Snowflakes or Skin flakes?

Have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror and found powdery flakes all over your shoulders? If so, you likely have a common skin condition called seborrheic dermatitis.

Seborrheic dermatitis presents with patches of greasy skin covered in flaky white or yellow scales. It can affect the scalp, eyebrows, ears, face, and even the trunk. Seborrheic dermatitis is not contagious but irritating as it may be quite itchy and leave unwanted flakes on your skin or clothing. Seborrheic dermatitis is caused by an overgrowth of Malassezia yeast that triggers inflammation of the skin. Diagnosing this condition is usually done by history taking and examination of the skin. There are many treatment options available for seborrheic dermatitis. The goal of treatment is to reduce itching, redness, and flaking. Treatments include over-the-counter and prescription shampoos, topical creams, and topical foams. Occasionally, oral medications may be given to reduce the overgrowth of yeast. Treatment will depend on what part of the body the condition is occurring and the severity of the condition.