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After close observation and research it has become apparent that there is a clear connection between salt/sodium and seborrheic dermatitis. If you look around online you will find lots of testimonials on how people are able to control their seborrheic dermatitis symptoms with the use of sea salt washes, baths and lotions. So could something as simple as sea salt be the cure for seborrheic dermatitis?

If you closely observe all of the available knowledge and testimonials found online you can see that most people who experience seborrheic dermatitis typically stick to a fairly clean diet. This along with the fact that most health advice and recommendation touches upon salt and its effect on health. Based on current recommendations we can see that in our culture we are typically recommended to reduce salt intake to at the very least control our cravings.

How People Currently Use Sea Salt to Manage Seborrheic Dermatitis

Below are the two most popular ways the people successfully use sea salt to manage/cure their seborrheic dermatitis. The only reason I said both manage and cure seborrheic dermatitis is that there actually is people who report complete remission of their seborrheic dermatitis using sea salt topically.

Sea Salt Water Soaks for Seborrheic Dermatitis

Some people have found that mixing a fairly strong solution of about 1 teaspoon of sea salt per half litre of water, then soaking the affected skin for about 5-10 minutes extremely effective.

Sea Salt Water Shower Rinses for Seborrheic Dermatitis

Another popular way to utilize sea salt is in the shower. Instead of taking the time to soak you skin in a salt solution, simply prepare a bit for the shower. Once in the shower take a handful of your pre-prepared mix and apply to the skin. Leave it on while you continue with your regular shower and simply rinse off with cold water at the end.

Typically most people recommend about the same proportion of sea salt to water as the soak above. Specifically 1 teaspoon per 1/2 litre of water.

Another Potential Approach (Added 2015/03/24)

Recently I had a stuffy nose and someone told me to use some saline nasal spray. It was something I’ve never seen before, so it was a great discovery. The one I bought is just disinfected isotonic (which means its the same concentration of salt as your body) seawater and produces a very gentle mist.

It seems it would actually be perfect for misting the face with. The concentration will always be spot on, if it’s actual seawater it will likely have more trace minerals present than strictly sea salt, the way it disperses it evenly is a great benefit, and the convenience factor is there as well (easy to take with you).

However, since my seborrheic dermatitis has been controlled (using the approach discussed: here) I didn’t bother attempting this. If anyone gives this a try, please leave your findings in the comments.

Dry Skin After Sea Salt Treatment and How to Moisturize It

However, as you could image this could be very drying and require a moisturizer. This is were it gets a little tricky since many popular moisturizers on the market actually aggravate seborrheic dermatitis. To maximize the positive results obtained from the sea salt it is critical to find a suitable moisturizer. For this you can take a look at my previous post one moisturizers I recommended for seborrheic dermatitis.

The key is to use one without any oil. Most moisturizers container oil which actually feeds the exact bacteria which is part of the seborrheic dermatitis problem. Alliteratively if you can get away without moisturizing at all, even better!

Be Careful When Applying Sea Salt to Facial Skin Effected by Seborrheic Dermatitis

Also on a a side note, if you plan on applying the salt water solution to the face. Close your eyes and cover your entire face. Once your ready to rinse off make sure to rinse thoroughly so none of the salt water gets in your eyes. If it does get it your eyes don’t worry too much as it’s not going to do any long term damage, but it will sting quite a bit.

What Type of Sea Salt Works Best for Treating Seborrheic Dermatitis

All the people that have provided successfully testimony for this treatment have used various sea salts with great results. For me personally I did not notice much for a difference between the different types. The two that a lot of people swear by are Dead Sea Salt and Himalayan Pink Sea Salt.

How Dead Sea Salt Differs

Dead Sea Salt is quite high in magnesium especially compared to regular sea salt. Magnesium is known to act as a fairly strong anti-inflammatory and this could truly explain why some people report improved results with its usage. However, Himalayan Pink Sea Salt does not appear to be very different then regular seal salt. This makes it a little questionable in my opinion.

Which Sea Salt Should You Use

In the end it’s up to you. You can try one of these speciality sea salts or you can just good old regular sea salt, which worked just as good for me.

My Radically Different Approach to Using Sea Salt for Seborrheic Dermatitis

After using the above sea salt treatments for quite a long time, I began to question if there is something more I could be doing. Also I started to noticing that poor food choices did not always result in seborrheic dermatitis flare ups. This to things led me to further research and experimentation.

Some things I did notice was that I my extremities (hands and feed) got cold very easily and I would almost never break a sweat. Even during the most intense exercises I could stay super cool and practically sweat free.

First I started looking around online for data on salt/sodium deficiencies, which led me no where. Most research and writings recommended the same old advice. This advice being: lower sodium intake is good, high sodium intake is bad. However, one video did inspire me to try something different.

