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Seborrheic Dermatitis

What is seborrheic dermatitis?

This is a medical term that means dandruff and is a form of inflammation of the skin that causes flaking of your skin. Seborrheic dermatitis usually affects your scalp but it can also appear on your legs, arms, face, especially around your eyelids, behind your ears, and around your nose, chest, and creases of your groin. It is a skin condition that is more common in men than women. When an infant has seborrheic dermatitis it is known as cradle cap which will usually go away before they are twelve months old but can reoccur when they reach puberty. It can happen to anyone irrespective of their age but is most likely seen in adults between the ages of thirty and sixty and newborns. It is also more commonly found in people who have oily skin and other medical conditions like depression, eating disorders, Parkinson’s disease, psoriasis, acne, and more.

Symptoms of Seborrheic Dermatitis

  • Itchiness
  • Flakiness that could be in patches at times
  • Dryness or oiliness of your skin
  • Scales that are mostly white or yellow that attach to your hair shaft
  • Soreness
  • Reddish brown bumps
  • Redness of your skin
  • Can have some burning sensations

What Causes Seborrheic Dermatitis?

What exactly causes seborrheic dermatitis is not known, but research has shown that yeast referred to as Malassezia furfur could be an infection that causes this medical skin condition. It is also possible that seborrheic dermatitis could be the result of immune-related, environmental, or hormonal factors. It is possible it could also be genetic. An excessive intake of vitamin A has been known to cause this in children. Not having enough nutritional elements like riboflavin, pyridoxine, and biotin can also lead to seborrheic dermatitis.


The best treatment to get rid of seborrheic dermatitis is to use shampoos that are prescribed by your dermatologist. You can use them on any area that is affected by this skin condition. If it is in your groin area or other sensitive areas of your body it is best to try it on a small area to make sure that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients of the shampoo. These types of shampoos usually contain ciclopirox olamine, selenium sulfide, ketoconazole, zinc pyrithione, or coal tar. When using this shampoo, you need to let it stay on the area for at least five minutes to give it time to work before rinsing it off.

If it is a severe case of seborrheic dermatitis, your dermatologist may have you apply water-soluble ointments that have vitamin B6 as an ingredient. You can also take supplements like zinc, B-complex, flaxseed oil, or biotin. Taking these supplements will help to create a nutritional balance and give your body the required strength to fight this inflammatory skin condition. If your baby has cradle cap, your pediatrician may recommend that you apply baby oil to the area to soften the scale and then wash your baby’s hair with mild baby shampoo to remove the scales gently.

Your dermatologist may also prescribe an anti-yeast cream or hydrocortisone cream to apply to other areas of your body that have seborrheic dermatitis. These may be used once or twice a day.

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