Facial Products for Seborrheic Dermatitis

Also called dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis is a rash of unknown cause.

What does seborrheic dermatitis (a.k.a. dandruff) of the face look like?

  • Facial seborrhea looks like dry, flakey and irritated skin.
  • It typically causes redness and scale on the mid-face along the eyebrows, sides, and creases of the nose that will run down the sides of the mouth to the chin.
  • Men with facial hair may have beardruff - red irritated and flakey skin in their beard and mustache.

Many people with seborrhea think that they have a problem with dry skin, even though their skin may also be oily. While the skin may look flakey and dry, dryness is not the problem -- seborrhea is actually a rash.

What causes facial dandruff?

No one knows. Many people have it, though. In adolescence, facial dandruff may appear as greasy redness along the nose creases and between the brows. In adult years, the problem looks more like dry white flakes in the eyebrows, between your brows, running down the sides of the nose to the chin. It may be itchy. In severe cases, the rash spreads to the cheeks. The skin along the hairline can also show dandruff. Men with beards find it on the skin between the hairs. It can worsen in the winter and during times of stress.

Unchecked, the scale and redness of facial seborrheic dermatitis can be hard to cover up. It tends to look better in the morning after you’ve washed your face, and then it worsens as the day wears on.

Facial skin suffering from seborrhea is sensitive!

The rash of seborrhea causes the skin barrier to weaken. This makes the skin sensitive. Just like with rosacea, skin suffering from seborrhea is easily irritated. It turns redder if your skin is exposed to harsh soaps or anti-aging products with glycolic acid, vitamin C, or Retin A, or even harsh weather. My skin care routine for seborrhea-prone skin is based on gentle products that are highly effective against the rash. I recommend that you avoid using harsh products if you have facial dandruff.

What are the best skin care products to control facial dandruff (seborrhea)?

Over my years of dermatology practice, I’ve found practical remedies and skin care that work to control facial seborrheic dermatitis. I’ve tried many products on my own skin too because I have facial seborrhea and rosacea. Remember, you always get the best results with Dr. Bailey's Complete Skin Care Routine to control seborrhea. This involves using compatible products for each of the 4 essential skin care steps:

  1. Cleanse
  2. Correct
  3. Hydrate
  4. Protect.

Your skin will be stronger and better able to resist seborrhea if you create a Dr. Bailey Complete Skin Care Routine for it. 

Here’s the strategy I use in my dermatology practice to control facial dandruff:

  1. CLEANSE: Wash facial skin with Calming Zinc ™ Soap once or twice a day. For oily skin or the hairy beard area, Foaming Zinc Cleanser  is a good alternative. Both of these products contain the highest allowed amount of pyrithione zinc, which is 2%. Pyrithione zinc is my favorite medicated ingredient for facial seborrhea because it's a powerful medicine to treat the skin yeast called pityrosporum, which plays a role in dandruff. If you have a lot of dry scale build-up on your skin, you can very gently exfoliate while cleansing by using an Exfoliating Facial Sponge. This can be irritating, so go easy. I recommend you use Calming Zinc ™ soap with the Exfoliating Sponge in the morning. Gently lather your skin and then rinse well. This helps exfoliate the loose scale to give your skin a clean look. You can use Bamboo and Clay Thermal Exfoliating Scrub instead, if you want a creamy product to gently exfoliate scale.   
  2. CORRECT: I’ve found that the best, most effective non-medicated ingredients to control the inflammation of seborrhea are green tea antioxidants. The combination of Calming Zinc ™ Soap and my Green Tea Antioxidant Therapy is so huge when it comes to soothing dandruff prone facial skin that it is the basis for my Redness Relief Kit. It’s a magical combination! My kit is unique because of the effectiveness of both of these products for the most common causes of facial redness, seborrhea, and rosacea. Know that if you have one of these conditions you often also have a propensity for the other, and the kit addresses them both. 
  3. HYDRATE: Apply a facial moisturizer matched to your skin type. Some of the best options include my Daily Face Cream (pick the one for your skin type), Natural Face and Body Lotion and Natural Face and Body Butter Cream. Sometimes boosting hydration with a few drops of one of my Face Booster Oils mixed with your moisturizing cream at bedtime really helps to soothe facial seborrhea. To see a number of my facial moisturizers click here.
  4. PROTECT: Use a mineral zinc oxide sunscreen. Zinc oxide gives the best sun protection in my opinion, and is non-irritating as compared to other, non-mineral sunscreen blockers. To see my mineral zinc oxide facial sunscreens  click here.

