Product: Nizoral Ketoconazole 2% Shampoo.
Prescribed by my doctor.
In my last year of uni, I started getting really dry and itchy skin on my scalp. I would have little mounds of dry skin and scabs from where I was scratching at night. It was so horrible and uncomfortable. I went to my family doctor multiple times and they told me to use coconut oil and said I had dry skin. I would slather my scalp in coconut oil but to no avail. Plus coconut oil is a MEGA pain to wash out of your hair.
I then went to a different doctor who immediately diagnosed me with Seborrheic Dermatitis, which is similar to having dandruff but the symptoms are worse. Oh joy. That’s when I started using this shampoo. It definitely improved my scalp and got rid of all the redness, scabs and most of the dandruff. This is because the main ingredient – ketoconazole – fights the root cause. It’s pink in colour and the scent isn’t nice like regular shampoo, but it’s not too bad for a medicine. The shampoo doesn’t lather that well and it made my hair greasier quicker.
Whilst this shampoo really helped improve my scalp, it did not improve the itching which was a majorrrr problem as I was constantly scratching at night.
Retail price: £9.30 for 100ml in BootsUK.
(If you’re a student and have a Boots Advantage card, you can get 10% discount.)
If you suffer from Seborrheic Dermatitis this is DEFINITELY worth a try. If you have symptoms similar to mine, go to your doctor for an examination. It’s kind of expensive for a shampoo, but it lasts well, you don’t use it every time you wash your hair and it’s worth paying if it gives you relief. Whilst it didn’t solve all my problems and had some negatives, it made my life SO much better as I wasn’t in pain!
I will definitely keep using this shampoo. I think Nizoral are cruelty free, but I’m not 100% sure.