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Eur J Dermatol. 2017 Jun 1;27(S1):4-7. doi: 10.1684/ejd.2017.3038.

New perspectives on dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis: lessons we learned from bacterial and fungal skin microbiota.

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Centro de Ciências Naturais e Humanas (CCNH), Universidade Federal do ABC (UFABC) Avenida dos Estados, 5001 - Bangú, Santo André - SP, 09210-580, Brazil.


The human body is inhabited by complex microbial communities, which positively impact different aspects of our health, and might also be related to the development of diseases. Progress in technologies, particularly sequencing methods and bioinformatics tools, has been crucial for the advances in this field. Microbial communities from skin can modulate immune response and protect the host against pathogens, and there are also data supporting their association with several skin conditions; including dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis. For decades, they have been thought to be related to Malassezia yeasts; however, the microbial role has not been elucidated, and their etiology remains poorly understood. This review discusses the recent findings in dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis and their relation to the skin microbiota. Data provided new perceptions to aid in the understanding of these skin disorders, broadening our view of their etiology and the possible roles of microbial communities in symptom development.


Malassezia; dandruff; dysbiosis; microbiota; next-generation sequencing; seborrheic dermatitis

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