Hands down the best OTC option
I found out about this product several years ago when my doctor gave me the perscription formula for a bout of dandruff. It eventually became available in the non-perscription (1%) formula and for me, on the occasions that I need it the non-perscription formula has worked perfectly.
It is a very nice shampoo, aside from the anti-dandruff properties. It has a tingly (not burning or caustic feel) fresh feeling when you are using it and lathers extreamly well even in the hard water I have at home. After using it my hair has a very clean but not dry feeling.
I will use it from time to time as needed (usually in the fall) and I just had my son use it as well. It worked very well for him too and after the first use, the flakes were pretty much gone. Typically I will use it about a week and than I won't need it anymore. I also try to leave the lather on a few minutes to give it a chance to *work*.
I have to say that if you are in the market for a dandruff shampoo chose this one. The price is anywhere from a lot to a bit higher than the others but I haven't had to go out an buy anything else if I bought this first. I can't say that about the other products so in the long run this is most cost effective for me.
sinQuick Results - Key to long term success is to use tea tree oil shampoo as well
I turned to Nizoral after several failed attempts with other dandruff products. After a few days, I noticed improvement already. First went the itching and then the flakes also disappeared. It is quite expensive so I try to use it as little as possible. I found that by using it once every two weeks along with a tea tree oil shampoo and conditioner which I use daily, my dandruff and itchy scalp became completely cured.
I did initially try using my regular head and shoulders shampoo in between washings with the Nizoral but I felt I had more dandruff coming back so I tried the tea tree oil which I learned is great for dandruff and especially dry scalp -Organic Health Invigorating Tea Tree Oil Shampoo & Conditioner + FREE Tea Tree Oil Soap Bars by Herbal Authority. My hair in general has become more shiny and full, love the smell of the tea tree shampoo too! If you're struggling with dandruff, I would suggest using some type of tea tree oil based shampoo along with this product as a long term affordable solution.
The Nizoral Rip-Offs Are OVER!
* During the past five years, Nizoral has only been available via a "black market" of sorts.
* Sellers have been asking for mind-boggling amounts of money for bottles of the original, "gold-standard," Belgium-made-formula - taking advantage of buyers upset over the horrific red tape issues involving manufacturing standards associated with its makers, McNeil, Inc. in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania - and with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This created endless shortages and massive "hoarding behavior" throughout the United States.
* These issues have now been resolved!
* What does this mean to you?
* It means no more daily checking at eBay or at other sites to buy this product at a cost equal to dinner at a five-star Parisian restaurant. No more pain to your wallet, no more paying through your nose to get Nizoral.
* Just check OnlineShopDealer and/or Drugstore online and watch prices drop to under $16 for a hefty 7-ounce bottle.
* The reasons Nizoral 1% ketoconazole - is still preferred EVEN over the always available (by prescription only) 2% generic ketoconazole - are legion. Its blue-silver-colored creamy 1% formula is silkier to the touch, lightly scented and soaks the scalp in ways the red-orange or other syrupy alternative formulas cannot match. For thousands of people, it's been the only thing that WORKS to treat scalp issues, which in turn created buyer desperation when it disappeared from store shelves, causing "after-market" prices to shoot to the moon.
* Hence breathe a sigh of relief and shop around! If you see a bottle of Nizoral at a retail store this week, don't worry about "stocking up" as if you were at a Costco or a Sam's Club preparing for the Armageddon.
THE BEST - PERIOD......................!
My head. What was wrong with my head??? I say this because I never had problems with dandruff until my late twenties, when all of a sudden my skin started flaking off when touched. My eyebrows, my scalp, and even my ears! Friends would make fun of my ears and say I have wax in them, but it was really just loose skin flakes.
I gave it some time (a few years) hoping it would pass, trying different washing procedures, shampoos, etc. Basically, anytime I'de go in the shower.. I'de get out, dry.. and my skin would quickly follow with dryness, redness and flakes. It was ugly.
Finally, I get the nerve to see a dermatologist - and I say this because I dont like doctors much. The dermo told me that I needed to treat the problem, sebhoric dermatitis. Gave me a bunch of Neutrogena anti-dandruff samples and what not. I didnt like them and pretty much threw them in the garbage. They looked and smelled very chemically and I dont want that kinda stuff on my body.
