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Q: anti dandruff shampoo and hair loss ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: anti dandruff shampoo and hair loss
Category: Health > Beauty
Asked by: anonymous777-ga
List Price: $100.00
Posted: 16 Jan 2003 20:47 PST
Expires: 15 Feb 2003 20:47 PST
Question ID: 144578
.  I need to know what, if any,
anti-dandruff shampoo I can use that WILL NOT cause any additional
hair loss.  The reason why I liked Selsun Blue is because it had a
moisuturizeing formula for chemically treated hair, and it was mild,
while still performing the anti-dandruff job.  So I need a shampoo
that will moisturize my scalp and perform the anti-dandruff job that I
need from using Rogaine, while not causing any more hair loss.  This
question is very important to me. the main indgreadent in in selsun
blue causes hair loss!

Clarification of Question by anonymous777-ga on 16 Jan 2003 20:50 PST
as well as a suggesstion for which
shampoos I can use to get rid of the flaky buildup and drying that the
Rogaine causes  (I NEED to continue using the rogaine). thanks!
Subject: Re: anti dandruff shampoo and hair loss
Answered By: pinkfreud-ga on 16 Jan 2003 21:57 PST
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
In my research on this subject, I have found only one product which
has been documented to be effective in fighting dandruff and also in
prevention of hair loss. The product is Nizoral Anti-Dandruff Shampoo.
Until recently, this product was available in the U.S. only by
prescription. Now a non-prescription version has been released, and
the results are very promising:

"Nizoral 1% Study Shows Benefits for Androgenetic Alopecia    
March 04, 2001 - American Academy of Dermatology Meeting - Washington
DC - Scientists working for McNeil, makers of Nizoral anti-dandruff
shampoo, presented the findings of a study done on 1% Nizoral shampoo
which has good news for hair loss sufferers. It has long been known
that 2% prescription Nizoral has beneficial effects on Androgenic
Alopecia (MPB). It however has been unclear whether the same benefits
can be obtained by using the non-prescription 1% version... Analysis
of the different parameters set up in the study shows that the hair
diameter gradually increased with Nizoral use (+8.46%) over a 6 month
period, whereas the diameter showed a trend to decrease with zinc
pyrithione use over the same period (-2.28%). The sebum excretion rate
was reduced with Nizoral (-6.54%) while it increased with zinc
pyrithione (+8.2%) over the same period of time. The number of hair
shed over a 24-hour period was reduced by 16.46% with Nizoral and
6.02% with zinc pyrithione after 6 months. Finally, the percentage
hairs in anagen phase increased by 6.4% and 8.4% respectively during
the study time... This research clearly indicates that using 1% or 2%
Nizoral 2-3 times per week, will have positive effects on hair growth
as well as controlling dandruff."

Hair Loss Help: Nizoral Study

These sites give similar information about the studies involving

The Bald Truth: Hair Loss Products

Hair Loss Pharmacy: Nizoral (Ketoconazole) Shampoos

Regarding the use of Nizoral with Rogaine (minoxidil,) I have found
several references which indicate that this shampoo is beneficial in
combination with Rogaine.

"Nizoral is an antifungal shampoo that also acts as an adrenal
androgen production inhibitor. This makes Nizoral a good Shampoo for
individuals with androgenetic alopecia. The reduction in DHT levels
and cleansing of sebum from the scalp can assist in hair regrowth, and
is often used in conjunction with minoxidil or oral finasteride.
Nizoral shampoo is also commonly used by individuals who suffer from
dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis."

Pharmacy Schweiz: Nizoral Shampoo

"Nizoral is a antifungal shampoo, that also acts as an adrenal
androgen production inhibitor. This makes Nizoral a good Shampoo for
individuals with androgenetic alopecia. The reduction in DHT levels
and cleansing of sebum from the scalp can assist in hair regrowth, and
is often used in conjunction with minoxidil or oral finasteride."

Pharmacy Geoff: Nizoral Shampoo

"Many specialists recommend a combination of one or more treatment.
Natural-Hair recommends using minoxidil in conjunction with a DHT
reducing product such as Nizoral Shampoo or Saw Palmetto Extract."

Natural Hair

Nizoral Anti-Dandruff Shampoo can be purchased at most drugstore
chains. One good online source is, which also offers
customers' ratings and comments on the product. Be sure to read the
ratings-- many people who have dry, flaky scalp problems seem to like
this product very much: Nizoral

The active ingredient of Nizoral is ketokonazole.

These search terms, in varying combinations, were used in locating
this information:

"hair loss"
"thinning hair"

I hope this helps. If anything is unclear, or if any of the links do
not function, please request clarification, and I'll be glad to offer
further assistance.

Best wishes,
anonymous777-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars

Subject: Re: anti dandruff shampoo and hair loss
From: tomek-ga on 26 Jan 2003 11:20 PST
after reading the answer, i went ahead and gave this nizoral a try. I
always used head and shoulders, and it worked super well for me as far
as dandruff goes, but i started loosing hair. I must say this Nizoral
is phenomenal italian made product, although I am not sure if i get
the lost hair back, i certainly dont see any hair on the pillow when i
wake up. I only wish it wasnt that expensive.

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