Facial seborrheic dermatitis often explains that flaky skin on your eyebrows and around your nose, and in the crease that runs down the edge of your lips to your chin. It's probably not dry skin, like most people assume. Nope, it's probably facial seborrheic dermatitis.
Since facial flaking and redness is often due to seborrhea, this means two important things:
- Slathering on moisturizer won't fix it, but ...
- Using some simple over-the-counter medicated products can help you control it.
I have simple tricks for facial seborrhea treatment. This is the advice I give my patients and it's what I use myself for my own facial dandruff.
Did you know that facial seborrheic dermatitis is common?
Most of us will have it at some point in our lives. Seborrheic dermatitis usually makes its debut in the winter though it can be a skin problem at any time of the year.
What parts of the face get seborrheic dermatitis?
The distribution of facial flaking and redness from seborrhea is shown in this diagram. Does it look familiar?
Facial seborrhea often starts as dry white flakes in the eyebrows and then may spread to the skin between your brows. Around the nose, you may develop itchy red skin with a greasy scale. This lovely look often progresses down the crease running along the sides of your lips and onto your chin. Your skin may also have a dry scaliness on your nose and cheeks. It's all seborrheic dermatitis!
Unchecked, facial seborrheic dermatitis will become hard to cover up. It may look better in the morning after you've washed your face, but as the day wears on, the scale builds up again.
Facial seborrheic dermatitis is a frustrating skin condition until you understand how to fix it.
- The redness of seborrhea gets worse if you use any irritating skin care products like harsh soaps or anti-aging products with glycolic acid, vitamin C or Retin A.
- Trying to cover up the problem with make-up just makes things look worse because make-up gets stuck in the scales.
Over my years of dermatology practice, I've found practical remedies for facial seborrheic dermatitis treatment. I've helped many patients control their seborrhea, and I've tried many products on my own skin because I, too, am bothered by this most annoying rash.
I created my Dermatologist's Facial Flaking and Redness Solution Kit to help control facial seborrheic dermatitis.
The key issues driving redness and flaking from facial seborrhea that this kit addresses are:
- The soap you use is important. Use one that helps fight seborrhea but is not too drying for facial skin such as Calming Zinc.
- Use a product that helps suppress facial redness like Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy.
- Moisturize your skin so it can heal; dry skin won't heal quickly. My Daily Face Cream is perfect because it hydrates without any irritating ingredients.
This skin care routine is the basis for all skin care that I build for my facial seborrhea patients. If I add prescription creams they are applied after the Green Tea and before the Daily Face Cream. Of course, that is at the discretion of you and your treating physician but this is what I do in my practice - and for my own seborrhea prone facial skin.