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If you are fighting seborrheic dermatitis and have already browsed around online previous to reading this, you will know that many people claim to have found an effective home remedy for seborrheic dermatitis on the scalp. Some of these methods might in fact work, while others are just sheer pushes to get you to purchase some type of herbal product or natural cream.

The best way to find proven home remedies for seborrheic dermatitis on the scalp is to collect data. In this article we will do exactly that. In this article you will find a summarized overview of home remedies that have worked for others.

The remedies are listed in order of popularity and how significant the results have been for me.

Please keep in mind that most people believe seborrheic dermatitis to be a fungus/yeast issue. For this reason when you look at the most common home remedies for seborrheic dermatitis you will notice that most act as anti-fungals, aimed at destroying these skin invading organisms.

Update November 2015: Since the writing of this article a lot has changed. You should consider checking out my most current and successful treatment approach. This approach has been working for me since August 2015.

1. Honey and Water Treatment

This is my personal favorite. The treatment is, however, fairly difficult due to the stickiness of honey. Basically all you have to do is apply honey water to the affected areas and everything around them for 3 hours (leaving it on). Once the +3 hours are up you simply wash the honey off and go about business as usual.

How to Use Honey to Remedy Seborrheic Dermatitis

To make your honey water all you do is mix 4 parts honey to 1 part boiled water. The boiled water part is very important. Personally I found that rinsing the honey with boiled water after treatment also works much better than regular tap water. My thinking is that boiling the water changes it alkalinity. Most people online have, however, been using regular tap water to rinse.

How Honey Fights Seborrheic Dermatitis

The honey is said to work by killing being an anti-fungal and anti-bacterial agent. This effect kills of the microbes causing the seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff in the first place. Another positive effect of honey is that draws moisture in to the skin and locks it in, helping to keep the skin supple.

My Experience With the Honey and Water Remedy

This treatment has been the most effective for me out of any of the mentioned here. I personally think honeys sugar content also plays a crucial role in it’s ability to treat seborrheic dermatitis. To me it seemed  the sugar helps to rebuild the damaged skin cells and provide vital nutrients for the skin to thrive.

Typically when using this home remedy my seborrheic dermatitis would start going away after just the first use. After about three consecutive uses the skin would begin to look completely healthy (this did, however, depend on how bad it was to start with).

Additional Information on Raw Honey

More information on the honey treatment can be found the in raw honey section of the free book I’ve been working on. Plus, the whole book can be accessed directly online here: Seborrheic Dermatitis – The Owner’s Manual.

2. Coconut Oil Treatment

A very popular online treatment is coconut oil applied for 2-3 hours onto the affected skin. Best results are said to occur if a show cap is worn. The coconut oil loosens the scale brought about by seborrheic dermatitis and fights the fungus which causes it.

How to Use Coconut Oil to Remedy Seborrheic Dermatitis

To use coconut oil you basically take an amount which you estimate to cover all of the effected skin (typically about 1/2 a teaspoon). You then rub the solid coconut oil between your hands until it liquefies. Then you careful massage the oil into the skin making sure to stimulate the pores. Once applied you can optionally wrap your head in a shower cap or towel (the locked in heat helps the oil stay liquid).

How Coconut Oil Fights Seborrheic Dermatitis

The fungus fighting activity is speculated to come from coconuts oil unique fatty acid profile. It has two fungus destroying fatty acids in its arsenal. One being Lauric Acid and the other Caprlylic Acid. Together they form quite a powerful duo and help stop seborrheic dermatitis in its tracks.

My Experience With the Coconut Oil Remedy

Personally my experience with coconut oil has been inconsistent. Sometimes it worked marvelously, while other times it actually seemed to make things worse.

It’s hard to pin point why this occurs, but I believe it has something to do with how clean the skin is during the time of application. In particular it appeared to work better if used after cleansing.

In the end, I gave up using coconut oil as I could never predict how my skin would react. Though it is worth noting, my current treatment approach implements one of coconut oil’s unique fatty acids – caprylic acid.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar Treatment

Another extremely popular seborrheic dermatitis is apple cider vinegar. With a long history in skin scare treatment this is a true power house. The strong acidity of the main acid (malic acid) found in apple cider vinegar help destroy seborrheic dermatitis causing fungus and restore the skins natural acidic environment.

How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar to Remedy Seborrheic Dermatitis

The most recommended method of using apple cider vinegar is in a 50/50 ratio with water. Once again most people recommend the water used to be either boiled or bottled. Mix the apple cider vinegar together with the water in a small container and apply to the affected skin in the shower.

Leave this solution on the skin and let it absorb for as long as possible (roughly 10-15 minutes while you shower). You will likely feel a stingy sensation if the skin is badly damaged. If this is the case I recommend quickly rinsing off and applying a more diluted solution (75/25). Once you get out of the shower and dry off the vinegar smell should quickly fade (roughly 30 minutes to an hour depending on hair length).

How Apple Cider Vinegar Fights Seborrheic Dermatitis

Apple cider vinegar is made up mainly of malic acid. This unique acid is very powerful against different types of fungus and yeast. It has also been made very popular due to a rising popularity anti-yeast diets such as the candida diet and the rising number of women caught with yeast infections.

Not only is apple cider vinegar good when applied topically, but it has a long history of internal use. Many people swear by its benefits and consume it every single day on an empty stomach or with food.

My Experience With the Apple Cider Vinegar Remedy

Personally I found apple cider vinegar to be only moderately effective. The smell and strength usually kept me away from regular use. After each usage, my skin would be bright pink and feel really tight.

Overall, I just didn’t feel like it suited by skin. The raw honey mentioned above provided a more comfortable way to fight seborrheic dermatitis.

Regardless, many people swear by the effectiveness of apple cider vinegar in remedying seborrheic dermatitis so please give it a try. It might be exactly what your skin needed.

4. Baking Soda Treatment

Baking soda has a long history of successfully fighting fungus. Many people online have had great success with it and it is also much less of a hassle to use then other methods listed here. This is mainly due to its lack of smell and quick treatment time.

How to Use Baking Soda to Remedy Seborrheic Dermatitis

Mix half a tea spoon of luring baking soda with half a cup of water. Apply this solution to the affected skin for 5 to 10 minutes. After the baking soda has had time to do its work, simply rinse off with cool water.

As an extra bonus you can follow up with a quick rinse of apple cider vinegar diluted with water (as used in treatment above). This will quickly restore the skin natural acidic state and help keep it protected.

How Baking Soda Fights Seborrheic Dermatitis

Baking soda works in the opposite way of apple cider vinegar. Instead of using acid to fight the fungus the alkalinity of the baking soda is used. Fungus will quickly die and breakdown if the environment is too alkaline and this is exactly what the baking soda does.

My Experience With the Baking Soda Remedy

For me baking soda was the fastest acting out of all options mentioned here. Right after first use the skin calms drastically and redness fades away. The scales and flakes also almost immediately disappear. However, the only problem is it leaves the skin very dry and seborrheic dermatitis is often quick to return.

5. Tea Tree Oil Shampoo

A remedy used in lots of skin care products due to its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties tea tree oil has had a sharp increase in popular in recent years. However, when it comes to remedying seborrheic dermatitis the results are quite mixed. It works fabulously for some while not actually makes things works for others. Feel free to give it a try, but be sure to closely monitor how your skin reacts and adjust treatment as necessary.

How to Use Tea Tree Oil to Remedy Seborrheic Dermatitis

With tea tree oil you have quite a large number of options. Basically they fall into two categories:

  1. Buy a pre-made shampoo
  2. Make your own concoction

Pre-Made Tea Tree Oil Remedies

If you go for the pre-made approach simply hit your nearest supermarket and look for any shampoo that contains tea tree oil. Try to go for the ones that have the least ingredients.

Personally, I would probably recommend Trader Joe’s Tee Tree Conditioner and Shikai’s Tea Tree Shampoo. Though they didn’t really work well for me, they were my favorite amongst the ones I tested. However, there are tons of others solutions and sometimes even store brand ones. Once purchased, simply follow the instructions on the back.

Home Made Tea Tree Oil Remedy

If you want to know exactly what goes on your skin an custom solution is for you. Tea tree oil is far too strong if used on its own and can even damage the skin. The most popular method of using it topically is to mix it with a carrier oil such as olive, sesame seed, or coconut oil. Out of the these three oils I highly recommend either sesame seed oil or coconut oil as many other oils tend to actually promote the growth of the seborrheic dermatitis causing fungus.

When mixing you typically only need 4-5 drops of tea tree oil per teaspoon of the carrier oil. However, even this can irritate very sensitive skin. To see what works for you, try this concentration on a small patch of seborrheic dermatitis effected skin and observe for irritation. If all is well go ahead and apply it all the effected skin and leave on for 30-60 minutes. Once it has had time to soak in rinse off with cool water and wash regularly.

How Tea Tree Oil Fights Seborrheic Dermatitis

Tea tree oil is a well known anti-microbial and anti-fungal agent. When applied topically and left to soak-in, the tea tree oil goes to work combating the seborrheic dermatitis fungus. If the tea tree oil does it job and destroys enough of the fungus you will likely see great improvements in the seborrheic dermatitis.

My Experience With the Tea Tree Oil Treatment

For me tea tree oil never really had the amazing results that others have claimed. Similar to coconut oil sometimes it made it better, while other times it seemed to make it worse. If you end up giving this method a try please let other readers know how it worked for you.

6. My Own Unique Solution

This list initially only consisted of 5 items, but due to favorable user feedback this item has been added to the list.  

How The Solution Came to Be

During my time of maintaining this blog my research on the subject of seborrheic dermatitis drastically evolved and expanded. My goal was to find the most natural, easy to use, yet highly effective solution for my own seborrheic dermatitis issues. This research then lead to testing various combinations of ingredients and formulations.

