At first, I thought I had dandruff.
Then I started noticing embarrassing flakes and dreaded shoulder snow.
But the plight of my tricky condition didn’t end there.
It began to spread, moving from my scalp to my hairline, then to my nose and eyebrows.
My skin became excessively oily, inflamed and itchy.
It also became more than just a physiological condition and began affecting my mental health.
Hi, my name is Heather, and if you, like me, have been suffering from seborrhoeic dermatitis and are looking for answers, you have come to the right place.
This is my healing seborrhoeic dermatitis facial treatment journey.
I’m living proof that it’s possible to get this condition under control.
I sincerely hope this article will give you some insights. But first, some background:
What is Seborrhoeic Dermatitis?
Seborrhoeic dermatitis, also spelt as seborrheic dermatitis, is often referred to as “Sebo”, “adult cradle cap”, or “seborrhoeic eczema”. (1)
Malassezia species is a type of yeast which inhabits the skin of around 90% of adults without causing any harm. (2)
However, in some people, it can suppress their immune response, creating this condition.
Seborrheic dermatitis treatment for the face requires a topical and internal approach to keep your flare-ups at bay,
In the article my top 5 treatment hacks I detail what I believe to be the biggest needle movers that brought my condition under control.
What Does it Look Like?
- red pimples on your hairline
- inflamed, irritated scalp with yellow flakes
- flaky eyebrows and possible thinning of brows
- a rash around the lower part of your face
- flaking or a rash in or around your ears
- scaly, plaques in the skin fold around your nose
- red eyelids, which is a condition known as blepharitis
- inflamed armpits, breasts, groin creases and buttocks
As you can see, it’s so much more than just dandruff; the flakes are thicker and sometimes yellow.
What was typical for me was a pattern of flaring and clearing. And my condition spread to the folds of my nose, upper lip, eyebrows, and upper chest.
My well-being and mood were affected, and I became very depressed, which I had trouble overcoming until I got my condition under control.
Does Oily Skin Trigger this Condition?
Malassezia is naturally found on your skin’s surface, but several predisposing factors, such as oily skin and a poor immune system, are triggers.
The biggest culprits are candida overgrowth and poor gut health, or a hormone imbalance could also be the culprit if you have oily skin.
My naturopath explained that when cortisol, the stress hormone, rises, inflammation is triggered, leading to an overproduction of oil, which creates a breeding ground for yeast.
The sebaceous glands that produce oil; are attached to hair follicles and are absorbed into the scalp, becoming sticky and flaky and binding to the skin.
Another main driver behind seborrhoeic dermatitis is stress. I was going through a stressful time, which caused constant flare-ups.
So as you can see, a lot is going on with this condition, which is why a multidimensional approach to treatment is critical.
Don’t Get Confused with Other Skin Conditions.
Seborrhoeic dermatitis on the face can sometimes get misdiagnosed.
Psoriasis: This condition is evident by silvery-white scales and red patches on the knees, elbows, trunk and scalp.
Eczema: This is a complicated skin condition that becomes red and itchy when inflamed.
To Conclude, the naked truth.
Seborrhoeic dermatitis is a challenging condition to treat.
My symptoms included excessively oily patches on my scalp and face, chronic inflammation, crusting and irritation.
What helped me was taking a three-pronged approach:
- I used shampoo, tonics, and cider vinegar to treat my scalp.
- My Seborrhoeic dermatitis face treatment involved using non-oily, gel-based formulas with no cream/emulsifier-based products.
- Under the guidance of a naturopath, I underwent a liver cleanse, went on an anti-candida diet to remove the yeast from my gut, and took probiotics and omega supplements to strengthen my immune system.
It wasn’t all plain sailing. I had to tweak my treatment plan several times until I fully got my condition under control.
But there is light at the end of the tunnel, I am living proof that healing from seborrhoeic facial dermatitis is possible, but it does require patience and perseverance.