A Word of Caution

Please be careful when trying the following advice. If your sodium intake is high, or you have other problems related to sodium intake than this is not for you and just stick to topical application.

For me, my sodium intake was nil. I never put salt on any of my food. Most of my cooking was done without salt. If a recipe called for salt I would use about 1/10th of the recommended amount.

My food was bland and that’s how I got used to eating it. Instead of salt I relied heavily on herbs and spices to give my food taste. This is a practice I do highly recommend because the taste diversity you get from using herbs and spice compared to just salt is out of this world.

Adding Sea Salt to My Diet and It’s Effect on Seborrheic Dermatitis

So now it was time for action. Each morning when I woke up the first thing I would do is go to the kitchen and mix a about a quarter teaspoon of regular sea salt with some warm water. Then I would take a few minutes to slowly sip down the drink. I would enjoy every single last sip and it felt amazing. The rest of the day I would do everything as normal, except I stopped worried about sodium intake. I stopped checking labels for sodium and started eating a more loosened diet when it came to salt.

This small, but clearly very significant change led to many positive outcomes. First of all my hands and feet hardly ever get cold anymore. The skin that used to be affected by seborrheic dermatitis started to drastically change. It no longer seemed to be broken or inflamed. The fungus that used to live deep inside the pores seemed to disappear and no longer puss like before.

My Honest Opinion On How This Sea Salt Approach Was

Now to be honest I do not believe the increased intake of sea salt alone could have had such amazing results if it was not for all the other lifestyle modifications I have made prior.

I truly believe it is the sum of all my efforts that led me to finally make seborrheic dermatitis a thing of the past. It was the meticulous monitoring of the food I ate, the introduction of meditation and the overall improvement of how I handle my body that lead me to experience my regular old skin no longer effected by seborrheic dermatitis.

Having said all this I do strongly believe that sea salt played hands down one of the biggest roles in helping me solve my seborrheic dermatitis problem.

Further Reading

http://rosacea-support.org/community/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=743&sid=8b58d59c8c961eb45176009d866647ae

http://curezone.org/forums/am.asp?i=2057688

http://curezone.org/forums/am.asp?i=724276

Summary

Dead sea salt has been used for thousands of years. Ancient civilizations held high regards for its healing power and it was traded in markets all over the world.

Many individuals have provided strong testimonials on the effectiveness of topical sea salt application in treating and sometimes even curing seborrheic dermatitis.

Recent scientific discoveries and movements have raised many red flags when it comes to sodium intake. This has led to a strong a very strong negative outlook on salt and the goal of modern diets to reduce sodium intake.

Reducing sodium intake does make sense due to many processed foods being high in sodium. However, the goal should be to reduce sodium specifically, but instead to reduce out daily dependence on processed foods.

For me simply increasing the sea salt consumption through diet led to amazing results for my seborrheic dermatitis. My skin started to return to its previous condition and other health problems were positively effected. It must, however, be noted that initially my sodium intake was practically nil and this led me to experiment. If you sodium intake is already high it is highly recommended to first reduce it before adding sea salt to your diet.

In the end sea salt was a huge part of my personal seborrheic dermatitis cure. If you would like more information in regards to my approach or would like to share your experience please drop a comment below.

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79 Responses to “Sea Salt a Possible Cure for Seborrheic Dermatitis – The Connection”

  1. Christian borregaard Profile Photo
    Christian borregaard

    I have had SD for the past 18 years, im now 36. The first few years, i used steriod cresm, when flareups got bad. But the cream had less effect and the area affected got bigger. I was finally told about the side effects of using steroid cream so I stopped and was now desperately looking for another remedy. I read about Nizoral shampoo and tabs. I took the tabs for a month and it totally cleared my SD and I thought I was finally cured. After 3 month it came back, now worse than ever. I started using Nizoral shampoo, and it worked about 4 years, then I upped it to 2% solution and it also worked a few years and finally I got another shampoo of 2.5% which also worked a few years. A few weeks ago, my SD came back with vengens. My back, chest and most of my face was affected this time and nothing seemed to be working. I went to the pharmacy and was about to use hydrocortisone, terbinafine cream and tabs well knowing how bad it is. On the day, I was about to start my treatment, I came across a site writing about sea salt for SD. I though, what do I have to lose from trying and it made sense… so I washed my face twice a day for 4 days and then once a day for 3 days and all the SD had cleared – gone! Without chemicals and expensive shampoo… just salt and water. It’s now 2 weeks and still no sign of SD!

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      Amber Gardner

      With a cream you can barely spread it far enough through the hair!! This is what I do.
      Diluting a little bit in some water inside of a spray bottle and spraying the scalp works great for me. I keep the water around for a while and it works later when I need it too.

