After my long battle with seborrheic dermatitis it was becoming apparent that the most prominent and long term results have sometimes been obtained with diet alone. In this post I will take a deeper look into the stories of 8 people who cured seborrheic dermatitis with diet alone.
For each individual I will try to provide a quick summary of their approach, a time frame for their success and a general analysis of the person’s online profile/presence (to try to verify this person is legitimate).
Hopefully this article provides enough insight into how diet can cure seborrheic dermatitis and the best approach to take.
Trying to solve seborrheic dermatitis with diet alone has proven to be quite tricky for the majority of people. In order to enjoy everyday life, it may be beneficial to treat seborrheic dermatitis at the skin level with a natural topical solution.
Update March 2016: A recent approach that worked for me has been gaining popularity within the SkinDrone community. Details of this approach can be found: My Seborrheic Dermatitis Skin Regimen 2.0. This approach has worked well for me since the summer of 2015 and there is lot’s of relevant discussion in the comments section as well.
Table of Contents
- 1 TaylorMade – CureZone
- 2 Tedmaster5 – Curezone
- 3 Rob Stuart – YouTube
- 4 MilkAllergy – Curezone
- 5 WildChild33 – Curezone
- 6 My Technique to Stay Moving
- 7 Summary
TaylorMade – CureZone
His story starts with an overview of when he got seborrheic dermatitis. Reflecting to the past he associates the bulk of the problem to poor nutrition and constant dehydration, which lead to digestion problems.
Over time he documents that his face started with general redness and things spiraled down from that point one. Typical seborrheic dermatitis flakiness followed.
Like many other seborrheic dermatitis stories, his initial attempt to solve the problem was a visit to the dermatologist. Unfortunately for TaylorMade he learns that this condition can affect him for the rest of his life and is potentially incurable.
Undeterred by the dermatologists pessimistic outlook, he sets out on quest for knowledge. First he begins with the most commonly known methods of treatment. This includes steroid creams and anti-fungal lotions. Unimpressed by the results he turns his attention to the internet. Researching all the literature he could find he hopes to find the key to curing his seborrheic dermatitis.
His research points him in the direction of dietary modifications and restrictions. He tries cutting out simple carbohydrates, white sugars, dairy, wheat and all other foods that are commonly connected to seborrheic dermatitis.
Overtime he develops a diet plan that works for him and his skin problems begin to reverse. Instead of focusing on what not to eat he smartly shifts his focus on foods that he in fact should eat. I believe this was an integral part of his success.
His diet appears to be quite health and is outlined here:
- Carbohydrates – only complex carbohydrates are enjoyed, simple carbohydrates are fully restricted or cut out. Specific foods mentioned include:
- Brown rice
- Veggies – all vegetables are consumed freely, except for:
- Bell pepper
- Protein – all protein sources are consumed freely, except for:
- Fruits – strong focus on tart and citrusy fruits. Emphasis is made on fruit consumption only on an empty stomach. Which I also strong believe is another key to solving seborrheic dermatitis and digestion problems.
- Nuts – generally only cashews and almonds are consumed.
- Peanuts are indicated as very bad.
- Liquids – emphasis strictly on water. Consume lots and frequently. Try not to consume a lot with meals as it will dilute digestive juices.
- Desserts – desserts are limited to home-made ice cream. Not really sure, but my guess is only quality milk ingredients are used and perhaps raw cane sugar as a sweetener.
Apart from diet he indicates that he only washes his face once a day at night and applies a moisturizer while he sleeps. Not sure if this essential to his regimen, but it is included in the post. However, I honestly believe this is just a habit and that such a restrictive diet as outlined above should be more than enough on its own.
Eat as clean as possible, stick to complex carbohydrates (remove simple cabs), eat protein freely, restrict legumes (peanuts fall into this category), find unique/specific foods that trigger your seborrheic dermatitis (here it was eggplants, bell-peppers and eggs).
The strongest point to me personally was focus on what you can, instead of focusing on what you can’t. This simple yet extremely effective suggestion has been a god-send for solving my own seborrheic dermatitis.
Tedmaster5 – Curezone
Same introduction as the previously analyzed poster. Years of abusing the body and digestive system seem to show up as seborrheic dermatitis. Other aspects of bodily abuse are also talked about here, such as stressful work environment and poor skin care regimen.
The biggest difference from the previous one, was the he had a verified Candida infection. This led him directly to the Candida diet/cleanse.
After a strict four month program the skin appeared to return to normal and the diet was once again loosened. In this individual’s testimony, there appeared to be very strong and long lasting results.
Other points of interest are that he underwent two colonics and used infrared saunas to speed up toxin removal.
The poster claims to have followed a strict candida diet. This is basically a diet which removes all foods that promote fungal growth within the body.
The list and diet plan are quite extensive and I truly think it would be better to just provide a link to more information on this diet plan, so here it is:
The biggest lesson to be learnt here, is that if you think something is wrong with your body go get it checked out. If you think you have a Candida infection, go and get tested for a Candida infection. Being able to verify your problem will take all the guess work out of curing your seborrheic dermatitis.
