Recent Advances in the Seborrheic Dermatitis

지루성 피부염의 최신 지견

  • 차재훈 (경희대학교 한의과대학 안이비인후피부과학교실) ;
  • 남혜정 (경희대학교 한의과대학 안이비인후피부과학교실) ;
  • 김희정 (경희대학교 한의과대학 안이비인후피부과학교실) ;
  • 박외숙 (경희대학교 한의과대학 안이비인후피부과학교실) ;
  • 김규석 (경희대학교 한의과대학 안이비인후피부과학교실) ;
  • 김윤범 (경희대학교 한의과대학 안이비인후피부과학교실)
  • Published : 2006.12.25


Seborrheic dermatitis is characterized by the appearance of red, flacking, greasy lesions in regions rich in sebaceous glands. There are various opinions about the relation between seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff. Considering all available data, we consider seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff to be differing severity manifestations of similar origin. The known etiologies of seborrheic dermatitis are the abnormality of lipid and hormnes, Malassezia species, immune response. We recently focus on the relation between seborrheic dermatitis and HIV positive and AIDS patients, seborrheic dermatitis and neurological disease. The treatments of seborrheic dermatitis include topical treatments, oral treatments. There are non-specific agents, antifungal medication, corticosteroids in the topical treatments. Narrow band UVB and oral medications are known as the prophylaxis of seborrheic dermatitis but we need further study. In traditional korean medicine, the literature studies and case reports have been published. But we don't know what herbal medicine has antifungal effect against Malassezia species. So we should discriminate herbal medicines which have antifungal effect against Malassezia specieses. Then we could treat seborreic dermatitis by traditional korean medicine effectively.


seborrheic dermatitis;dandruff;Malassezia species;sebaceous glands