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    susan

    Hi Michael,
    your site is great for anyone suffering with seb. derm. I had a severe outbreak and some spreading of this awful skin condition. the corners of my mouth, lips and under my nose. nothing worked, and it turned into a vicious cycle of redness and flaking. the mineral sea salt has been fantastic. I am afraid to stop for fear it will return with a vengeance. I plan to continue once a day with the wash and will somehow incorporate something daily in the shower which would be more convenient. I will continue to follow your site and look forward to learning more on how to keep this condition under control more naturally. Also, I find the aveeno excema skin cream very nice and gentle on my facial skin. Who knew?
    thanks again for a great and informative site.

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    • Amber Gardner Profile Photo
      Amber Gardner

      The best thing that has worked for me is taking my eczema/psoriasis cream, diluting a little bit in some water inside of a spray bottle and spraying my scalp. Works like a charm. I keep the water around forever and it still works later on.

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    Andrey Volokitin

    First of, thank you so much for all the research you have done and shared!

    Sea salt works for me, the trick is to find right salt to water ratio and stick to it. Don’t put to much salt or use this treatment for long periods, cause ,unfortunately, skin/ sd gets used to it. Try to rotate the treatment with alternative one (highly recommend raw honey one).

    the way i use sea salt:

    morning:

    1. after shower, disolve minera dead sea salt in a bowl a soak my face for 1-3 mins.
    2. wash face with cold water and let it dry
    3. put on ‘gold bond healing’ on problem spots

    evening:

    repeat 1,2
    3. put on aloe vera gel for face.

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  4. Brenda Ramirez Profile Photo
    Brenda Ramirez

    I’ve suffered with sebborheic dermatitis for years! Everything I tried was only temporarily. I saw a dermatologist and I was hopeful and that didn’t even work. I went on a low carb diet and didn’t even think about my skin condition. Within a few weeks my skin issue was gone!!! Around my period the hormones would make it flare up even more. That issue is gone! Carbs are sugars and I feel that treating the issue from the inside is the best solution.

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    cindy

    Your site has really been helpful; I’ve made a list of things to try! I use Magnesium Oil Spray to get more mag (I’m overcoming adrenal fatigue), and discovered it makes THE best ‘deodorant’ ever! So I might just try it on the affected areas of my scalp, and see if it helps. I just made an essential oils roller containing org. jojoba as a base…Tea Tree, Lavender, Peppermint, and a few drops of Frankincense. I’ll try that for a few days first. I’m dealing w/ significant hair loss to sides of my head, and some on top. I discovered awhile back, it was initially caused by a build-up of L’Oreal hair color on my glasses earpieces (!). I’ve switched to a healthier hair color (Madison Reed), keeping mostly-organic diet clean, taking Biotin and SIBU liquid along w/ other supplements. I can see some regrowth, but I’m still shedding faster than it grows back. Thanks again for all your information!

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    Carol

    My dermatologist told me the reason there has been an explosion of skin conditions like this is due to our public water, they now put chloramine in the water which strips the skin of natural defenses against skin conditions. So there is now an over-growth of skin yeast / bacteria disorders. You have to filter all water in your house /apt. To prevent this, which gets very expensive.

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    • cindy Profile Photo
      cindy

      This makes total sense! Two years ago, we got a chlorine-filtering shower head (from Amazon, for a little under $30, and a $20+ refill every 10-11 months: very hard water here) and it helps a lot. And we drink bottled filtered [usually] alkaline water now. Such rampant yeast overgrowth (Candida) is also caused by over-use of antibiotics, grains and dairy (for those sensitive to them), too much sugar and a generally processed diet.

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    Florin

    Intetesting theory, never thought about it, but I can definitely confirm that my seborrheic dermatitis appeared at the same time I decided to reduce salt. I was really using too much, on virtually every food – on bread and butter, on vegetables, in yogurt, on meat, everything. They say salty is an acquired taste so one can easily reverse it. It took two weeks to get used to just the amount of salt already in these foods, and it wasn’t actually difficult, I also lost weight quickly (sodium in excess may lead to fluid retention), but I realize now I had cut down my salt intake abruptly – from too much to potentially too little salnow. My occasional and completely manageable dandruff turned into seborrheic dermatitis soon after, but never thought the two events might bed connected. This is definitely worth further investigations.

