Facial Products for Seborrheic Dermatitis

Also called dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis is a rash of unknown cause. 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. On the face the rash looks like dry skin, though dryness is not the problem -- seborrhea is actually a rash.

Why do you get 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 then worsens as the day wears on.

Avoid using harsh products if you have facial dandruff. That is because, just like with rosacea, skin suffering from seborrhea is sensitive. It turns redder if your skin gets irritated from 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. 

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 because I, too, am bothered by a tendency for facial dandruff.

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 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 a Facial Buf Puf. This can be irritating, so go easy. I recommend you use Calming Zinc ® soap with a Facial Buf Puf 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 Replenix 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. Choose from two different green tea products, the more hydrating Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy fortified with resveratrol or the entirely oil-free Replenix CF Cream.
  3. Hydrate with a moisturizer matched to your skin type. Some of the best options include my Daily Face Cream and my Natural Lotion and Butter.
  4. Protect using 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.

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. SunSavvy Kit, Sensitive Skin Protection  1014

    SunSavvy Kit, Sensitive Skin Protection

    Strong, yet non-irritating sunscreen and sun block is essential for people with sensitive skin.

    $38.50
  2. SunSavvy Kit, Ultimate Protection  1015

    SunSavvy Kit, Ultimate Protection

    The Ultimate Sun Protection Kit provides everything you'll need to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays.

    $52.50
  3. Kid's Cruiser Hat (Boys and Girls)  1065

    Kid's Cruiser Hat (Boys and Girls)

    Good looking and high-performance sun protection for kids. These hats also work well for adults with smaller head measurements. 

    $21.00
  4. Raw Elements SPF 30 Sunscreen Eco Stick  1078

    Raw Elements SPF 30 Sunscreen Eco Stick

    At last, the best mineral zinc oxide sunscreen product proven not to run into and sting your eyes - even when you're wet!
    $16.00
  5. Raw Elements Eco Formula SPF 30+ Sunscreen  1128

    Raw Elements Eco Formula SPF 30+ Sunscreen

    The best all natural, UVA-UVB broad spectrum, high performance sun screen for your 'wet and sweaty activities'.
    $19.00
  6. Clarisonic Mia 2   1252

    Clarisonic Mia 2

    Patented sonic skin cleansing for your face to 'bump-up' the effectiveness of your skin care regimen. Clarisonic Mia 2 gives you a gentle and effective cleanse at home or on the go.

    $150.00
  7. Men’s Performance Microfiber Hat  1189

    Men’s Performance Microfiber Hat

    These stylish and high-performance men’s microfiber hats have a breathable mesh lining and a 3 1/2" 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.
    $18.00
  8. Solbar Zinc SPF 38 Sunscreen  1018

    Solbar Zinc SPF 38 Sunscreen

    My favorite sunscreen for sports, swimming and sweaty activities. It spreads so easily that it's also my favorite product to apply to the large expanses of unprotected skin on our bodies. You absolutely must use a water resistant sunscreen when you're going to be wet. 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
  9. Women's Sun Protection Bucket Hats  1250

    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!
    $20.00
  10. Clarisonic SMART Profile   1251

    Clarisonic SMART Profile

    Luxurious head-to-toe sonic face and body cleansing brush. Patented sonic skin cleansing for your face and body to 'bump-up' the effectiveness of your skin care regimen. 11x better cleansing than hands alone!

    $265.00
  11. Clarisonic Brush Replacement Heads  1219

    Clarisonic Brush Replacement Heads

    Get the most out of your Clarisonic Cleansing System by keeping your Clarisonic Brushes in top shape.  Clarisonic recommends that you replace your brush head every 3 months to get the best results from your beloved Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System. Pick the right brush for your skin type to fully customize how the system works for you.

    $25.00
  12. Replenix Exfoliating Scrub  1024

    Replenix Exfoliating Scrub

    The rolled bamboo beads provide gentle but effective physical facial exfoliation. Used twice a week in the morning, this product brightens and gives facial skin a nice luster.

    $36.00
  13. Sheer Strength Pure Physical Spray Sunscreen SPF 50+™  1207

    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. 

    $38.00
  14. Glycolix Elite SPF 30 Sunscreen  1016

    Glycolix Elite SPF 30 Sunscreen

    This is the ultimate in 'nonchemical', mineral, physical sun protection. It is perfect for people with extremely sensitive skin.

    $25.50
  15. Citrix Sunscreen SPF 40  1017

    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.

    $25.00
  16. EltaMD UV Daily SPF 40  1126

    EltaMD UV Daily SPF 40

    Broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection in a lovely moisturizing lotion that's sheer and elegant of the skin.
    $24.00
  17. Suntegrity Baby Natural Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30  1127

    Suntegrity Baby 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
  18. MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted Creme SPF 30 Broad Spectrum  1157

    MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted Creme SPF 30 Broad Spectrum

    Luxurious, Broad Spectrum Sunscreen with a Silky "Barely There" Finish.
    $32.00
  19. Pigment Fading Pads  1253

    Pigment Fading Pads

    Pigmented skin? This 2% hydroquinone treatment can help. 

