Hello, I'm a 21 year old male who was recently diagnosed with Seborrheic dermatitis.
I began seeing red dots around my nose leading up to my eyebrows. At first i thought nothing of it, i thought it may be a reaction to ProActive which i was using at the time. I immediately stopped using the ProActive, and began applying light Burn/Skin Irritation cream. The problem seemed to persist. I started using aloa and some loations thinking it may simply be, my skin is dry. overtime it worsed and the dots and area around them began to become itchy, and then painful. Now i had a nasty case of cradle cap as a baby so the diagnosis of Seborrheic dermatitis seems to fit pretty well.
I eventually visited a dermatologist in hopes of curing this problem. or in the very least finding a way to control it. I used an over the counter cortisol steroid before my visit as it became to much to bare. I found this cream helped within a day if not less. upon my visit i had little visible signs however i still had some dryness and skin flakes.
I was then put on a regiment of desonide 0.05% cream as well as a cortisol steroid ketoconazole 2%. However, my dermatologists instructions on how to apply these were a bit vague needless to say, i was told to apply the cream twice daily for two weeks then apply as needed after. I was unaware that there was two creams i was prescribed and the pharmacist who i know may not have the best background to answer such questions, suggested i not apply both in one day. I've been using the creams for around a month or two, and have been using the ketoconazole 1 day and the next desonide. it seems to work for a short period of time, however, it does return with a vengance if the regiment is stopped or slowed, say after 2-3 days it quickly worsens right back to where it was. It also takes quite a bit to recover when i begin the treatment again, which may simply be me applying the medicine incorrectly.
My question is a few parter.
What is the average proper application method of these two creams, both once a day, both twice a day? My dermatologist said to apply the cream twice a day but did not specify both, infact did not tell me i would be recieving two different creams at all.
The second is, this doesn't seem to be controlling my breakouts, it is in all possibility that i'm simply applying these creams incorectly, which i wouldn't be suprised in the least. however, i'd like to know whether this condition is going to be easier to manage over time, because as of now it seems a topical steroid daily is nessesary, which makes me a bit uneasy, as i know long term use of such steroids can lead to larger problems in the future.
Any information would be greatly appreciated,