Dandruff also known as Pityriasis simplex capillitii on Latin, represen to be the shedding of dead skin cells from the scalp (not to be confused with a dry scalp). Sometimes the dandruff may cause from frequent exposure to extreme heat and cold. Some people, however, either chronically or as a result of certain triggers, experience an unusually large amount of flaking.
Pityriasis simplex /dandruff/ is a common scalp disorder affecting almost half of the population at the pre-pubertal age and of any gender and ethnicity. The everyday word that all of us knows, dandruff (dandriffe) is of Anglo-Saxon origin, a combination of ‘tan’ meaning ‘tetter’ and ‘drof’ meaning ‘dirty’. Those affected by dandruff find that it can cause social or self-esteem problems. Treatment may be important for both physiological and psychological reasons.
Dandruff has been shown to be the result of three required factors:
- Skin oil commonly referred to as sebum or sebaceous secretions.
- The metabolic by-products of skin micro-organisms
- Individual susceptibility
For those who wonder is the dandruff contagious, we can trust say that it isn’t. It only can be if on the scalp of the man with flakes has ringworm. In that case you must beware with the brushes and combs of other people.