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 can 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 hair loss, it may be surprising 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 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.
For those looking to use a topical treatment for hair loss, taking a risk (in terms of its effectiveness) with Nizoral is unnecessary when the UK and US medical regulatory bodies (the MHRA and FDA) have already licensed the medication minoxidil for use as a hair loss treatment.
The Clinically Proven Treatment
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.
Belgravia often uses high strength minoxidil to treat stubborn areas of hairloss such as a receding hairline. You can get an idea of the results that can be achieved by taking a look at the before and during treatment photographs on our hair growth success stories.
Minoxidil is most effective when used alongside the only other proven hair loss medication: Propecia. This oral tablet works by blocking DHT, the androgen that causes pattern hair loss by shrinking the hair follicles atop the scalp. When the two medications are used with a variety of treatment boosters such as the FDA cleared LaserComb, a truly comprehensive treatment approach to hair loss is created that can be used in the comfort of your home.
The Belgravia Centre
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. 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 UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.