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5 Hacks That Cured my Seborrhoeic Dermatitis in 2023 (Case study)

Seborrhoeic dermatitis treatment

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Do you have persistent dandruff on your scalp?

Is your face inflamed, irritated and oily?

Then, chances are you may have seborrhoeic dermatitis.

I know because I struggled with this condition for years.

Hi, my name is Heather, and I recently wrote this article for The Naked Chemist.

Which documents my long journey in healing my seborrhoeic dermatitis.

It took me years as I experimented with many products until I discovered the protocol that finally cleared my skin.

Here is my account of how I cured my seborrheic dermatitis.

My winning routine and the process that finally worked—hopefully, it will help you, too.

What Causes Seborrheic Dermatitis?

To understand this condition, I need to get a bit skin sciencey.

Seborrheic dermatitis is related to a fungal yeast, malassezia, which is related to dandruff and thrives in oil-rich areas.

My naturopath explained that malassezia is on everyone—even those with normal, healthy skin.

But for some people, it can get out of hand,

This causes an inflammatory response, suggesting something else is triggering the condition.

This research (1) found that candida is a type of yeast that lives in the intestinal tract and gut and indicates it may be the culprit.

When your immune system detects candida, it sets up a sequence of events that causes an inflammatory response.

The simplest way I can explain it is to imagine that your body’s immune system is an army, and when candida spreads around, it is detected as a foreign body.

This army tries to eliminate it by triggering the candida to attack other fungal organisms in your body; this is referred to as cross-reactive recognition and is the principle behind most autoimmune and inflammatory attacks.

My Topical and Internal Routine

If your symptoms are chronic, don’t just fixate on your skin; you need to take a holistic internal and topical approach.

The more complicated your symptoms are, the more you need professional advice.

Working with a naturopath and the Naked Chemist team helped me turn stones over that I had no idea were ever there.

This included treating the candida in my gut and not using cream-based products on my skin which feed the yeast.

Initially, you will find that treatment is trial and error because you’re attacking the root of the problem rather than just eliminating one physical aspect.

It’s also wise to remember that the skin on your head is still skin; it’s slightly acidic at a pH of 4, so you need products that don’t disturb the pH to keep your scalp happy and balanced.

The following treatments were the needle movers that finally helped me get my condition under control:

1. Using the Right Shampoo is Key

There is a relationship between pittosporum dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis.

This is why it is essential to use a shampoo formulated with antifungal medications, such as selenium sulfide and zinc pyrithione, to help stabilise your scalp.

Look for shampoos that contain salicylic acid, which acts like a peeling agent to prevent scaling by increasing cellular turnover. I got great results with Sea Magick mineral shampoo.

With seborrheic dermatitis, your scalp will be oily and scaly, so it’s easy to go overboard with washing, but this made my scalp dry and my hair brittle.

I found that Nizoral shampoo helped with this, and it was great for soothing my scalp when it got itchy and flaky.

It’s also wise to remember that the skin on your head is still skin; it’s slightly acidic at a pH of 4, so you need products that don’t disturb the pH to keep your scalp happy and balanced.

I love this tonic, Philip Kingsley’s flaky scalp toner. I found it a really effective clarifying treatment.

2. Use a Moisturising Mask Weekly

A big question I needed answering was, what is the best skincare routine for seborrheic dermatitis on the face?

My skin lacked moisture, and it became irritated and flaky.

So, not only treating my scalp was a delicate balance, but I found my face was also.

It is important to prevent dryness and use treatments that have natural antimicrobial properties that aren’t stripping,

A weekly moisture treatment helped me increase the hydration of my scalp; it alleviated dryness and reduced the itchiness that drove me crazy.

On my face, I used ceramide-rich products that replenished ingredients naturally found in my skin that get depleted through trauma, which really helped to alleviate my condition.

3. Use an Apple Cider Rinse

Using an apple cider vinegar rinse was an additional boost in maintaining the health of my scalp.

I found the astringent properties in cider vinegar to be very toning and clarifying.

The natural home remedy I used was a 1:1 ratio of cider vinegar with warm water, and then I thoroughly rinsed my hair with it.

I would sometimes leave this mixture on overnight as a tonic and wash it off in the morning.

This treatment alone was, I believe, one of the biggest needle movers on how I cured seborrheic dermatitis on scalp.

4. Implement a Good Skincare Routine

As my seborrheic dermatitis progressively worsened, it crept onto my face, becoming oily and irritated.

A seborrheic dermatitis skincare routine was the turning point that helped get my condition under control.

Samantha and her team were so helpful; they advised me to keep my skincare routine simple and use only gel-based products, not emulsifiers, which can feed the yeast.

They advised me to wash the affected areas on my face twice daily with a gentle, zinc-based cleanser containing 2% zinc pyrithione.

Next, I followed up with their balancing gel moisturiser Clarify, the antifungal and antimicrobial ingredients helped decrease the malassezia and calmed my irritated, inflamed skin.

The salicylic and keratolytic ingredients helped the symptomatic scaling and flaking.

If my skin was dehydrated, I would layer it with H20 hydrating complex for an additional moisture boost.

Treating the Eyebrows 

I wanted to mention Seborrheic dermatitis eyebrows because this is a condition I battled with.

I used Neutrogena shampoo twice daily on my brows, patted them dry, and layered them with Clarify gel, which helped get my flaky eyebrows under control.

5. Diet and Supplements

After addressing the yeast topically, my naturopath looked at my diet and supplement intake to lower the yeast in my gut.

As discussed above, much research now suggests that candida is one of the main drivers behind seborrheic dermatitis.

I was put on a liver detox and anti-candida diet, increasing my steamed vegetables and fibre intake.

I eliminated dairy, sugar, alcohol and caffeine from my diet and reduced simple carbohydrates like white rice and flour, which drove my candida overgrowth.

I also took Vitamin E and C supplements daily and a course of anti-yeast supplements to reduce the candida and keep my immune strong.

Poor gut health triggers seborrheic dermatitis, so I took probiotics daily, which helped support the skin-gut connection, ensuring my body had a diverse bacterial population to keep my immune strong.

To conclude. The naked truth

I created this article on how I cured seborrheic dermatitis to offer hope to others who are dealing with this tricky condition because I know how physically and emotionally debilitating it can be.

I’m not claiming that you will be healed or cured if you do this, but I believe my protocol will help.

It’s about how I cured seborrheic dermatitis, and I’m sure elements of this will help you if you are struggling with this condition.

I also found it helpful to keep a diary; this helped me familiarise myself with the triggers that made my condition worse and the ingredients and products that worked.

Using natural, safe topicals, implementing a healthy diet, working on gut health, stress management, and weekly treatment rituals were the winning combination for me.

It’s important to note that topical and internal drugs can be taken to treat seborrheic dermatitis, as this study (2) discusses, but it was not the route I chose to go down.

Today, I am happy to announce that my seborrheic dermatitis is almost non-existent.

I recommend becoming your own label detective; look for antimicrobial, antifungal and anti-bacterial ingredients like salicylic acid, zinc, urea, and manuka that will balance your skin’s pH and help you heal.

Use the shampoos and rinses I suggest, and also the cider vinegar.

I wish you every success as you embark on your healing journey, and I hope you have as much success as I did.

References

1. Seborrheic dermatitis: Overview

2. Diagnosis and Treatment of Seborrheic Dermatitis

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