4 DANDRUFF MYTHS BUSTED
Does dandruff cause hair loss? Is dandruff contagious? These are just some of the myths that surround dandruff, a skin condition that affects up to 50% of all people. With so many people affected by dandruff, it's important to dispel these myths and half-truths.
Myth 1: Dandruff flakes are caused by a dry scalp.
Just like dandruff, dry scalp affects a lot of people, but it's important to note that dandruff and a dry scalp are not the same thing. A dry scalp occurs when the scalp loses too much of its natural moisture and becomes dry and tight. Dandruff on the other hand has many causes and is commonly associated with a buildup of Malassezia, a yeast-like fungus that grows on oily areas of the scalp. Irritants produced by Malassezia are able to feed on the excess oil, causing skin cells to shed faster than usual, resulting in itchiness and dandruff flakes.
Myth 2: Dandruff can cause hair fall
Hair fall due to breakage is sometimes associated with dandruff and an itchy scalp. Hair fall is not caused by dandruff but it may be induced by the incessant need to scratch an itchy scalp. When we scratch our heads, the action may cause damage to the hair fiber making it more prone to breakage.
The root cause for hair fall includes stress, diet, and the health of the scalp. Because the roots of the hair are embedded in the scalp, it provides the nutrition for hair growth. therefore a healthy scalp is the foundation for naturally strong hair.
Myth 3: Dandruff is contagious
Many people think that dandruff can be passed from person to person, but it's simply not true. Dandruff isn't contagious and the fungal bacteria that can lead to the appearance of dandruff is present on everybody's scalp, meaning we all have the potential to develop dandruff.
Myth 4: Regular shampoos can get rid of dandruff
If you have dandruff, you'll need more than a regular shampoo product to get rid of it. Normal shampoos might help reduce the appearance of flakes, but they won't get rid of the excess fungus that causes dandruff.
To clear the scalp of Malassezia and keep the symptoms of dandruff at bay, you'll need an anti-dandruff shampoo and conditioner like CLEARTM Complete Scalp Care. made with cucumber and mint, this anti-dandruff system is specially formulated to cleanse and purify the surface of the scalp, removing excess oils or sebum from the roots of the hair, and inhibit the growth of Malassezia with an anti-fungal active, preventing dandruff from re-occurring1.
1. No visible flakes with continuous usage.