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Seborrheic Dermatitis

Mar 15, 2024

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If you are a person who is preoccupied with your seb derm, or are wondering if you have this condition, it is important to consult your dermatology provider and discuss the best treatment options for you during your flare ups.

Seborrheic dermatitis is a very common and chronic condition that tends to affect majority of the population at different points in their lives. Other terms that providers will use to describe this condition are “dandruff” or “cradle cap.” It mainly affects the face and scalp, but can include ears and oily areas on the body that also have hair. The symptoms most patients complain of are itchy and flaking skin as well red rashes on the affected areas. Most commonly, the symptoms occur in times of stress, weather changes, diet, or even other changes to the patient’s natural skin barrier where an overgrowth of yeast occurs.

Some patients may experience worse symptoms than others, and it is difficult to interpret why this may occur, but it is more prevalent in infancy, adolescents, and again in the 3rd-6th decades of life. 

The major complaints patients have are the itchiness of the scalp and many admit to feeling embarrassed of the flaking of their scalp. It is important to understand that this condition is common and chronic, although treatable with topical medications such as shampoos, solutions, and even creams commonly used for eczema and even fungal infections. Seb derm is not caused by poor hygiene or allergies and it does not harm your body. Ask your provider for other daily tips and recommendations and even brand products to use for your condition, as changes to your habits usually help minimize your symptoms and give you more confidence in your daily life.