New treatment for seborrheic dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis is a  common skin condition that I see in my practice weekly. For most people it’s a nuisance that shows up as red, peeling skin around the nose, on the eyebrows and on the scalp. The most common treatment for the face is topical steroids. My concern with this treatment is that over time it thins  the skin, and can cause broken blood vessels and stretch marks. Topical antifungals are also used, but they don’t always work. So I decided to try a novel  approach. Elidel cream (pimecrolimus) is used for eczema but it has very few known side effects, other than occasional burning. One study found that Elidel was slower to work than other treatments, but more effective for seborrheic dermatitis and had longer-lasting results. I have started using it on some patients, with very good results.

Author: drjaliman

Debra Jaliman, MD, is a board certified dermatologist with a private practice in New York City. Internationally recognized for her research and work in clinical and cosmetic dermatology, Dr. Jaliman has a reputation for using cutting-edge technology and the latest in skin care, as well as for being the “last stop” doctor, the one who fixes what others can’t. She is an assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a member of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery. She is a spokesperson for the American Academy of Dermatology and is regarded as an authority in her field by journalists and cosmetics industry, appearing frequently on television and in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Allure, Glamour, Self, and InStyle. Dr. Jaliman’s book “Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist” was released on March 13, 2012 by St. Martin’s Press.

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