doctor immediately.
Selsun Shampoo should not be used every day. Selsun Shampoo should be used twice a week for the first 2 weeks followed by once a week for the next 2 weeks.
Selsun Shampoo side effects
Selsun Shampoo like all medication may cause side effects in some people. Not everyone will experience the same side effects and not everyone will experience any at all.
If you are concerned about side effects caused by Selsun Shampoo you should stop using the product. If the side effects do not improve or you experience an allergic reaction or serious side effects you should speak to a doctor as soon as possible.
Please note this is not an exhaustive list of side effects, before starting Selsun Shampoo treatment you must ensure that you have read the Patient Information Leaflet thoroughly.
Most commonly people may experience the following:
- Skin rash or irritation
- Increase in hair loss
- Discolouration of hair
- Oiliness or dryness of hair and scalp