Seborrheic dermatitis is a more severe form of dandruff that affects the sensitive skin of the scalp and can lead to hair loss in more extreme cases.
What is seborrheic dermatitis?
Seborrheic dermatitis is a condition that affects the skin on the scalp. The symptoms are similar to dandruff. These include:
Seborrheic dermatitis is an extreme form of dandruff, meaning it has more severe symptoms. These include:
- heavier flaking
- white/yellowish scales
- oily scales
- inflamed areas on the scalp
Hair loss from seborrheic dermatitis
One of the more extreme symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis is hair loss. It starts when the scalp’s natural oil, sebum, is broken down by a microbe on the scalp, Malassezia globosa.
This causes inflammation and irritation of the scalp skin, which can have a knock-on effect by damaging your scalp, so your hair grows from an unhealthy foundation.
It’s particularly true if the symptoms include itching and cause you to scratch. The physical damage from scratching can weaken your hair and cause it to break more easily.
Help keep your hair where it should be
A great way to help prevent hair fall is to keep your scalp healthy. Our studies have shown that hair that grows from a healthier scalp has a stronger cuticle1 than hair that grows from a damaged one.
So, use a shampoo formulated to improve your scalp’s health. Our selenium sulfide shampoo does just that.
It has been proven to tackle the symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis that can damage your scalp and hair.
If you have scalp flaking, but don’t have seborrheic dermatitis, it’s still important to keep your hair and scalp strong against damage.
We have a range of dandruff shampoos to help keep your scalp and hair healthy, like our Smooth & Silky Shampoo which, as you’d expect from Head & Shoulders, leaves your hair 100% flake free2 and looking great.
More about seborrheic dermatitis
1 less oxidative damage, greater hydrophobicity
2 visible flakes with regular use