Extina, Ketoconazole you can use on your face

Written by on August 27, 2010 in seborrheic dermatitis with 3 Comments

A formulation of Ketoconazole 2% for treating seborrheic dermatitis called Extina is currently being promoted by Stiefel Laboratories.

Stiefel, which is a part of GSK, is promoting Extina as the “first and only ketoconazole foam for scalp, body, and face” and being “proven for hair, there and everywhere”.

This foam-based formulation is potentially interesting because it is being promoted as approved for use on facial skin.

The formulation is described as a thermoliable hydroethanolic foam (also known as VersaFoam-HF). The prescribing information advises against dispensing the foam in your hands as it will begin to `melt’ immediately. Instead, users are told to dispense the foam into the cap or another cold surface and use fingertips to gently massage into the affected area.

Officially, the reason that ketoconazole works when treating seborrheic dermatitis is unknown.

Active ingredients: ketoconazole

Inactive Ingredients: cetyl alcohol, citric acid, ethanol (denatured with tert-butyl alcohol and brucine sulfate) 58%, polysorbate 60, potassium citrate, propylene glycol, purified water, and stearyl alcohol pressurized with a hydrocarbon (propane/butane) pro

See the Extina web site for the prescribing information and safety warnings.

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3 Reader Comments

  1. billy bob says:

    This-EXTINA-did not work for me at all after 2x day, 2 week treatment of scalp area. Affected area doubled in size and condition much worse, more scaly and now bleeding. It also cause a lot of hair loss in two weeks, I am not sure if this will grow back. My Derm says this product is realatively new so they are trying it out. Not much good so far.

  2. Jean says:

    Since incr. oil productio is a fctor, does low dose accutane halt the disorder or only improve while taking the drug ?


  3. jazzman says:

    dont use accutane, dont use ketanazole. both horribly dry out your skin. accutane dries it out permanently

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