After testing literally hundreds of different treatments, I stumbled upon something that seemed to work extremely well (for me). This formula was then sent out to a small number of people who I had been communicating with through various comments on this blog and they reported similar results.

Excited from the initial feedback I decided to give the solution name (BIOM8 Skin Conditioning Oil) and offer it to others around the world.

The Principles Behind the Solution

The Skin Conditioning Oil is an all natural solution which consists of a unique combination of anti-fungal fatty acids and oils. The formula was original created to treat seborrheic dermatitis on the face, but based on feedback from community members (on this website) it appears to be extremely effective for the scalp as well.

The whole story is available in this blog post. Scalp usage is discussed towards the bottom of the post and the comments have a ton of additional information.

7. Garlic Treatment (Not So Proven)

In all honesty I’ve never personally tried this method due to fear that it would be too strong on the skin. However, the logic behind it is quite clear and the person who initially posted seemed to get amazing results. However, please note that for this method you will need some type of juicer to juice the garlic.

Use EXTREME CAUTION

If planning to attempt this method, be careful! It may cause irritation and contact dermatitis as garlic is quite a strong irritant for the skin.

How to Use Garlic to Remedy Seborrheic Dermatitis

This remedy is a little bit more complex so please follow these steps:

  1. Start off by juicing one whole clove of garlic (usually about 7-8 heads).
  2. Dilute the garlic juice with equal amounts of water
  3. Warm your diluted garlic solution (only slight without overheating it)
  4. Leave this solution on the affected area overnight or at least as long as possible
  5. Rinse with cool water and apple cider vinegar

The original poster also used Nizoral in the treatment guide, which actually might have been what was destroying the fungus and not the garlic. However, I’ve included this home remedy here for your reference (and without the Nizoral).

How Garlic Fights Seborrheic Dermatitis

Garlic contains a potent anti-fungal and anti-microbial agent called Allicin. This externally potent fungus killer fights bacteria on sight and leaves your skin free from seborrheic dermatitis causing fungus. However, like mentioned previously the true strength of garlics anti-fungal abilities when applied topically are quite unknown.

My Experience With the Garlic Treatment

The truth it is I’ve never used this method, but it sounds very potent so I included it here. If someone has used it or uses it after reading this, please leave your experience in the comments below.

Anti-Fungal Shampoos

These deserve an area of their own as there are so many options to choose from. Their overall effectiveness is quite good, but results vary from person to person.

For me, they tended to dry out the skin dramatically and cause it to be very pale and unhealthy. I’ve put together a very detailed report on which shampoos are effective for seborrheic dermatitis.

Other Notable Home Remedies for Seborrheic Dermatitis

These are some other remedies I’ve come across online. However, the feedback regarding these methods is often missing and the procedure is written very poorly.

  • Topical vitamin D
  • Hemp oil treatment
  • Topical oregano oil
  • Topical thyme oil
  • Topical probiotic cream or soap
  • Glycerin treatment

This list is my no means complete, but there are literally hundreds of speculated approaches to treatment.

Update September 15th 2016: In the past year I’ve been taking a more research driven approach. Basically, I wanted to write a book to sell on Amazon, but then decided to make it available online for free. You can find the result’s of this en-devour here: Seborrheic Dermatitis – The Owner’s Manual.

Summary of Home Remedies for Seborrheic Dermatitis

As you can see there are a ton of remedies to chose from. Some of which are likely to work for you. Please feel free to experiment and let me know of your results. Personally my favorite home remedy is the first one (Honey and Water). It seemed to have the best impact on long term results and really heal the skin instead of just masking the symptoms.

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152 Responses to “5 Proven Home Remedies for Seborrheic Dermatitis on the Scalp”

  1. Mar'gery Profile Photo
    Mar'gery

    I have had SD for about 6 years now and same story as everyone. Went to numerous doctors with no luck. All prescribed Diffent types of ointments and shampoos and I would have no success. Stumbled upon this site and Tried the ACV on face and worked somewhat. But Baking Soda has cleared up my face SD all together in every patch I had. Brows, cheeks, nose, chin. I usually wet my face, pour some into one hand, wet my other hand and drop droplets with fingertips onto the baking soda. I repeat the droplets as needed until the baking soda becomes like a paste. Then I rub both hands and scrub gently onto face (I noticed that it can irritate skin if rubbed harshly). I also make sure that the dead skin is removed. After about a minute I rinse off. Done.

    Sd can be very time consuming and affect self esteem. The baking soda not only worked 100% for me, but it also is a quick effective process. My scalp is a different story though lol. Still battling the good battle. Raw honey seems to work/mask it. Baking Soda works at times but it’s a process to really apply. Will try Sea Salt next or ocean/sea water. Best of luck to us all with this chronic condition.

    Much love to the community
    Mar’gery

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    GE

    LISTERINE!! The only thing that worked for me. I didn’t have the yellow one as suggested, only had mint in hand, but it works just fine. I also only use First Aid Ultra Repair Cream, the effective ingredient being colloidal oatmeal.

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    celebutard

    I get this without fail, after a week of not shaving.
    Bilateral itchy scaly patches appear on chin, top lip, eyebrows & scalp.
    Usually get remission after a shave.
    But also, something that works every time, even if no shave, is application of a 1:1 mixture of chlorhexidine digluconate 0.2% (bought as Corsodyl mouthwash in UK) combined with Isopropyl alcohol ,.. after gently cleaning scaly area with a nail brush & soap.
    Condition clears in a couple of days without fail.

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    Tara

    I was able to clear up my symptoms completely by using the following recipe:

    African Black Soap diluted with Aloe Vera juice and a few drops of tea tree oil. I have been clear of any flakes & severe itching for over a year. I use it to wash my hair and then use my regular shampoo afterwards.

    I would recommend using it exclusively before trying anything else.

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  5. Amna Profile Photo
    Amna

    Hi,

    Great article. It can be great help for my skin issues. Can you please share your own treatment procedures with me?

    Regards
    Amna

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  6. Damian Profile Photo
    Damian

    Out of all the remedies you mentioned, apple cider vinegar works best for me. However, I think you have left out a very successful treatment. Dead Sea salt and boiled hot water rubbed into the effected area for 30mins to an hour works a treat. It reduces the redness and scaley skin. The patches turn into dry skin and eventually fall off. I think it’s best to do before bed and leave your skin to moisturise itself during the night

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      Damian

      Also, personally I have to avoid oil on effected areas as it feeds the yeast and makes it worse. Make sure you don’t use any products with alcohol in it as alcohol irritates the dermatitis and makes it worse. Thus cancelling out the treatments.

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  7. Freja Profile Photo
    Freja

    Could you use regular honey? Or does it have to be raw? Where I live, even regular honey is quite expensive, let alone raw or New Zealand type honey I’ve heard of.

    I’ve tried ACV and coconut oil. I recently read that coconut oil actually doesn’t let the skin breath that well.

    Very nice to find a home remedies page in which the writer actually has tried the remedies and explains why they worked or didn’t and how to do them. You see so many phony and pushy pages about miracle cures and treatments when you look for at home remedies. So bravo. 🙂

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    Brendon

    Thank you for this list of options to try I have used tea tree oil and it helps but I feel like I have to keep up with it more. Washing my hair in general is a chore without waiting 30 minutes while the tea tree oil is on my scalp my hair and scalp would still take 40 minutes to wash and then 45 minutes to an hour to blow dry. Why did I have to choose big thick dreadlocks lol. Well i used tea tree oil shampoo that my wife concocted for me washed my hair then used it on my scalp waited about 30 minutes washed it off and my scalp felt wonderful no flaking no itch bliss but two weeks later it was fully back that being said I am thinking about the baking soda apple cider vinegar route just to see how it works mostly because that is what is in the house now wish me luck cause my scalp sucks but I just have to stop being lazy and prepare my self for 2 hour showers and wash the hair probably every week. Cutting my locks is not an option thanks for the insight

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    HEATHER

    Hello, I have been battling this for 20 years and it has gotten so much worse lately. Which led me to find you while searching for relief. I think I will try the coconut oil, and honey method. Thank you, can’t keep using the steroid and prescription shampoo.

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    Chef Pedant

    You got heads and cloves mixed up. The cloves are the small parts that make up a head of garlic. Not the other way around.

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    Angela Brown

    Hello. Thank you so much. Ive decided to be chemical free as far as relaxers. I am African American and had natural thick shoulder length hair. Well the combination of stress and itchy scalp took over years ago. The tea tree oil has been amazing. Thank you. I aslo believe that cutting down on caffeine and drinking way more water helped. Thank you again ??

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      • Maria Profile Photo
        Maria

        When a problem is too difficult for you, give it to the Lord. He is able and willing to heal you.

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    Von

    1st off, i have had SD for about 4 to 5 yrs. now , and still i haven’t really gotten any cure whatsoever, my parents tried to go to a lot of doctors, they gave me creams, pills, more creams and ointments, all of them worked, for a time that is, I’m 21 y/o btw, we used up A LOT of money trying to get rid of it. The doctors, all of them, never told me it was SD, they kept saying other stuff, i looked around a bit, the web, my mothers books, my mother is a Industrial nurse, so she has a lot of medical books lying around, and found out that whatever the doctors are calling it, ain’t what the books say it is, then i found out it was SD, kept telling the doctors it might be SD, but no, nobody listens to a me. So we ended up using a lot of money, now im poor, and am using an anti fungal ointment, it works, but only to keep SD at bay, not entirely cure me of it, but now that i ran out and have no money to buy more, i’ve started using the apple cider thing, and i’ve just done so, and so far so good, works just like the ointment i ran out off.

    Really hoping for good results from this, and will try other methods if this fails or will combine with others.

