Dandruff is very common. Most of us will get it at some point, but some people are more likely to get it than others.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 4Stress can make skin conditions worse. When you're stressed, you can have a dandruff flare.
- 5Dandruff doesn't run in families.