Symptoms of Seborrheic Dermatitis vs Psoriasis

By Dr. Eddie Valenzuela

Seborrheic Dermatitis is extremely common in babies, the opposite is true of scalp psoriasis. Infant psoriasis is considered a rare condition. In fact, it tends to affect people between the ages of 15 and 35 far more than those under the age of 10.

It’s easy to understand why adults could confuse the two.  Both skin conditions affect the scalp and can cause red, scaly skin.  One of the major differences between seborrheic dermatitis and scalp psoriasis is in their appearance. Scalp psoriasis appears powdery and has a silver sheen, whereas seborrheic dermatitis is more likely to appear yellow and greasy.  The scales of psoriasis tend to be thicker and drier in appearance than the scales of seborrheic dermatitis.

A doctor can determine which skin condition is causing your symptoms with an examination of the scalp, skin and nails. Psoriasis tends to be more difficult to treat than Seborrheic Dermatitis and comes with its own unique set of dietary, medical and environmental triggers.  So the approach to managing psoriasis will be different than with Seborrheic Dermatitis.  Happy Cappy presents a safe and soothing cradle cap shampoo and body wash that is effective and contains no harmful ingredients.

Child Seborrheic Dermatitis