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Seborrheic Dermatitis and Scarring: Seborrheic Folliculitis

Can a seborrheic dermatitis lead to a scarring alopecia-like phenomenon?

 

In 2015, Australian researchers reported an interesting article in the Australasian Journal of Dermatology suggesting the possibility of a low grade folliculitis which ultimately leads to development of a scarring alopecia. They termed the condition "seborrheic folliculitis."

Here is one such example of a "seborrheic folliculitis" in a patient with androgenetic alopecia. Scarring is present and focal areas devoid of hair can be found on the scalp.

 

Reference

Pitney et al. Is seborrhoeic dermatitis associated with a diffuse, low-grade folliculitis and progressive cicatricial alopecia? . Australas J Dermatol. 2015


Dr. Jeff Donovan is a Canadian and US board certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. To schedule a consultation, please call the Vancouver office at 604.283.9299



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