Eczema on the forehead : what it looks like, causes, get rid of it now
A friend of mine once had a scar on his forehead which makes always stay indoors because each time he comes out everyone will be asking him one question or the other.
I know the trauma he went through before he finally got ride of that scary stuff, this made me to put this article together to help those who are suffering from the same predicament pull through .
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ECZEMA ON THE FOREHEAD
Eczema on the forehead is known as seborrheic eczema. It is eczematous dermatitis which produces a weepy and oozing appearance, red scaling. Seborrheic eczema can also be known as chronic inflammation of the skin that typically waxes and wanes.
This Seborrheic eczema is more common on the forehead below the hairline in the front of the head and above the eyebrows, and sometimes it can be spotted on the ear, mid back, mid-chest, the brows and portions of the scalp.
What Causes Seborrheic Eczema?
This condition called seborrheic eczema usually occur in areas with heavy sebum production, Some people believe that oily skin can be one of the major factors that trigger up seborrheic eczema, and again it looks as though many patients with seborrheic eczema condition have an abundant growth of a normal skin yeast (known as Malassezia or Pityrosporum) at the affected areas.
fungi could be playing a part in causing this medical condition, though it is yet to be determined. Patients with extreme central nervous system ailment (such as dementia as well as brain injuries) appear to experience more difficulty with seborrheic eczema. Most people have attributed this to lack of proper hygiene.
If you are the type that does wear any sort of headband, hood or hat, across the forehead, this can be one of the causes of the flaky or inflamed skin called eczema. Try to stop wearing your headgear or hats across the forehead for a while and observe if it helps. For women check if your hairstyles such as bangs that fall off down to your forehead could be the reason. Hair sprays which are used on the hair can also affect the skin on the forehead, react negatively causing inflammation.
Who’s at risk?
Seborrheic eczema with redness and flaking usually occurs in 3–5% of the population. This problem could be a bit worse for men. It usually starts after puberty. Babies do have a version called cradle cap).
Seborrheic eczema creeps up from the age of 40 and then may improve. But severe seborrheic eczema is frequently seen in people with diseases such as central nervous system problems, Parkinson and HIV infection.
Signs and Symptoms
- Itching, oily skin flakes
- One or more of the following areas has patches of red, scaly skin: forehead, the ear canal, eyebrows, scalp, hairline, creases of the nose and ears, breastbone, groin, midback, eyelids, beard area, or armpits.
- In cases of darker skin, some of the areas may look light in color.
Some of the time it might appear like your skin is difficult to oversee, particularly when you wake up and locate a tremendous patch on your forehead or a mouth blister at the side of your mouth. Fortunately, there are approaches to avert and treat these basic skin issues — read on for a few hints.
Many cases of seborrheic eczema are quite easy to control with non-prescription home measures.
Below are some of them:
- Soothing your skin with the regular applications of fragrance-free moisturizer which can prevent itching and dryness. In most cases, creams do moisturize better and compared to using lotions for most people. The best way to apply creams to work better is when the skin is a little wet, immediately like just after having your bath.
- Washing your face twice a day no more with warm water as well as a mild soap. Gradually massage your face in a circular motion. Don’t scrub and don’t apply force. Too much of scrubbing and washing can lead to inflammation, Ensure to remove your makeup before going to bed. In times of buying makeup, try as much as possible to choose brands that say “nonacnegenic” or “noncomedogenic” on its label. Throwing away old makeup which smells or looks different from when you first bought them.
- Ensure you keep hair clean and out of your face to help prevent additional oil with dirt from clogging your pores in order not to become irritated.
- Try to Stay away from things such as, perfumed soaps with harsh detergents, including heavily fragranced lotions that can irritate the skin and trigger up forehead eczema.
- The use of hot water does dry by quick evaporation, while over-washing with the use of soap can dry skin, ensure to take short, showers that are warm and baths.
- Always soothe your skin with constant applications of a fragrance-free moisturizer that prevents dryness and itching. Creams generally moisturize a bit better and last longer than lotions for most people. Creams work best if applied when the skin is slightly wet, like just after bathing.
Steroid ointments and creams
When you get an eczema flare, you will regularly require a steroid balm or cream (additionally called topical steroids) to help settle the irritation. On the off chance that you get serious eczema, you may need to utilize a solid steroid cream for a couple of days to get it under control, changing to a direct or low-quality steroid cream for a couple of more days before ceasing.
Ensure you aware of which one to use, where and how frequently to apply as this differs from cream to cream. Balms are oilier than creams and frequently better for skin inflammation.
Some other over-the-counter creams will help if you have taken all the home measures and not working well enough or effectively.
These are creams which reduce the Pityrosporum yeast (terbinafine, clotrimazole, miconazole,).
With hydrocortisone cream, which may work rapidly but may be less helpful if used for a long time to help relieve the severe itching
Regina Uwalaka. Am your regular Dermatologist with 8 years of experience, you can contact me on any of my social media accounts