Whether on yourself or on your loved ones, it’s never a good thing to have dandruff and be accused of having bad hygiene. What’s worse is that sometimes those scaly, stubborn crusts and red patches on your scalp could be a sign of a more serious skin condition: Seborrheic Dermatitis.
Also known as seborrheic eczema or seborrheic psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis is a common long-term skin condition that comes about in the oily areas of the skin. Though it mainly affects the scalp, seborrheic dermatitis can also infect the body, as if pouring down from the scalp to the face and chest.
While the skin condition’s terminology sounds something to be concerned about, seborrheic dermatitis doesn’t actually affect your overall health and well-being. But as with most hair conditions, it can cause discomfort and affect your confidence.
Adult men aged 30-60 are likely to get seborrheic dermatitis, while babies 3 months and younger are susceptible to its infant version: cradle cap.
Though yet to be proven, seborrheic dermatitis is thought to be the result of an abnormal inflammatory response to a type of yeast that’s normally found on the skin (Malassezia).
As with eczema, there are a couple of things that can aggravate or make the affected skin itch more and produce more flakes.
- Change in season, especially cold or dry season
- Alcohol and certain unhealthy lifestyle choices
The main symptoms of this skin condition include:
- Flakes of skin on scalp, eyebrows or facial hair
- Itching or stinging
- Redness of skin
Seborrheic dermatitis appears to be similar to eczema and dandruff, but tends to be itchier and inflamed.
To be sure, it is always best to consult with a dermatologist. It is also advisable to seek the help of experts when seborrheic dermatitis leads to anxiety or lack of sleep.
Treatment & Prevention
Although seborrheic dermatitis may be long-term, a little self-love and good skin care does wonders for treatment and prevention.
Medicated solutions with strong antifungal properties are your best bet against this skin condition. Aside from using a specialized dandruff shampoo, you can always opt for more natural alternatives. Moringa-O2’s hair care system carries a powerful blend of Moringa, Olive Oil and Omega from Sunflower Oil to safely infuse your scalp with proper nourishment and defense against fungi and bacteria.