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Ask a Skin Doctor: Seborrheic Dermatitis

Dear Doctor

Can you please let me know if this looks like a rash, irritation or cancer.

It has been on my face over a month and spreading a little.

It flakes with dry skin and has a couple of small blister like bumps on the rash.

Thanks for your help.

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Dear Client

This condition is known as Seborrheic Dermatitis.

The cause of Seborrheic Dermatitis is not known but it is thought to develop as a result of an abnormal reaction to the yeast Malassezzia. It is not cancer.

Treatment of Seborrheic Dermatitis

The treatment for seborrheic dermatitis on the face includes the use of:

1. Antifungal shampoos like 2% ketoconazole (Nizoral) can be used on the beard area.

2. Antifungal creams like 1% Clotrimazole cream (Lotrimin)  and Ketoconazole (Nizoral) which can be applied on the affected area.

3. Corticosteroid creams like 1% Hydrocortisone are applied to reduce the itch.

4. Avoiding using harsh soaps on the affected areas.

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