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SEBORRHEIC DERMATITIS

Find out about the cause of seborrheic dermatitis as well as symptoms to look out for and treatment to help get rid of severe flakes.

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Like dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis affects your hair and scalp, but to a far greater degree.

In fact, that’s not the only thing that seborrheic dermatitis has in common with dandruff:

What is seborrheic dermatitis?

Essentially, seborrheic dermatitis is a far more severe form of dandruff, sharing most of the symptoms, but also including:

  • severe flakes attached to the scalp (also called “scaling”)

  • yellowish flake scales that can be oily

  • inflamed areas on the scalp

  • symptoms can appear on other body areas, like the face, chest, or back

Like dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis is caused by a microbe that occurs naturally on all of our heads.

This microbe, called Malassezia globosa, can be harmless. About half the population, however, has a sensitivity to a substance it makes called oleic acid.

Typically, this leads to dandruff – but among people who are very sensitive to oleic acid, it can trigger seborrheic dermatitis instead.

Seborrheic dermatitis treatment

Treating dandruff is simple: simply use a good anti-dandruff shampoo regularly, like Head & Shoulders, formulated to fight dandruff and calm your scalp.

Seborrheic dermatitis needs more powerful measures – but luckily, Head & Shoulders is up to the task there as well.

Head & Shoulders Clinical Strength shampoo with 1% selenium sulfide is designed to treat severe dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis.

Start by washing exclusively with the shampoo for 2-3 weeks. If you have seborrheic dermatitis, you should notice a difference. Continue using it regularly, since seborrheic dermatitis is a chronic condition that will come back if treatment stops.

If these steps don’t bring relief, consult with your dermatologist - you may have a condition that requires a different treatment.

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