If you are one of those unfortunate to have seborrheic dermatitis on the face you have likely been searching for a cure to your problem. There are tons of people online claiming to have found a cure for their seborrheic dermatitis. In this article I will look at the most popular reported seborrheic dermatitis face cures and let you know which ones worked for me.
This list is only meant to serve as a reference point and might not be 100% complete. Also my own battle with seborrheic dermatitis was quite long, however, my final fix was a little more complex than the cures outlined here. For me the solution was mainly topical and my approach is outlined here.
As promised here is the list of reported seborrheic dermatitis face cures:
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Apple Cider Vinegar
There are a hundreds of reports of people having success with apple cider vinegar to treat their seborrheic dermatitis on the face. Typically the method used is a 1 to 1 dilution of apple cider vinegar and water. This solution is than applied to the facial skin and left on from anywhere from 5-15 minutes. Once rinsed the skin should be bright pink. Most people report a disappearance of seborrheic dermatitis symptoms after 4 to 5 rinses depending on how bad the skin was to begin with.
This method work quite well for me, but did not truly produce the long term results I was after. The seborrheic dermatitis was always there, but the apple cider vinegar made sure the symptoms were gone. To sustain effectiveness repeat applications were required.
Sea Salt Water Soak
Another quite popular solution is to soak the effected skin in a solution of salt water. Typically you only use 1/2 a teaspoon of a sea salt to about a litre of boiled or spring water. Once the solution is read you must then soak the seborrheic dermatitis effected skin in this water for about 5-15 minutes. Similar to the apple cider vinegar you are likely to experience a stinging sensation of the skin. Once washed off the skin will be bright pink and very supple.
This treatment worked quite well for me. The only downside is the skin would often times become quite dry and pale. To combat this it is recommended to use an oil free moisturizer.
Mild Glycerin Soap
There are also some reports online of people completely curing their facial seborrheic dermatitis by switching to sensitive soap with glycerin. For these lucky people the solution was as simple as that. Stop using regular store bought brands and switch to a natural glycerin soap.
Personally this only helped slightly. For this method to work I believe your seborrheic dermatitis must be solely caused by a sensitivity to regular store bough soap ingredients. When switching to the glycerin soap you as a result avoid these irritating substances and the skin clears.
If you’ve read any of my other articles you will know that the seborrheic dermatitis honey treatment is my favourite of them all. This treatment involves applying raw honey (very important that it’s raw) mixed with boiled water in a 5:1 solution and applying this to the face.
This honey mixture should then be left on for at least 3 hours. Once the times up, simply rinse the face off with more clean water and that’s it. Do not use soap or anything else when rinsing off, the honey is easy to rinse and leaves the skin clean.
For my this was the most successful treatment option. It left the skin moisturized and seborrheic dermatitis free. This allowed me to avoid moisturizers which often made the seborrheic dermatitis worse. The honey also gave the skin a much nicer and vibrant appearance.
Baking soda is used to fight all sorts of fungus. When applied to the skin it cleanses and removes any micro-organisms that might be present. Use about a teaspoon per cup of water and apply to the seborrheic dermatitis effected skin. Let it soak in for about 5 minutes and rinse off. Once you rinse it off it is highly recommended to quickly rinse the skin with the apple cider vinegar solution outlined above. This ensure that the acidity of the skin is quickly restored.
For me baking soda was very effective at combatting seborrheic dermatitis. The only downside was it also left the skin quite dull and dry. My main use of baking soda was for seborrheic dermatitis on the scalp as no one really sees the skin there.
Some people online have had amazing success with hydrogen peroxide applied to the face. The hydrogen peroxide is typically mixed in a 50/50 ratio with water and dabbed onto the facial skin. Do not leave this solution on longer than 5 minutes as it will likely begin to burn the skin. Rinse off and let air dry.
I’ve never used this treatment option as it just seemed to harsh for me. There are much safer ways to disinfect the skin than hydrogen peroxide. If you are thinking or trying to cure your seborrheic dermatitis with hydrogen peroxide, I strongly suggest you take a look at baking soda.
Anti-Fungal Soaps, Shampoos and Creams
The medical community has established a link between seborrheic dermatitis and a fungus called Malassezia Furfur. All of the commercially available dandruff shampoos and seborrheic dermatitis solutions are designed to this specific fungus any many others. Once the skin is fungi free the normal skin cells begging to establish themselves and seborrheic dermatitis disappears.
The biggest problem with this treatment is that it also destroys the skin natural eco system, which normally helps to defend healthy skin. Without this defence system your skin starts to become dependent on external solutions.
For me most popular commercial products in this category worked very well (thing head and shoulders, neutrogena t-gel, nizoral, etc.) during initial use. The results were not very sustainable and after a fews weeks of treatment results faded away and seborrheic dermatitis returned. They also made the skin very pale and unhealthy looking, which always kept me away from long term use.
Green Tea Face Wash
In the past I’ve also come across many people effectively controlling their seborrheic dermatitis by dabbing used green tea bags on the skin. This treatment is very simple and consisted of a daily morning and night regimen of steeping green tea, taking the used tea bags, and dabbing them onto the skin. Once the solution is applied, it is left to soak in and air dry (no washing off required). This method problems uses a combination of the teas cell stimulating properties coupled with the ability to pull toxins from the skin.
For me this method worked quite well. The only problem was that it was not effective if seborrheic dermatitis was very active and the skin was quite damaged. In this scenario the green tea bags did little to alleviate the symptoms. However, once the symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis are controlled by other methods the green tea bags are very effective as an ongoing maintenance.
There are lots of reported seborrheic dermatitis face cures available online. If you take the time to read some of them on the forums and blogs elsewhere then you will notice that results vary greatly from person to person. What works for one person does not always work for others. Please feel free to try the solutions above, hopefully you will find something that works for you. Please also keep in mind that the above treatments are listed in order of popularity (excel for the commercial solution – i.e. anti-fungals), so it might make sense to try them in that order.
As always if any of the above reported seborrheic dermatitis face cures work for you, please leave a comment below. Other readers will likely benefit from your experience.