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Seborrheic Dermatitis and Dry Patchy Scalp: Causes, Treatment, Difference.

Seborrheic Dermatitis and Dry Patchy Scalp: Causes, Treatment, Difference.

When it comes to hair health, it’s easy to mix up problems you may experience. And this can lead you down a rabbit hole of wrong treatments, feeling bad about your hair, not seeing any changes, and wasting both time and money.  


Seborrheic dermatitis and dry patchy scalp are two conditions that are often confused with each other.  


Yes, similarities exist between them but they are very different with unique treatment requirements. 


Seborrheic dermatitis is a common skin condition that affects the scalp. It causes itchy red patches and greasy scales on your skin along with white or yellow crusty or powdery flakes on your scalp. 


It appears like stubborn dandruff and affects most oily areas of the skin.  


Dry patchy scalp on the other hand occurs when your scalp loses moisture. This dryness leads to itching, flaking, and irritation. If you also have an oily scalp, it can be followed by dandruff.  


Both conditions have different causes.  


Dry patchy scalp can be due to the weather drying out your scalp, washing hair too often, using harsh hair products, and conditions like scalp psoriasis.  


Seborrheic dermatitis is caused by oily skin, and health issues, common in people with a family history of dermatitis, and can be triggered by situations like stress.  


It is important to diagnose your hair problem properly and to treat any of the conditions you have the right way.  


Treatment is important to create a clean environment on your scalp where healthy hair can grow.  


You can treat Seborrheic dermatitis by - 

Using dermatologist or Trichologist recommended shampoo, scalp scrubs, hair mask, creams, and lotions. 


These products should be able to control inflammation or fight fungal infection. 


Adjust your lifestyle as well to stop the condition. Wash your scalp regularly with recommended shampoos scalp scrubs and mask treatments. Avoid styling products or any hair products that contain alcohol. 


You can also use alternative medicines like tea tree oil or aloe Vera.  


For Dry patchy scalp, treatment generally looks like this -  


Dandruff treatment with hydrating shampoos, stream treatment.  

Scalp eczema treatments with proper diet, staying hydrated, scalp detox treatments. 


See a Trichologist/ hair care specialist or hair care to help you better.