Please note that I am not a doctor (my husband is) but all the below information is from credible sources (listed at the end of this blog).
What is seborrhoeic dermatitis?
A rash or inflammation of skin that usually comes up in areas rich in sebaceous glands e.g. the face, scalp and centre of the chest.
How common is it?
Pretty common: 3-5% of people globally are affected by it.
Is it more prone in certain age groups?
Yes: young adults, the elderly and infants
What causes it?
This isn't fully understood. What is know is that a yeast called Malassezia (present in skin) plays a part in its development. Other possible causes include:
What does NOT cause it?
What are the symptoms of scalp seborrhoeic dermatitis?
What does seborrhoeic dermatitis look like on the scalp?
Bumpy, red (if you're light skinned) with greasy-looking white or yellowish scales. The rash may weep.
How is it diagnosed?
Your doctor should be able to tell, however, it can be difficult for doctors to distinguish seborrhoeic dermatitis from psoriasis.
Can it be cured?
No, it can only be managed. This means you might have to take a treatment continuously or on and off for many months or years.
How is scalp seborrhoeic dermatitis treated?
Your doctor might prescribe:
To avoid repetition, please read the second half of the blog on psoriasis for a few more dos and donts unique to those with natural hair.
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The British Association of Dermatologists
NHS Clinical Knowledge Summary
I have a mild preference for British over US medical sources because the UK system is not-for-profit so the sources won't have a money-making motive in them.
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By Heather Katsonga-Woodward
I was a natural hair blogger and mixtress living between London & Chicago from 2012 to 2017. I always thought I was 4C but some say 4B; images below - you decide! Heather xx