I believe that the diet he used worked so well for him, is specifically because he had Candida. If you don’t have Candida, but have seborrheic dermatitis this diet might not be for you. My biggest concern is how restrictive it is. If improperly utilized this diet has the potential to be unhealthy, so just be smart about it.
Rob Stuart – YouTube
This post is a little different since it’s in the form of an easy to watch YouTube video. The root of the video is, however, extremely similar to the previous two mentioned here. Two other points that are touched upon are smoking and exercise.
Removing smoking from your life is quite an obvious one as it helps reduce the toxin load on the system. Your immune system will benefit and this might really be all you need to rid yourself of seborrheic dermatitis.
Please note that the actual smoke which touches your skin while smoking has been shown to be beneficial for certain dermatitis issues. For example tobacco smoke has been indicated to have similar effects to coal tar (which is used to topically treat seborrheic dermatitis). So there might be somewhat of a trade of here.
Also a lot of attention was devoted to exercise and movement. You might not think this has much to do with diet at first, but the truth is it does. Movement is the key to diet and some cultures even include it in their food pyramid (Greece). Exercise, movement and fresh air are essential to a solid digestive system. No matter how clean the diet, without enough movement in your day you are likely to experience little to no results.
The rest of the post is more of the same. Eat clean, cut sugars, and cleanse out the previously accumulated toxins.
His dietary guidelines did not seem as restrictive. More focus was laid more upon what you should be doing instead of what not to be doing. Here are the main points:
- Focus on clean and whole carbohydrates like rice and potatoes
- Start juicing
- Go heavy on the fresh vegetables and fruits
- Only cook with coconut oil and ghee – staying away from vegetable fats
- Cut all processed food from your diet – no coffee, flour
- Cut vegetable oils and red meats
Clean up your diet and stick to it. If you turn your temporarily dietary changes into permanent ones, the chances of long term success sky-rocket.
If you smoke anything (cigarettes, cigars, marijuana, etc.) then think about quitting. You will feel the benefits not only in your seborrheic dermatitis, but your quality of life should also improve.
Make sure you have enough exercise in your day. You must keep your body moving throughout each day. If you work in a sedentary job, look for ways you can take breaks and get moving while you work. One of the worst things that you can do to your digestion, your seborrheic dermatitis and your body, is to regularly stay sedentary for extended periods of time. For suggestions on how keep moving throughout your day read the summary at the bottom.
MilkAllergy – Curezone
The username almost fully sums up this person approach. After years of steroid creams and ant-fungal shampoos he decided to look for a permanent solution. Noticing a link between seborrheic dermatitis flare ups and the foods he started looking for answers.
Due to other symptoms such as bloating he was quick to pin point his main trigger food, which turned out to be dairy. After removing all dairy from his diet he was able to not only get rid of bloating, but the seborrheic dermatitis started to disappear.
The biggest insights that this poster had where that almost all health care practitioners have their flaws. Especially when it comes to a condition as mysterious as seborrheic dermatitis.
Most modern medical doctors and GPs will likely tell you that the condition is incurable, not linked to diet, and the only way to get things under control is to kill the fungus that resides on your skin.
Then there are the naturopaths and alternative health care practitioners. These guys believe in the exact opposite and that only through diet, herbal supplements, exotic hot yoga sessions and drastic lifestyle changes will you be able to get rid of seborrheic dermatitis.
The real truth lies somewhere in the middle. An educated person needs to look at all the facts, including his own experience and unique circumstances. Only once you take the whole picture into account will you be able to effectively cure your seborrheic dermatitis.
The poster then is smart enough to get some allergy testing done, which returns positive and provides him with the exact food items that trigger his seborrheic dermatitis.
Once he cuts these foods from his diet things drastically improved and at the time his post was written he indicates being almost completely seborrheic dermatitis free for 4 straight months.
Since the original poster was able to correctly identify the exact foods which he was allergic to, his diet plan was quite easy to formulate. For him it was as simple as cutting or drastically reducing the following foods from his diet:
- Cows milk
- Bakers yeast
- Brewers yeast
- Cola bean
- Soyan bean
As his allergies were only slight for the wheat, almonds, cashews, and rice he was able to occasional include these in his diet.
The biggest revelation that was made here is that the easiest way to understand what is wrong with your digestive system, is to get tested. Honestly why keep yourself guessing and unsure of the true problem. If you have the possibility make all the necessary appointments and find the root cause.
Another point that must also once again be brought to attention. Everyone is different. What works for one person, may not work for the next. To find a cure for your seborrheic dermatitis, you must analyze yourself.
WildChild33 – Curezone
First of all please note that the author of this post has no evidence nor suggestions that his dietary modifications worked for him. However, since there are only two posts from them, there is potential that this did work.
Once again we see reference to the link between seborrheic dermatitis and Candida. The tone of the post is much more assuring then it is reflective.
Basically the idea behind it is Candida causes nutritional deficiencies, which in turn cause seborrheic dermatitis and broken skin. The nutritional deficiencies are specifically pinned to:
- Essential fatty acids (omega 3s and 6s).
The author goes on to state that these nutrients (including the essential fatty acids) are synthesised by the good flora in our digestive tract (which is quite incorrect).