A few months later I did some more research and found ingredients on Wiki about what relieves dandruff. I searched for that ingredient and found that Nizoral uses that same ingredient in their shampoo. Google + onlineshopdealer = nizoral shampoo. Click to buy, a day or two later its delivered to my door and I used it that same day. Within the first, second or third use my symptoms were gone. I could care less about price, its cheap compared to the 80 dollar dermatologist visit which got me nowhere. Like everyone else said, its very foamy and cleans well.
I wash my hair every 3 days and quickly scrub it in and rinse it out, I dont care to leave it in. Basically, its in there long enough to do what it needs to do - and it does it well.
Since then, I've been dandruff free thanks to Nizoral. It appears that Ferrari and Nizoral are now two fabulous products that come from Italy.
Dermatologist Recommended & User Approved
This review reflects my ongoing problem with dandruff/seborrhea dermatitis and the help of a friend who is a dermatology student at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine. It is so stressful to have dandruff. It itches, leaves your hair greasy, makes it hard to use any type of hair product and is very embarrassing. I had problems for 2 years. I felt like some shampoos I tried helped reduce dandruff, but I couldn't really get rid of it. Finally I tried Nizoral at the recommendation of my friend and my dandruff problems are a thing of the past! Hopefully this review will help people who have problems with dandruff. Also, quick advice I wish I'd known before. Seborrhea dermatitis does not cause hair loss, but scratching your scalp can cause hair loss. Please don't scratch. It aggravates the problem.
I always wanted to know the causes of dandruff. Others might be curious. If you are, read the paragraph below.
The etiology or cause of dandruff, considered the mildest form of seborrhea dermatitis, is not certain. It is thought Pityrosporum ovale, a lipophilic yeast of the Malassezia genus is involved with the development of dandruff, as well as overproduction of sebum (skin oil). Basically your skin is irritated by the presence of yeast on your scalp and over production of skin oils, which results in dandruff. Anti-fungal shampoos alleviate dandruff by reducing yeast on the scalp.
There are several anti-fungal shampoos on the market. I'll look at three I used and explain their differences with the most effective shampoo first.
Nizoral A-D Shampoo - 4 oz 10/10. Nizoral is pretty close to the magical medicine I was looking for to treat my dandruff. Seriously, this stuff works wonders. Be sure to leave it on for at least 3-5 minutes. At the beginning my derm friend said 5-7 minutes. You may experience slight irritation the first few times you use it, but your skin will adjust. How is Nizoral different/more effective? Nizoral has an active ingredient unique to this shampoo called Ketoconazole. Derm friend said the makers of this shampoo treat dandruff as a yeast growth problem. Ketoconazole is a synthetic anti-fungal ingredient that kills fungi and yeasts by destroying their cell membranes. Less yeast ---> less irritated skin ---> less dandruff. Studies have proven Ketoconazole also provides slight increases in hair density and growth. This shampoo is more expensive because of its active ingredient Ketoconazole, but believe me; the price is worth getting rid of dandruff.
Head & Shoulders Hair Endurance for Men Pyrithione Zinc Dandruff Shampoo plus Conditioner, 23.7-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 2) 7/10. This shampoo helped reduce my dandruff, but I still had occasional flakes. If I didn't use Head & Shoulders for a wash, my hair would start to itch and I'd get flakes again. This shampoo uses zinc pyrithione which heals the scalp and reduces sebum production to normal levels. I think this shampoo is adequate for mild dandruff, but my case was too severe.
Selsun Blue Medicated Maximum Strength Dandruff Shampoo, 11 Ounce 5/10. This shampoo worked okay for me. Active ingredient is selenium sulfide which decreases yeast levels on the scalp. After a few days of use my skin remained red, although scalp scaling decreased significantly. After a few weeks of use my dandruff was virtually gone. However, I experienced the worst side effect possible. My hair started falling out more than the usual rate. I discontinued use and my dandruff returned.
I think a cocktail of Nizoral A-D Shampoo - 4 oz and Head & Shoulders Hair Endurance for Men Pyrithione Zinc Dandruff Shampoo plus Conditioner, 23.7-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 2) may be the best route. I personally use the two shampoos mentioned above and JASON Natural Cosmetics Shampoo, Tea Tree Oil Hair & Scalp Therapy - 17.5 fl oz. Make sure you wash daily or every other day. If you're hair starts getting dry, buy a conditioner that heavily moisturizes.
Very Effective - Worth it!
I have struggled with a very sensitive and dry scalp for about 8 years now, and it always gets worse with the dryness of the winter. My scalp would flake very badly, and I've even developed some painful sores. Up until now, I have alternated between regular shampoo and Head & Shoulders, both of which always made my scalp worse.
