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