    I will also try to first use sea salt wash then the apple cider wash. Will update on the results after 2 weeks or so.

    Thanks.
    Your Filipino Buddy :))

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      Zalak

      I would suggest you to consult a different dermatologist. in addition, try to ask doctor if he can refer you to get a skin biopsy. That way you can exactly know what it is.

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  13. Dawn Blair Profile Photo
    Dawn Blair

    Thank you for all of your time, effort, work and research. I have Psoriasis and Seborrheic Dermatitis on my face, scalp and right elbow. The thick crusting in my eyebrows at times, the ongoing Crusting, red scaley area on my right eyelid and the scaley patches on my face has Now left me NOT leaving the house and in depression. What’s scarey is that I have severe lesions at the base of my scalp that my Doctor said is Folliculitis with Psoariasis/Seb. Dermatitis encrusted over them, and my whole scalp has tons of areas of thick itchy crusty patches when scratched it bleeds and gets inflamed. Recently it has been around my Forhead hairline area…SOOO EMBARRASSING AND MAKEUP DOESNT even hide it. I am Disabled and on a low fixed income..From an RN to Povery level and Orphaned with No siblings and No financial help I Never never ever would have imagined!! I need help. I’ve tried most everything you have tried, except for the Honey as I am Severly allergic to Honey. A shame, since it has so many other health benefits. I am Perfume, scents, allergic due to my Asthma and COPD I cannot use many Essential oils and some carrier oils. THIS WOMAN IS A MESS YOU ARE PROBABLY THINKING! Well, pretty knowledgeable about herbs,oils, holistic medicine..here I sit saddened at I cannot get an occasional paycheck to blog, sell my own proven remedies for fear I lose my only guaranteed said check. These people think if you can do one thing intermittently you must be able to work full time and POOF…. you are healed and better! Erggg….Well, to conclude, two of my dear friends have Seborrheic Dermatitis, Psoriasis, and itchy flakey skin and scalp also. I am curious to your invented treatment and the cost. And I thank you for your time in reading my seemingly arduous email. Blessings, Dawn @dblair613@gmail.com

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    • Amal Profile Photo
      Amal

      May Allah help you, ma’am and bring tranquility to your heart.

      this failure is due to low immunity, which is caused by the stress you feel, food lacking vegs and fruits, lesser activity and emotional state.

      Don’t lock yourself up at home, and try the honey, it might not be allergic if applied topically, and it also depends on its origin since some honey may contain traces of disinfectants blown on plants it takes honey from, so the issue is more related to the content not the honey nature itself.

      regards.
      As-salam Alaikom

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  14. Simon Profile Photo
    Simon

    Intro (for time poor readers) – regular swimming in the ocean (and generally not showering after) has been the only thing I’ve found to remove all symptoms, anyone else had this? More detail below.

    I’ve suffered SD for many years now, always dealing with flares that come with no identifiable catalyst. It affects me around my nose, eyebrows and on my scalp. Previously I have found temporary cure from using Ketomed (Ketoconazole 20mg) however that now seems to be less and less effective, and actually making my nose area worse than it ever has been.

    Recently I was backpacking around Europe for 2.5 months – not eating overly healthy, not getting any kind of routine sleep and drinking a lot of alcohol. However during this time I had a complete disappearance of all signs. I’ve since settled in the German countryside, eating a purely raw & vegan diet, getting a solid 8 hours sleep every night at rational hours – and it has flared up badly again!!!

    The only constant, that was out of the norm over that 2.5 month period was regular swimming in the ocean and hanging at the beach (I was in the ocean almost daily and generally not showering after).

    Anyone else experienced this?

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    • Laura Profile Photo
      Laura

      When I lived in the florida, the summer months were the only months where it completely went away. I would swim in the ocean almost daily with only a slight freshwater rinse of my body afterward. I always let my hair dry naturally. I have SD on my scalp and I have moved back home to Washington state, no matter what I do here it doesn’t go away. I have been using the same foam now for years. It works very well for emergencies or rapid build up. Olux (Clobetasol) saves my life. although it sayd to not use it for long periods of time, I keep getting it prescribed to me and it immensely helps with the itching and breaks down the flaking.

      -also I noticed any high mold prone environment makes it grow very rapidly. I stayed in Curacao in the dutch carribean and the hotel had a pretty bad mold problem, I started losing chunks of hair because of this, the fresh saltwater was no combat for mold in the air. I had to get out.

      -Long story short, its a great excuse to move somewhere sunny near the beach, its the only time I was 100% clear of it.

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      Beatriz

      Hello there! I experienced the same when I was on holiday but I believe it has to do more with sun exposure than with the swimming in the ocean. Sun expusore can often help reduce the sympthoms (but don’t forget to use sunscreen!!)

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  15. Nyaradzo Masarakufa Profile Photo
    Nyaradzo Masarakufa

    Your Comment here…it’s six years now im struggling with fungus on my scalp and I’m experiencing hair loss .I’ve been using antifungul drugs and shampoos but it’s not working .What’s the effective remedy can I use from the above stated list

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    Frances

    I have suffered with SD for a few years now doctor prescribed a cortisone lotion that worked at first but came back ,a few weeks ago I started using Psoriasin Therapeutic shampoo in the morning and then before I went to bed mixed 1part tea tree oil with 2 parts water and dabbed it over the affected area of my scalp ..washed it of with the shampoo in the morning .Within a few days I noticed a big difference and now it is completely gone .I am still using the shampoo every 3 days and the tee tree mixture once a week …. I am totally amazed and holding my breath that it doesn’t come back .I wanted to share my experience as I know how distressing this condition can be ….I can’t believe such a simple method would rid me of this when a strong cortisone lotion wouldn’t work

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    • Tarun Profile Photo
      Tarun

      Hey..
      I am also suffering from seborrheic dermatitis.. So shall I use tree tea oil and mix it with water. Any specific brand or any available in the market.
      And any other remedies please suggest.
      And I will surely try tea tree oil.

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  17. Frances Profile Photo
    Frances

    I have suffered with SD for a few years now doctor prescribed a cortisone lotion that worked at first but came back ,a few weeks ago I started using Psoriasin Therapeutic shampoo in the morning and then before I went to bed mixed 1part tea tree oil with 2 parts water and dabbed it over the affected area of my scalp ..washed it of with the shampoo in the morning .Within a few days I noticed a big difference and now it is completely gone .I am still using the shampoo every 3 days and the tee tree mixture once a week …. I am totally amazed and holding my breath that it doesn’t come back .I wanted to share my experience as I know how distressing this condition can be ….I can’t believe such a simple method would rid me of this when a strong cortisone lotion wouldn’t work ?!!

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  18. Moises A Jacobo Profile Photo
    Moises A Jacobo

    I’m happy to inform that after more than 15 years battling with severe seborrheic dermatitis on my scalp, I’m finally seeing some improvements. I’m using 100% organic coconut oil. After the first week almost all of my scarring is gone and I no longer bleed like I use to. I use to wake up with blood on my pillow, or sometimes if I scratched it would bleed badly. I will continue to use this product since it doesn’t irate my scalp at all.

    At first i was going to the beach often because i learned sea salt was good for it. But I noticed my scalp was always heavily dry. I tried hemp old before and tea tree oil, those didn’t work for me. I even ate more garlic often and stayed away from fatty foods but I never noticed an improvement.

    It’s amazing it’s clearing up, I hope hair grows back on my scalp if it’s totally gone one day.

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    • Bal Profile Photo
      Bal

      Hi how have you been using the 100% coconut oil on you scalp ?
      & how many times a week & when?
      & do you still use shampoo at all? Etc…

      Thank you:)

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    chris

    Curad silver solution found at drug stores over counter and ordered on line (cheaper) I order 10 gel tubes at a time It continues to hold back facial dandruff (lip % eyelid peeling too. also inflammation
    I ‘ve had a very severe case for 5 months . The first 3 months tried oreganol oil (greasy & burns )
    on face. it held it back (went to Derm. for a prescription shampoo . He said your face has cured. I said NO! the oreganol oil is keeping it back If I wipe it off in less then 5 min, it comes out of pores like crazy. (I have a 12x Mag, mirror to monitor the secretion) He prescribed 2.5 cortisteroid and a liquid type for scalp itching. Like a fool I did as he recommend and it got soooo much worse even
    the oreganol oil I tried again made it inflamed and so much worse. CURAD to the rescue ! quickly
    like a miracle ! ! ! So glad I found it. unfortunately I have tried every signal dandruff shampoo and cannot resolve the glue like scale that take an hour to scratch and fine tooth comb off, I did
    order a dog sebborheia shampoo on line (leaving it on scalp without rinsing ) and am able to scratch, comb, & brush out white hard flakes. Getting tired (time consuming continuation of oily
    scale build up. Will try honey ? tried acv didn’t work. dog shampoo leaves hair soft but scalp a
    little dryer.
    I HOPE YOU WILL RECOMMEND THE CURAD SILVER SOLUTION TO OTHERS.
    ESPECIALLY SINCE THIS CHRONIC DISEASE RUINS THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR SO MANY, EVEN
    THOSE THAT ALREADY HAVE DIRE CIRCUMSTANCES . that at times makes them wish they were
    not born.
    THANK YOU FOR ADDRESSING THIS PROBLEM AND TRYING TO HELP OUR FELLOW
    HUMANS. ( by the way I.m down to 98 lbs. I’ve given up cheese, oils, all fats except 1% milk )
    trying to reduce the sebum that the sicking fugues thrives on ( the fungi will multiply in a petri dish with olive oil. ) strange huh?
    KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK . Best wishes, chris

    ch

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  20. Aamer Profile Photo
    Aamer

    Very detailed information. Great work. I am suffering from SD for last 16 years and have tried many products that I even not remember the name of. Now I have it on my face. I had it on my scalp too but it is no more there after treating it with apple cider vinegar. But on my face it doesn’t seem to work. I think it was the main reason for my hair loss too. I am searching for some solution that will work for SD on my face. I have it on chin mustache, around nose, eyebrows, behind ears and in ear canal. I have read that BIOM8 seems to work for most of the sufferers but it’s not available in my country. How can I get it here as courier companies don’t shop liquids. I would be grateful for any help in this regard.

