Treating Seborrheic Dermatitis on the Body

Seborrheic dermatitis is most often found on the scalp and face. But it can happen on just about any spot on the body with oil glands. Many people deal with seborrheic dermatitis on their backs, chest, genitals, armpits, neck, arms, legs and other parts of the body.

Personally, I do not have an issue with seborrheic dermatitis on other parts my body besides my face and scalp. But I have a product that I use for other purposes that would work GREAT for seborrheic dermatitis.

If you have seborrheic dermatitis on any random body parts, try Neutrogena Body Clear Body Scrub. Since it clears pores, kills bacteria, cleans off the sebum, and reduces oil production, it is a perfect foil for the ills of seborrheic dermatitis. Remember, SD is not dry skin, despite those confusing flakes! It’s more close to acne in the spectrum of skin ailments.


Start off using it a few times a week and increase or decrease as needed. If you feel a little too dry, a very light layer of Lubriderm lotion, which is good for both face and body and is a great price. Dermatologists love this stuff and so does yours truly.

Other tips:

  • Keep skin clean and dry.
  • Air dry well before getting dressed.
  • Let skin breath . . . wear loose, comfy, breathable jammies around the house. Or nothing, wink wink.
  • PLEASE keep your linens (bath towels and bed sheets) clean. Change often!
  • Any topical you use on your face should be safe to use on most body parts. Double check with your doctor. Even your dandruff shampoo can help!

Like I said, I don’t use Neutrogena Body Clear Body Scrub for seborrheic dermatitis. But I LOVE it as a scrub on those zones susceptible to ingrown hairs thanks to waxing. Yes, that zone. It works! And, one more slightly embarrassing use – on my backside (AFTER I rinse of my conditioner). No more assne if I use it every time.  So its a great multipurpose product to have in your shower.

What’s your best tips for random body patches of seborrheic dermatitis?

5 thoughts on “Treating Seborrheic Dermatitis on the Body

  1. Wow it’s nice to find someone who knows what there talking about even with all the dicriptions and details of effects on your SD and also the appearance. I kept reading more and more of exactly how my skin is and has been for almost all my life and I also had that cupboard of creams!! Lol
    Just want to say how informing you blog is much better than the professional I’ve seen who only guess.


  2. Hello from Spain!!!
    First of all, I wanted to thank you for bringing some light to my seborrheic dermatitis journey. Your blog is amaaazing and incredibly helpful!
    I just placed an order on Amazon with three skincare products you recommend in certain posts, I really can’t wait to try them! Now, my question is: what makeup products you find work for you? My skin freaks out specially during the winter months, looking all red and flaky around my mouth.. All the colour correctors I’ve tried only accentuate the dry patches, so I tend to skip that part, but I can’t seem to find any foundation or concealer that covers the redness and harsh; they actually only make them look even worse…
    Hope you can hep me! Thank you in advance,


  3. I was researching online and apparently biotin deficiency can cause seborrheic dermatitis. Just thought I mention this. I tested my biotin 5 years ago and it was borderline deficient. I currently have SD and have gotten rid of some of it with ACV and Manuka honey. SD is a fungal disease so natural antifungal might be an option. I will definitely start taking a biotin supplement.


  4. Loving your blog!! Another product for the body that fellow SD ers may find helpful — DermaHarmony Zinc Therapy Soap 2% Pyrithione Zinc. I use the liquid version and buy it on Amazon. Definitely super helpful for SD on my back and neck. Best of luck.


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