Dear Dr. Bailey,
I was wondering if you could give me some advice for a facial problem I have been having for a long time now. When I get up in the morning, I have flaky skin that just wants to fall off around the nose crease just above the nostril and on my face at the crease that meets the side of my nose. I can usually wash my face and then put Eucerin Intensive Skin Treatment around those areas and my skin looks fine all day long, until the next morning when it starts all over. Sometimes the area gets slightly red, but eventually goes away.
Do you have any idea how I can go about treating this problem?
You describe the classic presentation of seborrheic dermatitis, the very common rash that is also known as facial dandruff. Of course I cannot guarantee that this is your diagnosis, but you may want to ask your doctor if this could the reason for the redness and dry flaking of your facial skin.
I treat a lot of patients in my dermatology practice with facial dandruff and I have developed a simple, but highly effective, skin care routine for it. The products are in my Facial Redness Relief Kit.
I’ve also written articles that explain the problem, describe the symptoms, and give you information on where else it crops up. Facial seborrheic dermatitis can be really stubborn and I have information on the “step-up” treatment strategy I recommend for my patients. Read my posts listed below to learn more about facial dandruff:
How to Treat Dandruff. This post has links to all my information organized by which parts of your skin are involved.
Best Men’s Skin Care for Flaky Facial Skin. This post discusses specific advice for men who suffer from facial dandruff.
I hope that helps.
Cynthia Bailey MD,
Board Certified Dermatologist and Skin Care Educator
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