    Regards,

    Aamer Hamdani

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  21. Pamelah Profile Photo
    Pamelah

    Im using garlic and just with day 1 i can see some change, i smash it and apply the juice directly on affected area and leave it for 20minutes then wash off

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    • Nancy Profile Photo
      Nancy

      Yes! Had SD under my eye. Used fresh garlic, undiluted, applied w/cotton swab, for 4 days and it is almost gone, I alternated evenings with straight apple cider vinegar to change the ph of my skin. Have a patch in my armpit and are trying only garlic there next, since the ph in garlic and acv are the same. Happy.

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  22. Deirdre James Profile Photo
    Deirdre James

    I personally don’t use any of these. I’ve been suffering with this for 18 years. I did use Skin Zinc until they stopped making it a year ago. I was in trouble and had to experiment with different things. This is what I do and believe it or not it works for me. All you need is : Dial Antibacterial liquid soap, Vasiline Intensive Repair lotion, cotton balls, tweezers and concealer if needed. 1st step: wash face with dial. Step 2: after shower, pat dry your face. Mine is around my nose area. I put the Vasiline lotion all over my nose. And I put a lot. Step 3: let set for about an hour. I usually let mine sit while my hair towel dries. Step 4: wipe off with Cotten balls. There may be some redness still, that’s where step 5: comes in. Use your concealer. It shouldn’t take much. In the morning check to see if there is any skin flaking. If there is use the tweezers to get it off. Never use your nails, this will only aggravate it more, trust me I know. After all dried skin is gone, check to see if you need more concealer. I usually don’t. Hope this helped.

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  23. sheila Broderick Profile Photo
    sheila Broderick

    I have been suffering from Keratosis for some time now. several recommended shampoo’s have not worked. I now have some relief from massaging natural yogurt into my scalp. leaving for two or more hours then rinsing and shampooing with anti dandruff. It helps me..

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  24. ronald Profile Photo
    ronald

    After reading the forum i found out that the Cider vinegar works on my sd.. wow thanks God really miracle.. i used moisturizer only for bed time the rest cider vinegar.. today is just my two days applying CV. Hope it will works with other people having sd.

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    • Gerry Salway Profile Photo
      Gerry Salway

      How much apple cider vinegar do you apply, how long do you leave it on and do you lightly rinse or leave it on.
      I have sd very thick on my scalp and after many treatments no success, very sweaty head after treatment causes it to return with a vengeance within 4 hours. Do you think your treatment might work.o

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  25. Geir Profile Photo
    Geir

    I was “diagnosed” with sd for approximatly 10 months from a HT-doctor in miami and another doctor in miami. Under the examination, i told them to use a black light (UV-light) and look at my scalp, since i noticed my scalp would glow up white.

    I was affraid it was ringworm or something.
    However, both the doctors told me it was sd, but im still not really sure. When i first noticed it, i hade (and still have) verry much hairloss. the hair falls out easy when i pull it, and often a bigg ball is attached to the hair rot. The ball is kinda soft and can easily be pulled off. i’m lossing 200+ hairs every day, and it seems to be no end. Im a guy, but it doesn’t strike me as MPB. Nobody in my famlily suffers from MPB, in addition i have a twin brother (identical) who should experience the same if that was the case. I’ve been no a number of other doctors (blodwork, pull-test which was positive etc) but to no help.
    Anyways!

    Do you know if sd can be diagnosed with black light, as it glows up like in my case?

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    • Zrinx Profile Photo
      Zrinx

      I am not a doctor, but it seems to me as if you have microsporosis, and not bd. You might check it out.

      Reply
  26. Sam Profile Photo
    Sam

    I was reading about Oregano Oil and then your post came up on my Google Search.

    You were spot on with that. Copy pasted this to another comment but here it is again.

    I have the same story as everyone. Seen every doctor, they all tell us to use Ketazole, which stops working quick, if it ever does. Steroids work a bit but we all know they have a bunch of repercussions.

    I tried tea tree oil for a while but even that stopped working.

    I had bad Seborrheic Dermatitis. My face was covered in dandruff and if I scratched it, it would sometimes bleed underneath the flakes. I had it in my brows, between them, on my forehead, and on and around the nose, and my neck. We’re talking a very VERY intense case.

    I was doing research about anti-inflammatory cryotherapy for muscles, and stumbled upon an article on OIL OF OREGANO. I know a lot of people are against oils on the face but this is more of an essence not an oil.

    OIL OF OREGANO has anti-fungal properties that are stronger than most medications (from personal experience now), and it has anti-inflammatory traits too. I was at my whits end one day, my face was covered in flakes and redness, so I went to Whole Foods and bought it. It’s about $20 for a fairly small vile. It burned like a SOB. I would not recommend doing it right out of the shower. It smelled like a greek salad, it made my face red, and stung. The next morning I noticed that my redness was at about 60% of what it was the day before. I tried the oil again, by the next day I was at 75% gone, and by the third day I was at 95% perfect skin. It also cleared up my acne.

    It’s been three months now, and I’ve had not a single flare up. I kept a calendar for a doctor, and I would only have 2-3 dermatitis free days a month at max. I haven’t had any redness, flakes, or anything for 3 months. The oil I use also has olive oil in it, so my skin hasn’t dried out.

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    • Anila Profile Photo
      Anila

      Hi I have bought the same Oregano Oil. Going to try it out. Did yours work. Did it clear up.

      Reply
  27. anila Profile Photo
    anila

    I have seborrheic dermatitis on my scalp for months now. It’s getting really irratating. I have tried everything. Every shampoo and oil. My doctor perscribed shampoo, tablets and lotion but still I have no result. I even tried Chinese remedies but no result out of it. I have itchiness, redness and big lumps of dandruff on my scalp. I’m always taking them off as I got use to it. When I peel the dandruff off I have bleeding from my scalp and pain. Can anyone help me out.

    Reply
    • sal Profile Photo
      sal

      Hi. I have the exact same problem. I’ve had it for 15+ years. I have only just come across the garlic remedy. I’m in the middle of trying it out. I really really hope this works. Because my condition has got worse. I can sometimes feel the blood trickling down my scalp after peeling the humongous flakes. *Disgusting* need to get hold of the apple cider vinegar and hemp oil. Hopefully it will work

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    • Aryan Profile Photo
      Aryan

      Hi Anila,

      I had similar problem before and i had visited well know skin specailist where he advised me to apply a shampoo by name ” Scalpe ” its an Indian made shampoo and it really works just try it once. Please note i am not commercial at Scalpe it is just my experience you may try it.

      Regards,
      Aryan

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    • Mrs. Mac Profile Photo
      Mrs. Mac

      My son suffered with sd for years .. doctors gave him steroid cream .. we tried special shampoos and nothing worked. He went on the GAPs Diet which cured his eczema, headaches, leaky gut, candida overgrowth, etc. but sd persisted. My latest home remedy is the only thing that worked. I shampooed his hair with Head and Shoulders and after rinsing out, I got a large cup of warm water adding 5-6 drops of clove essential oil and a splash of apple cider vinegar and poured this over his head/scalp without rinsing out. After three treatments in one week the sd was completely gone and has not come back. It’s been 6 weeks and not one speck of sd.

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      • Mrs. Mac Profile Photo
        Mrs. Mac

        Over two months since the apple cider & clove oil treatment in my original comment .. and the sd has not returned (this after years of misery for my son).

        Reply
  28. RC Profile Photo
    RC

    Day 1:
    So! I tried the garlic treatment. I bought ten heads and juiced them and bolied and pot of water, let it get warm and did 50/50. Immediately the garlic on the scalp began to burn BUT I stuck it out. Within fifteen to twenty minutes the burning slowed down and stopped. The mix instantly lifted the flakes off my scalp and eliminated the itching.

    Day 2: I rinsed the garlic mix out with Apple cidar vingar and water mix followed by a shampoo of Dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap (certainly helps with the smell smh) but the itching now occurs but not as badly. I went to the health food store and bought coconut oil to greese my scalp with. Unfortunately I can not repeat this treatment in three days due to my hair’s texture so I’m hoping the coconut oil will do justice until I wash my hair in two weeks.

    When I repeat this treatment I will only use the vinegar and water because this garlic smell is KILLING ME!!!

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  29. kimberly Profile Photo
    kimberly

    hello! I’m 19 years old and I’ve been suffering from seborrheic dermatitis for about a year now. It’s mainly on my scalp and on my face. I’ve been using aloe vera on my scalp for about 2 years & it’s been working wonderfully! However, the main problem now is my face. I have seborrheic dermatitis around my mouth and my chin. It gets very very red and flaky. This is really embarrassing especially because I work in retail & I’m dealing with people all day. I’ve noticed people just stare at my problem areas and believe me, it does not help my already low self-esteem. Anyway, I tried the acv approach and I’m not sure what to do… I did it about 5 am today. I got tissue paper, soaked it in pure apple cider vinegar and left it on my face for about 45 minutes. And it really stung… like, a whole lot. After that I rinsed it off and tried it again at 5 pm. This time I used cotton balls & left them on for another 45 minutes or so. Again, it freaking stung. Now, it did help with the flakiness but damn my skin is red. Like bright red. I don’t know if I should continue with these treatments especially since I have work tomorrow & I know the redness is gonna last for about another week if I continue, or if I should try the honey treatment. Did that help with the redness? What should I try to get rid of the redness? Please help.

