Seborrheic dermatitis is the skin condition that is one cause for adult dandruff and the cause for cradle cap. Although it typically affects the scalp, other seborrhea, aka oily skin, areas may also come up flaky.
Seborrheic dermatitis disease causes skin flaking, believed to be instigated by a yeast fungus in adults and hormones in infants. When an area is inflamed with this skin condition, your skin may appear:
Some other parts of your body that may be afflicted by seborrheic dermatitis, beyond the scalp, are:
- arm creases
- behind the ear
- mid body skinfold
Seborrheic dermatitis causing cradle cap most often occurs in babies younger than 3 months. As for adults, it is more common in men over 30. Cradle cap is considered harmless and temporary. Cradle cap is not:
- an allergy
- caused by poor hygiene
Cradle cap may or may not itch. Seborrheic dermatitis and seborrhea are inexplicably associated to those with neurological disorders, such as:
HIV sufferers also have increased incidences of seborrheic dermatitis dandruff. Seborrheic dermatitis appears to run in families and adult onset is considered chronic. Some various circumstances that may cause an increased risk of flare ups include:
- oily skin
- weather extremes
- skin disorders ~ acne
- lotions containing alcohol
- infrequent shampoos or skin cleaning
You may discover your seborrheic dermatitis improves during the summer, particularly after outdoor activities. Seborrheic dermatitis treatment remedies depends on where you have it and if you’re looking for an infant or adult cure remedy.
For infants with cradle cap, some home remedies include:
- massage your baby’s scalp gently with your fingers or a soft brush to loosen the scales and improve scalp circulation
- gently shampoo scalp with a mild baby shampoo daily, be sure to rinse off all soap
- brush your child’s hair with a clean, soft brush several times during the day
- scales that do not easily loosen try applying mineral oil
If your mild shampoo doesn’t work, talk to your doctor about using a tar shampoo or other prescription options.
As for adult seborrheic dermatitis dandruff, treat with a shampoo that contains salicylic acid, selenium sulfide, zinc pyrithione or coal tar. Start using one of these shampoos daily until your dandruff is under control. Then cut back to 2 or 3 times a week.
Let your dandruff shampoo stay on your scalp for about 5 minutes give it an opportunity to work. If shampoo doesn’t do the trick, pay your doctor a visit for some stronger stuff.
As for your other seborrhea oily skin areas experiencing seborrheic dermatitis, there’s a couple at home remedies you can try topically, like:
- tea tree oil
- aloe vera lotion
- olive leaf extract
- zinc oxide lotion
At a minimum, gently cleanse your oily skin areas with warm water twice daily. Some indication your seborrheic outbreak may be related to your diet. Focus on cutting back your consumption of yeasty breads and simple sugars, coupled with devouring more “health sustaining” veggies.