Seborrheic Dermatitis: Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis & Treatment

What Is Seborrheic Dermatitis?

Seborrheic dermatitis is a popular, incommunicable, easy-to-manage skin condition. This type of dermatitis results in itchy red patches and greasy scales on your skin. It comes with white or yellow crusty or powdery flakes on your scalp.

“Seborrheic” means “sebaceous” glands while “derm” means “skin.” It is known as “dandruff” (pityriasis capitis) when it’s on a teenager’s or adult’s scalp, and “cradle cap” when it’s on a baby’s. Seborrheic dermatitis can be seen in other parts of your body. Areas of the body with the most sebaceous (oil) gland activity are: your upper back and chest, face/forehead, the creases at the base of your nose, behind your ears, navel (belly button), eyebrows, under your breasts and in the creases/bends of your arms, legs and groin.