What Causes Dandruff?


Dandruff is a common ailment that affects up to half of the world's population. Its symptoms, which include dry, white flakes that appear on the scalp and hair, are easy enough to spot. but the exact cause of dandruff remains unknown. There are however, several possible causes that can contribute to the onset of dandruff.

Scalp Fungus and the Importance of the Scalp's Natural Protective Barrier

Malassezia is a scalp fungus that grows in oil rich areas of the body and has been identified as a leading cause of dandruff. Malassezia is actually present on both healthy scalps and scalps with dandruff, but scalps affected by dandruff symptoms tend to have a higher presence of the fungus. When the scalp's natural protective barrier becomes weakened, irritants produced by Malassezia are able to penetrate the scalp barrier and further aggravate dandruff symptoms. 

Malassezia can't be removed completely, but washing your hair with a good anti-dandruff shampoo and conditioner is the first step to combatting its effects. Washing with CLEAR Complete Scalp Care improves the scalp's natural defenses, protecting it against further irritation and eliminating visible signs of dandruff*. For the best results, use CLEAR Anti-Dandruff Shampoo & Conditioner continuously to keep dandruff from recurring. 

Knowing what causes dandruff and how to treat it when it appears is the key to keeping your hair clean and clear. 


*No visible flakes with continuous product usage.