Is dandruff contagious? The truth revealed

Having dandruff can be a knock to anyone’s confidence, but not knowing the facts about dandruff and dandruff causes can lead to improper or ineffective treatments and even more worry.   

Inconvenient as it is, dandruff is a common condition that affects up to 50% of us, and the key to treating dandruff is to know the truth about it and how to treat it.


Healthy scalps tend to shed dead skin cells one a month before quickly making new cells to replace them. When this process is sped up, the scalp begins to shed an excess amount of dead skin which leads to dandruff.   

There’s still some debate about the exact causes of dandruff, but it is thought that a weakened scalp barrier, coupled with the presence of a microbe called malassezia can lead to the occurrence of dandruff.   


Dandruff is normal. The malassezia microbe that can lead to the appearance of dandruff is a healthy fungus that lives on everyone’s scalp. Malassezia only becomes a problem when it overproduces and causes the excess shedding of skin that we associate with dandruff.   


A common misconception about dandruff is that it can be passed from one person to another by sharing the same comb with or standing too close to someone who has visible dandruff. In reality, dandruff is not contagious and the malassezia microbes that can lead to dandruff are present on everyone’s scalps and not transferred from person to person.   


If you are already prone to dandruff, then it’s likely that it will recur. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t control the symptoms of dandruff. Anti-dandruff shampoos such as CLEAR Men Deep Cleanse Shampoo can help get rid of dandruff symptoms and prevent them from coming back with regular use.   

CLEAR Men Deep Cleanse Shampoo contains a healthy blend of ten nutrients and botanical actives that nourish and revive the scalp’s natural protective barrier. Used on a regular basis, it helps to leave the hair soft and healthy looking, whilst also reducing the appearance of visible flakes.   

The appearance of dandruff can be upsetting but with the right information and regular use of a good anti-dandruff shampoo, you needn’t worry. Just follow our advice and you can have a clear, healthy, dandruff-free scalp and a renewed sense of confidence.