Using Nizoral Shampoo to Treat Pityrosporum Folliculitis

 

 

Let’s just go ahead and address the biggest elephant in the room, shall we?!  The thought of using shampoo on anything other than your hair is ridiculous, right?  Well, hear me out…

 

Discovering Nizoral Shampoo

 

I first heard about using Nizoral Shampoo for Pityrosporum folliculitis while surfing through an online forum several years ago.  That’s right – shampoo for your hair or your skin!  I couldn’t believe it really, but that didn’t stop me from heading to my local grocery store to grab a bottle of the shampoo.  What stopped me was the fact that I couldn’t find it so I moved on.

Fast forward yet another year and I was still looking online for a solution to the itchy bumps on my forehead that wouldn’t go away.  While visiting multiple websites, Nizoral Shampoo resurfaced yet again in the discussion.  Many said this particular shampoo quickly treated those acne-like bumps.  So I ventured out again and this time I found it!  And that, my friend, is when everything changed.

After a couple of years of trying to get rid of those tiny bumps on my forehead, they were gone within days of using Nizoral Shampoo. Just like that – gone!  I was speechless.

Now I should say I had already started making progress with my skin prior to using Nizoral.  With a consistent skin care regimen, my forehead was beginning to show signs of progress in comparison to previous years.  But, I’ll also be the first to tell you, there was still room for improvement.  And that’s exactly what this product did – it improved things considerably.

 

Nizoral Shampoo for Pityrosporum Folliculitis:

 

Nizoral Shampoo

Here’s exactly how I used Nizoral Shampoo as a treatment for Pityrosporum Folliculitis:

 

Preparation: A day before I conducted a skin patch test in an inconspicuous area (i.e. the inside of the arm) to check for any adverse skin reactions.  Also, prior to using this product, I did not wash my face.  My skin was dry (not wet) and sans any product (no makeup, moisturizer, etc.). 

Duration: Morning and night for 10-15 minutes for 10 consecutive days.

 

 STEP 1 :

  I applied a thin layer of the shampoo directly onto my skin.

Nizoral Shampoo for Pityrosporum Folliculitis

Nizoral Shampoo for Pityrosporum Folliculitis

Nizoral Shampoo for Pityrosporum Folliculitis

 

STEP 2: 

After 10-15 minutes, I wet my fingertips and gently lathered the area.

Nizoral Shampoo for Pityrosporum Folliculitis

Nizoral Shampoo for Pityrosporum Folliculitis

 

STEP 3: 

I removed all traces of the product with water.

Nizoral Shampoo for Pityrosporum Folliculitis

Nizoral Shampoo for Pityrosporum Folliculitis

Nizoral Shampoo for Pityrosporum Folliculitis

 

STEP 4: 

I used a clean towel to gently pat dry.

Nizoral Shampoo for Pityrosporum Folliculitis

Nizoral Shampoo for Pityrosporum Folliculitis

 

*The images shown above are for demonstration purposes and do not show an actual rash or infection.  To see actual images of Malassezia (Pityrosporum) Folliculitis, please visit the Homepage.

 

So, I essentially used Nizoral Shampoo as a forehead mask for 10 days morning and night.  The remainder of my face (everything but my forehead), I washed with a facial cleanser.  No additional products were applied to my forehead afterwards.  In fact, at no point throughout those 10 days did I apply anything but Nizoral to my forehead.  Personally, I thought it was best if I allowed the product to work “its magic”, if you will, without any external influences like moisturizer or makeup.

By day two or three, I could clearly see a big difference in the texture of my skin.  Some of the bumps were either already gone or soon-to-be-gone.  And by the final day, my forehead wasn’t just clear, it was baby smooth!

I posted two videos on my YouTube channel and discussed how to get rid of forehead bumps with Nizoral Shampoo as well as how I used Nizoral Shampoo to treat Pityrosporum (Malassezia) Folliculitis.  By the way, my video How To Get Rid of Tiny Forehead Bumps, has reached nearly a million views!  In other words, you’re not alone.

 

 

 

 

Potential Side Effects

Some potential side effects of using Nizoral Shampoo on the skin include, but are not limited to, dryness, peeling, and redness at the site of application.  Reducing the amount used or the frequency in application could combat this.  Additionally, conducting a skin patch test in an inconspicuous area beforehand may help in determining other potential adverse reactions prior to using this product.

Why Nizoral Works

The active ingredient in Nizoral 1% Shampoo is ketoconazole.  I discuss ketoconazole in-depth in this blog post.  It’s actually really interesting and worth reading if you ask me.  But, in short, ketoconazole is commonly used to treat fungal infections of the skin.  You might be wondering what in the world is an antifungal agent doing in an anti-dandruff shampoo.  Well, one of the causes of dandruff is an overgrowth of a yeast-like fungus.  Sound familiar?  So ketoconazole works to treat the dandruff by targeting this yeast-like fungus.  And, interestingly enough, the fungus species responsible for dandruff is the same species responsible for Pityrosporum folliculitis and other skin-related conditions like seborrheic/atopic dermatitis, pityriasis versicolor and others.  So, that’s why Nizoral works – its key ingredient isn’t simply antidandruff, it’s also antifungal!

