Hypoallergenic Products for Dandruff and Seborrheic Dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis is a rash that looks like red, dry skin. Seborrhea can affect your scalp (dandruff), face, ears, chest, back, and even the folds of your skin. In my dermatology practice I commonly see patients mistakenly think that their red, flakey skin is dry skin. It isn't dry skin, it's the rash of seborrhea. Seborrhea is common and I have treated thousands of people with it, from babies to senior adults.

We don't know what causes seborrhea. We do, however, have good products to treat it. 

What skin care products do dermatologists use to treat seborrhea?

Doctors usually treat seborrhea with medicated soaps, cleansers, and shampoos. These are easy to use and leave a treating residue of medicated ingredient on the skin after rinsing. I usually like to combine these medicated products with a gentle exfoliating product to help remove flakes of skin so that the skin surface is smooth.

For scalp seborrhea we use a Scalp Scrubber  to lather the medicated Foaming Zinc™ Cleanser. Foaming Zinc treats seborrhea with a full 2% of pyrithione zinc.

Facial seborrhea is controlled with Calming Zinc ™ Soap that also contains a full 2% pyrithione zinc in a natural soap base. Skin is gently exfoliated with an Exfoliating Facial Sponge or a simple wash cloth. .

Body seborrhea can be treated with either Calming Zinc or Foaming Zinc and scale removed with a Salux Cloth. 

What skin care products are best for controlling facial seborrheic dermatitis?

Facial seborrheic dermatitis is particularly embarrassing. It is a common cause of facial redness. My Facial Redness Relief Kit  combines my favorite ingredient to fight seborrhea - pyrithione zinc - with my Green Tea Cream, which actually helps to relieve redness. It works beautifully, and in fact I have used this product combination for years to control my own facial seborrhea. Green Tea is applied twice daily after washing your face. Calming Zinc is used once or twice a day to wash your face. If you used it once daily, alternate it with a gentle cleanser. I have many listed on this page that work well to create a Complete Skin Care Routine for seborrhea control. 

"I just got your calming Zinc Bar Soap. Wow!!!! Absolutely amazing!!!!! I have Seborrheic Dermatitis which would become very bad if not kept at bay with prescription medication. I ran out of my prescription medicine and decided to try your soap. Your soap is amazing. It took care of the problem completely!!! Thank you so much!!! Truly a life changing product!!!!!!! I still can't believe it!" - Mike G., 8/22/13

“I am just a customer… a recent one at that. My little sister (we’re both over 50~!) introduced me to your products this summer. I have become a complete believer in your methods, your products, and your integrity. Thank you for offering real help with the facial redness relief kit! My confidence and outlook is so much better than it was. The Calming Zinc Soap and the Green Tea Cream..... have been like miracles to me….” - Patty K., Puget Sound, 12/13

Facial seborrhea often coexists with rosacea and the two are treated similarly. My Rosacea Kit has a complete skin care routine that is also perfect for helping to fight facial seborrhea! 

In a man's beard area, seborrhea can manifest as beardruff. I created my Beard Care Kit to help men fight beardruff with an effective, dermatologist's skin care routine. 

Facial skin prone to seborrheic dermatitis is sensitive and needs special care.

Seborrheic dermatitis causes skin to be sensitive. Seborrhea is a form of eczema, which means that the epidermis (the top living cell layer) has a weakened barrier. If and when your skin is exposed to irritating products or conditions, such as harsh weather, your seborrhea will become redder and more irritated.

Hypoallergenic and non-irritating products are really important when you have active seborrhea.

Build your Complete Skin Care Routine from my hypoallergenic products to help calm and control the redness and sensitivity of your skin. Remember, Complete Skin Care always gets the best results for healing skin problems and involves the 4 essential skin care steps of:

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

Don't forget that seborrhea prone skin needs balanced skin hydration to heal. Use deeply hydrating skin moisturizers to keep seborrhea prone skin healthy. Sun protection is also important and sunscreens need to be hypoallergenic and non-irritating. Mineral zinc oxide products are best. If you wear makeup, pure mineral powders are the most non-irritating and best choice makeup for seborrhea prone complexions.

Select products below to care for your seborrhea prone skin. These are the products that work best for my patients with seborrhea. Some products will take care of more than one step in your Complete Skin Care Routine.

Dermatologist's skin care routine for seborrhea.

An example of Complete Skin Care to control seborrhea on the face might include:

CLEANSE: Wash with my Daily Foaming Facial Cleanser in the morning using an Exfoliating Sponge  (Daily Foaming Facial Cleanser is the ideal foam consistency for men to wet shave). Twice weekly, gently use the Bamboo and Clay Thermal Scrub instead to brighten your complexion and remove facial flaking. Apply Naturally Hydrating Pore Minimizing Toner to remove oil and product residue and help refine pores if needed. At night wash with Calming Zinc ™ Soap.

CORRECT: Apply Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy. If you have dehydrated or crepey skin, consider applying my Instantly Luminous Multi-Action Serum before the Green Tea.

HYDRATE: Apply one of my Daily Face Creams or Natural Lotion of Butter. At night, consider boosting your moisturizer by adding a few drops of my Omega Enriched Facial Booster Oil  to your facial moisturizer. 

PROTECT: Every day prevent UV ray damage by applying one of my Sheer Strength Pure Physical mineral zinc oxide sunscreens. These are non-irritating products ideal for sensitive skin prone to seborrhea. 

 

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  1. 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

  2. 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.

    Regular Price: $12.00

    Special Price $11.00

  3. 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.

