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Control of the disease can generally be gained quickly and without recourse to potent steroids e.g. the use of hydrocortisone ointment on the face
When necessary, eg. in seborrhoeic dermatitis of the scalp and beard with severe itching (1):
For adults who are affected by face and/or body seborrhoeic dermatitis, a mild topical corticosteroid cream, such as hydrocortisone 1% (or a combined imidazole and hydrocortisone preparation) can be considered to settle inflammation more quickly (1).
If there are concerns about how much topical steroid is being used on the face consider the off-label use of topical calcineurin inhibitors eg Elidel ® cream (pimecrolimus) or Proptopic ® ointment (tacrolimus) (2)