Review :: Sebamed Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

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Sebamed is an extremely effective yet gentle shampoo for those with mild to moderate dandruff caused by Seborrhoeic Dermatitis.

Why isn’t this brand better known!

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2.98 (52 votes)

buy now on Amazon Sebamed are a new company to me.  They are German company who are more famous for producing skin products for babies.  This bodes well for us with sensitive skin sufferers so I was looking forward to trying their anti-dandruff shampoo.  

I have to admit, I love their packaging.  The branding looks modern and clean and on closer inspection, the ingredients of this shampoo are “almost 100% biodegradable”.  I’m not sure what almost 100% means but it sounds like the company has good intentions.

sebamed anti-dandruff shampoo

The ingredients in this shampoo reflect a company that are well versed in making market-leading baby skin products  There are a few allergens in here but certainly much less than the industry standard.

The main concern is the use of “parfum”.  However none of the EU 26 contact allergen fragrances are in there, so some comfort can be taken from that.  It does also contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLES), considered one of the more gentle sulfate based surfactants, but I would personally have preferred if they didn’t use it at all.

So how does this shampoo perform?

The shampoo’s active ingredient is Piroctone Olamine, an anti-fungal ingredient to treat dandruff caused by Seborrhoeic Dermatitis. Its a very effective ingredient for mild to moderate dermatitis. Perhaps not as effective as e.g. Ketoconazole but its also a gentler ingredient, even for every day useage.

Often when such gentle ingredients are used, the shampoo itself is hopeless at washing.   But this just isn’t the case with Sebamed. This company are obviously extremely skilled at creating gentle but effective shampoos. The shampoo is clear, has a very mild soapy scent and foams very well indeed. Considering there are no harsh sulfates at work here the performance is astonishing. My hair felt extremely soft and clean afterwards and it helped remove my dandruff and control my itchy scalp.

If you have mild or moderate dandruff caused by Seborrhoeic Dermatitis, I simply can’t recommend this shampoo highly enough.

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26 thoughts on “Review :: Sebamed Anti-Dandruff Shampoo”

    • Hi Sarah

      Their hair loss shampoo contains nothing that would alleviate seb derm or psorasis. It won’t help with product build up either. It’s not a shampoo I’ve used before and it may help those who get dandruff from a dry scalp but it wasn’t designed for that.

  1. this shampoo is fine but i wish it had little bit salicylic acid in it to remove build up and other greasy things stuck to scalp…i read the other day that aspirin have salicylic acid in it and adding aspirin tablets in normal shampoo can make that shampoo anti-dandruff..what if i use aspirin tablets in this shampoo to help clean scalp even better? i know you’re going to suggest vichy shampoo with piroctone and salicylic shampoo but i dont want to use that ..what do you think about adding aspirin tablets in sebamed ?

  2. hi,Chris.I’m so glad that i found your’s really helpful.As I have not been see a dermatologist yet.My symptom occurs straightly after shower. There are each of big white flakes at certain places on my scalp,and redness.if i clean them and they won’t appear until the 3rd day. and also i feel itchy at those area.
    plus.i’m planning to have a baby.
    Woud you mind suggest shampoo to use now and during pregnancy ?thank you

  3. Hi, i got this cysteine treatment done which basically relaxes the frizziness of the hair. After this treatment it is recommended that i use sulphate free shampoo. But i have a lot of dandruff. Is this shampoo sulphate free?

    • Hi there

      This shampoo isn’t sulfate free, it contains sles which isn’t considered as harmful as sls, but its still not sulfate free

      If you’re looking for something sulfate free have you looked here?

      In section 1 choose Seb Derm

      In section two click that you want to avoid Sulfates

      Click search and there you have it, all the shampoos that meet your criteria. Ordered by the review score too, so we think the best ones are at the top

      Good luck!

      • The review for this product says it has “absolutely no sulfates, parabens, phthalates or harsh fragrances” – but looking at the description on Amazon it contains Sodium Laureth Sulfate as the main ingredient after water (aqua). I’m really disappointed as have spent a few hours on this site reading reviews, chose this one, placed an Amazon order and have now had to cancel it as I’ve realised from this comment it does contain sulfates. Need to start over! Could you amend the review so it doesn’t say “no sulfates”? Otherwise fantastic site, thank you.

  4. My scalp gets too greasy the next day after wash..can u suggest me some shampoo which can control greasy or oily scalp so that I need not have to wash everyday..

    • Hi Ankita, there are a couple of schools of thought here. Some will recommend shampooing less, not shampooing at all or replacing the shampoo with conditioner, baking soda or some other ingredient. They call this the nopoo movement (nopoo as opposed to shampoo – get it?) If you’re interested there’s a weather of information a quick google away but this seems like a decent overview.

      If that doesn’t float your boat, have you tried a clarifying shampoo? They can help get rid of excess build up on the scalp. There’s an introduction into scalp build up on this very site.

      Best of luck!

  5. Hi, I notice you replied to a previous comment that the anti-hairloss version of this shampoo has no active ingredients- but it lists Piroctone Olamine? Maybe they have reformulated it since. Do you consider the ingredients in the anti-hair loss version to be as good/ gentle as in this review? (Are there noticeably more irritants?)

    • Hi there

      I’ve just had a cursory glance at the hair loss shampoo and you’re right – it has pioroctone olamine in there. Not sure how much. It doesn’t look like a much harsher formulation though. It has Propylene Glycol in there, a type of alcohol that can dry your skin. But on the whole it looks like a very similar base formulation with some added ingredients (e.g. caffeine, creatine, Ginkgo Biloba leaf extract) to promote hair growth.

      I don’t know how effective they are though!

  6. Hi Chris, I am interested in an affordable gentle shampoo for everyday use- Sebamed have a shampoo called ‘everyday shampoo’- are the ingredients ok or does it have any nasties in it?

    • Hi rich

      That’s a tough one to answer – I can’t shampoo everyday at all with any shampoo and only shampoo once or twice a week. I also don’t use a medicated shampoo every time either. It really depends on my scalp at that time. Sebamed is an excellent shampoo in my opinion though and certainly one of the gentler shampoos I’ve reviewed. It isn’t free of harsh chemicals but I haven’t found a shampoo yet that is. Compared to most it’s definitely a gentler choice though. I use it frequently. I also find that if I’m having a bad breakout it does’t quite cut the mustard and I use something stronger like Nizoral 2% or Selsun 2.5%. They are harsher shampoos but better at controlling my seb derm.

      Controlling your own dandruff is really going to be a process of trial and error unfortunately – I won’t be able to give you all your answers – only what works for me.

  7. Just thought I would add that Sebamed Anti-hairloss shampoo contains 0.2% Piroc Olamine (PO), whereas the Sebamed Anti-dandruff shampoo contains 0.6% PO.

  8. I am using GKhair anti-dandruff shampoo for the past couple of years to control my hair dandruff. It works very well on my hair and I am quite happy with the results I got. I’d highly recommend this very shampoo to everyone who is suffering from dandruff, itch and pesky white flakes. 🙂 <3

  9. Hi Chris, I have come across another interesting PO shampoo from Germany which I can’t rate highly enough- it has become my go to shampoo that I rotate with keto shampoo to deal with my scalp. Its called Salthouse Totes Meer Therapie shampoo- its very gentle and contains glycerin, dead sea salt, PO, aloe, and tea tree oil.


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