Seborrheic dermatitis is a flaky scalp and skin condition that affects 5 to 10 % of people. Its less severe form is called dandruff and affects 50 % of the world at some point.
Seborrheic dermatitis is caused in part by a yeast known as Malassezia although a variety of factors are now understood to contribute. Seborrheic dermatitis can affect many areas of the body including the scalp, forehead, eyebrows, nose, chest, back. A variant of seborrheic dermatitis that affects the hairline and extends onto the forehead is known as "corona seborrheica."
For more information, please see Seborrheic Dermatitis - Handout for Patients
Dr. Jeff Donovan is a Canadian and US board certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. To schedule a consultation, please call the Whistler office at 604.283.1887