Scalp care tips for seborrheic dermatitis

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Seborrheic dermatitis is a chronic skin condition in which your sebaceous glands overcompensate in oil production. It has been attributed to environment, general health factors, genetics and irritation from a yeast called malassezia.

Seborrheic dermatitis, also known as dandruff, is an inflammatory skin disease. It most often affects the scalp and causes scaly, red patches to appear. These patches may also appear on the face and upper body. These are areas with many sebaceous glands, which produce oil.

Seborrheic dermatitis is a frustrating, confusing and at times embarrassing rash that’s often seen. Most people don’t know they have it until they see a doctor. It is more common as we age.

Here are some scalp care tips for an oily scalp:

- Hot oil treatments: Apply oil to your scalp, cover your hair with a processing cap and allow it to sit for 10-15 minutes, either under a hooded dryer or with a warm towel. This will loosen the flakes from your scalp. Tea Tree oil and Olive oil are good options.

- Hair cleanser: use a cleanser containing coal tar, pyrithione zinc or salicylic acid help to effectively clean the scalp. Make sure you focus on the scalp and do not overly smooth the cleanser down the length of the hair.

- Probiotics: Probiotics may help treat different kinds of dermatitis, especially in children. Still, probiotics can promote a healthier digestive system. This can decrease inflammatory issues throughout your body.

- Fish oil: Fish oil supplements can help suppress flare-ups of dermatitis that allergies trigger, as well as provide other nutritional benefits. Its omega-3 fatty acids can help boost overall immune and cardiovascular health.

- Aloe vera: Aloe vera is a plant with anti-inflammatory properties. Research has shown that its extract is effective in treating seborrheic dermatitis. Supplements containing aloe vera gel or extracts can help suppress flare-ups. They can also help lessen the severity of flare-ups that do happen.

Your doctor will likely be able to determine whether you have seborrheic dermatitis by examining your skin. He or she may scrape off skin cells for examination (biopsy) to rule out conditions with symptoms similar to seborrheic dermatitis. Gargash Hospital is a great dermatologist hospital in Dubai. They have a team of best skin specialist in Dubai.
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