All About Seborrheic Eczema, A Skin Condition Explained By Dermatologist

Seborrheic Eczema is a chronic skin condition that can occur at any part of the body. A dermatologist explains everything about this skin disease.

Chanchal Sengar
Written by: Chanchal SengarUpdated at: May 01, 2020 11:00 IST
All About Seborrheic Eczema, A Skin Condition Explained By Dermatologist

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Many people are aware of Eczema but most of them don’t know about the several types of eczema. This is a chronic skin condition that affects your skin badly. It mostly occurs on the face, scalp, chest and back. It is a serious condition where you need to see a good dermatologist get rid of the problem. Many people try home remedies for this which may work sometimes but since your skin becomes sensitive, even these remedies may aggravate the issue. Onlymyhealth reached out to Dr. Ajay Rana who is a world-renowned dermatologist to get answers to questions related to seborrheic eczema. 

What is Seborrheic Eczema?

Seborrheic Eczema is a chronic skin inflammation which generally waxes and wanes. This skin problem causes itchiness and redness on the skin. In dark-skinned people, it causes light patches which are clearly visible. The other names to this skin disease are seborrhea, seborrheic psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis and cradle cap. In cases where eczema is on the scalp, this causes a visible red scaling with occasional eruption. Most of the cases are of scalp seborrheic eczema but it can occur at any part of the body including face, ears, chest, brows and back. This is a chronic condition but can be controlled with proper treatment. It is better to consult a skin specialist if you have seborrheic eczema.

What are the symptoms of Seborrheic Eczema?


Here are the visible signs of seborrheic eczema that can help a person detect the condition and get timely treatment.

  • Flaky skin or dandruff on some areas(such as scalp, eyebrows, mustache)
  • Greasy patches with white or yellow flaky scales on the scalp, eyebrows, eyelids, chest, side of the nose, cheeks, under the breasts and groin area
  • Itchiness in the affected area
  • Burning sensation and redness around the skin

What are the Risk factors for Seborrheic Eczema?

There is a number of possible reasons that can be termed as risk factors for seborrheic Eczema. These are:

  • Psoriasis
  • Eating disorders
  • Weak immune system
  • Neurologic health conditions
  • Psychiatric health conditions
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Parkinson's diseases
  • Cancer recovery
  • Heart ailment recovery

Is Seborrheic Eczema treatable?

Yes, Seborrheic Eczema is treatable. There are many treatments available to cure this disease. One should see a good dermatologist as soon as they identify the symptoms of seborrheic eczema. Early detection and diagnosis can help in the timely treatment of chronic skin inflammation. The sooner, the better.

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Can Seborrheic Eczema be treated at home?

Yes, there are many home remedies with the help of which you can treat seborrheic Eczema such as:

Aloe vera: Applying fresh aloe vera pulp on the affected area can ease the skin discomfort. It is loaded with anti-inflammatory properties which can prove to be an effective natural remedy for seborrheic Eczema.

Tea tree oil: It is a great ingredient for skincare and is widely is used to soothe many skin conditions. It has anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antibacterial properties.

Fish oil supplements: Non-vegetarians may also consume fish oil capsules as these can suppress the flare-ups of seborrheic Eczema.

NOTE: But you must consult a dermatologist before trying out anything. As it may counteract worsening the current condition of your skin.

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