Posted in Lifestyle on April 14, 2009

naked-woman-hairSeborrhea, more commonly known as seborrheic dermatitis or dandruff, is a skin disorder.  It is a form of inflammation which has no known cause.  Most people believe it is caused by too little moisture or too much oil.  This common condition can appear and disappear at any time and affects people of all ages, from babies to old age adults.  As seborrhea is an inflammation of the skin, the treatment has to be directed towards fighting that inflammation.


Treating seborrhea (dandruff) must be aimed directly at the skin inflammation.   Treatments include reducing the yeast that builds up to using creams and lotions to reduce the inflammation.

  1. Over the counter medicated shampoos with active ingredients that help control seborrhea  have been known to reduce and even eliminate seborrhea.  Alternating shampoos is recommended as one kind might work for a while and all of a sudden stop working as seborrhea develops resistance.  Ingredients to look for in shampoos are tar, salicylic acid, zinc, selenium sulfide and ketoconazole.
  2. Cortisone Creams are available over the counter in 0.5% or 1% concentrations.  These creams are safe to apply on the face and often show improvements in just a couple of days if used as recommended.  Cortisone Creams for the hair can be used hand in hand with medicated shampoos to fight persistent seborrhea that won’t go away.
  3. Anti-fungal Cream have also been reported to be quite effective.  They help reduce the yeast-like organism that play a role in seborrhea.