What is Seborrheic dermatitis? How it is treated?- Dermatocare’s hair care tips

Written By Dr Surbhi, MD Skin

Last updated: 26/11/15
"Doctor, what is Seborrheic dermatitis? How it is treated?" First let me answer, what is Seborrheic dermatitis? When dandruff is associated with the signs of inflammation in the form of red patches covered with greasy scales, then it is termed as seborrheic dermatitis. Unlike dandruff, which is confined to the scalp, seborrheic dermatitis can extend onto your face and chest.

What causes Seborrheic dermatitis?

Dandruff or Seborrheic dermatitis occurs because of overgrowth of fungus that normally lives on your scalp and survives on the oil secretion by your glands. This overgrowth is triggered by:

  • Adolescence: Dandruff is particularly common during the phase of adolescence because it is the time when your oil-secreting glands are very active.
  • Poor scalp hygiene: This occurs due to infrequent or inefficient washing of your hair, the latter occurs when...