Seborrheic dermatitis is a very common, scaling rash that tends to occur in areas where the skin is oily. Commonly affected areas include the scalp (dandruff), eyebrows, eyelids (blepharitis), ears, nasal folds, armpits, and groin. It is a chronic skin condition that can appear any time after puberty, fluctuates in severity, and may persist indefinitely.

Seborrheic dermatitis is usually caused by an overabundance of a normally harmless skin yeast, also called malassezia. The yeast produces toxic substances that irritate the skin and make it itch. Stress and physical illness can lower an individual’s resistance to the yeast.

On the scalp, seborrheic dermatitis appears as dry pink or flesh-colored patches with a yellow scaly surface. The patches may spread to the entire scalp.

Seborrheic Dermatitis Treatment

Treatment options for seborrheic dermatitis include topical steroids, tar cream and antifungal agents, often in the form of medicated shampoos. Cradle cap can be treated by using daily shampoos with a gentle cleanser and massaging the affected area with mineral oil. Some cases require a prescription topical medication. Our Skin Care Providers may prescribe these treatments individually, or in combination for better results.

You can schedule an appointment to get your seborrheic dermatitis examined by our Board-Certified Dermatologist or Certified Physician Assistants in our Boise location.