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Using a good shampoo is one of the options we have when we have to deal with hair loss. Most shampoos that are available at the drugstore are ineffective against hair loss. In fact, most shampoos contain harmful substances. However, there certainly are shampoos out there that can help against hair loss. An important ingredient in hair growth shampoos is ketoconazole.
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We have one shampoo with Ketoconazole in our assortment: Regenepure DR with 1% ketoconazole.
Ketoconazole was developed for the control of dandruff and itching. Ketoconazole shampoo with a high concentration is a drug that is prescribed to people with seborrheic dermatitis or severe dandruff. Multiple researches to study the effectiveness of this substance have shown that it stimulates hair growth and helps against hereditary hair loss. Various studies have shown that Ketoconazole can be effective against hair loss in three ways:
- It fights eczema and dandruff (fungicide), creating a better environment to allow the hair to grow
- Ketoconazole is anti-inflammatory
- Ketoconazole is a mild DHT reducer (by fighting the formation of 5-alpha reductase on the scalp)
The use of ketoconazole in a shampoo thus has multiple functions. It fights against dandruff and at the same time, it combats hair loss and even stimulates regrowth.
Because Ketoconazole has the effect of slightly drying out the hair, it is recommended to combine Ketoconazole shampoo with a conditioner or to alternate Ketoconazole with a milder shampoo. Leave the shampoo on for a few minutes and then rinse the hair well.
Medical Ketoconazole shampoos such as Nizoral, Aurobindo, Actavis and Mylan contain 2% Ketoconazole. These can only be purchased at the pharmacy on prescription. The high concentration gives a slightly higher efficacy against strong dandruff, but also has a major disadvantage. It dries out the scalp and hair, which means that it can only be used for shorter periods in succession. To inhibit hair loss, long-term use is necessary and therefore a 1% concentration is also effective and much more pleasant to use. This concentration is also still effective against dandruff and seborrhic eczema.
The effectiveness of Ketoconazole is proven in several scientific studies:
- Long term effects of Ketoconazole
- Ketoconazole is effective combined with Finasteride
- Ketoconazole, Piroctone olamine en Zink pyrithione reduce hair loss
Ketoconazole is the most well-known, but it is not the only proven anti-dandruff ingredient in shampoos which stimulates hair growth. Piroctone olamine has a similar effect as Ketoconazole. Research shows (number 3 above) that both ingredients have a positive effect on multiple aspects of hair growth. They have a similar effect on itch and dandruff. Piroctone olamine generally scores better when it comes to hair growth.
In this article you can read the most important conclusions. 1% Piroctone olamine can be found in Neofollics shampoo, a highly effective alternative to Ketoconazole shampoos.
Do you want to buy the best shampoo against hair loss? There are three popular hair growth shampoo Neofollics, Regenepure DR and Revita. We have compared the key differences between the best shampoos against hair loss.