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  30. Ken Profile Photo
    Ken

    I have a seborrheic dermatitis or ketosis on my scalp about the size of a quarter. My doctor wants to freeze it off but I don’t know if I should take such a drastic route. He says it’s too large to just go away with any kind of treatment. Have you ever known anyone to go through this?

    Reply
    • Sam Profile Photo
      Sam

      Never heard of that. I finally just got rid of a 15 year battle with Seborrheic Dermatitis.
      I have the same story as everyone. Seen every doctor, they all tell us to use Ketazole, which stops working quick, if it ever does. Steroids work a bit but we all know they have a bunch of repercussions.

      I tried tea tree oil for a while but even that stopped working.

      I had bad Seborrheic Dermatitis. My face was covered in dandruff and if I scratched it, it would sometimes bleed underneath the flakes. I had it in my brows, between them, on my forehead, and on and around the nose, and my neck. We’re talking a very VERY intense case.

      I was doing research about anti-inflammatory cryotherapy for muscles, and stumbled upon an article on OIL OF OREGANO. I know a lot of people are against oils on the face but this is more of an essence not an oil.

      OIL OF OREGANO has anti-fungal properties that are stronger than most medications (from personal experience now), and it has anti-inflammatory traits too. I was at my whits end one day, my face was covered in flakes and redness, so I went to Whole Foods and bought it. It’s about $20 for a fairly small vile. It burned like a SOB. I would not recommend doing it right out of the shower. It smelled like a greek salad, it made my face red, and stung. The next morning I noticed that my redness was at about 60% of what it was the day before. I tried the oil again, by the next day I was at 75% gone, and by the third day I was at 95% perfect skin. It also cleared up my acne.

      It’s been three months now, and I’ve had not a single flare up. I kept a calendar for a doctor, and I would only have 2-3 dermatitis free days a month at max. I haven’t had any redness, flakes, or anything for 3 months. The oil I use also has olive oil in it, so my skin hasn’t dried out.

      Reply
  31. Mehula Profile Photo
    Mehula

    I have got redness and itchiness in armpit, and by going through various websites I think it is due to Seborrheic Dermatitis.

    I would like to know if honey and water treatment will be effective in armpit.

    OR CAN YOU PLEASE ASSIT ME WITH SOME OTHER REMEDY TO THIS.

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  32. Paul millard Profile Photo
    Paul millard

    The doctor said I had seborrheic dermatitis on my groin flared up pretty bad with red scaly patches just wondering if anyone has a suggestion of the best remady to use on my groin.

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    • Michael Profile Photo
      Michael

      Hi Paul,

      Hard to say what the best approach for this area would be. How was the diagnosis made (visual evaluation or skin biopsy)?
      Majority of seborrheic dermatitis appears to be caused by malassezia. This fungus requires oily sebum to thrive (which the groin area typically lacks). As a result, my theory would be that you are not dealing with malassezia here.
      Perhaps seeking a more specialized medical professional and getting a skin biopsy done may be a good place to start. Once you know exactly what you are dealing with here, it becomes much easier to find a suitable treatment approach.

      Hope that helps.
      If you have the time, let me know how things go.

      All the best.

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  33. Ken Profile Photo
    Ken

    I have SD on my scalp. I just started using tea tree mint shampooing has anyone tried this? Also I have a spot the size of a quarter that is visable which is very embarrassing. Any advise on how to get rid of this or any way to cover it up?

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  34. Priyanka Mahapatra Profile Photo
    Priyanka Mahapatra

    I am also suffering from this disease from past 2years and could not find any permanent solution to it

    Please help me reduce the problem thought home remedies

    Reply
    • Michael Profile Photo
      Michael

      Hi Priyanka,

      In terms of home remedies the one’s that appear to have the best success rates are:

      Perhaps one of these can be helpful for you. And there is tons of relevant discussion in the comments section of those posts as well.

      All the best.

      Reply
  35. Moises Profile Photo
    Moises

    I’ve had Seborrheic Dermatitis on my scalp for over 10 years. It can get really bad and bleed if tempered with it. It’s somewhat better now, but I don’t care too much about treatments for it because I’ve given up on it mostly. However, I will try the honey home remedy, and I’ll will share my experience with you.

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    • Michael Profile Photo
      Michael

      Hi Moises,

      Sorry to hear that you’ve had to deal with it for such long period of time.
      Is there anything that helped at any points? Did you ever have clearance for long periods of time?

      Don’t give up though. I believe that with enough perseverance any problem can be overcome. Just don’t give up!
      Hope the raw honey treatments help. Best of luck!

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      • Moises Profile Photo
        Moises

        Thanks I will.
        I’ve never had a clear scalp but there’s been times when it looks much improved.

        Recently I learned from another site that suggested dead sea salt in combination with warm chlorine free water.

        I haven’t tried the honey and as far as food related remedies go, I may try buying a garlic shampoo.

        Right now I’m debating on using honey or sea salt. I may end up using sea salt and chlorine free water because I notice my scalp improves when I visit the beach. I notice the difference instantly, but I can’t keep going all the time.

        I’ve decided to try and treat this thing once again after a few years.

        The other problem is hair gel too, I was told years ago from a dermatologist never to use hair gel. But that would mean haircuts twice a month.

        I will keep you posted the minute I decide what to do.
        Thanks.

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  36. Pragya Chahar Profile Photo
    Pragya Chahar

    Hello…I had straight silky hair.From about more than 2 years I m having severe hair loss , flaky scalp ,rashes n itching, obviously its SD…few months ago I took a treatment by dermatologist for about 1 month in which she gave antifungal shampoo,an salicylic acid overnight lotion to be used once in a week, a serum for resist hair breakage but nothing actually worked.Now my hair are not straight they are turning into a curly texture,full of split ends n so weak. N most importantly they have been broken in that way that it seems like my head is full of antennas…lol! They don’t lie down n it’s hard to make a simple hairstyle due to this…Moreover, may be this is the reason or smthing else, I m having big pimples on my forehead n other areas of my face in contact with hair…plz plz plz tell me the exact remedy or whatever which will surely help me…bcuz nothing is working till now…. 🙂

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  37. Carla Profile Photo
    Carla

    Ok so like I mentioned I’m 22 , female . Dermatologist diagnosed me with SB on scalp and face and I want to hear suggestions , how often should you wash your hair ? I’m going to try the honey method , how often should I do that ? And is it ok to use regular shampoos and conditioners ?

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  38. Imran Profile Photo
    Imran

    Hello Micheal,

    I am from India, have been suffering from SD for the past 6-8 years, I have tried a lot of antifungal shampoos, anti allergy tablets & have tried almost all the Skin specialist doctors in Mumbai however still have not got any permanent solution for SD.
    I would like to try Biom8 Skin Conditioning Oil, can you please help me as to how can i get the same in INDIA.

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    • Michael Profile Photo
      Michael

      Hi Imran,

      Sorry to hear you have had the misfortune of having to deal with seborrheic dermatitis.
      Currently, the Biom8 Skin Conditioning Oil (the one I use) is only available online (purchased through the Biom8 website: http://www.biom8.com).
      It ships worldwide and shipping to India should be about $11 and takes 10-12 business days.

      I believe that adequate knowledge is also very important for long term resolution.
      Lot’s of my time goes into research and most of the information is made available in the eBook (have sent you a link by email).

      Hope you can find something that finally works for you.
      Best of luck!

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  39. sally Profile Photo
    sally

    Been dealing with dermatitis on my scalp (back of) for 30 years since i was 8, now also in my ears. Tried EVERYTHING. But it does seem to calm down if i avoid all dairy. Also now looks like i have frontal fibrosing alopecia like my mum. So over it now

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    • Michael Profile Photo
      Michael

      Hi Sally,

      Sorry to hear that you have had to deal with this issue for so long. Could not imagine how much you have had to endure.
      How strong of an effect does dairy seem to have your seborrheic dermatitis?

      My experience with seborrheic dermatitis has been much shorter.
      However, I spent a great deal of time researching the condition to try and find a solution for myself.
      A great deal of this information is available in the eBook (have gone ahead and emailed you a copy).
      Additionally, it paved the way for a topical approach/solution that has been work well for me since summer 2015.

      Unfortunately, I don’t know much about frontal fibrosing alopecia.

      Hope you finally find something to relieve your seborrheic dermatitis.
      Best of luck and look forward to any updates.

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    • Michele Carter Profile Photo
      Michele Carter

      Hi Deborah,
      I suffered hair loss badly with SD. It started to grow back after I knew what the issue was. I have to keep my scalp so clean now to keep the follicles open. I did not know I had this issue at the the time. So traumatic!!!! I understand what you are going through.
      Blessings,
      Michele

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      • Michael Profile Photo
        Michael

        Hi Michele,

        Thanks for the input. Currently writing a post on hair-loss and your comment goes strait to the point. Keeping the follicles open and healthy is essential for proper hair growth.
        Article should be live in about a week.

        Thanks again for your comment.
        All the best.

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    • Carla Profile Photo
      Carla

      I was just diagnosed with Sb and I’m seeing hair loss . I’m a female and only 22 :/

      Reply
      • Michael Profile Photo
        Michael

        Hi Carla,

        Sorry to hear that your have to face these issues and the unfortunate of fighting against seborrheic dermatitis.
        A post that tries to explain on why seborrheic dermatitis causes hair loss and what can be done to combat this is in the works.
        Will update once it is ready.

        All the best.

        Reply
    • Paula Palacios Profile Photo
      Paula Palacios

      Yes I’ve experienced lots of hair loss, very depressing and don’t know what to do about it…tried everything already..