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  8. Michael Profile Photo
    Michael

    UV radiation works a treat – if you can’t sit outside go to a salon and get 5 mins once a week…couple that to a good moisturiser and diet…salcura zeoderm works wonders on my face…yes a few salt water baths (any sea salt seems to work) from time to time helps (with ketoconazole shampoo foamed up over head area)…if you can get a good mud face pack from Dead Sea also very good…no steroids they make it worse…manuka honey used as a face pack also very good but expensive…if you are using steroids forget all this it won’t help one bit…you need to stop steroids get on to these things wait 6 months for steroid damage to heal (push through flares) and eventually it settles right down as long as you keep a maintenance dose of the above up….steroids stop the healing!

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  9. David Rasmussen Profile Photo
    David Rasmussen

    I’ve been suffering from flaking and oozing scalp much of the summer tho it’s gotten worse in the last week. I also have patches of irritated skin on my back, face, arms, legs, feet. I did try laying on the floor and soaking my head in epson salt water in a pan.

    I researched salt water pools and a friend recommended a Salt Float company that I am planning to try in the next day or two.

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    • steve Profile Photo
      steve

      Salt pool is only 3200 ppm, you can’t even taste it. Ocean is 32k ppm. A tablespoon to a liter is maybe a little more than that

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    • Benjamin Profile Photo
      Benjamin

      Been suffering from scaly flaky red inflamed scalp for more than 20 years…
      Tried many steroid creams, shampoes essential oils, sea salt…..

      today I put on extra virgin olive oil on my scalp (massage and leave on for couple of hours then rinse) and…..all the flakes are gone and has not come back…. omg cannot believe this

      Reply
  10. akshay Profile Photo
    akshay

    please suggest me can we use this sea salt on our scalp or not Please answer me I am suffering this for 2 years its urgent for me

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  11. Brenda Profile Photo
    Brenda

    Hi, I have sd around my mouth and it makes me so self conscious. I saw you mentioned a saline spray that was isotonic. Do you remember the brand of the one you bought? Please write soon. Thanks!

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    Charity

    Just curious what kind of moisturizer do you recommend for the hair? I have SD all over my scalp. Hair is thinning daily, it seems and very dry. I thought about using the Dead Sea Salt as a rinse in the shower but worry about it drying my hair out more than it is already. Thank you

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    • Michael Profile Photo
      Michael

      Hi Charity,

      First of all, sorry for the delay in response.
      Everyone’s skin is different, but two natural ingredients that have really stood out to me from my readings are:

      1. Caffeine
      2. Arginine

      In correct amounts, these two appear to have good outcomes for overall scalp health (hair growth, barrier function, hydration).
      The Reversing Seborrheic Dermatitis and Hair Loss post goes over them in a bit more detail (with references).

      Don’t have any experience with any of the products that contain these ingredients, so can’t really suggest anything.
      However, working on a scalp formulation myself which uses both of these.

      Hope that helps and you can find something that works for you.
      If you have the time, please let me know how things unfold (or have already unfolded).

      All the best.

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    • steve Profile Photo
      steve

      I have used H&S conditioner for mine, works well. Not the shampoo and conditioner combo.

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    • Amber Gardner Profile Photo
      Amber Gardner

      Try a SHAMPOO BRUSH! It sounds counter intuitive to scrub on the worst areas but it helps so much! I have tried everything for years. Nothing works except to scrub off the flakes. It seems the flake build up in the worst areas cause the itching so when the flakes come off the itching eases up.

      Reply
  13. Alli Profile Photo
    Alli

    How often should I wash my face with dead sea salt? Should I also use soap or just water when I am not having a flare?

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    • Michael Profile Photo
      Michael

      Hi Alli,

      Hard to really say as everyone skin behaves a little different. Plus, personally I wasn’t able to find along term approach with the dead sea salt. Overall though, knowing what I know now I would use a small concentration of salt, once every day and use only slight cold water to rinse my face.

      However, as I mentioned I wasn’t able to find a long term approach using the salt. It worked really well initially, but after continued usage my skin became quite dry. Perhaps I was using to much and didn’t have a solid schedule going, not sure. The method I’ve been using since last summer with great results can be found here: My Seborrheic Dermatitis Skin Regimen 2.0

      Hope that helps and let me know if you find a solid approach with the dead sea salt.
      Best of luck.

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      • Alli Profile Photo
        Alli

        Thank you for your reply!
        It doesn’t dry my skin out at all, in fact it acts like an exfoliant and an emmolient. I never use any kind of moisturizer. I’ve learned that its all about skin and scalp pH, which is 5.5. I use water with that pH, which is also the pH of the dead sea salt. I also wash my hair with the water and organic ph balanced shampoo for the seb derm and a vinegar mix as a conditioner in the shower. I wash my face twice a day and the only time it seems to flare is when I am dealing with a lot of stress. I need to manage that better. I fill a bowl with 5.5 pH water, let it warm up to tepid, add the salt and just splash it on my face concentrating on the worst area. Then I spray the same type of cold water when I am done. I was at the dermatologist last week and told him what I’ve been doing because he was amazed at the difference.

