Dandruff – Seborrheic Dermatitis

Treatment of seborrheic dermatitis

Treatment of seborrheic dermatitis in Western medicine is always palliative.

Your GP may refer you to a dermatologist if you have seborrheic dermatitis

  • Is severe
  • It covers many areas of your body
  • Doesn’t respond to normal treatments

A dermatologist may prescribe antifungal tablets if your rash is very widespread.

Western medicine has no permanent cure for seborrheic dermatitis, but known modalities for treating seborrheic dermatitis can improve and temporarily clear your symptoms. Be aware that symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis may well come back when you stop using the treatment.

All modalities used for treating seborrheic dermatitis aim to reduce inflammation and diminish the amount of Malassezia yeast on the skin.

However, note that the approach to treating seborrheic dermatitis depends on your age and the location of your symptoms.

Treatment for seborrheic dermatitis on the scalp

If you have scalp seborrheic dermatitis, your pharmacist or GP will probably recommend trying one of the following treatments.

Treatment for seborrheic dermatitis on scalp for adults and kids

Medicated anti-dandruff shampoos contain ingredients such as ketoconazole, selenium, coal tar, zinc pyrithione, or salicylic acid. You can buy these shampoos from a pharmacy. In some cases, your GP may be able to prescribe them for you. See our FAQs for more information on how to use these shampoos.

Corticosteroid gels or lotions. These are recommended if you have severe inflammation, itching, and flaking. You should only use them for short periods unless you have specific advice from your GP.

If your seborrheic dermatitis keeps returning, your GP may recommend that you use an antifungal cream or shampoo once a week or once every two weeks.

If your baby has a cradle cap, see our section on self-help for tips on how to treat it yourself. Your GP may also prescribe a medicated shampoo if your baby has a cradle cap that doesn’t clear up by itself.

Treatment for seborrheic dermatitis on the face

Your GP may prescribe the following treatments for seborrheic dermatitis on the face.

Best treatment for seborrheic dermatitis on face

An antifungal cream containing ketoconazole or another antifungal agent. It can take up to four weeks of using these treatments daily for your symptoms to improve. Or your doctor may suggest you use an antifungal shampoo as a body wash.

If your ears are affected, your GP may prescribe medicated eardrops.

A corticosteroid cream to reduce inflammation. You may be prescribed this together with an antifungal agent for one or two weeks.

There is no best treatment for seborrheic dermatitis on face. Each form of treatment for seborrheic dermatitis on face aims to reduce the dryness or oiliness of the skin and thus diminish the number of flakes.

What is seborrheic dermatitis?

Seborrheic dermatitis is a chronic form of eczema that causes redness, scaly patches, and dandruff. It most often affects the scalp but can also develop in oily areas of the body, like the face, upper chest, and back.

When infants develop this condition, it’s known as a crib cap. It typically develops within the first few weeks after birth and gradually disappears over several weeks or months.

In this article, we’ll talk more about what is seborrheic dermatitis, its symptoms, causes, and different treatment options.

Seborrheic dermatitis - causes and symptoms

Seborrheic dermatitis is a common skin condition. It affects the scalp, face, or inside the ear. The affected areas have white to yellowish flakes. The skin is also red and greasy. When adults get it on their scalp, it’s commonly called “dandruff.

Seborrheic dermatitis is known as “cradle cap” in babies. It can also appear on other parts of the body, including the chest, creases of the arms, legs, and groin. It is common in babies younger than three months of age and in adults. In adults, it’s more likely to affect men than women.

The term dandruff is commonly used when symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis are mild and restricted to the scalp area. Seborrheic dermatitis is usually reserved for more severe symptoms and/or symptoms that are present in other areas of the body.

Dandruff is a very annoying condition. While it does not threaten an individual’s health, it can make one feel self-conscious.  

Dandruff is a skin exfoliation condition that causes white and yellow, flaky, dry scales on the scalp. Millions of people worldwide suffer from this condition. Some forms of yeast that grow on a scalp cause the development of dandruff.

What are the causes of seborrhea?

One frequently asked question on the internet is: What are the causes of seborrheic dermatitis? Doctors don’t know the exact causes of seborrheic dermatitis.

The causes of seborrheic dermatitis may be different in babies and adults. It may run in families. One of the many causes of seborrheic dermatitis is hormonal disbalance. It usually appears in babies and disappears before puberty. Other causes of seborrheic dermatitis may be directly or indirectly related to a fungus infection. The fungus is called Malassezia. It is present on the skin in small numbers. Sometimes, the numbers increase and lead to skin problems.

Seborrheic dermatitis has been linked to neurologic disorders. This includes Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, and stroke. Doctors do not know why. Below are other possible causes of seborrheic dermatitis:

  • Oil gland activity
  • Changes in your skin’s barrier function
  • Weather extremes
  • Stress or fatigue
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Lotions that contain alcohol
  • Obesity
  • Having HIV/Aids

Facts about seborrhea

  • Seborrheic dermatitis is probably the most common inflammatory skin condition affecting humans, besides acne vulgaris.
  • Seborrheic dermatitis is highly treatable but incurable.
  • The course of seborrheic dermatitis is characterized by spontaneous remissions and exacerbations (flare-ups).
  • Seborrheic dermatitis affects all ages.

Symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis

Symptoms of Seborrheic eczema

The symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis are:

  • White to yellowish flakes of skin
  • Red skin (in some cases)
  • Greasy or oily skin
  • Itching
  • Hair loss

Can seborrheic dermatitis be prevented or avoided?