My Rosacea Skin Care Kit works well for facial seborrhea and includes compatible products for each of these steps. Rosacea and seborrhea often occur at the same time for people. The good news is that the skin care routine that heals one condition will often address the other as well.

We don’t know the cause of seborrhea, but we do have skin care that helps you control the skin problem. If you would like more information on seborrhea, see my seborrheic dermatitis information on my skin care advice pages.

"I would just like to say that I have struggled with terrible skin conditions for the past few years and it was progressively getting worse. Upon finding Dr. Bailey’s website and reading her many blog posts, I realized what I had was a combination of rosacea, seborrheic dermatitis (facial dandruff), which were causing the redness, facial flushing, and clogged pores. I immediately ordered the redness relief kit & my skin just continues to get better! 

I have since ordered many other products including her new mineral makeup! Thank you Dr. Bailey!" - Angie C., Wichita, Kansas

 

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  1. Kids Adventure Sun Hats

    Kids Adventure Sun Hats

    Good looking and high-performance UPF 50 sun protection hats for kids.

    Regular Price: $17.00

    Special Price $10.00

  2. Dr. Bailey's Green Facial Redness Relief Kit - with Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy

    Facial Redness Relief Kit - with Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy

    This near-magical product combination is indispensable in my dermatology practice for calming facial redness. 

    Regular Price: $98.00

    Special Price $88.00

  3. Dr. Bailey's Calming Zinc Soap

    Calming Zinc™

    My favorite skin cleanser for facial redness and yeast acne! Naturally healing, unbelievably hydrating, and powerfully fortified with a full 2% pyrithione zinc to help solve your skin problems.

  4. Dr. Bailey's Foaming Zinc Cleanser™

    Foaming Zinc™ Cleanser

    2% Zinc Pyrithione is my 'secret ingredient' that is forgotten in other acne treatments. It combats the skin yeast germ called pityrosporum. I find this germ to be the most common cause of acne on the back and chest.

    $23.00
  5. Exfoliating Facial Sponge 2 Pack

    Exfoliating Facial Sponge 2 Pack

    Gently exfoliates dead skin cells leaving your skin smooth and radiant.

    Regular Price: $6.00

    Special Price $3.00

  6. Dr. Bailey's Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy™

    Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy™

    State of the art antioxidant skin care powerhouse and my absolute favorite facial product. If you were going to pick just one antioxidant for your skin care, the best would be green tea - it helps calm skin redness and fights sun damage.

    $86.00
  7. Dr. Bailey's Daily Moisturizing Face Cream for Oily to Normal Skin™

    Daily Moisturizing Face Cream for Oily to Normal Skin™

    Gentle, oil free hydration for facial skin. This light glycerin moisturizer is perfect for acne prone skin and to use in combination with all of our therapeutic facial products.

    Regular Price: $26.00

    Special Price $23.40

  8. Dr. Bailey's Daily Moisturizing Face Cream for Dry to Normal Skin™

    Daily Moisturizing Face Cream for Dry to Normal Skin™

    Richly moisturizing, non-greasy technology with just a hint of hydrating oils to balance dry facial skin. Fortified with antioxidants, vitamin E and CoQ10.