Then the author draws a connection from Candida to Leaky Gut and then over to Seborrheic Dermatitis. Which appears to be quite a reasonable and contested idea.
My personal idea behind seborrheic dermatitis falls closely with this authors reasoning also. However, the whole leaky gut connection is very complex topic and I believe the author fails to articulate the principal behind it correctly. I plan on writing an article about it in the near future, but it is not ready yet.
The author outlines the removal of gluten, sugar, lactose and other digestion slowing foods, while aiming for a diet rich in fermented foods. This is claimed to act as a two front approach, with the gluten and sugar free diet restricting nutrients for the bad microbes, while the fermented foods nourish the system and replace the good microbes. This diet also promotes frequent bowel movements and an extremely strong digestive process.
In my opinion this approach is two narrow and does not take into consideration everyone’s unique situation. The only reason I included it here, is because the original post is quite thorough and I expect many seborrheic dermatitis suffers to come across it believing it is the key.
Basically you must cut out all gluten and simple sugars and eat as many fermented foods as possible. Trying to follow this diet in modern day life is quite difficult and is likely to cause you to frequent stress out about your eating habits.
My Technique to Stay Moving
My job requires me to be in front of a computer for most of the day. Initially I would spend 2-4 hours in one position hammering away at my work. This was a huge mistake and I believe played a massive role in the development of my seborrheic dermatitis.
To overcome this barrier and to stay moving I started to implement the Pomodoro technique while at work. This technique focuses on having set intervals of work and rest. More specifically you work for 25 minutes, rest for 5 minutes and repeat 4-5 times until a larger break.
During these 5 minutes of rest, I stretch, do push-ups, crunches, sit-ups and whatever else I can to get the blood flowing. This helps to improve overall circulation and stimulates the digestive system. If I am in a place where I can’t get too physically active, I hit the elevator and walk back up to the floor I’m working on, or perhaps visit the washroom and do some squats. It doesn’t really matter as long as you get moving!
You can get more details of the pomodoro technique here.
Take the Time to Learn About Seborrheic Dermatitis
Really taking the time to really learn about seborrheic dermatitis can be a very important step to recovery. It is difficult to understand why more doctors and dermatologists do not educate their patients. As sufferers we should be entitled to understand what is going on with our skin.
I’ve spent the past few years collecting and studying various research papers, medical textbooks and patents. All of the information I’ve learned is available in an easy to ready online guide.
You can find the guide here:Seborrheic Dermatitis – The Owner’s Manual
The content is in a book format and is intended for reading from beginning to end. However, this online format allows you to jump around from section to section with ease.
Focus on Balancing Food Intake and Not A Specific Diet
Many of us often search for a single approach that will resolve our skin issues once and for all. A specific diet or food that will cure seborrheic dermatitis and leave our skin symptom free.
After going down this route and experimented with a variety of diets, I believe this may be a flawed approach. By trying to over-focusing on specific elements, we miss out on the big picture. Instead, it may make sense to shift focus on to the common features of the various diets that have been reported to be helpful for seborrheic dermatitis.
Upon review, these features are
- Reduced caloric intake
- Reduced intake of simple carbohydrates (sugars)
- Change in the balance of lipids consumed
- Increased intake of dietary fiber
- Increased intake of antioxidants
And I believe that these factors are actually what makes many of these dietary approaches beneficial for seborrheic dermatitis.
Clues from Psoriasis
A review paper examining the impact of various diets on Psoriasis concluded that many of the diets that have shown benefit for Psoriasis share many of the same traits outlined above ().
In essence, by focusing on these factors and continuing to eat a balanced diet may be just as effective as specific restrictive diet plans. And you can find a summary of my latest findings on this topic in the SkinSupport program; a program dedicated to solving seborrheic dermatitis.
As you can see all of these people (excluding the last one) have appeared to have fully cured their seborrheic dermatitis through diet alone (with small lifestyle changes). This demonstrates that it is possible. The only thing that is required is your total commitment and a good understanding of what’s wrong with your body.
Nonetheless, I believe that combining both an internal and an effective topical treatment is the best way to go. And as noted earlier, my topical approach can be found here.
Some of the biggest points to take away from all of this are:
- Seborrheic dermatitis appears to be closely related to the state of your digestive system
- Clean and whole foods are essential to a balanced digestive system
- Fermented foods such as kefir and sauerkraut are also extremely important for good digestion
- Proper hydration is even more important than food
- Movement and exercise are as equally important as hydration
- Everyone is different and unique, you need to find what works for you
- Not everyone’s seborrheic dermatitis is strictly associated with Candida
- Focusing on what you should eat instead of shouldn’t will make things easier long term
There are some other essential aspects that none of these posters really touched upon. Such as cortisol and its effect on digestion and inflammation. Or how your body actually has two different immune mechanisms and how an imbalance between the two can cause conditions such as seborrheic dermatitis. These topics are covered in more detail here.
If you are one of those lucky enough to have cured seborrheic dermatitis with diet alone please feel free to jump in the conventions using the comment form below. Anyone unlucky enough to be affected by seborrheic dermatitis will likely benefit from your knowledge.