Seborrheic dermatitis shares many symptoms with dandruff. Find out what they are and how you can easily treat it.
Seborrheic dermatitis is a scalp condition similar to dandruff as they share common symptoms. These include:
They are both caused by the naturally occurring microbe species on the scalp called Malassezia.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SEBORRHEIC DERMATITIS AND DANDRUFF
Seborrheic dermatitis is an extreme form of dandruff, which means its symptoms are much more severe.
SYMPTOMS OF SEBORRHEIC DERMATITIS
You may experience one or more of the following:
- severe flakes adhered to the scalp (also called “scaling”)
- yellowish flake scales that can be oily
- inflamed areas on the scalp
- symptoms occurring on other body areas, like the face, chest, or back
POPULAR TREATMENTS FOR SEBORRHEIC DERMATITIS
Like dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis can be treated with a medicated shampoo.
Your doctor can advise you on which treatment is best for you. There are many shampoos on the market that contain different active ingredients to treat seborrheic dermatitis, such as:
- coal tar
- salicylic acid
- pyrithione zinc
- selenium sulfide
CHOOSING THE RIGHT ACTIVE INGREDIENTS
While all these actives provide some symptom relief, the most effective shampoos contain actives that work on the root cause of seborrheic dermatitis, and help keep it away.1
But remember, it’s easy to confuse the condition with dandruff.
So first, try a proven dandruff shampoo with a dandruff-fighting active ingredient, like Head & Shoulders Classic Clean, which has been proven effective on dandruff in clinical studies.
And if that doesn’t work, try something specifically designed for more stubborn dandruff like our new Clinically Proven Solutions shampoo.
The shampoo is tough on flakes, while providing instant relief from scalp scratching.
Your scalp is calmed and comfortable, and your hair is left smelling fresh and clean, with no evidence of flakes.1
And if you’re still seeing signs after that, visit your doctor or dermatologist – they’ll be able to identify if it is seborrheic dermatitis (or even something else like scalp psoriasis) and prescribe the right treatment.
1 Visible flakes with regular use