How to Take Care of Your Ears : Getting Rid of Eczema From Ears Naturally
Flaky Ears and Eyebrows
I've had oily skin for as long as I can remember, but lately I've been noticing dry, flaky patches of skin around my ears and eyebrows. I tried putting a heavier moisturizer on these areas, but it doesn't seem to help—the same areas are dry again in a matter of hours. What's going on?
By Dr. Jessica Wu, MD
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Moisturizer is not working because you have more than just dry skin. Dry, flaky patches around the ears and eyebrows are a characteristic sign of seborrheic dermatitis. This is a harmless (but often stubborn) condition that is caused by the overgrowth of a type of yeast calledPityrosporum ovale. Although the yeast is normally found in small numbers on the skin of most healthy individuals, changes in body chemistry can cause it to multiply rapidly, irritating the skin and producing dry, flaky patches. Since the yeast feeds on sebum (your skin's natural oils), seborrheic dermatitis is more common in people who have oily skin and most often occurs in areas where the greatest concentration of oil glands are located: the ears, eyebrows, sides of the nose, and/or scalp. If left untreated, these areas can become red and inflamed; in severe cases, the infection may even spread to the chin and chest.
To control the yeast, I recommend using Nizoral (1 percent) Shampoo (available at drugstores) as a face wash. Squeeze a small amount into a washcloth and work up a lather in the affected areas. Rinse with lukewarm water, then apply a thin layer of over-the-counter cortisone cream (such as Cortaid or Cortizone-10). Repeat once daily until the condition disappears, then once a week to prevent recurrence. For mild cases, this routine is usually enough to control the outbreak.
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