      Reply
  40. deborah Profile Photo
    deborah

    3 months ago a friend, who had shiny healthy hair, suddenly had her hair become dry, brittle and it started falling out. She also got a diagnosis of seborrheic dermatitis and her dermatologist has her using steroid lotions but only the really strong ones are doing anything. The dermatitis spread to her face and she also has acne. she has another steroid cream for the face. She is worried about using these meds for too long. Can she use the honey water or any of the other home remedies and still use the steroid lotion? Does dermatitis cause hair loss? Will clearing up dermatitis increase chances that the hair will come back?

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    • Michael Profile Photo
      Michael

      Hi Deborah,

      Sorry to hear about your friends unfortunate encounter with SD.
      Many people reported using medicated steroid lotions at the same time as starting more natural remedies. The biggest issue most people usually have is that steroid creams can cause long term damage to the skin (and thus should not be used for long durations).

      In terms of hair loss, most studies I’ve seen point to a direct correlation of SD reduction and improved/stable hair growth. Currently working on an article specifically on this subject, so considering checking back in about a week for more information (it’s quite a bit to stuff into a comment).

      In terms of treatments, these are the two most popular on the website at this moment:

      Would also recommend checking out the comments section of those posts. There is a significant amount of additional information and discussion there.
      Hope that helps and look forward to any updates.

      All the best.

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        • Michael Profile Photo
          Michael

          Hi Deborah,

          Will make sure to notify everyone when the article is finished.
          Hoped to have it live towards the end of next week.

          All the best.

          Reply
      • deborah Profile Photo
        deborah

        Michael – is your article on SB and hair loss out yet? If so, where can
        I see it?

        Reply
        • Michael Profile Photo
          Michael

          Hi Deborah,

          The article should out be the end of next week.
          Will make sure to inform you when it is ready.

          All the best.

          Reply
      • Deborah Tilby Profile Photo
        Deborah Tilby

        She ordered your BIOM8 and it arrived today. So hoping she has some success with it. The hair loss is so distressing; she believes it will be permanent. This started 3 months ago and the dermatologist has had her on various steroid lotions on and off. She is going to stop using them now and we hope her skin has not already been damaged. We will look for your article, thanks.

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      • Geir Profile Photo
        Geir

        I was “diagnosed” with sd for approximatly 10 months from a HT-doctor in miami and another doctor in miami. Under the examination, i told them to use a black light (UV-light) and look at my scalp, since i noticed my scalp would glow up white.

        I was affraid it was ringworm or something.
        However, both the doctors told me it was sd, but im still not really sure. When i first noticed it, i hade (and still have) verry much hairloss. the hair falls out easy when i pull it, and often a bigg ball is attached to the hair rot. The ball is kinda soft and can easily be pulled off. i’m lossing 200+ hairs every day, and it seems to be no end. Im a guy, but it doesn’t strike me as MPB. Nobody in my famlily suffers from MPB, in addition i have a twin brother (identical) who should experience the same if that was the case. I’ve been no a number of other doctors (blodwork, pull-test which was positive etc) but to no help.
        Anyways!

        Do you know if sd can be diagnosed with black light, as it glows up like in my case?

        Reply
  41. John Profile Photo
    John

    Hello, I am a 17 year old that has had SD for two years now with no relief. I have been prescribed many different shampoos and have tried tea tree oil and every shampoo on the market. Nothing seems to help and now it has spread to the side of my face. Any recommendations?

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  42. maria Profile Photo
    maria

    Hello,

    I was recently diagnosed with SD on my face. Like most, I tried everything without success. It then dawned on me to try Luvena probiotic wipes seeing as how this appears to be a yeast problem and I wanted to report that I have had great success with this treatment and my problem has completely resolved after about a week and my skin is nice and soft. I have been doing this 2-3 times per day. It may take longer for some. I hope this is helpful.

    Here is a link for the Luvena probiotic wipes (there are no parabins or any harmful materials in these. I buy mine online at Walgreens. http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/luvena-anti-itch-medicated-wipes/ID=prod6149544-product

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    • Michael Profile Photo
      Michael

      Hi Maria,

      Thanks for sharing. Definitely an interesting approach!
      Are you using these as indented on the genital area or topically at the problematic site?

      Look forward to any updates.
      PS> Potentially, if you have the time you provide a more detailed report of your experience with SD and exactly how you have been using the wipes.

      Thanks again for sharing and best of luck to you!

      Reply
  43. Will Profile Photo
    Will

    I tried the garlic solution on my scalp last night and today it feels fantastic! I juiced the garlic bulb and mixed it with about 200ml of water in a squeeze bottle. I applied about 50ml to my scalp and left it on for about 5 hours. I washed it out with just water only. It smelled very strong while it was on and wasn’t the nicest experience but after rinsing, by the next morning the smell was gone completely. I think I’ll try a second application in a few days time. Other things I have tried are vinegar, tea tree and salt solutions but I think the garlic has worked the best so far.

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    • Michael Profile Photo
      Michael

      Hi Will,

      Thanks for the update! Glad that you had such good results with the garlic. Are you still doing this on a regular basis? How have things continued?

      All the best.

      Reply
  44. Naveed Ahmed Profile Photo
    Naveed Ahmed

    My wife has been suffering from this for the last 12years, we have started applying Apple cider vinegar on effected areas 4 to 5 times a day, Believe me it did mirecle.

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      Michael

      Hi Naveed,

      Thanks for chiming in and providing your experience with ACV. Hope your wife’s skin keeps improving!
      Best of luck.

      Reply
  45. Travis Loss Profile Photo
    Travis Loss

    Nioxin shampoo but after Nioxin conditioner scalp therapy beats all these shampoo’s hands down I have used prescription shampoo ‘s and all the ones you listed Nioxin shampoo and scalp therapy Conditioner will blow your mind and it relieves all itching. You can use it on your face and be normal

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    • Michael Profile Photo
      Michael

      Hi Travis,

      Thanks for providing the tip. The ingredients look interesting. However, the price tag associated with the product is quite high.
      Do you have any more specific on your details on your approach and conditioning in general (ie, usage regimen, history with SD, etc..).

      Thanks again and look forward to any updates.
      All the best.

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  46. Aryan Profile Photo
    Aryan

    Hi Michael,

    First of all, thanks for all your research, your website is immensely helpful for SD affected people like me

    I wanted to ask that have you heard of raw lime juice treatment? it gave me amazing quick result on face without any problem,

    also which natural remedy would you consider best for scalp?

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    • Michael Profile Photo
      Michael

      Hi Aryan,
      First of all, thank you for you positive comment.
      Haven’t heard of this treatment yet, however, I’ve previously tried using diluted freshly squeezed lemon juice (topically). This approach didn’t seem to help much and may have even aggravated the SD (can’t say 100% as it was a long time ago).

      From everything I’ve seen the most “natural home remedy” for the scalp would likely be the raw honey treatments. This was previously covered in the Raw Honey Seborrheic Dermatitis Treatment post. For me, it seemed to difficicult to use this approach.

      Personally, I’ve had great results by simply switching my shampoo to one called Andalou Naturals – Moisturizing Shampoo. It’s fairly cheap, smells good and somehow my scalp remains clear. Other people have had great results using my Biom8 Skin Conditioning Oil on their scalp (either directly or mixed into a mild shampoo). This post covers my own regimen in more detail and a bit on how Biom8 came to be.

      Hope that helps and best of luck!

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    • Michael Profile Photo
      Michael

      Hi Rebecca,

      Yeah the face was the only spot that I used the raw honey treatments. You can find a more detailed post regarding this approach here.

      All the best.

      Reply
  47. NIck Profile Photo
    NIck

    Hello, great information. Re: the honey and water treatment: you say to boil the water. My experience has been that even HOT water will make the dermatitis worse. Did you mean boil – and let it cool down? Thanks.

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    • Michael Profile Photo
      Michael

      Hi Nick,

      Yeah, sorry for the confusion. Hot water should not be used.
      What I was doing is boiling the water and letting it cool down. A better alternative might actually be to buy distilled water and use this instead.
      This can be found in most supermarkets and often times it is in the pharmacy section.

      Hope that helps.
      All the best.

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  48. Hashim Profile Photo
    Hashim

    Thank you for providing such valuable information. I have SD around nose and I was using medicine for it since 4 years and now even they were not effective to control it. Tried every dandruff shampoo and all kinds of face wash but what really worked for me is Apple Cider Vinegar that I tried after reading this article. Peeling and itching of skin has stopped totally and redness has also reduced to quite an extent. I would like to try the honey method as well but I am not sure about the purity of honey available here, they all contain sugar and antibiotics.

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    • Michael Profile Photo
      Michael

      Hi Hashim,

      Thanks for the positive feedback and happy the Apple Cider Vinegar worked out so well for you.
      The honey treatments are much more difficult in my opinion and were really hard for me to sustain. The best place to get local honey would be from local bee keepers. This would likely be the purest form.

      All the best.

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  49. LOURDES Uribe-Beard Profile Photo
    LOURDES Uribe-Beard

    Hi, thank you for your advice, I have read it but it does not say to use the treatment before or after shampoo, would you please advise?

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  50. Rita Knott Profile Photo
    Rita Knott

    Re the “Honey/Boiled WAter” treatment. Can it be used on the scalp? If so, where does shampooing fit into the routine. Same question for the ACV treatment of the scalp. Please share the steps to be taken as Step 1, Step 2, Step 3 etc. Sincere thanks. RK

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    • Michael Profile Photo
      Michael

      Hi Rita,

      Personally do not have much experience with using raw honey on the scalp. For me it just seemed too messy.

      However, in the study they simply applied the honey-water solution to the scalp at the same time as all other affected skin and left it for 3 hours before washing. No mention of any special recommendation for shampooing were made.
      Another person recently shared her approach in this comment.

