Fact or Fiction: Dandruff can contribute to hair loss


Dandruff is caused by a type of fungus called Malassezia Globosa.

This yeast-like fungus lives on the scalps of most healthy adults without causing problems. However, sometimes it grows out of control, leading to an increase in the amount of skin cells and an itching sensation on the scalp.

Continuous scratching by the fingernails can damage and even remove the cuticular scale, a protective covering on individual hairs.


This loss leaves the hair shaft weakened and permanently damaged, making it susceptible to breakage and hair loss.

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