Dandruff -- those dry, white flakes of skin you brush off your collar or shoulders -- is harmless. But it can be embarrassing and itchy. Dandruff really isn't about your hair, or how often you wash it. Instead, it's about the skin on your scalp.
Skin cells that grow and die off too fast are the problem. Exactly why that happens isn't clear. A very common fungus called malassezia may contribute to dandruff. This fungus lives on the scalp of most healthy adults without causing any problems. One theory is that the immune system of someone with dandruff may overreact to that fungus.
Q: Does chocolate really cause acne? My teenagers love the stuff --
and they have pretty bad breakouts.
A: Sorry, Mom and Dad. Your dire warnings about Snickers bars are
fruitless, because the answer is FALSE. Chocolate has no link to acne (nor do
other frequently blamed foods, such as pizza and potato chips).
"There was a famous experiment done many years ago at the University of
Pennsylvania by Dr. Albert Kligman," says Irwin Braverman, MD, professor of
dermatology at Yale School...