Monday, 14 September 2015

Trichology Corner: Seborrhoea and Seborrheic dermatitis


This is caused by the overproduction of sebum in the sebaceous gland, or by a dysfunction of the sebaceous gland.

Signs of Seborrheic dermatitis

1. It is an inflammatory condition characterised by dry and moist scales, crust, itching and redness.
2. It commonly occurs in the frontal hair of the scalp, and around the hairline, and can also occur on the eyelids, facial hair, breasts, and other areas of the body.

Causes

1. The causes of seborrhoea or seborrheic dermatitis are generally unknown, but linked to genetic factors. Because it relates to the dysfunction of the sebaceous glands, it is predicated by stress. 
2. Hormonal changes can also cause the onset of seborrheic dermatitis by inducing excessive sebaceous activity. This can start up during adolescence in a lot of people with the onset of androgen production.

Magnified image of Seborrheic dermatitis

Seborrhoea and Seborrheic dermatitis in Babies

In infants, seborrhoea or seborrheic dermatitis is known as cradle cap, and is presumed to be influenced by the maternal androgens, but this would eventually disappear.

N.B: Remember that when it comes to hair care, there's a lot of fact, fiction, myth and reality on the internet. In the event of any confusion, it is advised you see a professional hair care expert.

Atilola Moronfolu (HPT) is a certfied hair care expert and a holistic practitioner of trichology certified and accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and Mahogany Hair Revolution, Los Angeles, California. To book a hair clinical appointment with Atilola in Lagos Nigeria, send a mail to hairconsult@africanaturalistas.com or call 07061141501.

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14 comments :

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  2. Informative.I remember searching just to get info on this for my sister.Nigerians usually think its always dandruff and only treat for that.Any long lasting remedy?

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    1. Yes, as long as they see white scales, they call it dandruff. If your sister suspects seborrheic dermatitis, let her see me or any other trichologist for accurate diagnosis and treatment.

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  3. Does the use of castor oil and other herbs clear it?

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    1. Lol, no it doesn't. There's the need for topical medication to manage the condition.

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  4. Imy friend has this she always tot I was dandruf and just cut her hair

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    1. Please let her see me or any other trichologist to get a true diagnosis so she can manage the condition well.

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  5. I saw a tutorial whereby a mum placed warm oil on the cracked areas to combat the flakes....

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    1. That's only getting rid of the symptom, and not really managing the condition.

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  6. Information is power.
    There we were thinking all flakes are dandruff symptoms.
    Now I know better.

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  7. Ok.Good job providing suck knowledge.it is appreciated.

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