Remedies for seborrheic dermatitis

Antifungals, sebum-regulating and a healthy lifestyle are the best strategy.

Antifungals, sebum-regulating and a healthy lifestyle are an effective strategy to keep skin and scalp irritations in check.

A definitive cure for seborrheic dermatitis does not yet exist. But living with it is possible. There are several treatments that reduce the symptoms and frequency of inflammatory episodes.

The intervention of the doctor is fundamental, who can recommend the most suitable treatment: not all products currently on the market act in the same way, and it is important to customize the therapy according to the characteristics of each patient.

Antifungals against Malassezia

To counteract the proliferation Malassezia furfur, a family of yeasts often at the origin of seborrheic dermatitis, products with antifungal properties, such as ketoconazole or cyclopyroxolamine, are particularly indicated.

They can be contained in shampoos or creams to be applied to the inflamed areas of the skin or scalp. These products should be used about 2 or 3 times a week, depending on the doctor’s indications: it is recommended to continue therapy even after the disappearance of the lesions. Treatment can last from 2 to 4 weeks.

Cortisone-based creams

They are applied topically to reduce inflammation, itching and discomfort of skin irritation. Their anti-inflammatory action is very rapid and this makes them useful even in the most serious cases.

Corticosteroids should be used for short periods and always under the supervision of the doctor.

Drugs regulating sebum production

One of the possible causes of seborrheic dermatitis is the altered production of sebum by the sebaceous glands: here is therefore that products able to regulate this process, known as sebum-regulators, can reduce the symptoms associated with dermatitis.

Active ingredients such as zinc pyrithione, coal tar, selenium sulfide or salicylic acid, contained in shampoos or creams, are also useful in association with antifungal therapy.

Prevention is better

Even after the disappearance of the symptoms it is advisable to use, occasionally and on the advice of the doctor, creams or shampoos with antifungal or sebum-regulating properties: seborrheic dermatitis, in fact, tends to recur cyclically and it is useful to constantly take care of the skin and scalp.

In addition, it has been observed that relapses often occur in conjunction with particularly tiring periods for the body or mind.

Psycho-physical stress, unbalanced diet and sleep disorders are in fact considered risk factors for the development of seborrheic dermatitis.

As in many other cases, improving one’s lifestyle and nutrition are undoubtedly excellent strategies for good prevention.

Joycelyn Elders is the author and creator of EmpowerEssence, a health and wellness blog. Elders is a respected public health advocate and pediatrician dedicated to promoting general health and well-being.

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