Seborrheic Dermatitis (Dandruff)

What is Seborrheic Dermatitis?

Seborrheic dermatitis is a skin condition that causes flaking of the skin on the scalp. While its cause is unknown, it is thought to be triggered by a variety of factors, including stress, genetics, yeast in the skin, certain medications, and cold, dry weather. Seborrheic dermatitis most commonly occurs in babies younger than three months old and in adults from 30 to 60 years of age. In adults, it is more common for people with oily skin.

Symptoms of Seborrheic Dermatitis

Other names for seborrheic dermatitis include dandruff and cradle cap. Babies that are three months or younger can get cradle cap; crusty brown or yellow scales on their scalp. This usually resolves on its own before they are one-year old, but can return once the child reaches puberty. Along with on the scalp, seborrheic dermatitis can also occur on the nose, eyelids, behind the ears, and on other areas of the body.
Common symptoms include:
Scales that flake off

How to Treat Seborrheic Dermatitis

Sometimes, seborrheic dermatitis can resolve on its own, but is usually treated with a shampoo containing salicylic acid, selenium sulfide or zinc.

If you or a loved one is experiencing seborrheic dermatitis, contact our office today. We would be happy to schedule a consultation as well as answer any treatment questions you may have.