Seborrheic eczema, also known as seborrhoeic dermatitis, is a type of eczema. It causes red lesions, patches and dandruff.

Although it generally occurs on the scalp, it may be found on chest, back, face and upper chest. In infant, it is known as crib cap as it develops in the first few weeks of the birth and goes away in several weeks or month.

What causes seborrheic eczema is still unknown. Many medical experts and researchers believe that might be caused by the overproduction of oil in the skin. Some believe that it may be caused by the fungus known as Malaseezia.

What is it really like to have seborrheic dermatitis?

Here we have rounded up the experiences to give you an idea how it affects one’s life.

The ON and OFF of the Symptoms….

“For many years now I have had seborrheic dermatitis on my scalp and have treated it with regular use of a medical shampoo and then occasional use of a topical ointment. However, recently I have found that I have been getting the same flakiness and itchiness on my eyebrows, eyelids and sometime on the area below my eyes on either side of the nose.
I don’t love using all these medicines to treat it and find that it only helps for a short while…”

Frustrating, Debilitating, and Depressing Skin Condition…

“Having this condition for over 20 years has been no joy ride. So believe me, I know what you are going through. Seborrheic dermatitis can be a debilitating, frustrating, and sometimes down right depressing skin condition. The overwhelming amount of misinformation can also compound the frustration when trying to find relief. Usually just finding what works for you takes a lot of trial and error, experiences with poor advice, and maybe even a little heart break.

………..Over the years I went through all of the trials and tribulations that come with seborrheic dermatitis. The emotions, personal experiences (some embarrassing), and the never ending circle or routines. Some routines would work for periods of time, some wouldn’t, and some would mysteriously stop working just when you think you’ve got it all figured out. One thing is for sure, there was a lot of trial and error, and many of ups and downs.”

When Treatment Didn’t Help…

“I was diagnosed with Seborrheic eczema on my scalp around 7 years ago. I’ve been trying various shampoos, creams and supplements. Nothing have had a great effect on treating it. The best treatment for me as of now, is to apply my anti fungi shampoo every 2 days, or else my head will bleed from all the scratching I’m doing.

But the worst part isn’t the dandruff, or the sediment of dead oily skin that slowly grows when I don’t shower. It’s the itching. It drives me fucking literally crazy sometimes. At the worst time, I’ve been scratching my head so much that I couldn’t sleep for a whole night. So I just kept scratching. More scratching leads to bleeding. Bleeding leads to freaking out, and some more scratching.”

–Anonymous Reddit User

What to Do With That Itchy Head…

“I tend to experience dandruff flakes and an itchy scalp more often in cold weather. The cold air outside and dry heat inside combined with hot showers and my propensity to drink copious amounts of hot chocolate often leaves my scalp dry, flaky and itchy. Even though I know better, I scratch my itchy head and make a bad situation worse.”


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