Dandruff/Seborrhea

Q. I can see no rash, but I have a slight burning sensation around my hairline above my forehead. I had minor surgery three weeks ago to remove a growth on the inside of my nose, a local was used. Any ideas? It takes two months around here to get in to see a good skin doctor.

A.Anytime the body is traumatized or a stressful event has occurred, seborrhea/dandruff will flare. We see this all the time when people are admitted to the hospital. This is easily treated with over-the-counter hydrocortisone creams or antiseborrheic shampoos

Q.My skin around my mouth and nose is red & flakey, and stings. I am putting moisturizer on every hour or so. I thought it was windburn from walking the dog, but three days out of the cold & it is worse. Usually my skin is normal in this area, with the T zone kind of oily. I have not changed soaps, detergents, etc. Although I did use Neutrogena acne soap (by mistake) one time about three days before I saw signs of trouble. I am now using regular Neutrogena soap. Help!

A.Red, scaling rashes on the face are suggestive of seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff). This condition is a common problem of unclear origin. There is no rhyme or reason why people get this and it can be controlled but not cured.


Q.I'm a African American female age 27. My skin complexion is brown. The problem is that the area on my face that they call the "T" area is lighter than the rest of my face by one or two shades. I sometimes get dry patches on my face as well. What can you do to help me?

A.Sometimes darker skin can get lighter when there is associated inflammation. Seborrhea (dandruff) is very common in the "T" zone. Anti-seborrheic shampoos and over-the-counter hydrocortisone creams help control this. A sunscreen is also beneficial as the skin around the involved area will darken in sunlight and increase the contrast between the light and dark skin. This takes many weeks to improve. Remember, African-Americans can get suntan and sunburn. (YSD product recommendations - Medicated Moisturizing Shampoo, Soothing Cream with Aloe and Daily Protectant Sunscreen.)