For decades dermatologists have been assured that one of the main causes of dandruff is an infection of the scalp fungi. And scientists from China believe that the leading role in the formation of dandruff belongs to microbes.

Doctors often referred to as the main causes of dandruff dysfunction of the endocrine glands, digestive problems, hereditary predisposition and infection by certain fungi pitchfork – in the first place those which belong to the genus Malassezia.

And Chinese researchers from Jiaotong University in Shanghai (Shanghai Jiao Tong University) using the experiment proved that the cause of dandruff is not a fungus and an imbalance of the bacteria belonging to the genera Propionibacterium and Staphylococcus.

This discovery may open the way for the creation of new effective treatments for seborrhea as dandruff is a kind of cosmetic defect that can cause psychological harm to the holder of a permanent unsightly “scales” on the collar and shoulders of clothes.

Shanghai scientists examined samples of the dandruff obtained from 59 volunteers. Each of the participants the smallest skin flakes were identified in 8 areas of the scalp. After that, the samples were analyzed for water content, sebum, bacteria, and fungi.

The authors of this study concluded that the most important factor, which had a maximum risk of the emergence of a large number of dandruff, the ratio of bacteria Propionibacterium and Staphylococcus.

According to the Shanghai scientists, you can create a simple method for the treatment of dandruff, which would be to restore the balance of these microorganisms on the skin of the scalp.

In this case there will be no need to use means for the destruction of the “unjustly accused” of fungi, as these substances often possess side effects.

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