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Dandruff is very common. Most of us will get it at some point, but some people are more likely to get it than others.

  1. 1Many babies get "cradle cap," a type of dandruff that usually is gone by the time the baby is 6 months to 1 year old. It's really thick, yellow, and scaly and often goes away with little or no treatment.
  2. 2Dandruff is more common in people who have oily skin. People often blame dandruff on dry skin. But it happens more where your body is oily.
  3. 3You can't get it from someone else. There may be a connection between dandruff and a type of yeast, called malassezia, that lives on the skin. But you can't pass yeast from person to person.
  4. 4Stress can make skin conditions worse. When you're stressed, you can have a dandruff flare.
  5. 5Dandruff doesn't run in families.
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