Is dandruff contagious? (and other myths)

Dandruff is a very common condition not just in the US alone but all over the world. In fact, it’s so common that people have cooked up some statements about dandruff that are distant from reality. Read on to find out surprising facts about dandruff and to finally bust the myths running in and out of your head.



dandruff contagiousDandruff is not contagious. If you’re scared of borrowing a friend’s comb or brush just because you think you might catch his dandruff then stop being scared because dandruff cannot be transferred from one person to another just by simply using the same comb.

Does dryness cause dandruff?

No. A lot of people believe that when their head begins to itch, it’s because their skin is starting to dry which is completely false. The itchiness and the flakiness are caused by the too much production of the yeast called Malassezia in the head. In some cases, this known fungus makes use of the dead skin cells and oil as a feed resulting to a more frequent shedding of visible flakes.

Should you wash your hair more often?

Yes. Some dermatologists go against this activity of using shampoo every day because they’re afraid that it will cause irritation due to a possible stripping of the hair of natural oils and the scalp. In fact, not washing your hair with shampoo more often invites a far worse dandruff problem. If you don’t wash your hair with shampoo on a regular basis the dead skin cells and oil will be collected and stacked in your scalp. Malassezia will make a feast on this abundance of dead skin cells causing the skin renewal process to speed up than the usual.

In order to get rid of the dandruff being accumulated in your hair, you must not use a regular shampoo but a medicated dandruff shampoo. If you’re planning to purchase this kind of shampoo, make sure it contains selenium sulfide, ketoconazole, or zinc.

Does an itchy and flaky scalp always mean dandruff?

No. Having itchy and flaky scalp does not always mean a dandruff condition. In order to test if the itching and flaking of your scalp leads to dandruff, you should try using a medicated shampoo for a week or two. If you don’t see any positive changes then there must be another causing your condition. It could be a skin inflammation condition or psoriasis. Visit your doctor for further diagnosis and proper treatment for your condition.

Is it possible to get dandruff on the face and body too?

Yes, it’s possible. Any part of your body that produces excessive oil can cause a dandruff condition. You may use your medicated dandruff shampoo on the parts of your body that shows flaking.