Effective face washes for seborrheic dermatitis include selenium sulfide, 1 percent, marketed as Selsun Blue, and pyrithione zinc, 1 percent, marketed as Head and Shoulders, as of 2015, states the American Academy of Family Physicians. Wash the face with shampoo for 5 to 10 minutes daily, then every three days.
Selenium sulfide 2.5 percent, marketed as Exsel and Selsun, is available by prescription and can also be used as a facial wash or shampoo, notes the American Academy of Family Physicians. Applying sodium sulfacetamide, 10 percent lotion, 1 percent hydrocortisone cream, or 2 percent ketoconazole cream, to the face one or two times per day relieves symptoms. Illness, stress and consuming alcohol heavily can trigger seborrheic dermatitis outbreaks that produce the eczema-like symptoms, including red, dry, itchy skin, notes the National Eczema Association. Doctors prescribe mild topical corticosteroid medications or topical calcineurin inhibitors to reduce severe inflammation.