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Dandruff and Seborrheic Dermatitis

Did you know the rash on your face, neck, chest, or shoulder may be caused by your scalp conditions?

Have you noticed white flakes accumulating on your scalp, hair, or on your clothes? You may have dandruff!

Have you noticed a flaky scalp with patches of redness, oily or dry scales, especially beyond the scalp? You may have seborrheic dermatitis!

Seborrheic dermatitis can extend to the areas around the eyebrows, ears, chest/breast, neck, shoulders, mustache, beard and even the abdomen.

With seborrheic dermatitis, there is visible inflammation of the skin and the flakes often appear greasy and yellow.

Seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff are continuous spectrums of the same disease, one just being more severe than the other.

What is Sebum?

It is a thick oily substance produced by the sebaceous glands of the hair follicle. Over production of sebum can cause seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff.

What causes the sebaceous gland to produce too much sebum?

  • Stress

  • Hormone imbalance

  • Overactive glands

  • A weakened immune system

  • Scalp build up (accumulation of dirt and oil)

Malassezia globosa: a yeast-like fungi that is naturally found on your skin including your scalp. This particularly type of fungus thrives in sebum rich environments. Thus, an overgrowth of Malassezia globosa can result in an infection of the scalp and the hair follicles. Causing inflammation, flaking, itching, crusting, and even hair loss.

Though these conditions are chronic, they can be treated and managed effectively.


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