        Stress and junk food flares it, but I eat a pretty clean diet. I also spray a probiotic on my face to kill the microbes.

        I will check your method out.
        Thanks again!!!

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        • Michael Profile Photo
          Michael

          Hi Alli,

          Thank you for the detailed update and happy to hear you’ve found a good approach for yourself.
          If you have the time, perhaps you can email me (via the contact form) a detailed write-up of your approach and I could add it to the main post. Perhaps future readers may find it helpful.

          Hope your skin keeps improving. All the best.

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  14. Jacqui Profile Photo
    Jacqui

    Uhoh, its in my ear!
    I made sole with pink salt, put it in a bottle to use as spritz or mist. (Sounds like soul–ay)
    I miss all the ocean swimming I used to do!
    I will send you titles of two books….both on water and salt.
    My face got better but other issues took my time and attention.
    It may be that a cleansing fast might be best to improve gut health……but meanwhile i do appreciate your thorough coverage of this health issue

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  15. Bjorn Profile Photo
    Bjorn

    Currently have facial seborrheic dermatitis.. used steroid cream previously but after stopping it, symptoms came back and SD came with a vengeance.

    Just bought epsom salt, I read around that it’s similar to dead sea salt.. Just wondering, how often do you have to apply, and how do you go about applying it? Like how much water do you mix with the salt, and how do you rinse your face with it, how long etc.

    Thank you!

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    • Michael Profile Photo
      Michael

      Hi Bjorn,

      Hard to say with epsom salts as they are mangesium sulfate as opposed to magnesium chloride and sodium chloride.
      When using sea salt or dead sea salt I would typically mix about a tea spoon to a large salad bowl of slightly cold water. Then I would dip my face in the water for as long as I could. After I was done I would simply rinse off and go on my way.

      As noted in the article this worked really well at first, but after about a week results disappeared.
      Cetaphil Restoraderm products worked really well for quite some time and currently I’ve made my own solution which I’ve been using for the past 2-3 months.

      Hope that helps and let me know if you have any other questions.

      Best of luck.

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  16. Steve McCauley Profile Photo
    Steve McCauley

    My problem is seboreich derm in my eyebrows bad to the point of so much inflammation and scale til eyebrow hair is falling out. I’m gonna try this because my sodium is always low and this seems to sound very interesting

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    • Michael Profile Photo
      Michael

      Hi Steve,

      Let me know how it goes. Would be interesting to hear the experience of someone else.
      Mine never fully went away with neither the salt soaks or the sodium increase. However, being less restrictive with sodium may have played a significant role in overall recovery.

      This is approach has completely gotten rid of it for the past 5-6 weeks. And here is what had helped tremendously prior to this.

      Hope things go back to normal for you. Best of luck.

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  17. Dan Profile Photo
    Dan

    I am trying a higher salt diet along with Sea salt plus distilled water face soaks at 1/2 tsp per liter h2o.
    This new research study lead me to try this.
    “Cutaneous Na storage strengthens the antimicrobial barrier function in skin…”
    With a conclusion that increasing sodium content in the skin by a high salt diet boosted activation of macrophages and promoted cutaneous antimicrobial defense. Now you have a mechanism of action for the healing of seb derm.

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    • Michael Profile Photo
      Michael

      Hi Dan,

      Thanks for the article. Good to see some data to explain what I had experienced as well.
      The only issue though is it may not be a good approach long-term or individuals who have medical reasons for avoiding too much sodium.

      How has this approach been going for you?

      This is what I’ve been doing for a bit more than a month now.

      All the best.

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  18. Mike Profile Photo
    Mike

    Yes this actually seems to mirror my own experiments in regards to my thinking in slightly changing my my skins ph using added sodium chloride aka table salt in a 2ltr bottle of water and drank over the course of 2 hours in the gym. I have found that the skin around my nose and sides of face became clearer currently I have stopped this to check what happens and I’m having a flare up going on to use it again and I’ll post back

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    • Michael Profile Photo
      Michael

      Sounds good. Thanks for the update!
      I’ve sent you a private message as well, with all the current done book chapters (still working on the editing though).
      All the best mate.

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  19. Connor Profile Photo
    Connor

    Hey Michael,
    I used the salt method last night for my facial SD using the mixture of half a tea spoon to 250ml, I watered my face then poured the salt mixture of my face leaving it for 5 minutes then I washed off, in the morning (now) the redness was reduced but the SD is still there, so I have a few questions, how long should I keep doing this method for e.g 1 every day or twice a week? And will my SD be gone in how much time ? Thank you 🙂

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    • Michael Profile Photo
      Michael

      Hi Connor,

      If your SD keeps improving, simply keep at it. On average I found that it takes about a week for everything to clear up (if treatment is actually working).
      For me though, the sea salt seemed to become less effective over time and then stopped working all together.

