Seborrhoea is essentially taken to mean over-production of oils by the sebaceous glands in the skin. Seborrhoea is a symptom that conveys no information on the underlying cause. It appears as an associated manifestation of seborrhoeic eczema (also called seborrhoeic dermatitis).
Seborrhoeic eczema takes a chronic course involving relapses and affects approximately 1% to 5% of the population. It preferentially affects areas of skin with high numbers of sebaceous glands, such as the scalp, forehead, nose, nasolabial fold, eyelids, the back of the neck and the axilla. Those affected suffer from whitish to yellowish, usually oily, shiny scales. The skin is reddened below these scales. Severe itching may also occur if the scalp is affected. Seborrhoeic eczema is far more common in men than in women, especially between the ages of 18 and 40. We do not know exactly how it develops. The fungus Malassezia furfur is viewed as a potential trigger. Several factors can favour the development of seborrhoeic eczema or exacerbate its symptoms, including hormone levels, specific genetic predisposition, a weakened immune system, climate, stress and lack of sleep.
Options for treatment
Seborrhoeic eczema is mainly treated topically. The aim is to remove the symptoms or at least to alleviate them. To this end, local antifungal drugs (antimycotics) are used in shampoos or ointments. Most of these products also have anti-inflammatory properties and thus soothe irritated areas of skin. The temporary use of cortisone may be useful in severe forms.
The following Louis Widmer products are recommended for the treatment of seborrhoeic eczema. Consult a medical professional.
This medicinal product is only available on prescription. Please contact your medical professional and read the package leaflet.
Keratolytic (removing the horny outer layer of skin) lotion with a lipid base for pretreatment of the scalp affected by all dermatoses that produce large quantities of scales (psoriasis capitis, seborrhoeic eczemas, hyperkeratotic eczemas). Consult a medical professional.
SEBO SHAMPOO is an anti-dandruff shampoo to combat dry and oily scales and irritation of the scalp. It thoroughly and gently cleanses the hair and scalp. In addition, it soothes sensitive and irritated skin. The balanced formula containing the active substance zinc pyrithione already starts to act after first use. SEBO SHAMPOO is well tolerated and suitable for daily use.
SHAMPOO EXTRA-MILD is a dermatological shampoo specifically for oily scalps. It is also highly suitable for use on sensitive scalps and after medical treatment. The balanced mixture of tensides permits thorough and gentle cleansing of the scalp. SHAMPOO EXTRA-MILD has a mild antiseptic effect. It is well tolerated and suitable for daily use.