How to treat seborrheic dermatitis

Date: 07/10/2020

According to our resident dermatologist Dr Sue Ann Chan, “If you have itchy, red scalp-skin, accompanied by scaly patches and dandruff, you could have seborrheic dermatitis – a common skin condition that mainly affects your scalp.”

While its name may not be familiar, this condition is more common than you may think. According to the British Association of Dermatologists, it’s thought to affect about 4% of the adult population. Stress is often a key trigger, which can result in changes in our skin microbiome, causing an imbalance in the natural bacteria that resides on our scalp. When this happens, our scalp produces too much sebum, which dandruff-causing yeast feeds on. Cue itching, flaking and all the other associated symptoms that add up to seborrheic dermatitis.

“The best shampoo to treat serious seborrheic dermatitis should be a tar-based shampoo,” advises Dr Sue Ann Chan. “Usually with coconut oil and salicylic acid to help dissolve the dead skin build-up” 

However if you wear your hair in braids or don’t tend to wash it everyday, there is one solution that can ease your scalp irritation in the interim: our Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum. Its star ingredient is witch hazel, which because of its anti-inflammatory properties, can help soothe the scalp conditions such as seborrheic dermatitis, together with pro vitamin B5 and allantoin to imbue the scalp with moisture and hydrate any rough patches.


Run a warm flannel along your partings (part your hair in sections if its not braided) and then apply a few drops of the serum afterwards and massage in. Used sparingly (a little goes a long way), the lightweight yet hardworking formula won’t weigh hair down.

Click here to discover this clever serum’s benefits for yourself. 

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