Seborrheic Dermatitis Causes You Should Know About

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  • The main causes of seborrheic dermatitis have not been determined yet, but researchers have discovered two instances that can lead to the onset of this condition
  • It’s crucial to consult a dermatologist or a physician at once if seborrheic dermatitis symptoms appear

The main causes of seborrheic dermatitis have not been determined, but researchers have discovered two instances that can lead to the onset of this condition:1

Overproduction of oil: Excess amounts of oil in the skin can act as an irritant that may prompt the skin to turn red and greasy.

Malassezia: This is a type of fungus that’s naturally found in the skin’s oil. When this fungus grows abnormally, it can cause the skin to secrete more oil than usual. Increased oil production can then lead to seborrheic dermatitis.

Meanwhile, hormonal changes that occur in the mother during a pregnancy may trigger infantile seborrheic dermatitis, a condition that occurs in newborns and children up to 3 years old.2 Fluctuating hormone levels are known to stimulate the infant’s oil glands, and can lead to the overproduction of oil that can irritate the skin and cause this condition.3

Risk Factors of Seborrheic Dermatitis

Take note of these factors that can increase your risk for seborrheic dermatitis:4,5,6

Having a close family member with the condition

A weakened immune system, especially among organ transplant recipients and patients with HIV/AIDS, alcoholic pancreatitis and certain cancers

Diseases like congestive heart failure or stroke

Neurological and psychiatric conditions like depression and Parkinson’s disease

Endocrine diseases, such as diabetes, that lead to obesity

Eating disorders and/or alcoholism

Environmental factors like pollution

Stress and fatigue

Skin issues like acne or oily skin,7 or skin conditions like psoriasis or rosacea

Use of certain skin care products, especially those that contain alcohol

Poor skin care

Certain medications

Scratching or damaging the skin on your face

Weather or seasonal changes8

It’s crucial to consult a dermatologist or a physician at once if seborrheic dermatitis symptoms appear. Aside from causing psychological distress, low self-esteem or embarrassment (since the disease can appear on body parts that can be visible to other people), there are complications that can occur if this disease is left untreated, namely:9

Secondary bacterial or fungal infections

In general, patients who have any form of dermatitis may experience infected open sores, especially if they scratch the rash excessively. Although the sores may spread, they are rarely life-threatening10

Undesirable skin changes like skin thinning that may occur due to overuse of topical steroids, especially on the face and the armpits11

The American Hair Loss Association notes that seborrheic dermatitis can cause temporary hair loss, especially if the disease appears on the scalp or other terminal-haired skin areas12

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