Shampoos containing selenium

Updated April 17, 2017

Selenium sulphide, a common ingredient in many treatments for dandruff, can be found in several brands of shampoo. This topical treatment, according to the Mayo Clinic, is typically used in small 1 per cent or 2.5 per cent doses in such products. Shampoos with a 1 per cent strength are sold over the counter, while larger 2.5 per cent doses require a physician's prescription.

Selsun Blue

Selsun Blue's Medicated Formula shampoo contains selenium sulphide. This ingredient, the Selsen website claims, will fight dandruff. The addition of enriching menthol to the formula adds a cooling sensation to soothe the scalp. Moisturising and Normal to Oily formulas are also available of this brand's dandruff shampoo.

Doctors recommend Selsun Blue to control dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis, flaking and itching of the scalp, as well as prevent the recurrence of these conditions, according to its website.

Head & Shoulders

Head & Shoulders Intensive Treatment shampoo also contains 1 per cent selenium sulphide as its active ingredient. This medicated shampoo is used as a topical treatment to relieve and prevent dandruff, according to

Head & Shoulders' website guarantees 100 per cent flake-free hair with proper use of this product. It also claims to improve the look and feel of your hair.


Another anti-dandruff shampoo, Dandrex uses 1 per cent selenium sulphide as an active ingredient to soothe scalp irritation. This shampoo, according to the Druide website, is certified organic to let your scalp breathe and nourish itself. Aside from treating dandruff, Dandrex also promises to restore the pH balance of the scalp and clean deeply.

Dandrex shampoo is appropriate for either oily or dry dandruff-prone hair. It also contains Canadian goldenrod, nettle, mineral sulphur, tea tree oil, lavender, lemon grass and cypress in its unique formula. It is available for purchase from online pharmacy retailers such as Druide and

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Living in the Boston area, Stephanie Haddad has been freelance writing since 2008. She focuses her work on women’s health, beauty, and skin care. She has been published online at ShopGala and "Nifty Magazine." Haddad earned a Bachelor of Science in business communications from Bentley University and is currently working on her Master of Arts in education from the University of Phoenix.