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Seborrheic Dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis is a chronic skin condition that causes redness, dandruff, and scaly patches, mostly on the scalp. Seborrheic dermatitis can also affect the oily areas of your body, like the skin on your face, upper chest, or back.

What Causes Seborrheic Dermatitis?

There is no concrete scientific study that states the exact reason for the occurrence of Seborrheic Dermatitis, although overproduction of oil is considered a major factor for triggering this condition. The excess amount of oil that is secreted by the skin acts as an irritant that causes the skin to become greasy and red. This may be triggered due to hormonal imbalances in your body.

Another factor that may contribute to Seborrheic dermatitis is Malassezia. Malassezia is a type of yeast that occurs naturally in the skin’s oils. When the yeast multiplies more than it usually should, then the skin’s inflammatory response is triggered, causing an outburst of oil production which finally results in Seborrheic dermatitis.

How does Seborrheic Dermatitis Affect the Body?

Seborrheic dermatitis is commonly found to affect the scalp and the hairline. The chronic ailment of Seborrheic dermatitis may begin as mild dandruff on the scalp to grow into a thick, dense patch of dried skin if not taken care of at the early stages. Seborrheic dermatitis is most characterized by the presence of dandruff. Dandruff appears as fine white powdery pieces of dead skin on your scalp. They often shed on your shoulders in case there is an excess outbreak of dandruff. When Seborrheic dermatitis reaches severity, it will be characterized by thick, dense, elevated solid patches of crusty skin on the scalp. These patches, if left untreated, can become breeding grounds for secondary infections and may require rigorous hair care interventions to render them harmless.

What are the Areas that are Most Prone to be Affected by Seborrheic Dermatitis?

Seborrheic dermatitis usually affects the scalp since it can develop in areas where oil production is a major factor, and the oil production in the scalp is more pronounced than any other part of your body. But it does not mean that Seborrheic Dermatitis cannot affect any other region of your body. Some areas which may be characterized by the symptoms of Seborrheic dermatitis are:

  • Around the eyebrows
  • In around the ears
  • On the nose
  • On the back
  • On the upper part of the chest.
How to Identify Seborrheic Dermatitis Condition?

Seborrheic dermatitis can be visually distinguished from other skin ailments. Seborrheic dermatitis is characterized by some of the following symptoms:

  • Skin regions which tend to be oily and greasy are most affected by Seborrheic dermatitis.
  • Skin may turn red.
  • Skin may be prone to itching.
  • Skin develops thick patches which flake off. The patches may be yellow or white in color. Dandruff build-up in your hair can also mean that you may be experiencing Seborrheic dermatitis.
  • Hair loss occurs from the skin area where there is an outbreak of Seborrheic dermatitis.
How Do You Clinically Diagnose Seborrheic Dermatitis?

Our skin care experts are highly trained professionals. They usually begin with a visual examination of your skin and enquire about any symptom that you might be experiencing. They may even advise you for skin testing by scraping off some skin cells from the affected area and analysing them through laboratory examination. The laboratory results are used in confirmative diagnosis.

When Should You Consult a Dermatologist?

Seborrheic Dermatitis can be solely managed at home if they are at a very early stage and you can maintain an efficient skin and hair care routine. But if you are unable to manage and foster a solution to treat your Seborrheic Dermatitis, then you need to just place yourself in our care because our medical experts will make sure you are relieved from the worries!

You can consult our clinic in case you experience any of the following:

  • You are not satisfied with the regular dandruff shampoo.
  • The areas that are affected have turned red and scaly.
  • You are experiencing discomfort and pain in the affected areas.
  • The affected areas are producing pus or draining fluids.
What are the Recommended Treatments for Seborrheic Dermatitis?

Well, Seborrheic dermatitis is most commonly a skin condition of the scalp. So our clinical experts usually begin with the recommendation of medicated shampoos, creams, and lotion. Some more treatments are enlisted below:

  • Alternate medication includes anti-fungal gels or creams and lotions, which can be applied onto your scalp twice or thrice a week to control the severe outburst of Seborrheic dermatitis. The anti-dandruff shampoos contain a chemical called Ketoconazole which can increase the dryness of the scalp and increase the risk of hair breakage. In order to mitigate the effect of hair breakage due to a dry scalp, a moisturizing conditioner should always be used after the application of the medicated shampoos.

  • Anti-inflammatory creams and lotions: These anti-inflammatory creams and lotions are basically corticosteroid which helps in rejuvenating your hair condition. They are very effective in treating Seborrheic dermatitis, although they must be used in breaks. Continuous use of these shampoos or lotions can result in hair breakage or even thinning of the hair.

Seborrheic dermatitis is easily treatable by medical experts. Our clinic provides you with a complete hair and skin profiling service where you can be sure about the existing medical ailments related to your skin and hair. Our aestheticians recommend you wash your hair regularly to prevent oil build-up, which can trigger the symptoms of Seborrheic dermatitis. Seborrheic dermatitis, which usually begins on the scalp, can spread to other areas of the body if left untreated. Seborrheic dermatitis can lead to hair damage and loss of self-esteem if not catered to on time. So if you are experiencing any symptoms which might be similar to those of Seborrheic dermatitis, all you need to do is a consultation with our skincare experts!

Constant stress from work and untimely routines can cause flare-ups which can cause discomfort to you in the long run! So, it is advisable to get yourself tested by our skin care experts to rule out any severity of Seborrheic dermatitis. Our clinical experts will make sure you walk out in confidence when under our care and treatment!


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