Every hair follicle has its own sebaceous gland. Seborrheic dermatitis is an inflammatory skin condition that causes flaky, white to yellowish scales to form on oily areas such as the scalp, face or inside the ear. It can occur with or without reddened skin.
The cause of seborrheic dermatitis can be genetic, environmental, hormonal and have immune system factors. Once triggered the response is autoimmune which can be helpful to help control this condition that is commonly associated with itchiness. The inflammation and oil go on to further irritate the skin causing a cycle if itch, scratch, irritate, oil and so on.
Scalp Condition Seborrheic Dermatitis:
- Seborrheic Dermatitis is an autoimmune scalp condition
- Seborrhoea is excessive discharge of oil from the sebaceous glands
- Seborrheic dermatitis is an inflammatory skin condition
- Seborrheic dermatitis can be genetic and has immune system factors
There a no cures for seborrheic dermatitis that can manifest in infants as cradle cap, but it can be controlled by understanding the needs of the immune system, particularly the required levels of essential fatty acids and vitamin D. It sounds strange that a deficiency of the right oils, essential fatty acids and the fat-soluble vitamin D can result in an oil drives skin condition.
Proper scalp health is also required for the control of seborrheic dermatitis. Simply obtaining a correct diagnosis to then use the right product on the skin, and address any deficiencies that are present, may be all that is required to help you stop this skin condition cycle. Combination therapy will always deliver the best results. We cannot suggest any topical treatment for seborrheic dermatitis without microscopic dermatitis because of the intrinsic nature of the scalp skin. Sometimes the cycle has resulted in scalp sores that will need help to heal before the actual controlling treatment can be used.
Many over the counter treatments contain harmful ingredients that will actually keep the awful cycle going. It is also important not to self-diagnose and again to get a correct diagnosis as treatment for psoriasis or dandruff can also make seborrheic dermatitis worse.
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