      A more complete outline of everything I’ve tried is outlined in the “Overview of Seborrheic Dermatitis Face Treatments” post.
      The Restoraderm mentioned there has been working for about a year now. However, just in the past month I think I may have found a more specific (food) related issue. However, I still need time to know for sure. If you want a preview of that approach there is a link and password for it in this comment on that overview post.

      Let me know if I’ve missed anything or if you want any other questions.
      Hope that helps mate and best of luck.

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      • Connor Profile Photo
        Connor

        Okay yeah I’ll keep it up for a couple more days and see how it goes! I’ll read the other overview of seboherric dermantits later in the morning. Perhaps a preview would be good thanks 🙂 one more question, should i just wash it over my skin or let in soak in and use a cotton bud? Which method is better in your opinion? Thanks heaps Michael

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        • Connor Profile Photo
          Connor

          Also when I do apply the salt with water on the face it doesn’t seem to sting? Is that normal

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          • Michael Profile Photo
            Michael

            Hi Connor,
            For me, I found that the facial soaks were much more effective than just washing with it. After the soak, I would typically rinse with cold water and let air dry.
            All the best.

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            Michael

            In terms of the stinging, I found a big factor to be the state of the SD. If the skin is damaged you may experience some stinging. If it is just in the general inflamed & dry state, the sea salt shouldn’t cause any stinging. However, I guess the concentration of the sea salt will also play a role.

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    Nicholas

    Hi Michael,

    I have had seborrheic dermatitis on my eyebrows for almost 5 years. it started as a Gunk of dead skin on my eyebrow and grows into a full blown flaking all over my eyebrows.
    the problem with SD in eyebrow is that it causes serious hair-falling and get me stressed, sparse eyebrow looks terrible on me, and the worst part is that i am a 17 years old teen boy. my appereance matters so much for me :'( :'(

    all these 5 years, i tried to treat my eyebrow with Shampoos like Head nShoulders, Selsun, and Nizoral 2%, LIMITED TO NO SUCESS AT ALL :'[] :'[]

    so, my question is, is it safe to apply Sea Salt to my eyebrows??
    i am a little bit obsessive and i don’t want my eyebrows to fall, each time it falls my heart mourn out of anxiety and depression,

    thanks for reading,
    reading your post actually sparks a new hope in me!

    i hope someday, we will ALL be freed from SD .

    THANKS

    recently i moved from indonesia to New zealand, the weather in NZ was so cold and it gets my SD worse,

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    • Michael Profile Photo
      Michael

      Hi Nicholas,

      Sorry to hear about your story, however you are not alone and quite a large number of people face the same issue you as you (me being one of them). Best thing to do is to try and stay calm, and perhaps start a food journal.
      One of the biggest things that had a negative impact on my SD was all the crap information on the internet regarding the topic. So be careful online and always be sceptical when reading.

      Sea salt is safe for all skin, however you might have issues if your skin is excessively raw and damaged. In this case the sea salt will cause burning and can irritate the skin further.
      A way to overcome this obstacle is by simply diluting with more water, until no irritation occurs. However, then the solution may not be as effective.

      If you haven’t yet, consider checking out the “Overview of Seborrheic Dermatitis Face Treatments” post. I’ve covered as much as possible from my experience there. The Cetaphil products mentioned in that post have had fairly good success for a significant amount of people, but some reported irritation. So try to get samples if possible. Additionally, you may want to consider joining the community, as it’s a good chance to communicate with others going down the same road.

      I’m currently trying to write a book on the subject. However, it’s quite hard as most of the medical community currently has no clear explanation for why some of us have SD, while others don’t. However, I believe I’ve uncovered a few things that may connect us. Will email you with any updates on this (need to do a bit more testing).

      Hope that helps and all the best.

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  21. Eateban Profile Photo
    Eateban

    I tried the pink himalayan salt baths and afterwards it gave me terrible terrible itching… Dont understand why

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      Michael

      Hi Eateban,

      It’s really hard to say why this happens.
      I’ve had similar experience. Sometimes it would burn, other times it calm it instead.
      However, I wasn’t using himalayan salt, just regular sea salt or dead sea salt.

      Also I had magnesium salt flakes. These burnt my skin like crazy.
      Strange thing is that it (the magnesium flakes) would burn and then actually provide relief. But it didn’t really provide a fix though.

      Hope that helps.

