Can a shampoo help in the battle against hair loss? Something readily available without a prescription or any fuss? Years of study has indicated the answer to those questions is yes.
The shampoo in question is Nizoral, and it’s been shown to help reduce and even reverse the effects of androgenetic alopecia, also known as male pattern balding.
Developed as an anti-fungal treatment for seborrheic dermatitis – it’s marketed as a dandruff shampoo. Nizoral’s active ingredient, ketoconazole, was discovered to have the welcomed side effect of promoting the regrowth of hair. It was a happy surprise for the scientists, similar to vasodilatory medication minoxidil, used primarily as anti-hypertensive drug, turned out to also regrow the hair of those balding men prescribed the drug.
For the technically minded, ketoconazole is an imidazole anti-fungal agent in which a topical use of 2% concentration in shampoo has been reported to have had a clinically therapeutic effect on androgenetic alopecia. More plainly, if you’re dealing with hair loss, it’s one more tool in your toolbox for what is a complicated process that benefits from multiple lines of treatment. (For a scientific look at the multi-modal approach and ketoconazole’s role, research papers such as PMC3262531 and 22735503 are a good start).
If you’re looking to treat hair loss, you’re most interested to know if Nizoral is helpful. The research – and there are more than a few studies available – says it is. Effective by itself, the shampoo’s real benefits kick in when it’s used to optimize a regimen that includes the likes of Nioxin and Propecia. That’s why ketoconazole is now being packaged in combination with other topicals as a treatment for balding. Straight off the shelf, however, Nizoral remains the most inexpensive way to enjoy the benefits discovered in the research.
Just why Nizoral works remains open to study. Ketoconazole is clearly an anti-fungal, so it treats scalp conditions that aren’t uncommon with alopecia. And it blocks androgen receptors, another important facet of the hair loss battle. Androgen receptors tell your body how to respond to dihydrotestosterone (DHT, the villain in balding) and other androgens. While the mechanism is unknown, that Nizoral works has been shown.
It’s also an anti-inflammatory, promoting scalp health. If you’re dealing with hair loss, you may have noticed a connection between spells where your scalp is particularly itchy or sensitive to the touch and more hair in your brush, sink and shower drain.
Since you’re probably going to wash your hair on a regular basis anyway, Nizoral is perhaps one of the most accessible weapons in the battle to improve your hairline. For a full review of hair loss products that contain ketoconazole, go to the site Hold the Hairline.