Taking a shower strikes fear in to the hearts of many hair loss sufferers. The mere sight of their dwindling locks going down the drain by the dozen invokes panic for many. However, this fear and panic has created a market for supposed "hair loss" shampoos. Unfortunately, the majority of the products on the market today do nothing for androgenic alopecia (genetic hair loss)- except for one. This shampoo isn't even marketed for hair loss either. In fact, this shampoo is used specifically for the treatment of dandruff and other fungal conditions. Which shampoo is it? None other than Nizoral shampoo. In this article, we will discuss Nizoral as a potential hair loss treatment.
What Does Nizoral Treat?
Nizoral is an antifungal shampoo used to treat dandruff, seborrhoeic dermatitis, flaking and other fungal conditions of the scalp. The active ingredient in Nizoral is ketocanozole which is an antifungal medication used to treat fungal infections. Ketocanozole has been used as a topical ointment for a variety of conditions which include athlete's foot, ringworm, candidiasis (yeast infection) and jock itch. Nizoral (ketocanozole) works by suppressing fungus on the skin and scalp.
How Does Nizoral Help With Hair Loss
Ketocanozole has secondary side effects which include the inhibition of several enzymes necessary for the conversion of androgens. The main culprit responsible for triggering hereditary hair loss is the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Testosterone is converted through the blood stream in to DHT by the 5-alpha reductase enzyme. Hair follicles, as well sebaceous glands contain a high level of the 5-alpha reductase enzyme; nizoral is thought to remove sebum and reduce scalp inflammation. By removing sebum, the amount of DHT that can bind to the hair follicle androgen receptor would be significantly reduced. Thus, treating hair loss indirectly. In addition, hair loss is also closely associated with scalp inflammation and irritation. Nizoral reduces inflammation of the scalp which also can potentially treat genetic hair loss indirectly.
How Should You Use Nizoral For Hair Loss
Unfortunately, Nizoral is a harsh shampoo that may dry out the scalp and hair if used daily. Most hair loss sufferers use Nizoral no more than two times per week, as it may cause excessive shedding due to hair follicles becoming brittle and breakable. Some hair loss sufferers choose to use an intensive conditioning treatment after using Nizoral, this is thought to replenish and reinvigorate the hair follicles. However, there isn't any real science or evidence that these treatments work.
While there is no shampoo on the market today that has been approved by the FDA as a hair loss treatment, Nizoral is without a doubt the most effective and popular shampoo used by hair loss sufferers worldwide. In fact, it is part of the "big 3" that is referred to as the most effective stack for hair loss. The "big 3" includes Propecia (finasteride), Rogaine (minoxidil) and Nizoral (ketoconazole). Now that Nizoral has exploded in popularity, there have been several companies specifically manufacturing shampoo with ketocanzole in them and without the harsh chemicals that damages hair and dries out the scalp. These shampoos include Revivogen, Lipogaine Big 3, Revita and Regenepure.
Written and published by,Melvin- Editorial Assistant and Forum Co-Moderator for the Hair Transplant Network and The Coalition of Independent Hair Restoration Physician
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