How is seborrheic dermatitis treated?
Adult seborrheic dermatitis occasionally goes away without treatment. However, most people have it for years, during which it may flare up and clear, only to flare again. Treatment is usually needed to control it in most people. It’s important to watch for symptoms and start treating it as soon as symptoms first occur.
Regularly washing with a mild soap and water will often help the oily places on your skin that are itching and flaking. Using a dandruff shampoo regularly can also improve the condition. However, if you are so uncomfortable that it’s interfering with normal activities or you’re embarrassed by it, see your dermatologist. While treatment cannot cure seborrheic dermatitis, it can help loosen and remove the scales, reduce swelling and itching, and prevent a skin infection.
If over-the-counter shampoos and lotions aren’t helping, you may need a prescription treatment such as:
Cradle cap on infants usually goes away without treatment within six months to a year. You can use a baby shampoo on the baby’s scalp daily, or gently brush it away with a washcloth or baby hairbrush. It will also go away if it’s on the baby’s skin.
These home-care methods can help keep it under control: