Who knew that maybe your dry flaky skin is much more than that. If you are suffering from skin that is constantly flaking off in your t-zone ( forehead, nose, chin ) accompanied by red and/ or inflamed patches, you could have something called seborrheic dermatitis. All these years we always associated dandruff as a scalp issue not knowing that it can also affect areas of the face and body.
What are the signs?
- Itchy / red skin
- Skin flakes (dandruff) on your scalp, hair, eyebrows, eyelids, ears, nose, under the breast, chest, armpit or groin area.
- Your moisturizer just doesn't seem to work on it.
"Seborrheic dermatitis often affects the creases of the nose and the mouth."
What are the causes?
- Lack of sleep
- An impaired immune system
- A yeast (fungus) called malassezia that is in the oil secretion on the skin
- Stress, depression, emotional trauma
- Certain medications
- Low exposure to sunlight ( vitamin d deficiency )
How do you treat it?
- Try reducing your stress level. Easier said then done, we know. Since we are advocates for tea, try incorporating ginseng tea into your morning routine instead of coffee.
- Try taking zinc supplement or vitamin D to help boost your immune system.
- Use natural, organic products on your skin to avoid irritation or drying it out.
- Most beauty products contain chemicals that are drying or harmful. Look for those made without ingredients like parabens, sodium laureth or lauryl sulfate. Instead, to clean, tone and hydrate the skin without irritation, turn to natural skin care that contain apple cider vinegar, tea tree, witch hazel, shea butter or aloe vera gel.
- Try mixing a mild over the counter hydrocortisone cream into your moisturizer when treating the affected areas.