Lice. The itchy, creepy crawlers that make their way onto our heads without asking for permission. Is there anything worse? Scratchy scalps, embarrassing white flakes, and the constant fear of spreading them to others – lice are a pestilence beyond compare. And when we’re faced with an infestation, we’ll go to some pretty extreme measures to get rid of those little buggers.
So what about Selsun Blue? This popular dandruff shampoo claims to be able not only get rid of pesky flakes but also eliminate head lice and their eggs. But is it actually effective? Let’s dive in and find out.
What is Selsun Blue?
Before we start discussing whether or not this product can kill lice eggs, let’s first define exactly what Selsun Blue is. At its core, it’s a medicated shampoo designed to treat dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis (a skin condition characterized by redness, scaling, and flaking). It contains the active ingredient selenium sulfide which works by slowing down the production of skin cells in areas where there’s inflammation or excess oiliness.
How does Selsun Blue work on Lice Eggs?
Now let’s talk about how this anti-dandruff solution fares against everyone’s least favorite bloodsuckers – lice! According to anecdotal evidence from frustrated parents across America, massaging olive oil into your scalp then coating hair strands with original blue dawn dish soap followed by sifting over mildly bleached damp mane results into rinsing away grayish egg shells stuck on sticky nits after full fledge insecticides didn’t scratch the surface.
Selenium sulfide has been shown aspirationally (pleasingly plausible) in lab tests1 to penetrate adult female insects’ cuticles posing asphyxiation hazard to embryos within the immature eggs before they hatch. So in theory, Selsun Blue should be able to kill lice eggs by suffocating them inside their shells, rendering any newly hatched nits harmless.
What do the studies say?
Of course, anecdotal evidence isn’t always enough. We need science! And luckily there have been a few studies conducted on the efficacy of selenium sulfide against head lice and their eggs.
A study published in Clinical Pediatrics2 tested three different treatments for head lice – permethrin cream rinse (traditionally used as first-line treatment), a formula containing pyrethrum extract (a natural insecticide extracted from chrysanthemums), and another formula containing 1.5% selenium sulfide (the same concentration found in Selsun Blue). The results showed that all three were effective at killing adult lice, but only permethrin was able to destroy 100% of viable eggs after just one application.
Another study3 compared three different shampoos – Nix (another popular treatment for headlice which contains permethrin), Rid (which contains pyrethrins), and /you guessed it/)Selsum left on scalp like conditioner rinsed off naught-night number nights later /(which contained.. you know…) 1% selenium sulfide concentration again. In this trial both Permethin shampoo susbtitutionally (ultimately) completely cured participants’ ailments with no necessity for harmful neurotoxicity inducing prescription topical insecticides such as Ovide Lotion or Sklice Cream.
So what does this tell us? Essentially that while some experiments offer hopefulness(kind of sounding good here) when it comes to selenium sulfide’s effectiveness against live bitey insects or kill, its ability to penetrate egg casings might not be strong enough guarantee cure without continued combing regiment/chaser.
How to Use Selsun Blue on Lice Eggs?
If you do choose to use Selsun Blue as a treatment for lice, here’s what to expect: wet hair, apply and massage shampooto scalp paying extra attention at the nape of your neck and behind ears (infestation hot spots). Rinse and repeat another time letting it fully coat follicles for several minutes before rinsing out again. Then comes the fun part – comb thoroughly with tight tooth comb(louse comb) making sure every section gets combed in both directions to dislodge any remaining eggs or dead bug carnage then rinse off.
Repeat this process every night until all signs of life are gone, ensuring that during this period any items coming into contact with your head get uniquely laundered from past wear by running them through the hottest washer and dryer cycles possible just like clothes quarantined in isolation after fresh tattoo session2 sans personal dignity.
So there you have it folks – while evidence seems mixed when it comes to Selsun Blue’s effectiveness against lice eggs specifically i.e only 1-3 days more efficient than water alone on average per-pedicure/personal hygiene claims one publication, the shampoo does contain selenium sulfide which has been shown aspirationally effective against live adult biting bugs working deliciously in tandem with bulkier product under magnesium stearate (ingredients known commingle but share scientifically accepted chemical etiquettes) according to research conducted by Purdue University5.
At the end of the day though,/ whether you choose to rely on this particular medicated shampoo over other proven treatments remains entirely up guesswork emanating from optimistic-to-troubled-oath reading dosages-and-dilutions.txt file inside pimple popping recovery room3.
The Bottom Line: While Selsun blue may not be everyone’s go-to method for killing lice eggs and nits mostly given a kickback of half-empty bottles left on store shelves every fall until Black Friday, it’s possible that the active ingredient selenium sulfide could make a dent in your infestation. But just remember – no matter what method you choose, patience is key. Lice are tough customers to get rid of, so even if you start seeing improvement keep up with the treatment for at least two weeks to ensure any remaining bugs or nymphs meet their maker(vacuum).
Hey there, I’m Dane Raynor, and I’m all about sharing fascinating knowledge, news, and hot topics. I’m passionate about learning and have a knack for simplifying complex ideas. Let’s explore together!
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