Seborrhoeic dermatitis causes red, itchy and flaky skin on hair bearing areas of the body. Mild seborrhoeic dermatitis of the scalp is known as dandruff. Babies can also get a form of seborrhoeic dermatitis of the scalp (cradle cap) and nappy area. Seborrhoeic dermatitis is thought to be an eczema like reaction to an overgrowth of harmless yeast called Malassezia on the skin. Cold weather and stress can also be triggers for seborrhoeic dermatitis.
Good clinical examination is normally sufficient to establish a diagnosis of seborrhoeic dermatitis. Affected areas are red with greasy skin flakes. The most common sites are the scalp, face (eyebrows, nose, cheeks, ears), chest and in the skin folds. Medicated shampoos and cream treatments as usually effective, especially when given by Dr Ophelia as part of a clear skincare plan.