Seborrhoea / Seborrhoeic eczema
Seborrhoea/Seborroic eczema occurs in the areas of greatest sebum production, such as the face, chest and scalp, but can also occur behind the ears.
Having a scalp that feels oily and greasy is something that most people dislike. It can feel like the scalp is constantly moist and soft from the ongoing overproduction of the excess skin oil (sebum). Having an oily scalp is often associated with adolescence and sebum production is often something that decreases over the years, but this is not the case for everyone. Below we will go into the subject in more depth.
Definition:Common, non-infectious condition with redness/greasy scaling in areas of high sebaceous gland activity.
Appearance Seborrhoea / seborrhoeic eczema
It may appear as a slight scaling of the skin and is often seen on the wings of the nose, eyebrows and sideburns. Seborrhoea often causes oiliness while seborrheic eczema is associated with crusting, inflammation and intense itching. In addition to the scaling and redness, yellowish, red acne-like rashes may occur, as well as a greasy scaling and in some cases may lead to hair loss.
Severe seborrhoea should be diagnosed by a dermatologist to rule out other diagnoses and determine the best treatment for you.
Who is affected:
Seborrhoea / seborrheic eczema is genetic and is also affected by the environment you live in. This can be anything from stress, hormonal imbalance, poor sleep, compromised immune system, obesity, and the change of seasons.
How to treat seborrhoeic eczema:
It is possible to treat and improve a seborrhoeic skin, the treatment method can consist of various creams, shampoos and conditioners containing ingredients that have been shown to be effective against the problem. For example, bactericidal and light peeling products, antifungal masks, cortisone ointment, etc.
It has been found that seborrhoeic skin often improves during the sunny and warm seasons. You can help yourself by ensuring you maintain a good diet, regular exercise, good sleep and less stress. Intake of omega 3 is also good as the beneficial fatty acids have been shown to have a good effect on seborrhoeic skin.
The most common symptoms of seborrhoeic eczema are:
- Heavy flaking
- Inflammations of the scalp
- Oily skin
- White and yellow flakes
- Severe itching
- Scaly patches that come off to reveal pink skin
- Hair loss
Seborrhoeic eczema can cause hair loss as the excessive production of oil and heavy flakes causes irritation and follicle-stimulating clogging. This creates an unfavourable foundation for the hair and a weakening at the roots, which can also lead to hair loss.
If you feel that you have a problem with your scalp, it is better to seek help than to try different home remedies. You don't have to feel alone or hopeless, help is available from experts.