Nizoral shampoo contains the active ingredient ketoconazole, which is an anti-fungal used to treat infections that occur due to fungi and yeasts.
The active ingredient works by interfering with the cell membranes of the fungi or yeasts by preventing them from producing a substance called ergosterol, and this disruption results in holes appearing in the cell membrane, causing essential constituents of the fungal cells to leak out, therefore killing the fungi and treating the infection.
So, if you’re looking to treat your seborrhoeic dermatitis (or, in its milder form, dandruff) Nizoral should certainly help, just be sure to follow the advice on the bottle: use the shampoo twice a week for 2-4 weeks, leaving it on the scalp for around four minutes before rinsing off.
However, the shampoo should be used with caution, as among its noted possible side effects are hair loss, itching, and burning sensations.
Of course, these are unusual, but for those concerned about losing their hair, it may be surprising to hear that some people are claiming Nizoral works well as a hair loss treatment, too.
Evaluating the Evidence
A study in mice did find that topical Ketoconazole application increased hair growth in areas that had been clipped down when compared with the control group. However, this does not necessarily mean that Nizoral will have the same effect for humans, or that it can be used to treat hair loss conditions as supposed to just potentially speeding up regrowth.
There has also been a study on men using Nizoral, and whilst 39 participants means that it is particularly limited in its scope, it would appear that the shampoo may have had a difference on hair growth. The authors of the study found that measures of vertex hairs in anagen phase and hair diameter during the course of a 21-month study increased in men using 2% Nizoral, but there is a lack of detail that makes the results difficult to interpret.
Wider-ranging, larger, independent clinical trials would be required in order to establish a true picture of Nizoral’s effect on hair growth.
Clinically-proven treatment options
Minoxidil works by stimulating hair regrowth on the scalp, and can be used to treat male pattern hair loss amongst other hair loss conditions. Belgravia offers a range of minoxidil products, meaning that a hair loss specialist can create a treatment plan with your ideal formulation included.
Minoxidil can be used on its own or alongside the only other clinically-proven, MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved male hair loss treatment, finasteride 1mg.
This oral tablet works by blocking DHT, the androgen that causes pattern hair loss by shrinking the hair follicles located along the top of the scalp, from hairline to crown.
Supplementary, non-pharmaceutical treatment boosters such as the FDA cleared LaserComb, can be recommended by hair specialists following a consultation, based on individual needs and medical suitability, to form a comprehensive treatment approach to tackling hair loss and preventing baldness.
The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.