Prescription-Strength Nizoral

If you’ve received a prescription for Nizoral from your doctor, then chances are the Nizoral you’ve been prescribed contains 2% ketoconazole verses the over-the-counter 1% ketoconazole found in Nizoral 1% Shampoo.  It’s typically prescribed to treat tinea (pityriasis) versicolor and other fungal infections of the skin.

Nizoral Has Not Been Approved to Treat Pityrosporum Folliculitis  

It is important to mention Nizoral Shampoo is not FDA approved to treat Pityrosporum folliculitis.  Hence, it has neither been tested for the usage described above nor do the directions specify it should be used to treat anything other than dandruff. Please don’t rely solely on the information presented here and always read labels, warnings, and directions before using any product.  And, as always, be sure to talk with your doctor about any questions and concerns you might have.  And, again, before using a new product, a skin patch test is always a good idea prior to applying over a larger area of skin.

Contacting Johnson & Johnson

I reached out to the Consumer Care Center at Johnson & Johnson, the makers of Nizoral Shampoo, and informed them of my positive experience with using this product.  I’m not the first person nor am I the last person to use this product quite like this, so I wanted to share my experience.  After all, I consider Nizoral Shampoo to be a game-changer for Pityrosporum folliculitis!  Furthermore, if for some reason, it’s ever discontinued, we’re all screwed.  Royally.

Anyways, I ended up speaking with a representative several days after filling out an online form where I mentioned I’d love to see a similar product formulated specifically to treat or help treat Pityrosporum folliculitis.  I even inquired about any research and development opportunities. I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t done my own research into having a product like this formulated.  There’s no way my entrepreneur spirit would’ve allowed me to pass that up.  Aside from the clinical studies and so forth, there’s a lot involved to formulate a product containing a drug.  And, by “a lot involved,” I mean a lot of money. Like a lot, a lot.

In the end, I answered a lot of questions about my experience with the product and provided some demographic information that I’m assuming they’ll use for research.  No response from them regarding the R&D opportunities, though.  The love was not lost.  I just hope my feedback was helpful.

Was Nizoral a One-Time Use?

Unfortunately, the positive results I experienced did not last forever.  I had to dust out my secret weapon approximately two months later, which is why I always have a bottle on hand just in case.  I would imagine I’d need to use it a lot more frequently if my skin care regimen weren’t as solid as it is.  Check out my skin care regimen here to find out how I keep my skin clear and under control.

Did I get the same baby smooth results after every application of this product?  Yes!  No flukes here!  Still not convinced?  Don’t forget about all those YouTube comments from people all over the world who have had success, too!

And that’s it!  For other products that could possibly help in treating PF, check out these blog posts:  Treatment Options for Pityrosporum Folliculitis and My Favorite Products for Pityrosporum Folliculitis!

 

 

Have you ever used Nizoral Shampoo for Pityrosporum folliculitis? What were your results? Please share in the comments below!

 

30 replies
  1. Meg
    Meg says:

    I have been using this product on my back for the same reason! Wondering if you experienced extremely dry skin? My skin is peeling as if it was sunburned. It’s clearing up but at the cost of incredibly dry skin. Did you experience this?

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    • Marjorie
      Marjorie says:

      I have an oily T-zone so I only experienced very minor dryness. For me, the cost-benefit ratio of dryness was worth it. How did you ultimately pan out?

      Reply
  2. K
    K says:

    FYI, Also try a series of colonics, take flucanozol orally and a quality grade probiotic to combat yeast. And lay off the sugar and gluten filled breads.

    Reply
    • Marjorie
      Marjorie says:

      You were spot on: probiotics for sure and colonics are on my must list as well! The sugar and bread should definitely be kept to a minimum. Thanks for commenting!

      Reply
  3. Ivy Grace Remotigue
    Ivy Grace Remotigue says:

    Hello,i couldnt find this same nizoral shampoobin any pharmacy and groslcery here in qatar.im frustrated about my condition the pastules getting bigger and ita very itchy..i have this nizoral shampoo by johnson and johnson also but not same packaging of this nizoral ad shamppo.here is tje yellow one

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  4. kip
    kip says:

    Im using this nizoral shampoo every night and morning for 4 days now. And my skin is really drying and flaking… can anyone suggest me what can i do to reduce the dryness and flaky ?

    Reply
    • Marjorie
      Marjorie says:

      Thanks for commenting! How much are you using and how long are you leaving it on for? You can either reduce how much you’re using, dilute the product with a little bit of water, or reduce the time you’re leaving it on for. I’d use something really gentle to moisturize with if flakiness and dryness continues to be a problem for you. Cerave Moisturizing Lotion is a good example. I hope this helps.

