What Is a Treatment for Seborrhea on the Face?

Treatment for seborrheic dermatitis on the face involves cleaning the face regularly with soap and water, exposure to sunlight to inhibit yeast growth that causes skin inflammation, exercising outdoors and topical applications such as sulfur products, prescription-strength medicated shampoos, corticosteroid creams and antifungal products, according to WebMD. Doctors recommend combining topical treatments with lifestyle changes for optimal results.

People with seborrheic dermatitis may use an over-the-counter, anti-dandruff shampoo containing pyrithione zinc or selenium by lightly rubbing the shampoo on the face and washing with water thoroughly, as Mayo Clinic suggests. Shampoos with ketoconazole, tar or salicylic acid are also likely effective. Alternatively, seborrheic dermatitis sufferers can apply a mild corticosteroid cream or an antifungal ketoconazole cream. Alcoholic products tend to aggravate the condition.

Mayo Clinic also recommends shaving a beard or mustache if present to relieve seborrheic dermatitis. It is also important to avoid scratching the face to avoid increasing the risk of infection and further irritating the affected area. Treatment for red or scaly eyelids involves cleaning them with baby shampoo and wiping the scales off by using a cotton swab.

Seborrheic dermatitis sometimes resolves without treatment, but it often lasts for a long time and occasionally flares up, notes WebMD. Proper skin care helps mitigate the condition. Individuals affected by seborrheic dermatitis should consult a health care professional before using certain treatments because some of the medications cause side effects.