Nizoral vs Nioxin

By | July 4, 2018

For many people dandruff is a common problems that somehow always coming back for some reason. Most of us use anti-dandruff shampoo as the first treatment to deal with the problem. There are so many options out there come in a wide range of price. In our Nizoral vs Nioxin article today, we will compare these popular anti-dandruff shampoo to help you choose and give you some information regarding their abilities and ingredients. If you are looking for an effective shampoo to eliminate dandruff and itch, go check our article below.

In this article, we are going to give you information about:
– What are Nizoral and Nioxin
– Consistency and Smell
– What are Nizoral and Nioxin made of
– Nizoral vs Nioxin

About Nizoral
Before we are going into the product, you have to know first that dandruff can be caused by several problems and it is easy to mistake the dandruff from flaking caused by dry skin. Other causes are the effect of using some certain product and because of an overgrowth yeast or fungi. If your dandruff caused by the last reason then Nizoral is for you because this shampoo contains the ingredient to stop the growing fungi or yeast in your scalp and it won’t be suitable for you if your dandruff is caused by other problem.

There are two types of the shampoo, the US version comes in white and blue packaging and the red and white packaging for those who live in European countries. The inside is also different because the blue version has thick liquid with a pearl like sheen while the European version has reddish orange watery liquid inside. However, both of them smells similar with a hint of medicated shampoo and if you choose the US version, the after wash feel should be better than the other version.

Nizoral Ingredients
The active ingredient in Nizoral is 1% Ketoconazole while the rest remain inactive. Those ingredients are acrylic acid polymer, butylatedhydroxytoluene, cocamide MEA, FD&Blue #1, fragrance, glycol distearate, polyquaternium-7, quaternium-15, sodium chloride, sodium cocoylsarcosinate, sodium hydroxide/hydrochloric acid, sodium laureth sulfate, tetrasodium EDTA, and water.

Ketoconazole is an imidazole derivative, which is broad spectrum antifungal and when used in a shampoo it won’t be absorbed but will only affects the fungi on the scalp since it inhibits enzymes need by fungi to synthesize steroids in the cell membrane. The end result is breaking down of cells because it is unable to correctly regulate electrolytes.

Just like many other treatment, you have to make sure there are no ingredients in the shampoo that may cause an allergy in your body. Quaternium-15 is a formaldehyde-releasing preservative and Butylated Hydroxytoluene is a fat preservative, which all may cause bad reaction in some people. It also use Sodium Laureth Sulfate to make the foam, which is avoid by some people. (Read also : Nizoral vs T Gel)

Nizoral Direction
The method to use Nizoral is still the same like when you are shampooing with any medicated shampoo. You have to wet your hair first and apply shampoo to produce generous lather to the scalp and repeat the process after rinse. It is recommended to use it every 3-4 days for the first 8 weeks or follow your doctor direction. The shampoo is safe for children under 12 y/o but it should follow doctor recommendation.

About Nioxin
Nioxin is not an unfamiliar name in the industry. This brand has so many shampoos for different purposes and very popular for their hair loss treatment but since we are talking about dandruff here, the one in our article is also the one used to deal with dandruff. This shampoo is the one you pick if you are having dandruff problem caused by seborrheic dermatitis, so if your dandruff caused by different problem, you may want to find another shampoo.

This Nioxin shampoo has a rather watery consistency and not too thick. The liquid comes in milky white color and look so rich with floral/fruity/minty scent, which is very pleasant and not too overpowering. The shampoo foams exceptionally well and it has some menthol that you can feel when using it. The after shampooing will leaves your hair feels luxurious/soft like when using high-end shampoo because it has some moisturizer in it.

Nioxin Ingredients
Nioxin active ingredient is zinc pyrithione, which you can find in many other anti-dandruff shampoos out there. This ingredient helps fight the flakiness of dandruff and promotes healthier scalp. To enhance the after shampooing feeling, the shampoo has many moisturizers as well as various polypeptides to enhance skin vitality. There is Epsom salt with more than 40 different ingredients, which one of it is exfoliation. Another interesting ingredient is Smithsonite, which is a type of astringent to help your skin recovering from cuts, bruiser or sores.

Similar like many shampoos out there, unfortunately Nioxin also has not so good ingredients, like SLS, SLES, and Fragrance. It also has Dimethicone, which is a silicone that will coat your scalp in prolonged use and Benzyl Alcohol that will dry your scalp.

Nioxin Direction
Using the shampoo also similar to your regular shampooing. You have to wet your hair and scalp then use an amount of the shampoo in both scalp and hair and massage them gently to help eliminating the dirt and flakes in your scalp then rinse. There is no clear direction, but it should be fine to use it at least twice a week. Since this shampoo already contain moisturizing ingredients, you don’t have to put additional conditioner again after shampooing.

Now, let’s compare Nizoral with Nioxin. Even though they are the same anti-dandruff shampoo, they are used to deal different causes. Nizoral is used when your dandruff is caused by yeast/fungi while Nioxin is used when your problem caused by Seborrheic dermatitis. Another difference is the after feel because Nioxin has many moisturizer, so it will makes your hair feels smoother compared to Nizoral. Nioxin scent also more pleasant than Nizoral if you don’t mind about perfumed shampoo.

Nizoral vs Nioxin

- Shampoo fights dandruff outbreaks
- Ketoconazole 1% controls flaking, scaling, and itching
- Use just twice a week
- Thick, rich lather rinses clean
- Helps eliminate seborrheic dermatitis
- Dandruff and other scalp related problems associated with scalp irritation
- Flaking and itching as part of total scalp care system
- Gently soothes and moisturizes the scalp

All in all, the decision is all yours to make. In our opinion, you should base your decision on the cause of your dandruff because these shampoos are made to deal with different root problems. If your dandruff caused by fungi, it is best to pick Nizoral while if your dandruff caused by seborrheic dermatitis, you should pick Nioxin.