Seborrheic Eczema

Seborrheic Eczema

The curse of seborrheic eczema is one that primarily strikes people aged from about twenty up to forty years of age. Although this is not a life threatening or especially debilitating condition, it represents a huge annoyance to sufferers, due to the ongoing inflammation of their skin, which occurs chiefly on the scalp and on the face.

It is believed that seborrheic eczema is a condition that runs in families, which would explain why some individuals become so troubled by it yet others escape its effects entirely. However, despite the role of genetic predisposition in causing the condition, it is also true to say that there are certain things – foods and other products – that may make the symptoms worse.

In the first place, this type of eczema shows itself in the form of dandruff on the scalp. However, other familiar symptoms of this skin condition are inflammation, swelling, and flaking skin in some areas of sufferers’ faces, mainly around the nose, forehead, ears, and eyebrows. In many cases, the effects are also seen in other places on the surface of the body, like the chest.

Seborrheic dermatitis or eczema is so called because the flaking and skin damage is related to the activity of the sebaceous glands. The sebaceous glands are found in the skin, and their purpose is to produce an oily substance called sebum, which is designed to protect the skin by lubricating it and making it waterproof. Normally, the sebaceous glands do a grand job, just as they are supposed to do, but in some people, and particularly around the time of adolescence and early adulthood, they produce excessive amounts of sebum. This leads to an untoward build up of this nasty, greasy substance, which then causes inflammation of the skin, along with the unsightly, ugly flaking, peeling, and other signs and symptoms associated with seborrheic eczema.

Dandruff, of course, is one of the chief visible signs of this kind of seborrheic dermatitis. Sadly it can be a very distressing thing – the constant shedding of repellent white skin flakes onto the shoulders of sufferers’ clothing is a major source of embarrassment. When you add the possibility of red marks and flaking around the nose and on the forehead, you can see in an instant why youngsters suffering from this condition get so upset about it and look desperately around for a cure-all remedy.

Unfortunately, as previously stated, seborrheic eczema does run in families so, try as they might, hard-pressed sufferers are unlikely to be successful in completely eradicating the symptoms of their condition. Nevertheless, a great deal can be done that is positive. Victims of this form of dermatitis can minimize their problems by shampooing their hair frequently in order to remove excess sebum, as well as washing away dandruff. The same goes for facial areas, where the use of special face washes and anti fungal creams and potions can go a long way towards keeping the day to day scourge that is seborrheic eczema as much under control as possible.