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There are plenty of rumors on the Internet suggesting that what you eat has a direct effect on dandruff, but can changing your diet really help get rid of flakes?
One of the more popular theories is that by avoiding foods that encourage yeast to grow in your gut, you can reduce the presence of yeast on the scalp too.
So how might that affect dandruff? Well, dandruff is caused by a yeast called Malassezia globosa so the theory is that with less yeast being produced, you can tackle the root cause of dandruff.
However, there is no evidence that this is an effective treatment for dandruff.
Malassezia is present on everyone’s scalp regardless of their diet, and reducing your intake of certain “yeast-encouraging" foods hasn’t been found to reduce Malassezia on the scalp at all.
In fact, so far no evidence of a link between diet and dandruff has ever been found by regulatory bodies worldwide.
Dandruff flare-ups are most heavily associated with hormonal changes, such as in adolescence or times of stress, or when external factors contribute to an unhealthy scalp.
How to really treat dandruff
Head & Shoulders is clinically proven to provide long-lasting protection against dandruff. We have a wide range of products designed to give your scalp and hair what they need.
Our range of pyrithione zinc (ZPT) shampoos is clinically proven as an effective dandruff treatment and comes in many different versions, so you’re sure to find the right one for you.
So there’s no need to change your diet to tackle dandruff – simply use one of our anti-dandruff shampoos whenever you wash your hair to keep dandruff at bay.