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. Read our article to get clued up on the myths and facts surrounding dandruff.
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 is not the same thing. A dry scalp occurs when the scalp loses too much of its natural moisture and becomes dry and tight. The most distinguishable symptom of dry scalp is smallish, white flakes that fall off the scalp easily.
Dry scalp is not necessarily the cause for dandruff. 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. Dandruff flakes are larger than dry skin flakes and don’t fall off the scalp as easily.
MYTH 2: Dandruff can cause hair fall
Hair fall1 is sometime associated with dandruff and an itchy scalp but these conditions are not mutually exclusive. Hair fall is not caused by dandruff but may be induced by the incessant need to scratch an itchy scalp. When we scratch our heads, the action causes breakage in the hair. The root causes for hair fall include stress, diet and the health of the scalp. Because the roots of the hair are imbedded in the scalp, it provides the nutrition for hair growth, therefore a healthy scalp is the foundation for naturally strong hair.
As well as fighting the symptoms of dandruff, CLEAR Complete Soft Care anchors healthy hair firmly to the scalp so that hair looks thicker and healthier. It also strengthens hair from the root up, providing less breakage than other shampoos.
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 are present of 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 beauty shampoo product to get rid of it. Normal beauty 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 like CLEAR Complete Soft Care with Sakura Fresh Fragrance Shampoo. This anti-dandruff shampoo is specially formulated to cleanse and purify the surface of the scalp, removing excess oils or sebum from the roots of the hair, preventing dandruff from re-occurring2.
The first step to treating dandruff is being well informed about what it is and what it isn’t. Now that you know the myths and the facts that surround dandruff, you’ll be better equipped to deal with its symptoms should it ever arise.
2 No visible flakes with continuous usage