    Regular Price: $28.00

    Special Price $25.20

  9. Natural Face and Body Butter Cream™

    Natural Face and Body Butter Cream™

    Highly Effective moisturizer to heal your extremely dry and sensitive skin.
    $26.00
  10. Natural Face, Hand and Body Lotion™

    Natural Face, Hand and Body Lotion™

    Elegant and light-textured, natural moisturizer for dry to normal sensitive skin.
    $22.00
  11. Dr. Bailey's Omega Enriched Face Booster Oil

    Omega Enriched Face Booster Oil

    Mother Nature is an amazing chemist and sometimes just what the doctor ordered! My Omega Enriched Booster Oil combines ingredients that help calm inflamed and irritated skin while restoring a weakened skin barrier with essential fatty acids.

    $44.00
  12. Dr. Bailey's Face Booster Oil, Sensitive Skin Formula

    Face Booster Oil, Sensitive Skin Formula

    Deeply quench and hydrate dehydrated skin with rich, organic oils direct from Mother Nature. Our Face Booster Oil, Sensitive Skin Formula combines the most-effective, calming and non-fragrant plant oils for the best results.

    $44.00
  13. Dr. Bailey's Fall Hydrating Skin Trio

    Deeply Hydrating Skin Trio

    Hot dry climates or cozy winter weather don’t have to mean dehydrated and dull skin. Change your skin care with the season.

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  14. Dr. Bailey's Instant Skin Renewal Trio

    Instant Skin Renewal Trio

    Enjoy a bright, new complexion and escape dull and dehydrated skin. Instantly refined skin-texture to a smooth, dewy and luminously tone.

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  15. Dr. Bailey's Instantly Luminous Multi-Action Serum™

    Instantly Luminous Multi-Action Serum™

    Advanced skin care technology for firmer, brighter and smoother skin instantly! Instantly brighter, firmer, and smoother skin that keeps getting better and better with time.

    Regular Price: $82.00

    Special Price $73.80

  16. Dr. Bailey's Rosacea Therapy Kit

    Rosacea Therapy Kit

    The right complete skin care routine is really important to healing your rosacea. My kit offers products to keep your complexion clear, healthy, and comfortable. >

    Regular Price: $197.00

    Special Price $185.00

  17. Dr. Bailey's Men's Beard Care Kit

    Men's Beard Care Kit

    Dermatologist recommended to have an enviable beard free of beardruff, itching and dryness.

    Regular Price: $125.00

    Special Price $112.50

  18. Dr. Bailey's Extremely Gentle Foaming Facial Cleanser

    Extremely Gentle Foaming Facial Cleanser

    Foaming cleanser for complete skin cleansing without drying. Ideal for sensitive skin or skin made sensitive by professional skin care routines (such as glycolic acid, retinol or acne products) or facial skin conditions such as rosacea or seborrhea. The Gentle Foaming Cleanser is an ideal cleanser to alternate with Calming Zinc or your acne cleanser.

    $25.00
  19. Dr. Bailey's Daily Foaming Facial Cleanser

    Daily Foaming Facial Cleanser

    Non-drying, soap-free and pH balanced foaming skin cleansing for thorough removal of excess oil, dirt, debris and product residue. Gentle enough for all but the most intolerant and sensitive complexions.

    $37.00
  20. Dr. Bailey's Bamboo and Clay Thermal Exfoliating Facial Scrub

    Bamboo and Clay Thermal Exfoliating Facial Scrub™

    Get smoother, softer cleaner looking skin with a more luminous appearance with this magic combination of physical exfoliation and thermal clay deep pore cleansing.

    Regular Price: $55.00

    Special Price $49.50

  21. Naturally Best Bar Soap for Dry Skin™

    Naturally Best Bar Soap for Dry Skin™

    Unscented, glycerin-rich soap made with healing oats for your dry and sensitive skin.

