Devyani A. Mali, Dr. Bela Nabar


Dandruff is common problem affecting human beings and thus hair care industries are focusing on development of
antidandruff agents. Malassezia species, lipophilic yeasts are the main causative agents of dandruff. Currently Zinc
pyrithione, Ketoconazole are widely used as antidandruff agents. As there is an increase in demand towards the use of the natural antimicrobial
agents, microorganisms can be one such source to be tapped. Microorganisms produce pigments which have antimicrobial property and can be
assessed for antidandruff activity. The current study focusses on isolation of pigment producing bacteria from soil and water samples from
different ecological niche. Pigments were extracted from the pigment producing organisms. The pigments were screened for their antimicrobial
activity against Malassezia sp. and Candida albicans which are dandruff causing organisms. The pigments showed effective antimicrobial
property in control of dandruff causing organisms and can be further used as antidandruff agents in shampoo or cream.

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