Seborrheic Dermatitis: Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis & Treatment

Who Can Have Seborrheic Dermatitis?

Studies show that about 11% of the population has seborrheic dermatitis. It is commonly seen in infants younger than three months old and in adults between 30 and 60 years. Men are more susceptible to it than women. It is more common in Caucasians than African Americans.

If you have naturally oily skin, you are more susceptible to this type of dermatitis.  If a member of your family has experienced psoriasis, you are vulnerable as well. If you live in a dry, cold region, the weather doesn’t cause seborrheic dermatitis, but it worsens it. These conditions make you more prone to seborrheic dermatitis:

  • Organ transplant recipients
  • Adult Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Adult Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • HIV (human immunodeficiency virus)
  • Depression
  • Parkinson’s disease [1]
  • Tardive Dyskinesia
  • Epilepsy [2]
  • Facial nerve palsy
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Down syndrome

You’re also more susceptible to seborrheic dermatitis if you use these psychotropic drugs:

  • Lithium
  • Buspirone
  • Haloperidol decanoate
  • Chlorpromazine