Seborrhea / Seborrheic Dermatitis
by Addyson Clark
What is Seborrheic Dermatitis?
Seborrheic (seb-o-REE-ik) dermatitis** is an inflammatory skin condition that mainly affects the scalp. It causes scaly patches, red skin, and stubborn white to yellowish Dandruff-looking flakes. Seborrheic dermatitis can also affect oily areas of the body, such as the face, inner ear, upper chest, or back, and can occur with or without reddened skin. Seborrheic dermatitis doesn't affect your overall health, but it can be uncomfortable and cause embarrassment or anxiety. It isn't contagious (can not be transmitted from person to person), isn't a sign of poor personal hygiene, and often appears to run in families.
There is no known cause of Seborrhea.
Normal ------------------------- Seborrhea
Seborrheic Dermatitis Interview with Addyson Clark
How long have you had seborrheic dermatitis?
I was first diagnosed with psoriasis in 5th grade, but then my diagnosis changed in 6th grade to seborrheic dermatitis, so almost 7 years now.
How does seborrheic dermatitis affect you?
It doesn't affect my health at all, but it does make my scalp itch pretty much all the time. I had a rough time in middle school because of it. I felt embarrassed and anxious that people might be judging me for my dandruff. I also have to be careful about what I wear because dark clothing makes the flakes show up better.
Will you ever get rid of it?
Unfortunately no, but there are treatments that are supposed to calm it down.
How do you treat seborrheic dermatitis?
I use many different shampoos and lotions on my head. I have a rotation of shampoos, including Head and Shoulders, Selson Blue, Tgel, Tsal, and also one that was subscribed to me. I often have to wash my hair twice because the shampoos smell pretty bad. It's really just an unending cycle because the dry skin is caused by the oily skin, so washing my head helps the one thing while it makes the other thing worse.
What else do you want people to know about seborrheic dermatitis?
I want people to know that it's just a little dandruff, so you can't get it from me, and Seborrheic dermatitis is a skin condition - it has literally nothing to do with how good your personal hygiene is.