      The ACV vinegar treatment has been described in more detail in the “Treating Seborrheic Dermatitis With Apple Cider Vinegar” post.
      For additional information please check the comments section of that post. Lot’s of good information there.

      Hope that helps. All the best.

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  51. Adriane Profile Photo
    Adriane

    Great post, Michael! The only home remedy I’ve tried is Tea Tree oil with no success at all. I’m so tired of Rx solutions with inconsistent results and visits to the dermatologist.

    Prior to reading this post, I was planning to start an ACV treatment. Now I’m not so sure. My itching is BAD to damage is probably extensive. I can’t imagine the burning that may result.

    So I’m thinking honey, but here’s my question… How in the world will this work with long, think hair?! The stickiness seems like it would be impossible to get out!

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    • Michael Profile Photo
      Michael

      Hi Adriane,

      Thanks for the feedback.
      Yeah, tea tree oil wasn’t too effective for me. Typically made things worse on the scalp and was quite intense for the facial skin.
      Lot’s of people seem to have fairly good results with the ACV, but over time it seems that it’s only a partial solution. For me it didn’t really take hold at all.

      The honey method I was never brave enough to attempt it on the scalp/hair. Just seemed to messy and tedious. However, had really good results on my facial skin, but again was hard to maintain the procedures.

      This is what I’ve been doing for the past ~1.5 months with good success:
      My Seborrheic Dermatitis Skin Regimen

      It started as a home remedy approach, but took a lot of time to fine tune.
      Have been doing a ton of actual research on the subject and you can access the draft copy of the SD chapter of a book I’ve been working on here:

      All About Seborrheic Dermatitis

      It goes into detail on the majority of info I have collected on SD.
      Hope that helps.

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      • Kstones Profile Photo
        Kstones

        Adriane, I use honey all the time on my hair! I have super thick hair that is way past my shoulders, and I have had no trouble with honey. Start off with a honey rinse, once you feel more comfortable you can gradually move onto mostly just honey (I use a table spoon with a tiny splash of water just to loosen it) this is then massaged into my scalp. I don’t really use a conditioner as I find honey leaves it soft and without tangle 🙂 sometimes I’ll use ACV rinse as a deep conditioner but this is usually once every two weeks.
        As October has hit, naturally SD has come fighting so I’ll be upping the anti! I only seem to get it on my scalp, although this may have something to do with my weekly facial scrubs which are also all homemade remedies.
        Hope this helps 🙂 honey is amazing!

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  52. Chris Profile Photo
    Chris

    Just a warning that rubbing raw garlic on the skin can cause dermatitis! I have it at the moment from preperation of raw garlic.
    It is a common allergy and particularly affects people in the catering trade.

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    • Michael Profile Photo
      Michael

      Hi Chris,

      Thanks for the update. Will probably remove that garlic method all together. Seems way to aggressive and I would also imagine it may do more harm than good.

      All the best.

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  53. Judy Profile Photo
    Judy

    Sorry to sound ignorant, but how much is considered a “part” in reference to the honey and boiled water remedy?

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    • Michael Profile Photo
      Michael

      Hi Judy,

      Basically by part I meant in proportion to the water.
      So 1/5 of the teaspoon would be water and 4/5 would be honey.

      Hope that helps.

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  54. Shivam Sharma Profile Photo
    Shivam Sharma

    Hi Michael,

    I have been facing serious hairfall issues since I was diagnosed with Seborrhoeic dermatitis. I just came across your site and have started using the honey water solution. I have been taking medications for more than a year. The dermatitis goes away for a while but comes back soon. So, I was just looking for such a home remedy. How should I go about taking care of the hairfall?

    Thank You

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    • Michael Profile Photo
      Michael

      Hi Shivam,

      Regarding hair-fall, personally I only experienced a tiny bit on my eye brows, which went away as soon as SD went away. However, from all my research so far, it seems that topical arginine (a non-essential amino acid) may be beneficial for restoring and stimulating hair growth. However, most of the information is contained in patents (example) and not medical trials. Perhaps you may want to look for arginine containing product. Additionally, it helps in wound healing and may even act as a antibacterial. The shampoo I use, the lotion I’ve made for myself and the Restoraderm lotion I used previously all contain arginine.

      This medical paper may a good read as well.

      A friend of mine swears by castor oil for hair-loss, however I haven’t done much research around it.

      Also, it appears that medical anti-fungal shampoos (such as Nizoral, Head & Shoulders) can also stimulate hair growth and prevent hair loss. However, I’ve moved away from these products. Personally, I believe they were part of creating my issues in the first place.

      Hope that helps. All the best.

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      • Shivam Sharma Profile Photo
        Shivam Sharma

        Thank you Michael

        I’m glad that you are helping us out here. Please update anything that you cognize about hairfall due to Sebborheic dermatitis and its cure.

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        • Michael Profile Photo
          Michael

          Hi Shivam,

          From everything I currently know it appears that the associated hair-fall is reversed once the infection of the sebaceous glands is resolved. The malassezia that is believed to be in part responsible for SD loves to reside in and around the sebaceous glands. This can result in the hair fall you are experiencing. However, the products that you are using must also be considered.

          Hope that helps.

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          • Shivam Sharma Profile Photo
            Shivam Sharma

            So, If I find this honey-water solution effective, then should I stop the medications, as they may cause side effects when used for a long period, from the dermatologist and continue with this solution and a mild shampoo?

          • Michael Profile Photo
            Michael

            Hi Shivam,

            Sorry for the delay in response. It’s really hard for me to make any specific recommendations because everyone is different and I’m not a medical professional.
            From my own experience the hair loss stops and reverses as soon as the SD is contained.

            Also, in terms of the medications, it really depends what you have been prescribed, how long you use it, and how often.

            Hope that helps. All the best.

          • Michael Profile Photo
            Michael

            Hi Shivam,

            The research paper used crude (raw) honey. Based on this I strictly used raw honey when using this treatment.
            However, others on here have reported results with regular high quality Manuka honey.

            Hope that helps. Best of luck.

          • Shivam Sharma Profile Photo
            Shivam Sharma

            Hi Michael,

            Which brand of raw honey did you order from Amazon?
            I am using Societe Naturelle Raw Honey ordered from Amazon but it doesn’t seem to be effective.

          • Michael Profile Photo
            Michael

            Hi Shivam,

            From all the honey I had used a random local bought one was the most effective.
            This is the one I bought from Amazon, it seemed to be mildly effective. However, at that time I was getting very inconsistent with treatments as well.

            Hope that helps. All the best.

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      anil

      Hi shivam,
      Same problem here bro. Yar mujhe 3 year se ye problem hai.jab tak tablet lo tab tk sahi rhta h yr. Iska kuch desi ilaaz mile to batana bhai.please.

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      • Shivam Sharma Profile Photo
        Shivam Sharma

        Honey-water aur Baking Soda solutions bohot effective hain. Apni skin condition aur severity ke according dono mein se koi solution try kar ke dekh lo. Mujhe lagbhag teen mahine ho gaye use karte huye aur ab medicines lene ki zaroorat nahi padti.

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        • Tarun Profile Photo
          Tarun

          Hey shivam
          Can u tell me how to use honey and water combination on my scalp
          Or any other recommendation.
          I am also facing problem of sebhorric dermatitis
          Plzzz reply soon
          Or if you can email me personally
          That would be really helpful.
          I am also facing this problem from last two years.
          Thanx
          Waiting for ur reply

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  55. James Profile Photo
    James

    Thanks a lot for your really helpful post. I am trying the honey water approach as suggested by you and have a query. Is it fine to use normal honey in the absence of raw honey? Or do you think raw honey is an absolute must?

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    • Michael Profile Photo
      Michael

      Hi James,

      Personally, not sure. I remember one person on here had good results with Manuka honey as well.
      The only one I tried was raw honey (one I bought from the store and one I got from Amazon). The one I bought from the store seemed to be more effective, but hard to really say..

      Have you tried using it yet?

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      • Tarun Profile Photo
        Tarun

        Hey Michael
        Plzzz suggest some ways to remove sebbhoric dermatitis
        I have read ur post for honey water combination.
        Shall I use it and how
        Plzzz suggest me something.
        And what’s the best weather to stay.
        Because I sweat a lot can this be the reason for not getting rid of it.
        Because I read somewhere sweat increases fungal infection..
        So plzzz suggest
        Email : tarunstays9 @gmail.com
        Thanx

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        • Michael Profile Photo
          Michael

          Hi Tarun,

          The effect that sweat has appears to depend on the state of the immune system. If the immune system if functioning well, the sweat would contain a good amount of anti-microbial peptides which would actually help control the seborrheic dermatitis.

          As for suggestions, please have a look at a post I previously wrote which summarizes all the treatment approaches I have attempted: Overview of Seborrheic Dermatitis Face Treatments
          It covers quite a bit and there is lot’s of tips from readers in the comments section as well.

          This is what I’ve been doing to manage my SD for the past couple of months:
          My Seborrheic Dermatitis Skin Regimen 2.0

          Hope that helps and best of luck.
          PS. One of the best things that you can do for SD is to stay calm and avoid overthinking things. Reducing stress can significantly improve immune function and may greatly aid in improving SD.

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      • Tarun Profile Photo
        Tarun

        Hey
        And plzzz suggest me things I should avoid to eat in my diet
        Or some food I should eat it.
        Thanx

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        • Michael Profile Photo
          Michael

          Hi Tarun,

          Personally, I think dietary suggestions are unique to individuals. Previously I had attempted a large amount of dietary recommendations based on the suggestions of other people online. Most of the results actually appeared to come from the way I started to perceive the food I ate and not physical reactions. For this reason I strongly believe that we must learn to understand our bodies own unique demands and not what other people may be suggesting.

