We have dealt with many medications and supplements on Hair Growth Pills. One of the rarer ones is Nizoral, with many customers enquiring whether they can use Nizoral for hair loss and whether it is effective.
We look to answer these questions in this article, hoping to come to a conclusion whether Nizoral can be used to cure baldness, thinning hair, receding hairlines and alopecia.
What is Nizoral Shampoo
Nizoral shampoo is a medicated hair treatment that is primarily used to treat fungal problems and dandruff, as well as other issues. It has a number of “off-label” uses, and one of the suggestions is that Nizoral can be used for hair loss.
Is this the case? Does Nizoral work for hair loss? Well, yes, no, and probably not. The truth is, it all depends on how you look at it.
How to Use Nizoral Shampoo?
This medicated shampoo contains the act ingredient “ketoconazole”. This is an anti-fungal medication that is used to treat yeast infections. The way it works is by attacking the cell membranes of the yeast. It breaks though the membrane, leaving holes and causing the yeast cells to gradually break down. Basically, it kills them, and it does so incredibly effectively, which makes this a very potential anti-fungal medication.
Nizoral shampoo is primarily used to treat severe cases of dandruff, known as “seborrhoeic dermatitis”, as well as many other forms of dandruff. It is sold in boxes that give you around 5 months worth of shampoo, but you only need to use it for a maximum of 4 weeks. The shampoo needs to be applied to the scalp and left there for up to five minutes, before being washed of. This process should be repeated every day throughout the course of your treatment,
Does Nizoral Shampoo Work?
For dandruff and other infections, it works brilliantly well. 4 weeks into your treatment the issue that was there should be gone. Simple as that. However, there is a big “but”. Several of them in fact. Firstly, while Nizoral is being used for hair growth, it has yet to be proven as effective in that area. Secondly, there are a number of side effects with Nizoral shampoo, and these actually include hair loss.
Basically, that means the shampoo you are using to treat hair loss could actually make you bald. That’s not the only Nizoral side effect either. It can also cause irritation and burning sensations.
Nizoral for Hair Loss
A study has been performed on Nizoral for hair loss. This study involved the use of topical applications of ketoconazole, with around 40 participants involved. They were split into two groups, with a group given daily applications of ketoconazole and a control group given nothing. After few weeks, there was a “difference in hair growth” between the two groups and a suggestion that ketoconazole does work for hair growth.
However, this is not really enough. Not only was the study very small, but the results weren’t even that conclusive. When you add in the potential for side effects, it seems like a massive risk to use ketoconazole or Nizoral as a hair growth treatment.
There are many medications out there that don’t have a great deal of side effects. If they don’t work, you don’t lose anything. Such is the case with the treatments we described in our Eyelash Growth DIY page, as well as the ones discussed in countless other HGP articles. However, in this case there is a huge risk. Because you may end up with more problems and less hair than when you started.
Nizoral Shampoo Reviews
So, what do the users say about this product? You’ve heard what we think and you’ve heard what the studies say. But what about individual users like you? Well, Nizoral shampoo reviews are fairly inconclusive, as you might expect after reading the information above.
There have been a lot of positive reports regarding the effectiveness of Nizoral for dandruff and infections. The reports of hair loss and other nasty side effects are also minimal, which is a good thing. However, of the very small number of people that have tried ketoconazole and/or Nizoral for hair loss, very few of them seem to have anything positive to report.
This is something that is still pretty much undecided. It’s something that will need to be tested more, reviewed more and studied more before a conclusion can be reached. In the meantime, if you use it yourself and have experienced negative side effects or hair growth, then please get in touch and let us know. If everyone can pool their results together then it will give us a better idea of just how effective Nizoral is for hair growth.
Nizoral 2 is simply another name for the same product. The “2” refers to the concentration (2%) of the active ingredient ketoconazole. There are some customers who have seemingly bought this product believing it to be a sequel of sorts, thinking that somehow Nizoral 2 is better than simple “Nizoral” (although they should know that the sequel never beats the original). But it’s the same product. It comes with the same risks and it will have the same results (or lack of results, as the case may be).
Other Hair Loss Treatments
As you probably know, there is no shortage of treatments out there. If you’re not interested in Nizoral for hair loss (and let’s be honest, the information isn’t exactly inspiring) then you may want to look to many of these. You can more information on articles such as Hair Growth Pills, Hair Growth Supplements, Best Vitamins, and Hair Loss Treatments. We have also extensively covered Keranique, which contains Minoxidil and which you can read about in our Keranique Questions guide and our Keranique Reviews article.
Ketoconazole and Nizoral may not be that effective when it comes to curing baldness. But it’s important to remember that it wasn’t intended for that. This is a very useful medication when used for what it was prescribed for. Many users just jumped onto the false hope that it could help them with other issues, and that is simply not the case, at least, not that anyone can prove.