For centuries zinc has been recognized for its unique healing properties. In the 13th century Marco Polo observed that the Persians used tutia (meaning zinc oxide, or perhaps zinc sulphate) to heal wounds and sore eyes. Eighteenth-century apothecaries in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia dispensed skin remedies made from calamine, a mineral form of zinc. Today most medicine cabinets still contain lotions and creams containing zinc. Alta Care Laboratoires has launched a zinc based shampoo that can be used both on the body and hair. Kito Z is produced in France and is available today in all pharmacies.
Zinc is an essential nutrient and is crucial to the proper functioning of at least 70 different enzymes. It plays a key role in collagen formation as well as maintaining blood stability. Research and studies that were conducted to determine the impact of zinc on skin conditions had a positive outcome. Zinc has a synergic action with most pharmaceuticals that act topically. For this reason it is recommended to wash all the body with Kito Z when already using creams or gels to treat a skin condition, so that zinc will have a synergic action. This synergic action gives more potency to the pharmaceutical that is being applied because of the presence of zinc in the skin.
Zinc pyrithione found in Kito Z shampoo is a chemical compound used as an antifungal and antibacterial agent. Zinc pyrithione is best known for its use in treating dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis. It also has antibacterial properties and is effective against many pathogens from the streptococcus and staphylococcus class. Its other medical applications include treatments of psoriasis, eczema, ringworm, fungus, athletes foot, dry skin atypical dermatitis, tinea and vitiligo. Because of its anti-fungal properties, it is commonly found in dandruff shampoo. Products containing pyrithione zinc are available today; it is the main ingredient in many other over-the-counter creams, lotions, soaps, and shampoos.
Zinc Pyrithione has a number of qualities that may be helpful in alleviating psoriasis symptoms. It is an antiseborrheic, which means that it helps to prevent or relieve excessive secretions of the sebaceous glands. These glands lie beneath the skin and are usually connected with hair follicles. Their function is to soften and lubricate the skin and hair. When sebaceous glands become overactive, an inflammatory skin rash, known as seborrheic dermatitis, can result. Pyrithione zinc also has both antifungal and antibacterial properties, which may help reduce inflammation on the skin and provide added relief for psoriasis sufferers. Topical zinc pyrithione is generally recognized as a safe and effective treatment for reduction in scale, erythema, and pruritus, and can be applied and left on the skin or scalp for the control of dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis.
KITO-Z OTC SHAMPOO of Alta Care Laboratoires, Paris, combines octipirox (anti-rednesss), triclosan (anti-bacterial), climbazole (anti-fungal) and Zinc Pyrithione, the two main anti-dandruff ingredients that treat both skin and hair inestetisms.
Kito-Z Shampoo is also effective against other fungal infections such as T.Corporis, P.Versicolor (sun spots) and Taenia corporis.
Kito-Z Shampoo also contains Vitamin E and Pro-Vitamin B5, a conditioning agent that leaves the hair soft and clean. The Pro-Vitamin B5 is very essential in this medicated shampoo because many medicated shampoos do not leave the hair conditioned.
Kito-Z Conditioner, however, may be added if there is need to have further conditioning. Kito-Z conditioner is specifically formulated to be used in combination with Kito-Z Shampoo. Kinetic studies have shown that the marine collagen formula of Kito-Z Conditionet allows the ketoconazole adhesion in the skin hair for more that 3 days. It is highly recommended to leave the Kito Z shampoo and conditioner for at least 5 minutes before washing it off so that the active ingredients work in synergy with the Zinc pyrithione.