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    Special Price $5.00

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  22. Dr. Bailey's Naturally Hydrating Pore-Minimizing Facial Toner™

    Naturally Hydrating Pore-Minimizing Facial Toner™

    Brighten your complexion with the extra clean that comes from using a gentle and non-drying toner after washing your facial skin.  

    $31.50
  23. Dr. Bailey's Sheer Strength Pure Physical Invisible Sunscreen, SPF 50™ Broad Spectrum Protection

    Sheer Strength Pure Physical Invisible Sunscreen, SPF 50™ Broad Spectrum Protection

    Enjoy an oil free, non-whitening and “light as air” feel on your skin. Pure mineral zinc-oxide protection that’s perfect for even the most sensitive skin.

    Regular Price: $47.00

    Special Price $42.30

  24. Dr. Bailey's Sheer Strength Pure Physical Spray Sunscreen SPF 50+™

    Sheer Strength Pure Physical Spray Sunscreen SPF 50+™

    At last, an ultra-light sunscreen spray that’s pure mineral protection with micro (not nano) zinc oxide for the best anti-aging broad spectrum protection. 

    $44.00
  25. Dr. Bailey's Sheer Strength Pure Physical Tinted Matte Sunscreen, SPF 50™

    Sheer Strength Pure Physical Tinted Matte Sunscreen, SPF 50™

    Oil-free and oil control ultra-light and tinted matte technology in a hypoallergenic sunscreen – it’s the holy grail for oily and sensitive skin AND it’s elegant for all skin types too! Contains iron oxide too making it the best sunscreen for melasma. 

    $47.00
  26. Suntegrity 5-in-1 BB Cream SPF 30 Tinted Moisturizing Facial Sunscreen

    Suntegrity 5-in-1 BB Cream SPF 30 Tinted Moisturizing Facial Sunscreen

    This luscious and all natural face cream is my absolute new favorite face sunscreen! Natural, broad-spectrum mineral zinc oxide protection that feels and looks so good on your skin that you'll want to wear it 24/7.

    $45.00
  27. Suntegrity Natural Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

    Suntegrity Natural Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

    Non-greasy natural non-nano zinc oxide mineral sunscreen for every day sun protection. This is a lovely natural mineral sunscreen made with organic ingredients - and it's not just for babies!

    $24.00
  28. EltaMD UV Daily SPF 40

    EltaMD UV Daily SPF 40

    Broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection in a lovely moisturizing lotion that's sheer and elegant of the skin. Perfect for normal to dry skin with it's hyaluronic acid and just a little light oil to moisturize your skin without leaving a heavy feel.

    $26.50
  29. EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 Sunscreen

    EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 Sunscreen

    Completely oil free and ultra light feel on the skin make this sunscreen a marvel. Perfect for oily to normal and acne prone skin. Comes with either a clear or tinted option to help soften complexion flaws for all skin types.

    $32.50
  30. Dr. Bailey's Citrix Sunscreen SPF 40

    Citrix Sunscreen SPF 40

    My favorite every day sunscreen! I wear it every day on my face, neck and chest! It gives a great matte finish that's SPF 40 and water resistant for up to 80 minutes.

    $35.00
  31. Solbar Zinc SPF 38 Sunscreen

    Solbar Zinc SPF 38 Sunscreen

    My favorite sunscreen for sports, swimming and sweaty activities. Solbar Zinc provides protection for up to 80 minutes in the water with its hefty 7.5% mineral zinc oxide combined with other chemical sunscreen agents. Oil free and shouldn't aggravate acne.

    $13.00
  32. SunSavvy Kit, Daily Wear Protection

    SunSavvy Kit, Daily Wear Protection

    The best dermatologist recommended mineral sunscreen products for everyday protection. This kit includes Citrix Sunscreen SPF 40 for the face, ears, and neck, along with Solbar Zinc Sunscreen SPF 38 for the chest, hands, and other areas that need sun protection.

