Seborrhoea Skin Care Tips

Care & make-up tips for skin affected by seborrhoeic dermatitis

Skin Care

Seborrhoeic dermatitis, often mistaken for eczema, is caused by a sensitivity to the yeast malassezia. Anti-yeast treatments aims to clear this, and generally you should try a treatment for at least a week to see a difference.
Don’t stop using anti-yeast products too quickly, even if the condition improves. It is sensible to use an anti- yeast product twice a week, to control the condition.
Adopt a good daily skincare routine, using emollients for washing your face and showering.
Avoid washing your skin with soap or harsh cleansers, which will aggravate the condition.
Treat the scalp and body separately, with anti-yeast shampoo for the scalp and a topical product (cream, gel or ointment) for the body.
Don’t leave shampoo on your body, always wash it off after 5 minutes.
Treat the whole area where your seborrhoeic dermatitis appears, i.e. your entire face, chest and scalp.
Don’t overexpose yourself to household cleaners, solvents and chemicals, which may cause further skin irritation.
Anti-yeast and topical steroid combination treatments should only be used for short-term treatment bursts. Over-the-counter solutions can be used to maintain healthy skin between drug treatments.
While we all like the feel of the sun on our skin, don’t rely on sunshine to clear up your skin. Although many people think that the sun can improve their skin conditions, others find it actually causes flare ups.

By JULIE VAN ONSELEN Independent Dermatology Nurse and Educator

Make Up

Test products out before applying all over the skin by doing a 24hr patch test (usually done on the inside of your wrist) - It’s okay to try before you buy!
Use an oil-based cleanser twice a day. This makes the most of the “good oils” in the product to get rid of the “bad oils”, dirt and make-up on your skin. This also helps avoid stripping away too much “good oil” which may cause skin irritation.
Use a serum that restores skin health and comfort, not just its appearance
Use a highlighter (a cream, gel or powder to emphasise a particular feature) to give your skin a natural glow, whatever skin type you have. Gently tap it on top of the cheeks, below the eyes. Don’t rub it into the skin.
Protect your skin from the sun and harsh environments by wearing sunscreen every day. This helps to create a protective barrier on your skin.
Use mineral-based make-up developed for sensitive skin, and blend with a mineral brush in a small circular motion.
Avoid using make-up with pore-clogging ingredients, such as mineral oil.
Learn how to create a natural, flawless base by cleverly layering products, such as mineral-based powder and using a good concealer, but only in areas that need that extra bit of coverage, for example under the eyes. This will help avoid the camouflaged “mask” look that foundations sometimes create.
Never use soap as a facial cleanser or over-cleanse your face - this will strip your skin of the natural oils, which are essential to help heal and protect.

By DANI GUINSBERG Make-up artist and CEO, Creative Director and Founder of The Session School

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