Seborrheic dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis is the most common inflammatory skin diseases. It occurs in areas of the skin where sebaceous glands are the largest and most densely like the scalp and eyebrows, facial skin, the central parts of the chest, the back, the skin around the navel, groin area and anus. It causes redness, scaly patches and skin flakes. It does not affect the overall health of the individual, but it can be uncomfortable and cause discomfort. It is not contagious and is not a sign of a lack of personal hygiene.

Seborrheic dermatitis is usually a long-term condition. You may need to try a number of treatments before the symptoms disappear. But even if you get rid of the need to know that there is a possibility of its return because the disease has a chronic course with changes over long periods of improvement and deterioration. Age groups in which seborrheic dermatitis is the most common are the babies of the third year, adults, and also occurs in older people.

Symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis include:

- Skin flakes (dandruff) on the scalp, hair, eyebrows, beard or mustache
- Stains covered with white or yellow flakes or scabs on the scalp, ears, face, chest, armpit or other body parts
- Red skin
- Redness or flakes on the eyelids (Blepharitis - inflammation of the eyelids, usually their edge)
- Itching or stinging


The exact cause of seborrheic dermatitis is not known, but is associated with:

- Fungus Malessezia whch is a regular inhabitant of the skin and scalp. It feeds on lipids and sugars from sebum making the protective layer of the skin and scalp. Normal conditions are 40% of  the fungi and not harmful, even beneficial because it makes part of the natural protection of the scalp. However, when its amount is increased, it becomes the main cause of problems with the scalp.

- Inflammatory response associated with psoriasis

- Season, often worse in the early spring or winter

Risk factors:

A number of factors increase the risk of seborrheic dermatitis, including:

- Neurological and psychiatric disorders, such as Parkinson's disease and depression

- Weakened immune system

- Congestive Heart Failure

- Endocrine disease that leads to obesity, such as diabetes

- Some medications

- Scratching or other damage on the face

Visiting the doctor

See your primary care physician who can refer you to a dermatologist.

They will probably be interested in the following:

- What are your symptoms and when you first noticed them?
- Do you have these symptoms for the first time or did you have them before?
- How serious are the symptoms, whether they are at all times the same or worsen / improve over time?
- Did you use certain creams, gels and shampoos, and how often?
- Does it seem to help you a little help?
- Did something worsen the situation?
- What medications, vitamins or supplements you are taking?
- Have you been under stress or experienced a major change in your life?

Meanwhile,antifungal creams that are available without a prescription or cream against itching can be of help.
The symptoms can also be eased with an antifungal shampoo. Try not to scratch the affected area as this can irritate the skin, create scratches and increase the risk of an infection.

Tests and diagnosis

A doctor can scrape skin cells facial skin for examination (biopsy) to rule out some skin inflammation with symptoms similar to seborrheic dermatitis, such as:

1. Psoriasis - this disorder also causes dandruff and red skin covered with dandruff and flakes. In psoriasis, you will usually have more flakes, and they will be silver-white in color.
2. Atopic dermatitis (eczema) - causes itchy, inflamed skin in the folds of the elbows, back and knees or on the front of the neck.
3. Rosacea - usually occurs on the face and there is actually very little flakes. It is manifested by redness in the cheek, with the expansion of small blood vessels, and sometimes the appearance of purulent "pimples". Such a change in the skin of the face is often accompanied by symptoms such as itching, burning and tightness. The skin is very easy to redden when the temperature changes.

Shampoos, creams and lotions - treatments for the treatment of seborrheic dermatitis:

- Creams, lotions or shampoos that control inflammation - hydrocortisone, fluocinolone or desonide corticosteroids can be applied to the skin or other affected areas. Effective and easy to use, but if used a few weeks or months without interruption, can cause side effects, such as thinning of the skin or the appearance of lines on the skin.

- Antifungal shampoo with stronger medications: recommended is to wash your hair twice per day with medical shampoo

- Antifungal medications that are taken as pills - your doctor may recommend anti-fungal medication Terbinafine (Lamisil). This option is not used often because it can cause serious side effects, such as allergic reactions and liver problems.

- Medications that affect your immune system - not the first choice of treatment because of possible increased risk of cancer. In addition, it cost more than mild corticosteroid ones.

- Cream or gel that fights bacteria - can be applied in the form of Metronidazole cream or gel once or twice per day.

- Light therapy and medication - this treatment combines psoralen with light therapy (photochemotherapy). Involves taking goods sensitizing medication (psoralen) before exposure to UVA light. UVA light penetrates deeper into the skin than UVB light, and psoralen makes the skin more reactive to exposure to UVA light. This more aggressive treatment consistently improves skin condition and is often used in severe cases of psoriasis.

Using gels, creams, shampoos based on sulfur, salicylic acid, selenium sulfide, zinc pyrithione, and antimycotic agents.

You'll probably have to try different products or combinations of products before your condition improves. However, even if it improves, there is a  likeliness that seborrheic dermatitis returns.

Alternative therapies:

1. Paperbark oil - either alone or added to shampoo, it can be helpful in the treatment, but some studies suggest that tea tree (paperbark) oil can trigger an allergic reaction, or affect specific hormones in your body.
2. Fish oil supplement - some research shows that taking fish oil, which contains omega-3 fatty acids may help seborrheic dermatitis.
3. Aloe Vera - the results of one study showed that itching in people who have used aloe vera cream twice per day for four to six weeks, fell by 62 percent.

Treatments and tips that can help to control seborrheic dermatitis:

1. Remove the scales from your hair - apply, for example olive oil or black cumin oil to the scalp, leave it to act for an hour. Comb and brush your hair.

2. Regularly wash your skin - avoid heavy soap and use a moisturizer

3. Avoid products that contain alcohol because it can aggravate the symptoms

4 Wear smooth cotton clothing - helps to circulate air around your skin and reduces irritation.

5. If you have a beard or mustache, consider shaving - seborrheic dermatitis can be worse under a mustache and beard, and shaving may relieve symptoms

6. Avoid scratching - it can increase irritation and the risk of an infection

7. Gently clean the eyelids - if your eyelids show signs of redness, wash them every night with gentle baby shampoo and wipe off with cotton wool. A warm or hot compresses can also help.

8. Carefully wash the baby's skin - if your baby has cradle cap, wash it once a day with gentle baby shampoo. Before rinsing the shampoo out, gently use a small, soft brush.

As for our recommendations, we recommend cleaning the body of parasites, fungi, bacteria antiparasitic program for scalp use the tincture of burdock and nettles and skin care balm of yarrow and / or premium shea butter.