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What are good treatments for seborrheic dermatitis of the face?

Seborrheic dermatitis (SD) causes dandruff on the scalp and causes inflamed, red flaky patches of dry skin on the face. I tried topical steroids on my face but it made my condition worse. Are there any other treatments for SD on the face? Supposedly SD is caused by the body's overreaction to yeast that normally live on the skin. This overreaction causes the inflammation and dryness. It is unknown why some people get SD but not others. I am using shampoos like Head and Shoulders for my scalp but don't know what to use on my face.

I have suffered with this problem since my early twenties. I have tried every OTC product you can imagine without much success. About 2 years ago I finally decided to try a dermatologist again. He prescribed a newer medication called Elidel, it's a topical cream that I put on once a day on affected areas (usually after I take a shower). This is about the only thing I have found that works well. It doesn't completely get rid of it, but it stops the itching and the redness...and I don't get asked if I have a sunburn on my face all the time....it has been a God send.  (+ info)

What is the correct definition of dermatitis?

What is the definition of Dermatitis and why does it appear on infants.

An inflammation of the skin. Itching and redness are the basic symptoms of dermatitis, which has a variety of causes, including allergies and exposure of the skin to irritants, such as chemicals or sunlight.  (+ info)

What is the best treatment for Seborrheic Dermatitis?

Seborrheic Dermatitis is a skin problem on the scalp, you can go to WebMD more more explanations.

In my book: the herbal anti-eczema cream from Champori.com  (+ info)

How can I find the cause of my contact dermatitis without going to the dermatologist?

I get itchy, bumpy rashes that come and go every once in a while. It always appears in random places on my body. I changed all of my sheets and put some freshly-washed clothes on. Besides my cat, there isn't anything that could possibly trigger an allergic reaction. (Though I was never allergic to cats!) We don't even have furniture in the living room yet. My mom dusts, cleans, and vaccums the house every morning and night. We are generally cautious about dust mites and pet dander because we have a sick baby. Is there anything I'm missing that could trigger this reaction?
Also, I just recently had a blood transfusion. If what I have is not contact dermatitis then could it be a reaction to the white/red blood cells that were donated to me?

Most transfusion reactions are immediate.
There is one delayed reaction, called graft vs. host disease, that includes a rash. But it also includes fever and liver issues, and would likely make you feel sick and run-down. If that's the case, you should call your doctor.

Otherwise, contact dermatitis is a good guess.
Have you changed laundry detergents, or fabric softener, or dryer sheets, or soap or shampoo? Even a new deodorant or perfume could be causing a reaction.

The next time you get the rash, try to stop and backtrack, thinking about everything that came into contact with your skin -- and with your clothes.  (+ info)

How can i reduce Seborrhoeic dermatitis dandruff?

I have Seborrhoeic dermatitis, and ive been to the doctor twice about it and gotten 2 different medical shampoos, and they work for about a month but after that they start not working anymore. I shower every morning and for the past few months ive been washing every day, will it help if i reduce the amount of wash my hair to 3 times a week or around there? Within an hour of my hair drying, i have flakes cmooing out every time i move my head! Its terrible and any help you can provide would be great!!!!

Not sure if we have the same problem but a dry scalp has always bothered me. I use Head and Sholders, and it works good. Plus I cut my hair short with a #2 size clippers. Drinking lots of water and letting the sun hit your scalp helps a lot, and I hardly get dried scalp anymore.

I'm pretty sure that most our ailments can be corrected by a more healthy living:

1: Eating Right (Eat for your body and mind and not your gut)
2: Exersicing (Get your heart pumping to move the good blood you made by eating)
3: Breathing (Practice inhaling. Oxygen has healing)
4: Resting (Rest Rest Rest - rest promotes universal healing of the body)
5: Sun (Get some sun on your skin and scalp, just enough you don't get burned)

God bless!

P.S. My #1 is prayer. You arrange what works best for you.
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How do you apply salicylic acid shampoo to the face to treat seborrheic dermatitis?

I have a mild form of seborrheic dermatitis on my face and my dermatologist prescribed salicylic acid shampoo to rub on my face. The only problem is that I forgot the directions of how to apply it, when, and for how long.

Does anyone know?

Just put it on and keep it on for few hours, then wash it away.
It it doesn't help, try anti-eczema cream from http://www.champori.com. It works for seborroeic dermatitis as well.  (+ info)

Can a dermatologist please help with seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp?

I have a friend who has had this ongoing condition for the last 4 years. She is very physically healthy with no known allergies. She has tried everything from Head and Shoulders shampoo, tea tree oils, to aloe vera gel. What can possibly stop her seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp?

Use Ketaconazole shampoo 2% twice weekly.
Should be continuously used for two months.
After the first week start massaging in 1%hydrocortisone cream to the scalp on the day the shampooing is done after the shampoo and the hair is dry.

The shampooing should be regularily paced out once every 3 rd day.  (+ info)

Can moving from Chicago to the high desert in California cause dermatitis?

I moved from Chicago to the Palm Springs area of California August 5th.

Since then, I've been having dry hands, kind of itchy, and they are cracking, kind of. It's only on my hands. I've been reading, and low humidity is one cause of dermatitis.

So, can going from a very humid area, to an area with almost no humidity at all, cause dermatitis?

There is an urban myth that hot dry air is always better for people.
I have generally gotten more serious ailments during the spring and summer than fall and winter.

I live in Chicago myself and don't have the greatest of skin. In the winter having the heat running causes the air to dry out. And constantly dry air can be harmful to skin and lungs. But this is easily fixed by an inexpensive humidifier.
You seem to be exposed to that air all year and an indoor humidifier would probably be impractical.
Take your next vacation in the rainy Pacific Northwest and see if things improve in a couple of weeks.  (+ info)

What is the best way to treat seborrheic dermatitis?

I have had problems over the last couple of years with seborrheic dermatitis particularly behind my ears, above my eyelids, and now the base of my hairline on my neck. I'm wondering if there is a cream that can go on this or anything that can relieve the sporadic itching

I use hydrocortizone cream daily for mine and it controls the symptoms better than anything else I've tried. It may take 3 or 4 days to really see some results, but it my start feeling better in a day or two. If I go a while without the cream, the dermatitis comes back. When I start treating it with the cream again, sometimes it feels like a sunburn - but that passes in a day or two and the rash abates.  (+ info)

What are the best treatments/medicines for Seborrhoeic dermatitis?

What are the best treatments/medicines for Seborrhoeic dermatitis?
I already know ketaconazole, what else are there?

The main cause of SDis overreaction of the immune system. Identifying certain foods, chemicals, etc can be very helpful in battling this disease. I try to avoid soy and milk products which trigger my flare-ups.
After using number of prescription drugs I've turned to the natural treatments.
Now I use anti-eczema herbal remedies from serenaskin.com, which aim at the root of the disease - the immune system, and are steroid-free.
After about 2 weeks of using ointment and spray my skin has been cleared up and now I just continue with anti-eczema extract, which controls the immune system. My skin has been clear for months now.
It is the only treatment I have found that provides me complete relief when I use it as directed.  (+ info)

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