What cause dandruff on head? My scalp havinng white white dandrugfg everywhere that falls on me and my dress. So shame I feel in bus n everywhere in office. Pls tell what cud be causing it as I want to end the root only/ of the problem. My age IS 52. Cann IT BE due to my getting old?
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It is hard to know the precise causes of dandruff. However, research points at certain genetic and environmental factors. Scalp fungal infection can be caused by the yeast Malassezia. Although existing on the scalp of most of us, Malassezia flares up in some individuals, causing skin cells to multiply and fall off as dandruff. As Malassezia feeds on the oils in the hair and scalp, people with oily scalp or hair are more likely to get dandruff. Poor personal hygiene is hardly considered a reason for dandruff; however, not washing your hair enough can cause dandruff through build-up of skin cells that itch and flake off. Skin sensitivity to certain substances in personal care products can also cause contact dermatitis that turns the scalp red and itchy. Seborrheic eczema or dermatitis is a common skin condition that affects the scalp and other oily body areas, causing red, scaly patches and dandruff. Neurological disorders like Parkinson's disease, HIV infection and conditions that weaken the immune system are other risk factors to developing dandruff. As for age, dandruff is usually most acute in young adulthood and less common in those aging above 50. Yet, it can be a lifelong condition and affect older adults. One of the root causes of dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis, however peaks in three age groups, namely, infancy, puberty and the years between 40s and 60s.

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