It is an inflammatory reaction to excess Malassezia yeast, an organism that normally lives on the skin’s surface, is the likely cause of seborrheic dermatitis. The Malassezia overgrowth and the immune system seems to overreact to it, leading to an inflammatory response which results in skin changes.
Suffering from the same signs and symptoms? Let’s read on with us to know more about it.
What does seborrheic dermatitis look like?
It is a common skin disease that causes an itchy rash with flaky scales. It causes redness on light skin and light patches on darker skin. It’s also called dandruff, cradle cap, seborrhea, seborrheic eczema, and seborrheic psoriasis.
Causes of Seborrheic Dermatitis:
- Your genes
- Yeast that usually lives on your skin without causing problems
- Certain medical conditions and medicines
- Cold, dry weather
- An immune system response
Seborrheic dermatitis symptoms:
Adults might get seborrheic dermatitis on their face, especially around their nose, in their eyebrows, on their eyelids, or behind their ears. It can show up on other parts of your body, too:
- In the middle part of your chest.
- Around your navel.
- On your buttocks.
- In skin folds under your arms and on your legs.
- In your groin.
- Below your breasts.
Your skin might itch or burn. The scales that flake off could be white or yellowish and look moist or oily.
It will sometimes clear up by itself. But often, it’s a lifelong issue that clears and flares. You can usually control it with good skin care.
If you have this on your face and body, keep the affected areas clean. Wash with soap and water every day.
Sunlight may stop the growth of the yeast organisms that are causing the problem, so being outdoors could help make the rash go away. Make sure to wear sunscreen.
Dr. Sayyam Azam is a certified dermatologist who has specialized in Clinical Dermatology (Pakistan) and Aesthetic Medicine (US). During her specialization, she was involved in multiple clinical as well as aesthetic dermatological procedures such as botox, fillers, and chemical peels. As a licensed dermatologist, she is now running a state-of-the- art Aesthetic Center (The Face Clinic) in Multan, Pakistan.