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Effectively Managing Seborrheic Dermatitis

Young Beautiful WomanSeborrheic dermatitis is an inflammatory skin condition, often known as dandruff. It may occur alone, or in combination with its itchy cousin, atopic dermatitis. The symptoms include flaking and redness, which appear on areas of the body with an abundance of oil-producing glands such as the scalp, eyebrows, and nasolabial folds. Encinitas Board-Certified Dermatologist, Dr. Amanda Lloyd, partners with patients who have seborrheic dermatitis, to create personalized regimens that help the skin become as healthy as possible.

Seborrheic Dermatitis Fast Facts

Seborrheic dermatitis is due to an overgrowth of yeast – microorganisms that normally live on the skin. It typically appears on the scalp, eyebrows, and nasolabial folds (the nose-cheek junction). Dandruff or flaking of the scalp is one type of seborrheic dermatitis, and is called “cradle cap” in babies. Men are slightly more prone to the condition than women.

These factors play a role in developing seborrheic dermatitis:

  • Genetics
  • Hormonal changes
  • Stress
  • Harsh chemicals – detergents, soaps, and solvents
  • Dry, cold weather
  • Diseases that affect the immune and nervous systems such as HIV/AIDs and Parkinson’s

Treatment and Management

Seborrheic dermatitis is not life-threatening or contagious. However, it is unsightly and uncomfortable, causing redness, and greasy, inflamed skin. There may be yellowish or white flakes, as well as itching or burning.

Dr. Amanda Lloyd is experienced in accurate diagnosis through examination and review of medical history. She may take a scraping or recommend biopsy of a small skin sample to rule out other conditions. Then she develops an individualized treatment plan comprised of excellent physician-grade treatments to help control symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis. This may include antifungal cream, medicated shampoo, a mild corticosteroid, nonsteroidal topical medication, or an oral antifungal agent (in severe cases).

Patients throughout North County San Diego trust Dr. Amanda Lloyd for effective treatment, personalized to their unique skin care needs and lifestyle. Call Skin & Vein Institute at (760) 642-6674 to schedule an appointment.

Meet Dr. Amanda Lloyd


She can help you look and feel even more amazing in your skin because she is well trained in all aspects of dermatology including laser and cosmetics, skin cancer management including Mohs surgery and cosmetic reconstruction, medical dermatology and venous disease.

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