If the condition is genetic, it cannot be prevented. Most other causes cannot be prevented. However, you can reduce the severity of symptoms. Controlling risk factors and careful skincare can help. This includes avoiding lotions that contain alcohol, using special skin products recommended by your doctor, protecting yourself from HIV/AIDs, losing weight, and getting plenty of rest.

Topical calcineurin inhibitors. These include tacrolimus ointment and pimecrolimus cream. Your doctor may prescribe these if you need long-term treatment for inflammation to avoid the side effects of skin thinning you might get from corticosteroids.

Living with seborrheic dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis is considered chronic and a life-long condition. It comes and goes, and it can be controlled with treatment. The negative effects of living with the condition are additional fungal infections and emotional distress. Most people who live with seborrheic dermatitis feel embarrassed and have low self-esteem.

Questions to ask your doctor about the prevention and treatment of seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff

  • Will adult products harm a baby with the condition?
  • Can wearing a hat help?
  • Is seborrheic dermatitis a sign of another disease?
  • Is hair loss a common symptom?

Dandruff is a very irritating condition. While it does not pose any threat to an individual’s health, it can make one feel self-conscious.  

Dandruff is a skin exfoliation condition that causes white and yellow flaky scales on the scalp. Millions of people worldwide suffer from this condition. Some forms of yeast that grow on a scalp cause the development of dandruff.

New discoveries about  dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis

There also seems to be a growth of a fungus called Malassezia. This fungus appears to be present in most scalps that are contaminated with pityriasis, and this discovery will help find better ways to cure it.Dandruff Care Many experts and researchers have attributed skin exfoliation to excessively dry skin, but in other cases, the cause seems to be oily skin instead. Many hair products seem to cause this condition, too, and this is why some doctors recommend that people use natural shampoo as often as possible.

Other factors contributing to this problem include poor hygiene, lack of rest, stress, cold weather, high sugar consumption, blow dryers, and general health issues,. Studies also indicate that dandruff might be related to hormonal imbalances.

Symptoms of dandruff

Some common symptoms are often associated with dandruff, including white, oily flakes on the scalp and shoulders. Flakes often accompany an itchy sensation in the scalp that might be either too dry or too oily. These are the symptoms that most people experience when they suffer from this condition.

Treatments for Dandruff

The most conventional treatments for dandruff include shampoos that use Zinc and Pyrithione. Zinc Pyrithione is an excellent antibacterial and antifungal meant to help control the condition with daily use. Dermatologists sometimes recommend tar-based shampoos, especially if psoriasis and severe dermatitis are involved.

Homeopathic remedies for dandruff

In many cases, salicylic acid plays a significant role in the treatment process, and some specialists have found that this is the best way to get rid of any condition related to dandruff. Selenium-sulfide-based shampoos are also up on that list as the best choice for reducing Malassezia in many patients. The ketoconazole solutions used in some shampoo presentations seem to have a very powerful effect on the bacteria that will usually cause this kind of condition.

Homeopathic options include the treatment of dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis. 

Some homeopathic options might be worth considering, and they often provide excellent results. Natrum muriaticum, thuja, baryta carbonica, sepia, alumina, Sanicula aqua, and magnesium are among the best options for this purpose.

Seborrheic Dermatitis Homeopathic Treatment

1. Kali Sulphuricum is a homeopathic remedy that is commonly used for dandruff that manifests with yellow scales.
Kali Sulphuricum is a top-quality medicine for the treatment of seborrheic dermatitis. It heals wonderfully in cases where the main symptom of seborrheic dermatitis is prominent yellow flakes on the scalp. The flakes are sticky with a clammy scalp. Itching is present along with it. Heat makes itching worse in some cases.

2. Thuja Occidentalis is great for the treatment of white flakes on the scalp
Thuja Occidentalis is a medicine well indicated for seborrheic dermatitis with white scales on the scalp. In such cases, hair can be dry. In some cases, split ends and hair loss may be observed.

3. Graphites Naturalis: used with severe itching and skin scales.
Graphites are a highly effective homeopathic remedy for seborrheic dermatitis when the flakes on the scalp accompany intense itching. The scales diminish after head washing but then reappear. A fetid odor may also be observed on the scalp, which can remain moist. Hair dulling or hair loss is also observed. In addition to the scalp, scales may also be present on the edges of the eyelids and behind the ears.

4. Natrum muriaticum: for oily skin
Natrum muriaticum is one of the most effective homeopathic remedies for treating seborrheic dermatitis with an oily scalp, redness, and flaking. The scalp is covered with white dandruff. There may also be a burning sensation on the scalp. The face is greasy and oily, with redness. Acne on the face can also be present along with the above symptoms.

Home remedies for dandruff—the most common form of treatment for dandruff

Home remedies for dandruff

Many people claim that stress levels are a major contributor to the development of pityriasis, and this is the main reason why stress is an important condition to avoid. Keep stress levels low, and you will see how it positively affects your dandruff problem.

Massaging your scalp is also useful, but make sure you do it gently. To save time, you can do it while you shower and apply shampoo. Brushing your hair daily will also help improve your blood circulation.

Keeping a balanced diet and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will also contribute to the solution to this problem. There are many benefits to eating healthy and exercising, and this is one of them.

Homemade Shampoo for Seborrheic Dermatitis

Dandruff and treatment for seborrheic dermatitis in Philadelphia

At the Philadelphia Homeopathic Clinic, internationally recognized homeopath Dr. Tsan and associates deliver natural treatment for the main cause of seborrheic dermatitis, such as pityriasis, using the most effective holistic techniques – acupuncture, homeopathy, and herbal medicine.

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