A hawker outside of a fancy cosmetics shop lured me with free samples to enter his shop. He said he had “just the thing for my puffy eyes.” I wondered if I looked that bad.

He applied a free treatment on one of my eyes and vigorously air-dried it with an exotic fan. “Just look at the splendid results,” he beamed! I agreed, there was a massive difference between my droopy, baggy untreated left eye and the transformed lifted area on the right. A $400 difference? No thank you.

I left the shop with the sensation that my right eye had been super glued so tightly, I could barely close my lid. I could hardly wait to get home to rinse off the product.

Both genders have stories of their attempts to erase bags and sags, but those of us with Parkinson’s disease (PD) may be additionally challenged by skin changes that are considered to be non-movement symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

One of the non-movement symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease is seborrheic dermatitis (seborrhea,) an itchy skin condition that causes scaly patches, red skin and dandruff on the scalp, and sometimes on the face, upper chest, and back. This familiar skin disease is worthy of a visit to the dermatologist.

I had an itchy scalp for about a year so I visited the new dermatology offices at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco at Mission Bay. The facility is beautiful, modern and very high-tech.

Dermatologist Natalie Viakhireva, PA-C confirmed that I had a mild case of seborrhea and she prescribed topical solutions for the scalp. “Dry and itchy scalp is a quite common problem and I see a lot of patients with different severities of this condition,” she said. “There is association of seborrheic dermatitis (term for dry, itchy scalp) with Parkinson’s Disease PD.”

She explained that although PD has traditionally been considered a motor system disorder, it is now widely recognized to be a complex disorder with diverse clinical features that include nonmotor manifestations in addition to its motor symptomatology. These features include dermatologic findings (seborrhea.)

Although I haven’t finished the treatment yet, I feel the benefits of a less itchy scalp.

In the words of actress Demi Moore “…if you focus on good skin care, you really won’t need a lot of makeup.”




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