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Simple dandruff conditions - All the facts/myths

Washing hair regularly eliminates dandruff

FALSE. Dandruff is not a hygiene issue. Washing your hair is not enough to get rid of it. You must use an anti-dandruff shampoo formulated to reduce the presence of Malassezias and epidermal proliferation.

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Dandruff, only gets worse

FALSE. Dandruff conditions are generally stable, and in practice they can be regulated by effective anti-dandruff shampoos. These shampoos must be used regularly.

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Dandruff is hereditary

FALSE. Dandruff is essentially linked to an increase in epidermal proliferation and to the presence of Malassezias. No genetic factor has been identified to date.

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Children don't have dandruff

TRUE. Dandruff conditions only develop from puberty, probably because of the increase in seborrhea which occurs at this stage. If a child has squamae on the scalp, this can be a case of mycosis (ringworm), or an inflammatory condition of the scalp (eczema, psoriasis). You should consult your doctor.

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Dandruff gets worse in the summer

FALSE. No seasonal or sun-related factor contributes to the increase in dandruff conditions.

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Smoking increases dandruff

FALSE. Smoking has a number of harmful effects on our health, including the health of our skin. However, dandruff is not one of them.

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Dandruff lasts for a long time

TRUE. It is a chronic increase in desquamation, in relation to the colonization of the skin by Malassezia. These yeasts are naturally found on the skin. Effective treatment can eliminate dandruff. However, when treatment is ended, the dandruff reappears after a relatively long while.

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Dandruff is caused by diet

FALSE. Our diet has no influence on seborrhea, or on dandruff conditions. However, in the general interest of good health, it is best to maintain a healthy diet and to eat fruits and vegetables instead of foods with excess fat and sugar.

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Dandruff is contagious

FALSE. The Malassezia fungi that cause dandruff are not contagious. They are naturally present on everyone's skin, and are generally harmless.

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