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Seborrheic Dermatitis: Are Hair Dyes Safe?

Woman examining her scalp in mirror for seborrheic dermatitis

Hair Dyeing Not Safe When Seborrheic Dermatitis is Suspected

Nic asks:

Hair dyeing is not new to me. I’m a 23-year-old Caucasian female. I have long hair at the moment it’s a warm blonde colour due to foils for the last 3 years. My natural hair colour is medium brown.

I have seborrheic dermatitis on the scalp, with no rash or broken skin, just itching and hair fall. Not sure what caused it, but I think it may have been oil build up in my attempt to wash my hair less frequently, it worked against me . . . sad!

I feel that any additional peroxide in my hair may contribute to the condition, or worsen it. I want to bite the bullet and just dye all of my hair back to brown and then leave my hair alone for a long time so that my scalp can recover, as I feel it has thinned and has a lot of breakage.

Will it be safe to dye it? Demi-permanent or permanent hair colour?

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Barb Responds

You’re on the right track asking questions, as you could considerably worsen your problem by having any chemical service done to your hair.  Any licensed professional will tell you not to use hair dye as long as long as any scalp condition is present.  Was it your primary doctor who diagnosed seborrheic dermatitis?  Most likely, he will advise you the same, or he may suggest a dermatologist to consult.

What is Seborrheic Dermatitis?

Seborrheic dermatitis (aka: eczema or cradle cap) is a condition doctors still don’t have a definitive. They do know it’s not a contagious disease and that (this will make you feel better about shampooing less often) it’s not a sign of poor hygiene. The Mayo Clinic reports that although causes are not yet known, they may include symptoms as normal as stress, fatigue or even a change of season (of which winter tends to be the most common time of year for the onset of this condition.)

Shampoos for Seborrheic Dermatitis

Dandruff shampoos and other medicated shampoos containing ingredients like, coal-tar and zinc can be very effective. There are a number of over-the-counter products as well as prescription strength products (shampoos and lotions) that can be used, but your doctor should be the one to prescribe the right product for you. Different skin types and conditions respond differently and you could possibly make matters worse by using a wrong product.  Call your doctor for a prescription or over-the-counter recommendation. Seeing that he already diagnosed your condition, you shouldn’t need another appointment for the recommendation.

Be sure to use the shampoo as directed, leaving it on for the full recommended time. If it doesn’t seem to have positive effects shortly, get on the phone with your doctor again and have him prescribe another type of shampoo. Also be mindful to avoid scratching your scalp which could break the skin and cause an infection.

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