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International Journal of Medical Research & Health Sciences
Year : 2015, Volume : 4, Issue : 2
First page : ( 327) Last page : ( 331)
Online ISSN : 2319-5886.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2319-5886.2015.00061.2

Comparison of potency of antifungal action of dandruff shampoos and different plant extracts

Padma P Naga*, Anuradha K, Divya K

Dept of Microbiology, BVB, Bhavan's Vivekananda College, Secunderabad, Telangana, India

*Corresponding author: Naga Padma; Email: naga_padmathota@yahoo.com

Online published on 24 April, 2015.



Dandruff a very common scalp disorder with high prevalence in population is caused by numerous host factors in conjunction with Malassezia furfur. Most of the commercially available anti-dandruff hair shampoos contain some form of antifungal agent(s) that appear to reduce the incidence of the disease. There are no good scientific studies done to prove the antifungal activity of commercially available hair shampoos.


In this study commercially available shampoos were assessed for antifungal activity against a human dandruff isolate of M. furfur. The shampoos were Head & Shoulders, Clinic All Clear, and Pantene etc. The results demonstrated that all six of the assayed hair shampoos have some antifungal effect on growth of M. furfur. These products have poor efficacies, more side effects and give scope for recurrence of symptoms.

Methods and Materials

Therefore different plant extracts that possess various active compounds which have antifungal activity could help to overcome the incidence of the disease and also avoid the emergence of resistance in the pathogen. The plant extracts were tested in different concentrations like 1:5, 1:10, 1:20 and they were hibiscus, neem, soap nut, etc. The inhibitory action was studied using agar well assay and disc diffusion method and the results indicated in percentage of inhibition.


The study was significant as not only efficient known plant products with anti-dandruff activity could be compared with commercially available shampoos but also their better efficacies at minimum concentrations could be identified. This can help make a polyherbal mixture that could be incorporated in hair oil or shampoos for better anti-dandruff activity.



Malassezia furfur, Dandruff, plant extracts, anti-dandruff hair shampoos.


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