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  22. Nenita Long Profile Photo
    Nenita Long

    Im really interested to all the information re: SD. Right now Im suffering itchy scalp and some small rashes in different areas of my body and I am already so depressed about it..
    Thanks for the info…

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      Michael

      Hi Nenita,

      Hope some of the info helps. If you haven’t done so already consider reading through this post.
      It’s a quite long, but covers my whole experience with SD. Strange enough my scalp went away as my face got under control.

      Hope some of the information on the site helps.
      All the best.

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    • Michael Profile Photo
      Michael

      Hi Neerja,

      Braggs apple cider vinegar is really popular here in North America. However, in my experience it really doesn’t matter all that much.
      Seems like any quality apple cider vinegar is practically the same.

      Perhaps check out some local stores. I would imagine it would be available.

      All the best. Let me know how things turn out.

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  23. Neerja Profile Photo
    Neerja

    Thanks for response MICHAEL
    Can u tell me one more thing?? From where should I oreder it online?? I mean which one will be the best….

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  24. Neerja Profile Photo
    Neerja

    hi
    I am suffering fron SD too on my face nd scalp
    Right now I am applying the creams and shampoos which r prescribed by dermatologist but I am not getting the effective results.Even I feel like this SD becomes worst when I apply facewash.What should I do? Should I use dead sea salt or apple cider vineger? I scared of SD.Plzz reply soon

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    • Michael Profile Photo
      Michael

      Hi Neerja,

      Thanks for checking in. Sorry, but I don’t really have a clear cut answer.
      This is the regimen that has worked for me. Other readers have reported great results as well, but others didn’t see any changes. Additionally, it might be fairly difficult to find the Restoraderm wash in Indian, but I’m not sure. Perhaps you can update in this regard.

      Overall these appear to be the three most popular treatments on this site so far:

      1. Restoraderm
      2. Apple Cider Vinegar
      3. Nystatin
      4. Sea Salt

      Another post that might be of interest to you is this one. It’s basically an outline of my experience with everything that I had attempted.

      Hope that helps and sorry I don’t have a clear answer for you.
      Unfortunately, seborrheic dermatitis appears to be quite complex and differs significantly among sufferers.

      I’m currently going through a ton of medical papers trying to find a more concrete answer. Will update as I have more details

      All the best.

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  25. HeavyMetalJess Profile Photo
    HeavyMetalJess

    I’ve been using dead sea salt for my scalp. At first, it was almost magical (though extremely painful) to use. I was mixing it with my conditioner to make it easy to apply. Now, it doesn’t seem to make quite a strong improvement. It really only ever reduced itching and reduced the amount of flaky. It never cleared up my SD completely. I saw your other post about your current regiment and might have to give those things a try.

    Is there a better way to be using sea salt on my scalp as a topical relief? Direct application in the conditioner can be quite painful if there are open lesions or cracking. Would soaking my scalp in water be better? If so, what do you think would be a useful concentration?

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    • Michael Profile Photo
      Michael

      The best way I found was the head dunks. Rubbing the salt into my scalp was okay as well, but not as effective. For the soaks I was using about a teaspoon and half for about 2-3 litres of water. It was never precise thought, I just kind of put in as much I felt would make the water similar salinity to ocean water.
      Not sure how this would work out, but looking back I might have considered adding a drop of iodine to the water if I was still going with this treatment approach. Way back I tried directly applying pure iodine on the spots, but that was way too crazy and slightly burnt my skin.

      It’s strange to see why the salt stops working so quickly. For me it was quite magical at first too, for about a week I was riding high and thought I had everything figured out. Then it kind of just stopped working.
      Even now though, I still think sodium and iodine might play a role however. I eat quite a bit of iodine rich foods and I’m not really watching my sodium intake as intensely as I did before. This seems to help the sweat glands behave more naturally.

      Let me know which route you end up perusing. Best of luck either way!

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  26. art Profile Photo
    art

    My scalp irritated easily with this problem. I e tried three different dermatologists and nine work. Only relief I get is when I have very short hair so I have to cut my hair ever 10-14 days. How much salt to water do I need to use for my scalp and how long do I keep it on. Thank you in advance

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    • Michael Profile Photo
      Michael

      Hi Art,

      Sorry for the delay in response. For the salt I was using about a teaspoon mixed and just rubbed it into my scalp.
      For me it seemed to help better than most of the other natural treatments. However, sometimes it would work while other times it wouldn’t. Not sure why this happened. Apple cider vinegar on the scalp was okay as well, but same thing (sometimes worked, sometimes didn’t).

      Anti-fungal shampoos (Head and Shoulders or Tgel) always seemed to work though. However, they often left the hair feeling unhealthy. For about the past year I stopped doing everything and just switched to a highly moisturizing shampoo and it seemed to work. But, here again I’m not sure if it’s because of the shampoo or from taking l-glutamine. Take a look at this post, I’ve tried to outline my whole journey (most the treatments I tried are here).