    $66.50
  20. All Natural Face and Body Butter Cream™  1140

    All Natural Face and Body Butter Cream™

    Highly Effective moisturizer to heal your extremely dry and sensitive skin.
    $24.00
  21. Vanicream Lip Protectant  1255

    Vanicream Lip Protectant

    The best dermatologist recommended hypoallergenic lip balm and sunscreen - all in one product!

    $8.00
  22. Holiday Kit for Facial Redness Relief  1261

    Holiday Kit for Facial Redness Relief

    This is the same magical ingredient combination as my regular Facial Redness Relief Kit but now with the newest Replenix Cream containing resveratrol, the grape antioxidant, in a new paraben free cream base.

    $68.00
  23. EltaMD UV SPF 46 Sunscreen  1125

    EltaMD UV 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.

    $32.00
  24. Facial Redness Relief Kit - with Resveratrol™  1069

    Facial Redness Relief Kit - with Resveratrol™

    This is the same magical ingredient combination as my Facial Redness Relief Kit - Oil Free but now with the newest Green Tea Skin Therapy Cream containing resveratrol, the powerful grape antioxidant, in a paraben-free cream base.

    $80.00
  25. Sheer Strength Pure Physical Tinted Matte Sunscreen, SPF 50™  1217

    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!

    $43.00
  26. Daily Moisturizing Face Cream for Dry to Normal Skin™  1056

    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.
    $18.00
  27. Avene Gentle Eye Make-up Remover  1070

    Avene Gentle Eye Make-up Remover

    This soothing gentle formulation made in France removes even stubborn waterproof eye makeup without irritation.
    $18.00
  28. Facial Redness Relief Kit - Oil Free  1068

    Facial Redness Relief Kit - Oil Free

    Dermatologist recommended products to calm facial redness from rosacea and seborrheic dermatitis using ingredients that are proven to give relief.
    $79.70
  29. Vanicream Cleansing Bar  1156

    Vanicream Cleansing Bar

    Dermatologist-recommended hypoallergenic cleansing bar for extremely sensitive skin.
    $4.00
  30. Vanicream Free & Clear Conditioner  1257

    Vanicream Free & Clear Conditioner

    Dermatologist-recommended hypoallergenic conditioner for extremely sensitive skin, eczema and skin allergies. Non-medicated, preservative and gluten-free conditioner that leaves hair feeling clean and healthy. Great for the entire family. 

    $13.50
  31. Daily Moisturizing Face Cream for Oily to Normal Skin™  1139

    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.

    $16.50
  32. Instantly Luminous Multi-Action Serum™  1211

    Instantly Luminous Multi-Action Serum™

    Advanced skin care technology for firmer, brighter, and smoother skin instantly!

    $69.00
  33. Naturally Hydrating Pore-Minimizing Facial Toner™  1215

    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.  

    $28.00
  34. Replenix CF Cream   1022

    Replenix CF Cream

    This has been a popular facial product in my dermatology practice for years! This unique oil free cream contains a high concentration of green tea antioxidant polyphenol, combined with caffeine and hyaluronic acid (a very expensive protein moisturizing ingredient).

    $69.70
  35. Foaming Zinc Cleanser™  1040

    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.

    $14.80
  36. Calming Zinc Bar Soap®  1044

    Calming Zinc Bar Soap®

    My favorite skin cleanser! Naturally healing, unbelievably hydrating, and powerfully medicated to solve your skin problems.

  37. Toleriane Skin Cleanser  1049

    Toleriane Skin Cleanser

    This is a European-made, extremely gentle cleanser that hydrates and cleans with glycerin, and is free of any irritating sodium laurel sulfate type ingredients. This is my favorite cleanser for dry or sensitive skin, or people using Retin A.

    $22.00
  38. Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy™  1060

    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.

    $70.00
  39. All Natural Face, Hand and Body Lotion™  1141

    All Natural Face, Hand and Body Lotion™

    Elegant and light-textured, natural moisturizer for dry to normal sensitive skin.
    $20.00
  40. Naturally Best Bar Soap for Dry Skin™  1155

    Naturally Best Bar Soap for Dry Skin™

    Unscented, glycerin-rich soap made with healing oats for your dry and sensitive skin.
    $5.00
  41. EltaMD UV Lip Balm Broad-Spectrum SPF 31  1158

    EltaMD UV Lip Balm Broad-Spectrum SPF 31

    Protect your delicate lips from the sun every day with a sunscreen lip balm you will love to use.
    $10.00
  42. Vanicream Free & Clear Shampoo  1256

    Vanicream Free & Clear Shampoo

    Dermatologist-recommended hypoallergenic shampoo for extremely sensitive skin, eczema and skin allergies. Non-medicated, preservative and gluten-free shampoo that leaves hair clean and manageable. 

    $10.00
  43. Suntegrity 5-in-1 BB Cream SPF 30 Tinted Moisturizing Facial Sunscreen  1208

    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

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