Seborrheic Dermatitis Of The Face - Causes And Treatment

Seborrheic Dermatitis Of The Face – Causes And Treatment

By: - Health & Fitness - August 30, 2011
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If you have been diagnosed with seborrheic dermatitis of the face, you have been diagnosed with a disease that is quite common in its other form, known as dandruff. Only about 1-3% of the population actually has seborrheic dematitis of the face, however. You may be wondering what causes seborrheic dermatitis and how you can get rid of it. You should also know that there are triggers for it that can cause it to become worse or flair up at inopportune times.

What causes seborrheic dermatitis? This disease is genetic in all forms. Scientifically, your body is genetically predisposed to increased sebrum secretion, which is a chemical of your skin. When these areas are inflamed, they tend to increase oil production which is the perfect place for yeast to grow. This yeast breaks down and causes an inflammatory response on your skin, and is what causes seborrheic dermatitis to begin.

Your skin will become red, itchy and scaly when you have seborrheic dermatitis of the face. In addition to the face, it can be on the eyelids, groin, and armpits as well as the scalp, which is a lesser form you know as dandruff. Many people can have the dandruff and will never get any type of dermatitis anywhere else on the body.

Seborrheic dermatitis has no cure. As of now, you can treat the symptoms, but not totally get rid of it. There is usually a mixture of medications given to treat seborrheic dermatitis including antibiotics, antifungals and topical corticosteroids, which are medicated lotions and creams. Avoiding triggers can also help since you will only see a flair-up when conditions are right.

Some triggers of the disease are stress, fatigue, sugar intake, excess alcohol consumption, and low immunity. All can cause the conditions for an outbreak of seborrheic dermatitis. Some drugs are known to cause outbreaks such as some antibiotics, steroids and psychological drugs such as Lithium. Having other diseases, like Parkinson’s, HIV, epilepsy and diabetes are also known to cause outbreaks in those who are prone to them.

Speaking with your doctor after being diagnosed and working on avoiding the triggers you are able to avoid is the best way to handle this disease. Seborrheic dermatitis is not the same as allergies or psoriasis and cannot be treated the same way. Your doctor will have other ideas on what you can do to minimize the occurrence of the disease and how to treat the symptoms in your individual case.