This section discussed some of the most important factors to consider when using zinc pyrithione for seborrheic dermatitis. Key points included:
- Zinc pyrithione is the most common active ingredient used for dandruff treatment globally.
- Most common at a 1% concentration in shampoo form, but creams, soaps and lotions are also available.
- Lab testing has demonstrated its ability to suppress and destroy various malassezia fungus species.
- Majority of researchers have attributed it’s ability to relieve seborrheic dermatitis to it’s antifungal properties.
- Some researches have proposed that it’s therapeutic potential may actually be caused by genetic disruptions to the outer layer of the skin.
- 2% ketoconazole appears to be a more widely recommended treatment for seborrheic dermatitis then 1% zinc pyrithione.
- Reported adverse reactions are quite rare and it is generally considered safe for topical usage.