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Seborrheic Dermatitis Treatment & Advice

Cynthia Bailey, Local Dermatologist

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Seborrheic dermatitis is a frustrating chronic scaly rash that pops up on your face unpredictably if you are prone to it. Anyone with seborrhea knows how annoying this facial rash can be. I've had it for years and have had more than my share if experience living with it; nothing like seeing a dermatologist who looks like she needs a dermatologist!

My friend seborrheic dermatitis causes red, dry, scaly skin on the mid face and along the hair line. It's the same thing as dandruff on the scalp and most people don't realize that it also occurs on the face. This very common condition occurs at any age, but shows up more as you get older. The parts of the face most troubled with seborrhea are the mid forehead and the forehead around the hairline, the mid cheeks near the nose and extending along the crease that runs from the side of the nose to the edge of the lips, and the chin.

If you have seborrheic dermatitis, your skin is sensitive and easily irritated by harsh skin care products. This means that people with seborrheic dermatitis need to use soothing, non-irritating products on their seborrhea prone skin zones. Until your seborrhea is controlled, you need to avoid applying glycolic acid, vitamin C or prescription products like tretinoin (RetinA or Renova) to these areas. Some of the acne product ingredients are also too harsh for these areas. Instead, first you need to control the seborrhea with products that calm inflammation and redness (such as the green tea in Replenix CF Green Tea Cream).In addition, products that lower the population of a normal skin yeast germ called pityrisporium will help to control the rash. My favorite is Calming Zinc ® Soap. If your rash is really bad, you can also use over the counter anti-yeast medicated creams that contain clotrimizole (eg. Lotirmin Cream) and apply them twice a day to the red, scaly skin.

Once your seborrheic dermatitis is controlled, you can cautiously apply our anti aging products and acne products if you need them to treat your other skin problems. Continue to use the Calming Zinc ® Soap and The Replenix CF Green Tea Cream, forever, as your maintenance therapy. If and when your rash flairs up anyway, stop the anti aging or acne products on the skin areas with the rash, apply lotrimin, get the rash under control plus one week of time, then resume your other products. Seborrheic dermatitis comes and goes. Don't let it take the fun and opportunity out of using products that benefit your other skin problems; learn how to balance your need to treat your seborrhea prone areas gently with your need to treat your other skin problems with products that may slightly irritate the seborrhea.