    Regular Price: $48.00

    Special Price $43.00

  33. Raw Elements Eco Stick SPF 30 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

    Raw Elements Eco Stick SPF 30 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

    At last, the best mineral zinc oxide sunscreen product proven not to run into and sting your eyes - even when you're wet! Reef safe too.

    $16.00
  34. Raw Elements Tinted SPF 30 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

    Raw Elements Tinted SPF 30 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

    Raw Elements is the highest performance sunscreen I’ve ever found. A product that’s perfect for your most rigorous athletic activities in intense sun exposure circumstances. Reef safe too.

    $19.00
  35. Raw Elements Eco Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen Untinted

    Raw Elements Eco Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen Untinted

    The highest performance sunscreen I’ve ever found. A product that’s perfect for the most active kids, high powered athletes and sensitive skin all in one! Reef safe too.

    $20.00
  36. Sunsavvy Ready 4 Fun Sun Protection Kit

    Sunsavvy Ready 4 Fun Sun Protection Kit

    Soaking up all the sunny-fun summer has to offer means extreme, sun-protection tools need to be close at hand. Yep. You're you’re going to be outside at BBQs, concerts, lounging by the pool, having fun in the river or on the lake, and more. You’ve been waiting all year for this! And, I’ve got your skin covered so that you get all the bliss without the sun damage.

    Regular Price: $166.00

    Special Price $150.00

  37. SunSavvy Around Town Sun Protection Kit

    SunSavvy Around Town Sun Protection Kit

    My SunSavvy Around Town Bundle is complete sun protection that’s perfect for everyday use. Whether you’re at work, school, a weekend outing, or special celebration, you’ll be covered.

    Regular Price: $119.00

    Special Price $107.00

  38. SunSavvy Kit, Ultimate Protection

    SunSavvy Kit, Ultimate Protection

    The Ultimate Sun Protection Kit provides everything you'll need to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays.This kit includes Sun Guard Laundry Treatment, UV Ray Detecto Ring, Vanicream Lip Protectant, Solbar Zinc SPF 38 Sunscreen and Citrix Sunscreen SPF 40 and a mesh travel bag for your products.

    Regular Price: $62.50

    Special Price $56.00

  39. Layered Up Besties

    Layered Up Besties

    Concentrated pharmaceutical level green tea is the best antioxidant powerhouse for all skin types. I've combined it with my state of the art Instantly Luminous Serum for instant stratified skin hydration to plump, soothe and hydrate your skin to a dewy glow - instantly! This is my absolute favorite facial product combination - and great for all skin types too! 

    Regular Price: $168.00

    Special Price $151.00

  40. Women's Sun Protection Bucket Hats

    Women's Sun Protection Bucket Hats

    Lightweight, cool, and breathable cloth UPF 50 sun protection hats. Get in the habit of wearing this broad−brimmed hat along with your broad spectrum sunscreen − proven effective in the prevention of skin cancer and premature aging. Fits your head perfectly with its clever, adjustable inner brim cord. Highly packable too and makes a great gift!

    Regular Price: $27.00

    Special Price $25.00

  41. Men's Khaki Performance Hat

    Men's Khaki Performance Hat

    These stylish and high-performance men's microfiber hats have a breathable mesh lining and a 3 1/4" brim. They fit perfectly and won't blow off because they have both an adjustable chin strap and an adjustable brim strap to hold them securely to your head.

    $19.00

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  42. Kid's Hat (Boys and Girls)

    Kid's Hat (Boys and Girls)

    Good looking and high-performance sun protection for kids.

    Regular Price: $15.00

    Special Price $10.00

  43. Vanicream Cleansing Bar

    Vanicream Cleansing Bar

    Dermatologist-recommended hypoallergenic cleansing bar for extremely sensitive skin.
    $5.00
  44. Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream, 4 oz.

    Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream, 4 oz.

    Dermatologist recommended skin cream for sensitive skin. One of the best skin care products to heal dry skin for people with eczema or skin allergies.
    $8.00

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