Many people suffer from dandruff at one time of their life or another. Nizoral Anti Dandruff Shampoo has been very popular among users for its effectiveness, so before going deeper into this review, let’s have a look at some of the reasons that cause that flaking and itching to occur in both children and adults.
Dry Scalp: Like dry skin on the rest of your body, when your scalp gets dry, it can become itchy and flakey. Over exposure to the sun, low humidity, and even some shampoos containing irritating chemicals can make you scalp dry resulting in dandruff.
Seborrheic Dermatitis: The scalp (as well as other parts of your body) is rich in oil glands. When these oil glands become irritated, they also cause your scalp to become irritated resulting in flaking and itching.
Malassezia: Malassezia is a yeast fungus that is present on the scalps of most adults causing few if any problems. However, in some people, this fungus leads to scalp irritation. The body tries to fight this irritation by speeding up the scalp cell renewal process. As new scalp cells are produced, the excess scalp cells die off and are shed as a form of dandruff.
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How Does Nizoral Shampoo Work?
In general, not every type of dandruff shampoo will fight every type of dandruff. Nizoral shampoo works to help reduce the fungus that can cause dandruff, which slows the scalp renewal process down to its normal process, reducing the rate at which scalp skin cells die as well as minimizing and eliminating flaking.
Although specifically made to fight Malassezia, this shampoo has shown significant results in helping to stop the flaking from Seborrheic Dermatitis as well, but does not seem to have effect on treating dandruff caused by dry scalp.
There is only one active ingredient in Nizoral and that is Ketoconazole. However, this one active ingredient is all that is needed to fight most types of dandruff. There used to be that you could only purchase shampoos that contained Ketoconazole with a perscription, but now Nizoral anti-dandruff shampoo contains 1% Ketoconazole and is sold over the counter.
How to Use
According to the Manufacturer of Nizoral, you simply wet your hair, apply, lather and rinse it out thoroughly like any other shampoo.
According to the manufacturer, you only need to use it three or four times a week or as directed by your dermatologist because the Ketoconazole clings to the hair itself, and continues to work even when you are not using this product on a daily basis. Most people see significant results in their dandruff within two or three uses of this shampoo.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Nizoral
Like any type of medicated treatment, Nizoral has its advantages and disadvantages. Here is a list of some of the pros and cons of using this anti-dandruff shampoo.
Works Quickly: Unlike most dandruff shampoos that take a long period of time before stopping the flaking that occurs with dandruff, Nizoral often works within the first two or three uses.
Users often find that the itching of dandruff stops after the first use and all flaking stops after another application or two. After the flaking stops, you only need to use the shampoo periodically to prevent further dandruff from occurring.
Leaves Scalp and Hair Feeling Clean and Fresh: Many people report that this anti-dandruff product leaves their hair feeling exceptionally clean and fresh. Some of them even say that their hair has more shine than before using it.
Works to Treat Fungal Conditions on Other Parts of the Body: Nizoral has not only been proven effective as a dandruff shampoo when treating dandruff caused by a fungal infection, but it has also been used to treat other fungal infections such as athlete’s food.
When using Nizoral to treat athlete’s foot, you simply wet your feet, work the shampoo into the affected area and the healthy skin surrounding it, let set for 5 minutes and then rinse.
Expense- This is a very economical anti dandruff shampoo and it can also prevent you from those repeated visits to the dermatologist, saving you a good deal of money.
Like any medicated product, there are also some disadvantages to using Nizoral which include:
Side Effects: Some users have experienced few side effects from using this product such as changes in hair color or texture and pimples like bumps appearing on the scalp. If you use this product as directed (only about 3 times a week) you are less likely to experience any side effects whatsoever.
Doesn’t Work on All Types of Dandruff: Some people have complained that this shampoo doesn’t work on all types of dandruff. Here we would say that this is not the fault of the shampoo as it is not made to work on every type of dandruff.
Overall, if a fungus causes your dandruff, Nizoral Shampoo is effective at killing the fungus so that your scalp cell renewal process returns to normal and the itching and flaking of this type of dandruff is prevented.