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Dermatologist’s Tips for Dry, Flaky Skin on Your Face and Scalp From Seborrheic Dermatitis.


Dry flaky skin on your face and scalp is common. During my almost 30 years of dermatology practice, I have developed great tips for seborrheic dermatitis treatment because I've treated so many people with it over my career. Frankly I have it myself too! It's common. Yep, darn! I especially see my patients suffering more seborrheic dermatitis as the weather turns cold in fall and winter. I do too. The good news is that with some over the counter products, you can control your seborrhea and keep your skin and scalp healthy and attractive instead of red and scaly.

  • Do you know if the ‘dry skin’ in the middle of your face is really just dry skin? 
  • Has your scalp started to itch a little too?

If so, you may have seborrheic dermatitis.

How do you know if seborrheic dermatitis is the cause of dry flaky skin on your face and scalp?

Seborrheic dermatitis is a frustrating, confusing and at times embarrassing rash that’s really common.  Most people don’t know they have it until they see a doctor.  Patients commonly misinterpreted the redness and scale of seborrhea as dry skin. They layer on the moisturizers, which of course don’t fix the problem because seborrhea is a rash, not dry skin.

Did you know that seborrhea is so common that almost everyone will have it at some point in their life?

You’ve undoubtedly seen it on yourself or someone you know, it’s:

  • Cradle cap in babies
  • Red, greasy, scaly skin in the nose cease or between the eyebrows in teens
  • ‘Dry’ and itchy scalp starting in the teen years and going on throughout life
  • ‘Dry’, red, scaly skin in the T-zone of the face at any time in life
  • Red, crusty skin on and behind the ears
  • Flaking of the eyebrows
  • Crusty scale and itching of the eyelashes (blepharitis), especially in the morning when you wake from sleep
  • Greasy, red scaly skin on the chest and upper back

Seborrheic dermatitis may or may not be accompanied by tender, itchy pimples on the scalp, around the hair line and on the neck, chest and upper back.

Seborrheic dermatitis dry flaky skin comes back often!

If you are prone to seborrheic dermatitis then you’ll always have a tendency for this annoying rash.  We don’t know what causes seborrheic dermatitis and we don’t know how to cure it. Treatment is aimed at controlling the problem, and extending the time between flair ups. 

dermatologist's tips for facial and scalp seborrheaThe good news is that with medicated products, and good skin and scalp care, you can have clear, healthy skin by controlling your seborrhea. - Dermatologist Dr. Cynthia Bailey

Product Tips for Seborrhea

best remedy for facial seborrheic dermatitis and rosaceaThe best product I’ve found for controlling facial seborrheic dermatitis is Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy This is my favorite skin care product, bar none! The amount of green tea antioxidants is this cream are so concentrated (the equivalent of 500 cups of brewed tea’s antioxidant polyphenols per ounce of cream) that you just can’t compare the Antioxidant Skin Therapy to any other green tea containing product; in comparison, they contain just a “fairy dusting” of potentially less pure or less stable green tea ingredients. 

I combine Green Tea with Calming Zinc Soap for control of facial seborrhea. These 2 products are available in my Redness Relief Kit - a product combo that flies out of our office and web store. 

dry flaky skin on face and scalp best remedy

For scalp treatment, I rely on my Foaming Zinc Cleanser, which is a great shampoo, and my really great scalp scrubber

a great plastic scalp scrubber brushdry flaky skin on your face and scalp

I have many other tips and tricks too for controlling the rashes of seborrhea that I would love to share with you. 

"I am so happy I found it!"

"Love a lot of the advice on this website but I especially love the Green Tea Cream. I have rosacea and seb derm and this magical cream is literally the only thing that my face can tolerate. I am so happy I found it!" ~ Travis 7/10/14

Seborrheic dermatitis is one of the most common skin problems I find during a skin exam.  I've found and created many great additional treatments for seborrheic dermatitis using over the counter products. In my next series of blog posts, I’m going to outline my favorite remedies and tips for seborrheic dermatitis and recommend products.  This is the information I give my patients in the office.

Do you want more dermatologist's information and tips for controlling seborrheic dermatitis? 

I also have an updated Advice Section for Seborrheic Dermatitis. I give you all the info you need in one concise area, including diagrams and a listing of all my tips and tricks to control this common and vexing rash.