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14th October 2021

Seborrheic dermatitis on the scalp: What is it?

Dermatitis is a skin disease that occurs quite frequently. This can be of several types but, specifically in this article, we will talk about what is known as seborrheic. Do you want to know what it is and how to treat seborrheic dermatitis on the scalp? Continue reading!

What is seborrheic dermatitis on the scalp?

As mentioned, seborrheic dermatitis is a very common skin condition among men and women. It is not contagious, so it can appear spontaneously for no apparent reason.

Seborrheic dermatitis on the scalp consists of inflammation and peeling of the skin where the sebaceous glands are located, that is, those that naturally produce fat. Consequently, people with seborrheic dermatitis on the scalp often have dandruff, redness, and oily hair, among others.

Causes of seborrheic dermatitis on the scalp

At present, the specific causes of seborrheic dermatitis are not yet known. However, it is usually related to some of the reasons that we expose below. 

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The hereditary factor is one of the aspects that can be identified as a cause of this pathology.

Hormonal factors

The hormonal component can also trigger this affectation in the skin.


El stress can lead to hair loss, but also other types of affectations such as seborrheic dermatitis on the scalp.

Immunological factors

People who have a depressed immune system are more likely to suffer from this dermatological disease. This if combined with the appearance of a fungus called malassezia triggers seborrheic dermatitis.

What are the symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis?

People with seborrheic dermatitis on the scalp can have a variety of symptoms.

In case of suffering from any of the following signs, it is highly recommended to go to a specialist doctor so that they can evaluate your case and, thus, adapt the treatment. 

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Appearance of scabs

One of the key symptoms indicated by our doctors of dermatitis is the yellowing and oily crusts in the affected area.


Dandruff levels increase and consequently itching and stinging related discomfort as well.

Redness on the skin

The redness of the skin also determines that you are facing seborrheic dermatitis.


As mentioned previously, all these symptoms make the person suffering from this pathology suffer from itching and stinging.

Do you have a cure?

The answer is no, seborrheic dermatitis has no cure as such since it is a chronic pathology. However, yes there are treatments to beat the effects that it entails. For this, it is necessary for a doctor to assess each case individually to adapt the drugs and products to each person.

Treatment is usually topical using antifungal creams or shampoos that reduce excess oil on the scalp.

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