There are several good shampoos for treating seborrheic dermatitis. These include shampoos containing ingredients such as ketoconazole, selenium sulphide, zinc pyrithione and ciclopirox.
Most of the time, I start my patients on 3 times weekly use of these shampoos for anywhere from 2-5 minutes. Over time (and depending on response) we go down to 1-2 times weekly and sometimes every second week. Please see a dermatologist to carefully review what is appropriate in your case.
Not everyone with seb derm responds to these shampoos. In such cases addition of a corticosteroid for a short period of time or use of an oral antifungal or oral retinoid may be appropriate.
Dr. Jeff Donovan is a Canadian and US board certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. To schedule a consultation, please call the Vancouver office at 604.283.9299