This winter, I finally lost it and decided that I don't have to live with this ridiculous problem anymore. Having bad flaking and sores doesn't have to be part of my life. I did my researach and came across this product, which I decided would be my last resort. If this didn't work, I was going to my doctor and finally explaining the extent of my problem.
Thankfully, this worked immediately. I followed the directions on the bottle, which say to use the product once a week after using it initially. The rest of the week, I use Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Oil shampoo. I haven't experienced any flaking or signs of sensitivity. No scalp problems at all. It feels weird to not have to think about it or worry about it any more.
Even though the bottle is small, it is lasting me a long time. Considering you only need to use it once a week for perfect results, it's definitely worth the price. The smell doesn't bother me at all. It's not the most amazing smell in the world, but it's just fine, doesn't linger, and I find that it is easily masked by my other typical hair products. My hair is color treated, and this doesn't affect the color at all. I found that my hair felt a little dry and stripped the first couple times I used it...probably because it finally washed away all that buildup. Since then, however, my hair feels soft and clean as it should be. I would recommend this for anyone with a dry scalp that feels like they've tried everything else and nothing works.
Simply the Best
Surprised this stuff does not get more hype. I Had severe flaking for years and tried almost every dry scalp/dandruff product out there. This is the only thing that worked and it works like a charm. Noticeable difference after first application. Symptoms completely gone after a couple of days. This stuff is this shizzle.
Worth writing a review about
I did not buy this product on OnlineShopDealer. But I went off of the reviews, having found Tgel, Selson, etc all to fail at stopping the snowstorm off my scalp. In two wks, for the first time in 15yrs, flakes were no longer falling. Further, I can use only a tab (sz of a fingernail), and it suds up far, far better than Tgel. Hence, you use less, likely evening out the cost/oz issue.
Which is just icing, as the effectiveness alone would have me spend 2x as much for this stuff. YMMV, but give it a shot if you avoid black shirts due to your scalp condition (or the skin between your eyebrows, which for me, at last, no longer flakes). Cheers.
The best in its class.
This is the best dandruff shampoo out there. With any other shampoo, I'm scratching my head in 2 days, which means I'll need to use more. With Nizoral it takes about a good 6 - 7 days before I have an itch, with hair washing.
Feeling 'Itchy' To Tell My Success story
Nizoral is the best shampoo for Dandruff , Period. Selsun Blue Medicated Maximum Strength Dandruff Shampoo, 11 Ounce is a distant second.
SHORTAGE AND ALTERNATIVES:
My wife uses Nizoral and all of a sudden it is not in the market and multiple variations of the product, all with same name and similar boxes popped up in the market at exorbitant prices. So when we went to India, could buy the Nizoral without prescription which has 2% Ketoconazole .It is made by the same good old Johnson And Johnson. We got several bottles of it and the first feedback from my wife was " the product sucks".
Remember Nizoral in US has 1% KetoConazole and is more potent than Nizoral in India which has 2% KetoConazole.
MY TIPS FOR DANDRUFF CONTROL : I have some experiences that might help dandruff sufferers.
If you wash your hair regularly , with a regular shampoo or even plain water, You will be miles ahead of the rest. ( Google for the term "dandruff" and it means small pieces of dead skin in a person's hair. ) . Many people that I know with dandruff reduce washing the hair because of increased hair loss, a by-product of Dandruff. This is true, anything dead on your scalp is going to invite bacteria that will cause more hair loss. A clean scalp is always a better option to reduce hair loss and you are not going to avoid hair fall altogether.
While drying the hair, be gentle with the way towel brushes the hair .You are not harvesting a carrot. Hair Roots are plugged in a soft fatty layer and that gets softer after exposed to warm or hot water. If you go hard on it when wet, you will be ending with unwanted thinning and balding, which many blame it back to Dandruff and try to fix with Rogaine for Men Hair Regrowth Treatment, 5% Minoxidil Topical Aerosol, Easy-to-Use Foam, 2.11 Ounce, 3 Month Supply (Packaging May Vary). Regular healthy habits like good Night Sleep ( use Fitbit Force Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband, Slate, Large to track), stress ,taking Multi Vitamins etc do impact your hair health. Dandruff and Sweat never mix. If you sweat, you wash .
Again , I am not a dermatologist but a person in mid forties who is cured of dandruff and have no patch of baldness. I ought be doing something right !