Wednesday, 19 December 2012

What is Seborrheic Dermatitis? Cradle Cap for Grown Ups.

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Is that itch driving you nuts?
I remember my first few weeks at MooGoo quite clearly. I think the word sponge is an apt way to describe myself during that period. It consisted of training, packing, invoicing, calls, marketing projects and Herd meetings (to be honest, these were mainly spent feasting on delicious banquets). 

What I remember most vividly though was the very first call I took. It was from a man who was searching for some answers as to what skin condition was causing him so much discomfort and embarrassment. He explained to me that his face was patched with red, dry, flaky skin. His scalp was forever flaking, which as you can imagine isn't something you want to walk around with. Since his face is visible, you can understand why this was causing him so much embarrassment. I'm not a doctor, of course, but I explained to him that it sounds as though he has what is scientifically referred to as Seborrheic Dermatitis. 

So what is Seborrheic Dermatitis?

Some people mistake Seborrheic Dermatitis for Psoriasis or Psoriasis of the Scalp which are completely different conditions. It usually occurs around the scalp, hairline, ears, neck and eye area or alongside the nose. What do all these areas have in common? They are the oilier parts of the body and that's where Seborrheic Dermatitis is found. In some severe cases, it can extend down the back. It is quite common among babies but this form is called Cradle Cap. 

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Seborrheic Dermatitis affects both men and women

What causes Seborrheic Dermatitis? (The nasty yeast! Not the wonderful one that makes beer)

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Seborrheic Dermatitis
So what causes the skin to erupt in Seborrheic Dermatitis? It normally develops due to a reaction to a common yeast that is found on the skin known as Malassezia Fur Fur. In most people, this yeast is present in small numbers, however in some cases its numbers increase which results in skin problems. This is the reason why Seborrheic Dermatitis is found on the oilier parts of the body. 

There is some great news though! Unlike most skin conditions such as Eczema, Seborrheic Dermatitis is one of the most easy and simple conditions to treat. All that's really needed are two things:

  • A good quality scalp cream to control the yeast on the skin. Once those yeast numbers are under control, Seborrheic Dermatitis will disappear. 
  • An appropriate shampoo which will help tackle the dryness and flakiness of the scalp and enable the skin to recover in a relatively short while. 

The sad thing about Seborrheic Dermatitis is that many people mistake it for a different condition. As a result, they just deal with it without knowing they could easily treat it. A lot of people suffer from this condition. We often see people on TV or in Newspapers who have it but don't treat it. Once you learn about the condition  it starts to stick out like a sore thumb - you will notice it a lot more on other people. 
(Kindly provided by Krystal)

Back to my phone call, I recommended the customer to our MooGoo Scalp Cream and MooGoo Shampoo. Both products contain an ingredient within a non-irritating base. This ingredient helps to control the yeast on the scalp which in turn stops the skin from reacting to it. The MooGoo Eczema and Psoriasis Cream has also been found to help this condition. 

We recently received an email from one of our loyal customers, Jara. As seen in the image, she suffered from a severe case of Seborrheic Dermatitis. It had reached the stage where it was causing her to feel depressed due to its appearance. After stumbling across MooGoo and giving it a go, Jara's skin has returned to a healthy condition. 

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(Kindly provided by Jara)

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Have a Mooo-ey Christmas!

Do you, or does someone you know, suffer from this condition? Do you have any of your own remedies to help soothe Seborrheic Dermatitis? I'd love to hear from you, so please let me know in the comments section or write to me at :)

You'll probably only hear from me again next year so wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

by Daniella De Azevedo 


  1. Thanks you for sharing important tip about skin care product. It is true that skin problem is not a matter of joke. It can be maintain by our daily skin care. I also know that healthy and soft skin give you a special impression from other. But your blog is different from other. Get more information :- dermatitis


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