Does Nizoral Shampoo work for Acne? (Forehead)

If you’ve ever dealt with acne – and the majority of us has at some point in our lives – then you’ll know how frustrating it can be. You can exercise and stay in shape, eat a super clean diet and take care of your skin – and still end up getting a bout of acne which makes you want to hide away in your bedroom. I know; I’ve been there.

One of the best beauty tips that I’ve picked up in recent years from a friend is using Nizoral Shampoo, or Ketoconazole, as a way to combat my forehead acne. I don’t use it all the time, but whenever I’ve had an acne attack then I’ve got myself some Nizoral shampoo and within a week or two, the acne has disappeared.

Now I took this advice on a whim, and it darn well worked. So afterwards I decided to do a little research into why Nizoral works well for certain types acne and why you might want to consider it if you’re having acne issues, and why you may want to avoid using Nizoral if you have acne on your face.

Using Nizoral for Acne – Why it Works

Let’s cut to the chase – the main reason that Nizoral works is that it’s an anti androgen. Essentially, an anti androgen (also known as an androgen blocker) is defined as a product or drug that’s used to combat androgens. The androgen that we’re concerned about here is DHT, or dihydrotestosterone – also the cause of male pattern baldness in guys. DHT is a byproduct of testosterone, and it’s totally normal for you to DHT in your body.

To put it simply, your levels of DHT will fluctuate and become imbalanced. This imbalance can cause acne.

Nizoral is a anti androgen, or DHT blocker or whatever you want to call it. This is why you’ll find it in hair loss drugs like Finasteride and DHT Blocking Shampoos – because they help to block the DHT and regulate your hormone levels.

So, with a DHT imbalance being one of the main causes of acne, it only makes sense that a DHT blocker like Nizoral works extremely well for helping to deal with acne.

Do I definitely have acne? What else does Nizoral work for?

The reality is that although a lot of people think they have acne, there’s a good chance that they’re actually dealing with something that isn’t acne.

Nizoral itself also works extremely well for a ton of different stuff that looks like acne, but actually isn’t acne. Nizoral is just the product name of Ketoconazole, which is a fungal treatment. These properties make it great for dealing with;

  • Folliculitis – Looks just like forehead acne, feels just like forehead acne – but isn’t forehead acne. Folliculitis is a pretty common condition – it’s essentially where your hair follicles start to get irritated and inflamed. It’s likely caused by a fungal infection – making Nizoral a great choice for dealing with it.
  • Seborrheic Dermatitis – Another common scalp condition is seborrheic dermatitis. Although you might not think you’ve heard of it, the likelihood is that you actually have – dandruff is a mild form of seborrheic dermatitis. Again, Nizoral works well for treating this – you can also consider T Gel and T Sal, too.
  • Oily Skin – If you’re like me, you’ve been plagued your entire life with oily skin. On one hand it’s great because you tan easier, but it’s also one of the most annoying things, especially in photos. Using Nizoral can help to dry out your skin, giving it a less oily appearance.

Where Wouldn’t I Use Nizoral Shampoo?

Now, I’ve used Nizoral Shampoo to deal with acne all over my body, including my forehead and my back, which is notoriously hard to deal with.

The one place that I wouldn’t use Nizoral for is; my face. Why? Well, your face is a particularly sensitive area and I have particularly sensitive skin too, so it just doesn’t make sense for me to use a harsher shampoo like Nizoral for dealing with face acne.

That doesn’t mean to say that I don’t get face acne – I do. But, it just isn’t plausible to use Nizoral for your face. If you’re interested, you can also read about my long battle with cystic acne on my cheeks.

4 Other Main Causes of Acne

If you’re dealing with acne, it can be very frustrating – especially if you can’t get it to go away. There are ways that you can try and combat your acne with lotions and products, but it’s also worth considering what the causes of your acne are too.

  • Genetics – Unfortunately, one of the main causes of acne is genetics. There’s not much that you can do about this, obviously – some people are just born with acne prone or oily skin. If this is you, then the likelihood is that there are some ‘triggers’ for your acne which I’ll talk more about now.
  • Stress – Stress is one of the biggest causes of acne, and unfortunately is can be difficult to keep your stress levels down when dealing with it as acne can cause even more stress! The main reason hat stress can be a cause of acne is that it actually draws the blood flow away from your skin, and this lack of blood flow can cause acne to appear.
  • Lactose – Although the research is thin of why exactly lactose can cause acne, there is a lot of research that suggests this is one of the main causes. The reason for this is likely because of the artificial hormones that are used in the majority of dairy products, which may have an effect on the hormones in our body when we consume them.
  • Coffee – Another possible irritant that might be causing your acne is coffee. I know – you don’t want to give up your morning brew, but there’s a surprising amount of people who can attest to their acne clearing up after they’ve stopped drinking coffee. The main reasons for this is likely because of the amount of lactose that’s used in coffees, as well as the possibility that a high amount of caffeine can elevate stress levels.


In conclusion, I’ve used Nizoral myself to deal with back acne and forehead acne and had amazing results. Whilst it might not be the best option for everyone, it’s definitely worth considering if you want something that’s pretty cheap that still works too. There are other options available, but often acne treatments can be unnecessarily expensive, which is one of the main reasons that I’d recommend going for Nizoral.

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