Product Type: Selsun hair care products
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Selsun Topical Suspension
Member Name: brandygirl
Selsun Topical Suspension
Date: 10/04/03, updated on 11/04/03 (10891 review reads)
Advantages: medically proven treatment against dandruff, Works on tinea versicolor and seborrheic dermatitis, available without prescription
Disadvantages: Not cheap, but worth every penny if regular shampoos don't work, Doesn't look nice., Doesn't have that fragranced salon shampoo smell, but who cares if it's going to stop your dandruff?
Little wonder then that when I had my first encounter with dandruff that I found it utterly fascinating. Put your head forward, scratch you head and watch all those little flakes of snow fall before your eyes. What fun!
Well it was fun at first, and why worry when all those ads on television for dandruff shampoo claimed they could get rid of it. Wrong! While those shampoos appeared to work at first, they never did clear it up. Surely there had to be something better than this? And there was - Selsun shampoo.
I bought my first bottle of Selsun 30 years ago at a chemists shop. I have never seen Selsun advertised on television, nor have I seen it on the shelves of a supermarket, so it may be that you have never heard of it. If not, allow me to introduce you...
Selsun, that's the trademark name, is a medically proven treatment for dandruff. The active ingredient in the shampoo is Selenium Sulphide. It is sold worldwide and comes in two forms.
The first may be called Selsun Blue which is meant to be effective against mild dandruff and contains a one percent solution of selenium sulphide.
However, my review is about Selenium Topical Suspension which is for more difficult cases of dandruff and this contains a two and a half percent solution of Selenium Sulphide.
A WORD FIRST ABOUT DANDRUFF
Dandruff is actually a normal condition. Our skin sheds its dead cells every month, and it only becomes a problem when this problem is accelerated ( stress, the onset of puberty, an increase in metabolic rate or an underlying medical condition may be some of the factors) and the skin sheds more quickly leaving us with an itchy
scalp and white bits over our nice dark clothes.
Some scientists believe that it is caused by a yeast called Pityrosporum Ovale whereas others describe it as a fungal infection.
SELSUN TOPICAL SUSPENSION
The best place to find Selsun is at your pharmacy. I have always bought it without prescription.
The bottles come on various sizes, 50ml, 100ml and 150ml and are plain white with the name of the shampoo and a description of what it is for on the front. There is no fancy packaging, this is a medical formula meant to do exactly what it says.
It is not cheap and retails at around £2.60 for 50mls to £4.95 or more for 150mls. I have seen 100mls advertised on the internet for £8.89 which is far too expensive.
If a supermarket dandruff shampoo works for you, stick to that, but if it doesn't then do try Selsun instead as it is worth every penny.
Let's take the top off the bottle. Mmmn, it's not a very pretty colour, is it? It's a sort of orangey-yellow and fluidy with the consistency of a runny egg. (This is a vast improvement on my first bottle where the colour was reminiscent of a sick babies nappy!) However, don't let me put you off as it doesn't smell too bad. It may not be the most fragrant shampoo in the world but at least you won't have to walk round ringing a bell and crying "Unclean, unclean."
Before you start remove any hairgrips (as if you'd be silly enough to leave them in!) and also any jewellery as it may discolour them.
Do not use if you have had your hair coloured or permed within the last two days.
Take advice on using if you're pregnant particularly in the first trimester and also do not use on young children under three years old.
Do not use on broken or inflamed skin.
Discontinue use if you develop a skin irritation or rash.
Do not get it into your eyes.
Do not mix with other sc
NOW TO SHAMPOO
First wet your hair and scalp.
Shake the bottle and thoroughly massage in just enough shampoo to create a good lather.
The important bit is now to leave it in for 3-5 minutes. This allows the medication to work into the skin and tackle the yeast or fungal infection. The formula is designed to slow down the rate at which your skin sheds its dead cells and thereby helps to keep your dandruff in check.
Rinse and repeat.
Do this twice a week for two weeks.
Use your regular shampoo in between if you need to wash your hair more frequently.
Hopefully you will see an improvement.
Then reduce to once a week or every other week.
Then visit your G.P or pharmacist. there may be other products or a mixture of products that may be more suited to your condition.
I found that Selsun controlled my dandruff quickly and it has not returned.
I recommended it to one of my in-laws who suffered from a more severe case of dandruff and it worked for him where nothing else had. He still uses it from time to time as a precautionary measure.
SO WHY DO I STILL KEEP SELSUN IN MY CUPBOARD EVEN THOGH I DON'T HAVE DANDRUFF?
In my late teens I started to develop red circular patches on the trunk of my body, they didn't itch but just looked as if my skin was discoloured. In the summer they would look white against my tanned skin. My sister and I affectionately called them my 'ringworm'.
I nearly dropped through the floor when the doctor diagnosed them as ringworm and gave me some cream to put on them. Well the cream didn't work and I couldn't be bothered to go back to him. I then noticed that if I rubbed the top of these patches that the skin was dry and flaked like dandruff and so I decided to try Selsun shampoo on them. Yes, I can hear you screaming that that was very foolish of me, and it may well have been except not
only did it
but later I discovered that my skin condition was called tinea versicolor and the recommended treatment for it is none other than Selsun!
Seriously though, do take your doctors advice on diagnosing any skin condition; I was just lucky.
To treat tinea versicolor you will also need Selsun Topical Suspension containing the two and a half percent solution of selenium sulphide.
This should be applied directly on the skin with just a little water to form a lather.
Leave on for 10 minutes.
Do this once a day for seven days.
However, tinea versicolor is a condition that will recur, so don't think it has gone for ever.
Selsun can also be used to treat seborrheic dermatits, that is a scalp infection that can form red itchy patches in your hair, around your hairline, in your eyebrows or even in your ears.
IN A NUTSHELL
If you are struggling to control dandruff using ordinary shampoos or by frequent washing, then you need to try something stronger.
Selsun Topical Suspension is a product recommended by doctors and pharmacists to treat dandruff and is available without prescription.
It can also be used on tinea versicolor and seborrhea.
As with all skin problems do consult a doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure what your condition is.
Selsun certainly got the dandruff 'outta my head' and now it works on my body.
If you know anyone who has dandruff and asks you for advice, I hope you'll remember Selsun as it has helped me and many others.
And if you've read to the end of this, thanks very much.
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