What is seborrhoeic dermatitis?

‘Dermatitis’ is a red, itchy, flaky (inflamed) skin complaint; ‘seborrhoeic’ means that the rash affects greasy (sebaceous) skin zones such as the face, scalp and centre of the chest.

Seborrhoeic dermatitis is very common and many people don’t even know they have it.
Overall it has been reported to affect about 4% of the population, and dandruff (which is mild seborrhoeic dermatitis of the scalp) can affect almost half of all adults. 

What causes it?
It is thought that seborrhoeic dermatitis is triggered by an overgrowth of a harmless yeast called Malassezia that lives on the skin, or an overreaction by the skin’s immune system to this yeast.
Tiredness and stress can sometimes trigger a flare of seborrhoeic dermatitis. It is more common in cold than in warm weather, and it is not related to diet.

What does it look like?
Red, scaling rash on the scalp, face, ears, eyebrows, chest and in the bodies skin folds. 



Treatment :
There is no permanent cure, but it can be  managed with treatments that reduces the level of skin yeast, flaking, redness and irritation – these include creams , cleansers and shampoo, which can be used safely on a long-term basis.


In the scalp:

SHAMPOOS - For mild flaking use anti-dandruff shampoos (DCL ZOOM Shampoo or SESDERMA SESKAVEL Dandruff Control Shampoo)

For thicker scales they can be removed with descaling shampoos containing Glycolic acid  (SESDERMA - SESKAVEL Glycolic Shampoo) and salicylic acid (DCL SA Shampoo) regularly.
DCL SA Shampoo and DCL Zoom Shampoo can also be used as a body wash.

SHAMPOOS to regulate sebum secretion and microorganism growth. Improves erythema, scaling and pruritus. SESDERMA - SEBOVALIS Treatment Shampoo or Sebclair Shampoo.



Salicylic acid (BHA) is a chemical exfoliator that dissolves the bonds between skin cells to  help remove old tissue. For seborrheic dermatitis sufferers, exfoliation is critical to helping  remove dead skin cells. Salicylic acid also has a calming, anti-inflammatory effect on the skin  to help reduce  the redness.

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BHA's are not for everyone especially very sensitive and they can also be drying. Polyhydroxi Acid also offers the same benefits as BHA's, but also strengths skin barrier and added moisturising effects.

 Neostrata PHA - Provides moisture, antioxidant benefits and exfoliation 

Nesotrata Facial cleanser


Neostrata Facial Ultra Moisturising Cream

Neostrata Bio Hydrating Cream 

Neostrata Bionic Face Cream (for severely dry skin) 

Neostrata Bionic Face Lotion (prefer lotion rather than a cream) 

Neostrata Daytime Protection Cream SPF23



Along with gentle skin care and a well-formulated BHA exfoliants, you also can consider a topical treatment called sebclairSebclair® is a non-steroidal range of clinically  proven products specifically designed to manage the signs and symptoms of seborrhoeic  dermatitis (SD), which has demonstrated both anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties.  Sebclair® has showed  to manage and relieve the itching, burning, scaling and pain  experienced with seborrhoeic dermatitis.
Apply Sebclair after cleansing then follow with daytime moisturiser with SPF in the morning. At night cleanse, sebclair and follow with a moisturiser.

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