What is Seborrheic Dermatitis?
Seborrheic dermatitis most often affects your scalp, but may develop in other areas as well. This common skin disorder causes scaly, itchy, red skin and stubborn dandruff. It may appear between skin folds and on skin rich in oil glands. In most patients, it’s a chronic condition. You’ll likely experience periods of increased or decreased intensity of symptoms.
What Causes Seborrheic Dermatitis?
The major cause of Seborrheic Dermatitis is the overproduction of skin oil and an irritation from malassezia, a yeast-causing agent. Seborrheic dermatitis has been linked to genetic factors. A family history of eczema can predispose one to this condition.
What are the causes of Seborrheic Dermatitis?
- weather extremes
- oily skin
- infrequent shampoos or skin cleaning
- use of lotions that contain alcohol
- skin disorders
Men are most at risk for this condition and develop to severe cases, too. Injury to the skin and other skin disorders such as acne, rosacea, psoriasis and blepharitis can make one susceptible to the development of Seborrheic Dermatitis.
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