          For foods you should eat I think focusing on vegetables and fish is good.

          All the best.

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  56. Salman Profile Photo
    Salman

    hi michael
    I have just started the honey and water treatment but i was wondering should i continue the lotion and shampoo my dermatologist recomended (both lotion and shampoo contains beta methasone, and it really keeps my SD in control, it doesnt vanishes completely it just stops it from getting worse)

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    • Michael Profile Photo
      Michael

      Hey Salman,
      Hard to say. First time I actually heard of someone using Betamethasone for SD, but it’s a steroid cream, so that makes sense..
      Overall it seems that steroids have caused more difficulty long term for most people.

      What I would do is start the honey treatment and see if things improve enough so that Betamethasone can be discontinued.

      If the honey doesn’t do much, consider checking out my Overview of Seborrheic Dermatitis Face Treatments post. It covers most things I attempted and lot’s of good info in the comments there as well.

      Do you notice any correlation of your symptoms to food intake?

      Best of luck and hope that helps.

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      • Salman Profile Photo
        Salman

        Thankyou michael i took your advice and discontinued the steroid lotion and started the honey treatment and Its been 3 weeks since i started putting honey on my scalp, initially i didnt notice any improvement on my scalp for the first 2 weeks, but by the end of the 3 rd week i noticed that the flakes were starting to go away, theres no itching or any redness, i just hope that the hair loss will stop eventually as well
        Again thanks alot for all the research and hardwork youve put through to help people like me suffering from SD

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        • Michael Profile Photo
          Michael

          Hi Salman,

          Thanks for the update. Great to hear things are improving. The biggest issue with the steroid creams is that long term use can really lead to some ill effects, so happy to hear your shifting away.

          In terms of the hair loss, I’ve been doing lots of research lately. And even though I haven’t had any real issues with hair loss, much of the research I’ve done provides some insights into this as well. Will update once I have it down in writing.

          Additionally, I’ve stopped using all products and have been making my own custom creation. It’s not perfect yet, but I think it’s almost there. If you like I can send you a sample to try when it’s actually done.

          Hope that helps and best of luck mate. Look forward to any updates.

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  57. Ariel Profile Photo
    Ariel

    Hi Michael,
    I have never heard of using honey but I am very interested in trying. How often should I start off doing the honey & water treatment? Does it matter if the honey is raw or bought in bulk from costco?
    Thank you.

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    • Michael Profile Photo
      Michael

      Hi Ariel,
      When I was using the honey treatment I started off with every other day. Then as it got better I would scale the treatment down maybe to once every 3-4 days.
      Initially this treatment was extremely effective for me. However, the longer I used it the more inconsistent my results became. Additional it’s quite a lengthy treatment requiring 2-3 hours per treatment.
      To be honest I’ve never tried using the regular Coscto honey. I have a feeling the results wouldn’t be very different. However, from everything I read online people swear that the raw honey is much more powerful. Even though I had Coscto honey at home I bought a few different jars of raw honey from the store and was using that. You would be surprised how common it is (almost every super market I checked had it), except sometimes it’s on a separate shelf then regular honey.

      Additionally here is the regimen I’m currently using and it’s been working extremely well (haven’t had any breakouts since last summer). I’ve stopped supplementing with the glutamine about 2 months ago as well Also two other people have contacted me through the website. One of which is using ACV to successfully treat the dermatitis, while the other was prescribed an anti-fungal by the name of Nyastatin.

      Hope that helps. All the best and good luck.

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  58. Josephine Profile Photo
    Josephine

    Hi Michael,

    My scalp so itchy and sore last night after i apply acv (1:1) and waited 5 hours before wash hair. How often should i apply it and how many times a day?
    I will try the andalou shampoo and conditioner, hope that can help.
    Thank you!

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    • Michael Profile Photo
      Michael

      This seemed to be the case for me as well when the skin was already damaged from previous itching. My best results were achieved with the ACV when I had thick scaling/flaking without much damage. Also when massaging, I made sure to apply pressure, but not tear the skin. ACV itself has quite a strong astringent effect, so as the pores tightened the skin felt quite tense and caused a strong tingling sensation. Previously I wrote a more detailed post in all the ways I tried to use apple cider vinegar (you can see it here).

      The concentration you used seems quite strong for such an extended amount of time. At such concentration I wouldn’t leave it in for more than 5-15 minutes. If you are that dedicated, perhaps the raw honey will be more effective.

      On a side note, I’ve seen the shampoo in local stores cheaper than I purchased it online. Here in Canada I saw it in a local SuperStore for roughly $8.

      Best of luck.

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  59. Josephine Profile Photo
    Josephine

    Hi,

    Thanks for your detailed post, it really helps a lot. I have two spots on my scalp having problem (near hairline at the back on both sides) – rash, itching, sore and small pimples. I tried ACV this morning, it seems quite good. How often should i do that?

    Thank you so much.

    Josephine

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    • Michael Profile Photo
      Michael

      Hi Josephine,
      Thank for the feedback!
      I used the apple cider vinegar every other day for the first week, then slowly decreased to a few times a week.
      It helped quite well at first, but proved quite difficult to maintain in the long term. Also results seemed to be less consistent as time went forward.

      Dead sea salt followed by a good natural moisturising shampoo was easier and more consistent for me.
      You can see some details of that method here.

      Currently, however, I have not used any special scalp treatments for over 5 months.
      All I do is wash my hair with a highly moisturising shampoo (this one to be exact: http://andalou.com/index.php/moisture-rich-sweet-orange-argan-shampoo.html) and follow my current regimen I wrote about here.
      My scalp is absolutely clear most days, but I find that if I don’t shower for a few days and let my scalp get greasy the flakes start to appear.

      Massage deeply while you apply the shampoo also seems to help. Likely due to increased circulation.
      Previously I even read of people getting rid of dandruff by using a boar bristle brush and regularly massaging/combing the hair/scalp.

      Hope these details help.

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      • Josephine Profile Photo
        Josephine

        Hi Michael,

        Thanks for your prompt and detailed response. Usually how any days after I will see the result if it works. The shampoo you mentioned are they organic and chemical free, sulfate free?
        Thanks again^*^

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        • Michael Profile Photo
          Michael

          Dear Josephine,

          The shampoo has many organic ingredients, but also contains some non-organic ones.
          Here is the ingredients list from their website.

          During my childhood I grew up using mostly head and shoulders. Didn’t really pay attention to the ingredients list until I started experiencing seborrheic dermatitis on my facial skin.
          Once I started to have seborrheic dermatitis on my face I was much more aware of the ingredients in the products I used (the facial skin just seems so much more precious than the scalp).
          As soon as I became aware I started seeking much safer and natural solutions.

          The first shampoo that I switched too was actually this one.
          It’s a very strange shampoo as it does not foam. Using it is like massaging your hair with some cream. However, it worked very well. One bottle lasted me for about 3-4 months as my hair is very short and a tiny amount worked quite well. What kept me from using it again was the horrible availability and extremely steep price (about $30.00 for a bottle).

          After this I decided to try the one I mentioned in the previous post and it’s been a pleasure to use. The only reason it caught my attention was because I was using a cleanser from the same company at the time. The ingredients looked promising and I got it from Amazon for about $10, so it was worth a try. It foams like a regular shampoo and smells fantastic. I’m not sure if it directly fights the seborrheic dermatitis causing bacteria, but for me it seems to help normalize oil production. The normalized oil production in turn appears to keep dandruff in check.

          When I was using apple cider vinegar washes and/or salt washes I would see results quite quickly. When I first started, one or two days of use and my scalp would normalize. I found that very thorough massaging of the scalp really improved results.

          All the best!

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  60. Nina Profile Photo
    Nina

    Hi Michael,
    Thank you for such a brilliant collection of remedies for SD. What a great help guide!
    I have been suffering from SD on my scalp for 17 years… A couple of years ago I decided to switch to natural remedies. It takes more time and effort but it’s all worth it in the end. I had a great success with honey treatment last year but then I made a break in the treatment routine and finding it hard to achieve good results this time. I decided to look at the alternatives. I wondered if you tried salt for scalp treatments? Thank you!

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    • Michael Profile Photo
      Michael

      Hello Nina,

      First of all thank you for the positive comment.

      My experience was very much the same. One treatment could be working exceptionally, then one day it just stops.

      I’ve written an extensive post on seborrheic dermatitis sea salt treatment. It doesn’t talk much about using it on the scalp, but has many general details and observations.

      Using the sea salt on the scalp is quite the same as the baking soda. Personally I would just take a bit of sea salt in the hand into the shower, wet the hair,
      scrub the sea salt into scalp and let it absorb for a few minutes. Once it has had some time to absorb, simply rinse off the sea salt and follow up with a natural moisturising shampoo.
      At first I wasn’t following up with any shampoo at all, but this seemed to leave the scalp a bit dry.

      If you have access to ocean or sea water give that a try instead. The natural concentration of salt in the water is perfect and it seems to be much higher in iodine.
      The results from ocean/sea water were significantly superior for me.

      The sea salt also seems to really mineralize the hair as it becomes much stiffer after the treatment.

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      • Nina Profile Photo
        Nina

        Hello Michael,

        Thank you very much for taking the time to reply in such detail. Much appreciated. I will try sea salt and hopefully sea water in the summer. Will be checking your website for new ideas!

        All the best,

        Nina

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        • Michael Profile Photo
          Michael

          Hi Nina,

          After spending so much time and money fighting seborrheic dermatitis the least I could do is provide all the information I learned to others.

          Hope some of the stuff helps you.
          Best of luck with your seborrheic dermatitis and will be happy to hear about your results.

          Regards,
          Michael

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