ALTA CARE Laboratoires - Paris discusses the advantages of shampoos that combine ketoconazole with zinc pyrithione; such shampoos have been launched recently in Paris.

Many of us are faced with a common but uncomfortable skin problem, that of fungal infections. Such skin disorders can show up in various forms and in diverse areas of the body. A common fungal outbreak is that of dandruff. An itchy, irritated scalp, together with flaking skin, is the distressful symptom that dandruff brings with it; not to mention also the discrete hesitation to wear black!

The leading cause of dandruff is believed to be a naturally occurring fungus found on almost everyone's scalp, called P.ovale. This causes lifestyle variances, affecting our diet, hormones, stress, climate environment and genetics; it influences the way our body reacts to it. Studies show that this fungus feeds on your scalp's natural oils and creates acid by-products causing irritation leading to flaking, scaling and itching of the scalp.
Treatments and medications are of course available to combat such conditions and the most commonly used and effective anti-fungals are Ketoconazole and Zinc Pyrithione.

Ketoconazole is a synthetic imidazole antifungal. It is effective for superficial fungal infections, genital candidosis and chronic mucocutaneous candidosis. Whereas Zinc Pyrithione is a derivative of zinc and acts as an antibacterial agent, it also works as an anti-fungal agent to fight many pathogenic microorganisms that cause fungal infections. Zinc Pyrithione is used to control dandruff and inflammation of the skin which cause excessive discharge of sebum or oil, thus reducing the annoying itching and flaking of the scalp, which are symptoms associated with dandruff.

Both Ketoconazole and Zinc Pyrithione work wonders when combined together. However, most products on the market only contain only one of these two active ingredients. Now to deal with present conditions of skin fungal infections, whilst also fending off their reappearance in the future, the combination of both these active inredients is essential.

Alta Care Laboratoires has just launched in Paris the Keto–Z range of shampoos and conditioners. Keto–Z has five actions in a unique synergic combination. An ingenious product, since it combines both Ketoconazole and Zinc Pyrithione in one. The Ketoconazole works as an anti dandruff and anti fungal therefore treating the underlying cause. The Zinc Pyrithione acts on the scalp to remove irritation, dryness and itchiness. Nevertheless additional benefits include, pro vitamin B5, a conditioning agent, Vitamin E and micronised particles, in a pearlised shampoo for better penetration.

Keto–Z is available in a pharmaceutical form of both 0.5% for frequent use, and 2% of Ketoconazole to suit various conditions of the fungal ailments. Keto-Z is not only a topical treatment for dandruff, but, as a result of the combination of ketoconazole and zinc pyrithione, it is also excellent for Pityrisiasis Versicolor (sun spots), Tinea corporis, Tinea cruris and Athlete’s foot. What makes this range complete is the Keto-Z conditioner which allows the ketoconazole to remain in the hair for more than 3 days, leaving your head free from all the uncomfortable  itching and flaking and obviously embarrassment, isolation and the lack of confidence that such symptoms bring with it!




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