Malassezia globosa and Malassezia restricta fungi are responsible for the formation of dandruff (2)

Dandruff is caused by different external (lifestyle, nutrition, environmental impacts) and internal factors (immunological and neurological abnormalities, hormonal factors). Malassezia fungi are described as the key cause for its formation. In the past, the most frequently mentioned was M. furfur fungus, but new scientific findings show that the fungi most closely associated with dandruff are M. globosa and M. restricta. (2, 3, 4)

1. Gupta AK, Batra R, Bluhm R, et al. Skin diseases associated with Malassezia species. J Am Acad Dermatol 2004; 51 (5): 785—798.
2. Adamski Z, Deja M. The treatment of dandruff of the scalp. Aesthetic Dermatology 2006; 2: 49—56.
3. DeAngelis YM, et al. Isolation and expression of Malassezia globosa lipase gene, LIP1. J Invest Dermatol 2007; 127: 2138—2146.