Find Relief from Flaky Skin

Seborrheic Dermatitis is a very common skin rash that affects many people. It usually appears as pink or red dry patches with white scales or crusting and is frequently associated with persistent itching. Despite being dry or flaky, the skin sometimes takes on a greasy appearance. In addition to being a legitimate cosmetic concern, seborrheic dermatitis can significantly impact your quality of life thanks to its persistent itching and uncomfortable flaking of the skin. If you’re interested in learning more about how we can help you find relief from the flaky skin associated with seborrheic dermatitis, our team is here to help. Check out our locations page and reach out to the Certified Dermatology office that’s most convenient for you. We have locations all throughout New Jersey, and can’t wait to learn more about how we can help you enjoy healthy, glowing skin every day.

smiling woman with curly hair and yellow jacket

What Causes Seborrheic Dermatitis?

One specific cause has not been found for seborrheic dermatitis. Many factors seem to play a role in the development of this skin condition. These may include genetics, cold and dry weather, yeast that lives on the skin, stress, and your overall health. It is not an allergic reaction, though it’s been found that certain cosmetic products may cause flare-ups, especially those high in perfume or fragrance.

Seborrheic dermatitis can develop in infants (cradle cap) as well as adults and can affect different body parts, such as the: 

  • Scalp (dandruff)
  • Eyebrows
  • Eyelids
  • Sides of the nose
  • Around the mouth
  • Ears
  • Chest
  • Armpits
  • Genital area

Treating the Issue

Treatment can help you manage the symptoms associated with seborrheic dermatitis, but an absolute cure is typically not an option. Rather, we’ll focus on helpful skin care tips that can help you effectively manage this condition. These include warm (not hot) showers or baths, and gentle skin cleansing products such as Dove soap or soap-free cleansing products such as Aveeno, Cetaphil, CeraVe, and Eucerin. 

Always apply a moisturizer to the areas where you are prone to dry skin. We recommend moisturizers like Aveeno, Cetaphil, CeraVe, and Eucerin. Avoid products with dyes and fragrances. If your scalp is affected, regular use of a dandruff shampoo will be beneficial. When medical care is needed, it can include a few different types of topical medications. During your initial appointment, we’ll learn about the specifics of your issue.

As with many of the skin conditions that we address here at Certified Dermatology, seborrheic dermatitis can take many forms, impacting different individuals in different ways. When you visit us for your initial appointment, we’ll learn about the specifics of your skincare issues, and will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan that sees you enjoying relief, so you can live your life with clear, healthy skin that looks and feels incredible.

Banner media

Treatment Options for Seborrheic Dermatitis

Topical Steroids

Topical steroids work very well but can only be used for a short period of time. They will quickly help reduce the presence of redness and flaking, but long-term use should be avoided.

Barrier Repair Creams

These creams help restore your skin to its natural, healthy state by helping you maintain proper hydration and effectively preserving your skin’s pH balance.

Topical Anti-Fungal Creams

A specific type of yeast on the skin may play a role for patients who suffer from this skin condition. Using a cream to reduce this yeast organism has been helpful in some patients.


Prescription and/or over-the-counter shampoos are a useful way to help maintain and manage some of the symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis on the scalp.  

Contact us media
Accessibility: If you are vision-impaired or have some other impairment covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act or a similar law, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to using this website, please contact our Accessibility Manager at (732) 353-1727.