Bacteria In Your Scalp May Be Responsible For Dandruff

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A bacterial war in the scalp – not fungi as assumed – is pinpointed as the main cause of dandruff. Researchers from China believe that the staph bacteria has to be controlled and a competing bacterial species should be enhanced. Β  ( AndrΓ© Mouraux | Flickr )

An ongoing bacterial battle in the scalp could hold the itchy truth about dandruff.

Fungi have been previously thought to be the primary driver of dandruff. New findings, however, pointed to the imbalance between two competing bacteria – namely Propionibacterium and Staphylococcus – that naturally colonize the human scalp as the factor determining if the host person will have the itchy condition.

β€œ[O]verall fungi did not exhibit an important role in the severity of dandruff,” wroteΒ the authors led by Zhijue Xu of Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China, referring to the Malassezia fungus that has long been implicated in the scalp problem.

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