    Regular Price: $86.00

    Special Price $77.40

  4. 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

  5. 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
  6. Scalp Scrubber

    Scalp Scrubber

    A plastic scalp scrubber is a highly effective way to deep clean your scalp and to help control dandruff, 'dry scalp' and pimples on the scalp.
    $5.00
  7. Salux Wash Cloth

    Salux Wash Cloth

    Have smooth skin instantly! This long exfoliating wash cloth is now my favorite way to physically exfoliate skin on the body.

    $6.00
  8. 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

  9. 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.

    Regular Price: $25.00

    Special Price $22.50

  10. 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.

    Regular Price: $37.00

    Special Price $33.30

  11. 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.

    Regular Price: $5.00

    Special Price $4.50

  12. Vanicream Cleansing Bar

    Vanicream Cleansing Bar

    Dermatologist-recommended hypoallergenic cleansing bar for extremely sensitive skin.
    $5.00
  13. Exfoliating Facial Sponge 2 Pack

    Exfoliating Facial Sponge 2 Pack

    Gently exfoliates dead skin cells leaving your skin smooth and radiant.
    $3.00
  14. 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.  

    Regular Price: $31.50

    Special Price $28.35

  15. 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.

    Regular Price: $140.00

    Special Price $126.00

  16. Layered Up Besties

    Layered Up Besties

    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.

    Regular Price: $168.00

    Special Price $151.00

  17. Dr. Bailey's Instant Skin Renewal Trio

    Instant Skin Renewal Trio

    Enjoy a new, winter escape and get rid of dull and dehydrated skin. Ring in the New Year with dewy, refined skin-texture and luminously-hydrated tone.

    $148.50
  18. 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.

    $55.00
  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. Natural Face, Hand and Body Lotion™

    Natural Face, Hand and Body Lotion™

    Elegant and light-textured, natural moisturizer for dry to normal sensitive skin.

    Regular Price: $22.00

    Special Price $19.80

  23. Natural Face and Body Butter Cream™

    Natural Face and Body Butter Cream™

    Highly Effective moisturizer to heal your extremely dry and sensitive skin.

    Regular Price: $26.00

    Special Price $23.40

  24. 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.

    Regular Price: $44.00

    Special Price $39.60

  25. 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
  26. 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

  27. 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
  28. 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. 

    Regular Price: $47.00

    Special Price $42.30

  29. 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
  30. 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

  31. 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

  32. 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!
    $25.00
  33. 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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  34. Kid's Hat (Boys and Girls)

    Kid's Hat (Boys and Girls)

    Good looking and high-performance sun protection for kids.

    $15.00

    Out of stock

  35. Back Applicator

    Back Applicator

    Not everyone has flexible shoulders and the Back Applicator reaches where the shoulders can't.

    $12.00
  36. Back Applicator Refill Sponges

    Back Applicator Refill Sponges

    Each packet contains 2 replacement sponges.

    $3.00
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. 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.

    Regular Price: $35.00

    Special Price $28.00

  40. 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
  41. 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

  42. 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

  43. 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
  44. 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
  45. 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
  46. 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
  47. Avene Moisturizing Self-Tanning Lotion for Sensitive Skin

    Avene Moisturizing Self-Tanning Lotion for Sensitive Skin

    My favorite Self-Tanning product.

    $26.00
  48. Dr. Bailey's Baked Mineral Powder™

    Baked Mineral Powder™

    Hydrating mineral powder for a luminous, velvety finish to your skin.

    Regular Price: $30.00

    Special Price $27.00

  49. Pressed Mineral Makeup Powder™

    Pressed Mineral Makeup Powder™

    Long-lasting, full coverage in a matte finish that won’t flake or cake.

    Regular Price: $24.00

    Special Price $21.00

  50. Loose Mineral Makeup Powder Foundation™

    Loose Mineral Makeup Powder Foundation™

    Silky and oil absorbing for a light weight matte finish. Use alone or as a finishing powder.

    Regular Price: $20.00

    Special Price $18.00

  51. Loose Mineral Makeup Blush™

    Loose Mineral Makeup Blush™

    Two lovely, soft shades to invoke a natural looking, delicate health-radiating glow to your skin (without the sun!).

    Regular Price: $17.00

    Special Price $15.00

  52. Suntegrity Lip C.P.R. SPF Sunscreen Lipstick

    Suntegrity Lip C.P.R. SPF Sunscreen Lipstick

    Natural non-nano mineral zinc oxide sun protection in a deeply hydrating base for your delicate lip skin. Prevent skin cancer and future wrinkles with daily use of sunscreen. That means lips too. Ever notice older lips are pale, shriveled, dry and chapped all the time. That’s sun damage. Just say no by wearing lip sun protection 365 days a year.

    $28.00
  53. Baked Mineral Trio Eye Shadow

    Baked Mineral Trio Eye Shadow™

    Luscious, creaseless, long lasting shimmery color. Do you love your eye makeup? I do, and it's because this is what I use every day!

    Regular Price: $20.00

    Special Price $18.00

  54. Mineral Makeup Loose Powder Eye Shadow™

    Mineral Makeup Loose Powder Eye Shadow™

    Long lasting and creaseless eye shadows with a velvety-smooth, natural finish.

    Regular Price: $7.00

    Special Price $6.00

  55. Makeup Brush Set

    Makeup Brush Set

    Beautiful, economical, and ethically sourced professional brush set and tasteful tie pouch.
    $32.40
  56. Kabuki Soft Makeup Brush

    Kabuki Soft Makeup Brush

    Kabuki brushes work great with my natural mineral foundation, face powder, blush.

    $14.00
  57. Dr. Bailey's Replenix CF Cream

    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).

    $82.00
  58. 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
  59. Vanicream Free & Clear Shampoo

    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
  60. Vanicream Free & Clear Conditioner

    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

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