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Piroctone Olamine

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Piroctone Olamine – An Oil That is Essential for Your Hair

Botanical / INCI

Piroctone Olamine

Extraction method

Piroctone Olamine is a particular salt that is also known as Octopirox and Piroctone ethanolamine. It is a compound, which is often used to cure fungal infections. This salt is a hydroxamic acid derivative Piroctone.

Suggested use 

One in every three persons suffers from a problem related to their hair. Whether it is dandruff, loss of hair, slow growth of hair or split ends, the masses are struggling to find a solution to their hair problems. And in this search for the solution, they often find themselves looking at different shampoos and conditioners to solve the problem. The issue is that most people end up selecting famous shampoos and conditioners, which may not necessarily be the most effective ones. The most effective are not usually the ones which are famous (as anything can become famous if it is marketed and advertised well), they are the ones that have the appropriate ingredients.

Piroctone Olamine is the answer to that question.


Shampoos, which have Piroctone Olamine as one of their ingredients, are known to eliminate dandruff. However, before we learn how they cure dandruff, we must know what causes dandruff in the first place. Dandruff is caused due to fungal growth, excess sebum secretion and local inflammations. Often all these together cause dandruff. Moreover, when the scalp’s skin renewal process is impaired, the excess dead cells form clumps on the head and seem like visible flakes to the eye, which are termed as dandruff. Excess sebum also acts as an ingredient for the growth of fungus on the scalp, which increases the acids on the scalp that cause irritation and itching. This leads to local inflammation, which enhances the growth of cells leading to the formation of flakes that seem like dandruff on the scalp.

The reason why shampoos with Piroctone Olamine can reduce and eliminate dandruff is that Piroctone Olamine is known to kill the fungus or the fungal infections that irritate the scalp. Moreover, Piroctone Olamine is also well known for reducing hair loss and promoting the growth of hair. Due to these many benefits, Piroctone Olamine is considered a great ingredient in shampoos.


 However, just like excess of anything is bad, too much of Piroctone Olamine can be bad for the scalp too. This is precisely why shampoos with Piroctone Olamine have a very minor amount of it so that its side effects do not affect the scalp in any way. It should be kept in mind that shampoos with Piroctone Olamine should not be used more than twice a week, unlike other daily use shampoos that don’t have this ingredient. One of the biggest side effects of Piroctone Olamine is that it can cause irritation and itchiness on the head.

So next time you go for shampoo shopping, take a look at shampoos with the right ingredients.


Piroctone Olamine is of petrochemical origin and helps treat dandruff. There is no natural alternative that comes close to being as effective as this.