If you want to get rid of a dry, itchy, flaky scalp, then you have come to the right place. The first thing we need to do is define what seborrheic dermatitis is before we figure out how to treat it.
Seborrheic dermatitis is a type of skin rash that occurs mostly on your scalp and facial area (eyebrows, nose, and creases in your nose). It is not a contagious disease; rather it is a condition that can be managed and treated.
The symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis include: redness, scaling/flaking of skin (resembles dandruff), itching, soreness, and thick crust that may bleed if scratched at often. The condition can occur at any age but is most common in infants (cradle cap) and adults over 30 years old.
There are several factors that may contribute to the development of this condition including diet, weather/temperature, stress levels, hormones/pregnancy**
Dryness is a common condition of the scalp that can be caused by a variety of different factors. For example, dryness can result from genetic causes or lifestyle choices such as poor diet, improper hair care and excessive exposure to heat. Dryness can cause severe itching and flaking, but you can get rid of dryness by following certain procedures.
Apply natural oil as a moisturizer. According to the National Institutes of Health, olive oil, castor oil and coconut oil are effective moisturizers for dry scalp because they contain essential fatty acids that help repair damaged scalp tissue, prevent itching and flaking.
Massage the oil into your scalp using your fingertips. Allow it to sit on your scalp for at least 20 minutes before washing it out with warm water and mild shampoo. Repeat the process daily until dryness is gone.
Use a leave-in conditioner on damp hair to lock in moisture. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, leave-in conditioners are more effective than regular conditioners because they remain on your hair longer and provide more moisture.
Leave-in conditioners should be applied to damp hair after you wash it with mild shampoo. Gently massage the conditioner into your scalp using your fingertips, then comb through your hair
Scalp dryness is often caused by seborrheic dermatitis (SD). SD is a common skin condition that causes flaking, redness, itching and visible scaling. SD is caused by an overgrowth of a type of yeast on the scalp that contributes to inflammation in the area. The best way to prevent and treat SD is with an anti-dandruff shampoo.
Dandruff is a common form of SD. It can occur at any age but it is most common in adolescent and young adult males. Dandruff can last all year round or be seasonal, depending on climate conditions. You may notice dandruff worsening during winter months because cold, dry air increases the chance of your scalp becoming dry, itchy and flaky.
To determine if you have dandruff or SD you’ll need to see a dermatologist so they can diagnose the cause of your scalp condition and recommend the best treatment. However, they are both treated similarly with anti-dandruff shampoos containing one or more of these active ingredients: zinc pyrithione, selenium sulfide, ketoconazole or coal tar.
Seborrheic dermatitis is a skin condition that causes an itchy scalp, dandruff, and red, scaly skin. It is also known as seborrhea. Seborrheic dermatitis affects many parts of the body, including the:
Face (especially the eyebrows, lash line, creases next to the nose and behind the ears)
Seborrheic dermatitis is very common. It may affect any age group but is most prevalent in infants and adults between ages 30 to 60. It affects more men than women. It is rare before puberty or after age 60.
It is a common and chronic form of eczema/dermatitis that mainly affects the scalp, face, and trunk . A rash occurs on areas where sebaceous glands (oil glands) are most prominent: the scalp, face, chest, back, armpits, around the nose and ears. Dandruff (also called “pityriasis capitis”) is an uninflamed form of seborrheic dermatitis.
Seborrheic dermatitis is a skin condition that results in flaky white to yellow scales of skin along with redness and itching. This condition can occur in many different parts of the body, including the scalp, face, chest, back, groin and armpits. The symptoms can vary from mild to severe depending on the person and the area affected.
This condition is caused by an overgrowth of a naturally occurring fungus that lives on the skin called Malassezia globosa. It leads to inflammation (redness) and irritation (itching). People with this condition often have other skin problems such as acne vulgaris or rosacea which may make their symptoms worse than those without those conditions.
Seborrheic dermatitis is not contagious and it cannot be spread from person-to-person contact. It’s also not caused by bacteria or viruses. If someone has this condition, they’re more likely to have it elsewhere on their body at some point in their life than someone who doesn’t have it at all.”
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