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Seborroeic dermatitis is an inflammatory dermatitis that occurs on areas of skin where sebaceous (oil) glands are present and most prevelant. It is primarily confined to the front area of scalp, below the forehead, behind the ears and the nape of the neck, as well as random patches over the scalp and even the eyebrows, nose area and centre of the chest. With seborroeic dermatitis the skin becomes inflamed with large flakes covering a reddened area of the scalp. Either of these flakings or scalings is accompanied by itching – not always but usually. And surprisingly often, heavy scales cause less itching and scratching than milder, lighter types.
Many people believe that flakes resulting from seborroeic dermatitis are dry, and so rub in oil to remove them. However, the flakes are in fact greasy and rubbing in oil will simply make them more adherent and oily, as well as resulting in lanker hair.
Seborroeic dermatitis tends to run in families. However, fluctuations in the severity of flaking occur with stress, menstruation, hormonal fluctuations, illness, certain foods and sometimes the type of shampoo used.
DIAGNOISIS AND TREATMENT
Seborroeic dermatitis can look very similar to other skin conditions, such as psoriasis, and they can sometimes occur at the same time. It’s important you see your GP or Trichologist for a proper and correct diagnosis so that you can be prescribed the correct treatment. Treatments usually involve creams or masques containing suplher and/or salicylic acid. At the Philip Kingsley Clinics, in both London and New York, we provide treatment for seborroeic dermatitis using hand-made products specifically formulated for your individual hair and scalp needs.