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What is seborrheic dermatitis?

Seborrheic dermatitis is a common type of eczema that affects the scalp. It is characterized by scaly patches, red skin, and severe dandruff and sometimes can cause greasy patches to occur on the face, nose, eyebrows, ears, eyelids, and chest. The patches of greasy skin have white or yellow flaky crust. This usually causes a mild itching. Seborrheic dermatitis is also referred to as dandruff, seborrheic eczema, seborrheic psoriasis, and cradle cap for infants. You can get seborrheic dermatitis at any age, however it is most common in infants and adults ages 30 to 60. 

Although the exact cause of seborrheic dermatitis is unknown, it could be caused by an inflammatory reaction to a yeast called malassezia that builds up in oil secretion on the skin. The immune system then overreacts to it which results in changes in the skin. It could also be caused by an irregular response from the immune system.

These symptoms can flare up or worsen due to stress, hormonal changes, illness, harsh detergents and other household products, medications, and harsh weather such as cold or dry seasons. 

To manage symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis, daily cleansing with a mild soap and shampoo can reduce oiliness and build up of dead skin. Always follow up with a moisturizer to keep skin hydrated and prevent the skin from producing too much oil in response. Keeping healthy lifestyle habits such as getting enough sleep and managing stress can help as well. To treat infants, emollient products can be used to help loosen and remove scales from the scalp. For adults, topical antifungal or medicated shampoo can help remove scales, reduce itching, and calm inflammation. In severe cases, stronger steroid based treatments may need to be used. 

If you are looking for a natural way to treat seborrheic dermatitis, LEMYKA offers a comprehensive set of skincare products to manage your symptoms. Our Shampoo and Wash is a mild cleanser perfect for cleaning the scalp and body of oil and dead skin without overdrying the skin. After cleansing, use the LEMYKA Body Milk on the whole body moisture and soothe irritated skin. Finally, our therapy lotions such as the Hydrating or Calming Cream can be applied to affected areas to reduce inflammation and relieve itching. 

Seborrheic dermatitis usually goes away on its own in infants, however can be persistent and recurring in adults. If you are experiencing loss of sleep, disruption of daily routines, notice an infection, or show no signs in improvement after at home remedies, you might want to consult your doctor for further medical consultation. 

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