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  5. George
    George says:

    Hi, I’ve had this problem for years and i’ve decided to give nizoral a shot. Unfortunately I don’t know if the nizoral that I have access to is the same one that people have been reporting success with on the internet. The only one available in my country(New Zealand) is 2%(would this mean leaving it on for a shorter period of time because of higher ket content?), comes in a red box and is called anti dandruff treatment as opposed to shampoo. Would be great if you could help me find out if it’s different and whether or not it would be safe to use it if it is.

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    • Marjorie
      Marjorie says:

      Hey there, I think this is one of the most commonly asked questions on that youtube video I posted. Many in other countries have said they could only find the 2% bottle. Perhaps you can start there – by reading what others have said about it in the comment section and/or reaching out to them directly. At the very least, I’d do a skin patch test first to be sure your skin doesn’t experience any aversions, and then I’d consider diluting it with water. That main ingredient is antifungal; so it’s similar, but the concentration is slightly higher, and there may be a few other differences in the inactive ingredients. Whatever you decide, I’d love to hear how things pan out for you. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

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  6. Seamus
    Seamus says:

    Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though
    you relied on the video to make your point. You definitely
    know what youre talking about, why waste your
    intelligence on just posting videos to your blog
    when you could be giving us something enlightening to read?

    Reply
    • Marjorie
      Marjorie says:

      Thank you! That is good advice. I’ll definitely spend time writing more. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do. Thank you for the honest feedback.

      Reply
  7. Grey
    Grey says:

    Buying it right now! Have been using Retin-A prescribed by dermatologist, but just read on here that that can actually do more harm than good. Pretty sure I have a combination of this fungal infection and acne. So i’m going to try and clear this first. Hopefully it works!

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    • Marjorie
      Marjorie says:

      I was once prescribed Retin-A, too, among several other topical creams by a dermatologist. Those days are long gone! Please let me know how things pan out for you with Nizoral. Don’t forget to do a quick skin patch test over a smaller, inconspicuous area beforehand. Good luck!

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  8. Jean
    Jean says:

    I have a quick question! I was prescribed 2% ketoconzole by my dermatologist for this, but the bumps and texture still remain for the most part. Do you think I should attempt the Nizoral shampoo treatment mentioned above on top of the topical cream?

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    • Marjorie
      Marjorie says:

      No, I definitely wouldn’t use both at the same time. I see you sent me a personal message, so I’ll respond directly to your email since I have additional questions for you.

      Reply
  9. Issie
    Issie says:

    Hi MARJORIE. Great post. I love this. I also use Nizoral which is work. One more question, I love makeup so I wonder if tiny forehead bump may come from makeup as well. I think if we don’t deep clean our face it may cause. So, I’m strict with cleansing because I used to suffer from acne a lot, before I wash my face I use this many time http://www.womensedge.org/best-makeup-removers/. I’m so scare of acne, I don’t want to face it again.

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    • Marjorie
      Marjorie says:

      Hi there! I think makeup may be a possible culprit, too, especially if left on for long periods of time (or overnight). Periodically deep cleansing is a must!

      Reply
  10. Abby Barlow
    Abby Barlow says:

    Hi Majorie!

    I have been researching what has been going on with my itchy forehead bumps for the past 13 weeks and it’s been driving me crazy. I went to the doctors and was prescribed doxycycline antibiotics as my doctor believed it was a contact dermatitis reaction. I’ve tried many things over this 13 week period, along with the antibiotics like diet changes etc and noticed no changes (or it would get a little bit better for a few days but then go crazy bad again). It has been so frustrating! Little bumps also started showing up on my chest and shoulders.

    It wasn’t until this weekend when I stumbled across your youtube videos + this page that I decided to try Nizoral. It is only day 2 of using Nizoral and I have already noticed crazily good improvements in such a short time frame. I have such high hopes, this is the best thing I’ve tried so far and couldn’t be more thankful to you for sharing your journey/steps on using Nizoral to treat Pityrosporum folliculitis.

    My fingers are crossed this time! Thank you thank you! 🙂

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    • Marjorie
      Marjorie says:

      Hi Abby! You’re very welcome. I’m so hopeful for you! Please let all of us know how things have panned out for you. In the meantime, my fingers will be crossed for you, too! Thank you!

      Reply
  11. Karen
    Karen says:

    I’ve been having these bumps on my forehead for quite a while, to the point that they itch so bad that it’s hard not to scratch them. My forehead is dry yet oily at the same time, so I’m scared to try this

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    • Marjorie
      Marjorie says:

      Totally understand. Definitely do a skin patch test in an inconspicuous area beforehand. That might help ease some anxiety. If you do try it, I hope you have as much success as I had.

      Reply

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