By Dr. Eddie Valenzuela

“Cradle cap” is a skin condition that affects babies and young children, presenting as red, irritated, and flaky skin. Though “cradle cap” usually affects the scalp, it can also appear on other parts of the body, but especially where oily skin and hair follicles meet, like between and around the eyebrows.

“Cradle cap” is also sometimes referred to as dandruff, but in reality, eyebrow dandruff is a more general condition that can affect people and children and all ages while “cradle cap” refers specifically to young children and babies.

The most notable symptom of “cradle cap” is a rash on the scalp. However, this rash can also appear between the eyebrows, on the forehead, or even on other parts of the body. This notable rash presents with:

  • Greasy skin
  • Yellow or white crusty flakes
  • Swelling
  • Burning
  • Redness
  • Itching

It can be tricky to diagnose “cradle cap” between the eyebrows as it can often resemble other common skin conditions like eczema or dandruff. If your child shows any of the above symptoms, take them to your doctor right away. While “cradle cap” is not a serious condition, it can be uncomfortable and can get worse if left untreated.

Treating “Cradle Cap” on Eyebrows

There is no permanent cure for “cradle cap.” However, there are a variety of treatment methods that focus on relieving symptoms like swelling and inflammation, easing itchiness, and preventing future flare-ups.

One effective at-home treatment for relieving itch, loosening scales, and moisturizing to prevent flare-ups is massage. Gently massage an unscented, natural oil into the affected area, like the forehead or eyebrows. Try using a “cradle cap” comb to lift flakes if they are concentrated in the scalp or eyebrow hair.

Another proven treatment for “cradle cap” that extends down to the eyebrows is a pyrithione zinc shampoo and body wash. Pyrithione zinc, the active ingredient in most dandruff shampoos, has been shown to fight back against the symptoms of “cradle cap” on the eyebrows and scalp. Daily use of a medicated pyrithione zinc shampoo is the best way to control “cradle cap.”

A Safe Treatment

Unfortunately, the vast majority of pyrithione zinc products on the market are designed for adults, making them much too harsh for treating “cradle cap” between the eyebrows. Dr. Eddie, a licensed pediatrician, saw the need for a child-safe alternative and developed Happy Cappy Medicated Shampoo & Body Wash, the only “cradle cap” shampoo and body wash that’s safe for children of all ages.

Happy Cappy Medicated Shampoo & Body Wash is made with 95% natural ingredients and is free of fragrance, dye, sulfate, paraben, and alcohol. The unique formula also features licorice root extract to soothe redness, and provitamin B5 to moisturize both hair and skin. It is gentle enough for daily use on sensitive young skin, but powerful enough to combat symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis on eyebrows.

“Cradle cap” can happen almost anywhere, even between the eyebrows. Use Dr. Eddie’s Happy Cappy Medicated Shampoo & Body Wash daily to help relieve flaking, redness, irritation, and itch.