Dermatologist’s Tips for Treating Facial Seborrheic Dermatitis

Cynthia Bailey, MD|November 17, 2009

It's Seborrheic Dermatitis Season…...(aka dandruff)

That flaky skin on your eyebrows and around your nose, in the crease that runs down the edge of your lips to your chin is probably not dry skin.....SO...... 1. Slathering on moisturizer won't fix it. 2. Using some simple over the counter medicated products can help you control it. I have simple tricks for facial seborrheic dermatitis treatment; this is the advice I give my patients and it's what I use myself. Facial seborrheic dermatitis (aka dandruff) is common. Most of us will have it at some point in our lives. Seborrheic dermatitis usually makes its debut in the winter. It often starts as dry white flakes in the eyebrows and then may spread to the skin between your brows. Around the nose you may develop itchy red skin with a greasy scale. This lovely look often progresses down the crease running along the sides of your lips and onto your chin. Your skin may also have a dry scalyness on your nose and cheeks. It's all seborrheic dermatitis! Unchecked, facial seborrheic dermatitis will become hard to cover up. It may look better in the morning after you've washed your face, but as the day wears on, the scale builds up again. The seborrhea turns redder if you use any irritating skin care products like harsh soaps or antiaging products with glycolic acid, vitamin C or Retin A. Trying to cover up the problem with make-up just makes things look worse because make-up gets stuck in the scales. Over my years of dermatology practice I've found practical remedies for facial seborrheic dermatitis treatment. I've helped many patients control their seborrhea and I've tried many products on my own skin because I too am bothered by this most annoying rash. I've found simple changes for your skin care regimene that will help you control the scale and redness of seborrheic dermatitis so that your skin looks healthy and clean:

1. I'll tell you how to pick the right medicated soap for your skin type to help prevent flair ups of your seborrhea.

2. When your skin flairs anyway, I'll tell you how to treat it with over the counter medicated creams to snuff out the rash.

My next blog entry gives you my specific facial seborrheic dermatitis treatments.

My Seborrheic Dermatitis Series:

Dermatologist's Tips for Dry Flaky Skin on Your Face and Scalp; Tis the Season for Seborrheic Dermatitis Itchy, Crusty, Scaly Ears-More on Seborrheic Dermatitis Dr. Cynthia Bailey's Tips for Facial Seborrheic Dermatitis Control   If you found this post helpful, you may also want to read: Chapped Lips: The Remedy Depends on the Cause Dermatologist's 3 Simple Steps for Sandal Ready Feet by Spring Dermatologist's Simple Tips for Athlete's Foot Fungus Treatment Brilliant Skin Care For The New Decade Essential Winter Skin Care; 2 simple tricks to healthy winter skin Making Sense Of The Vitamin D Dilemma And Sun Exposure

Hi, I’m 18 years old. Male. I had this ‘Seborrheic Dermatitis’ for almost a year. Any over the counter remedies? Thanks for responding! I badly need a cure for this, cause it already affects my self esteem.

By Mikey Garcia on 2016 10 07

From Cynthia Bailey M.D.: yes! search my seborrheic dermatitis products on my web site ( and in the category box of my blog. My favorite combo for facial seb derm is my Redness Relief Kit ( For scalp seb derm I love the Foaming Zinc ( and Scalp Scrubber. Foaming Zinc works on back, chest, crusty ear seb derm too. ( is the link for products to treat seb derm of the body.

By Misha Bailey on 2016 10 10

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