      Short hair did seem to help when I had issues, but I don’t think it was the decisive factor.

      Hope that helps and look forward to hearing any updates.

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  27. Kathi Profile Photo
    Kathi

    Im testing this method I went to mama jeans health food store and picked up “real salt natures first sea salt” is that going to be what I would use

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    • Michael Profile Photo
      Michael

      Hi Kathi,

      Thanks for the update. Hopefully it works out for you. Personally I think most the sea salt is the same. The expensive dead sea salt from Amazon had worse results for me than regular Trader Joes stuff.

      If you find the time, drop an update as you have some time to test the salt. Additionally this post might be of use. It’s my most comprehensive summary of my whole experience with seborrheic dermatitis.

      All the best and look forward to any updates.

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  28. Amber Gardner Profile Photo
    Amber Gardner

    Just really started treating mine after realizing my eyebrows are disappearing. Didn’t have any sea salt in hand so used table salt. Worked some at least. I feel so clean right now.

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    • Michael Profile Photo
      Michael

      Hi Amber,

      Thanks for the update. Yeah I always wondered if table salt would be as effective. In a way I thought it might potentially even work better due to the added iodine.

      What method did you use to apply it for the eyebrows? Just the simple facial soak?

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        • Michael Profile Photo
          Michael

          Sounds like a crazy combination. Lol. T-Gel was powerful enough for me on it’s own. You think the combo made it better?

          Also a good friend of mine used Castor Oil and Caffeine to get a grasp on premature balding. Maybe something too look at. However, not sure how it either of those would interact with seborrheic dermatitis.

          Best of luck.

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          • Amber Gardner Profile Photo
            Amber Gardner

            I have it really bad. Knew I had scalp issues but didn’t realize it was the reason my face was so red until my eyebrows started disappearing and I had to do something. T-gel gave a bit of relief, but mostly just left me itching crazy. So I discovered salt. Helped a bit more, but ultimately it has proved not to be any kind of quick cure.

            Apple Cider Vinegar is a God sent so far. Haven’t been this white and flake free in years and this with a few applications in one day. I pour some diluted over my head in the shower. I have some diluted in a spray bottle for touch ups which also gives my hair a lot of body! And I have some in a little container to use as an astringent. Much better than salt!!!

          • Michael Profile Photo
            Michael

            Thanks for the update. Great to hear that it’s working out so well.
            If you like, send I can append your specific approach to the main ACV post.

  29. Mathieu Profile Photo
    Mathieu

    Hi, I started salt treatment almost two weeks ago. It’s a carnalite dead sea salt, and i’m adding one and a half teaspoon for 1 litre of hot water. I mix it in a bowl and then soak my face in it for several minutes (5-10). After 1st week there was a huge improvement on the affected by SD areas (i have it around my nose and under eyes, on ‘good days’ you can see almost a full butterfly. In my case it’s only reddish, it doesn’t flake, before salt treatment it was greasier than other parts of face and i had to wash it few times a day cause it got sweaty.) All redness ALMOST disappeared, you could still see from close distance that something is not alright. 2 days ago, after 12 days of doing my morning/evening soaking regime, SD returned and i don’t know what to do. It seems that my skin got used to salt, becasue in first week when i was working out i litteraly sweated out all this salt I ingested in by soaking. I also felt like i ate some salt, not anymore, it’s like my skin stopped absorbing it. Can you please give me some tip? Should I continue my regime, buy a new pack of salt (this one is going to end i few days) cause maybe it will change for good(little pimples appeared, since SD started in octobre i havent got any in infected area). I’ve read about honey treatment on your GREA GREAT site and I think that I’ll try it next if salt completely fail, but six months…man, it’s so long. I’m 20 and deeply depressed, I’ll appreciate any help from you. Greetings

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    • Michael Profile Photo
      Michael

      Hi Mathieu,

      Thanks for the positive feedback.

      It’s hard for me to say if you should keep going or that the sea salt won’t help any longer. My experience was pretty much identical to yours. At first they worked exceptionally well (skin calmed down, flakes went away). Then one day (couple weeks in) the salt treatments just seemed to stopped working. Flaking and redness returned and the salt became ineffective. Hard to say why this happened/happens.

      In terms of the honey treatment, the one documented in the medical study is quite intense. I was never able to stick to such a strict regimen. Maybe that’s why I was never able to fully make it go away with the honey. However, overall it did seem to be better for me than the sea salt treatment. Even after it became less effective, it was still quite good at controlling it and keeping flakes at bay. The biggest issue was the amount of time the treatment took.

      Not sure if your have read this post, but I try to sum up mostly everything I tried (some stuff is missing, but it’s a huge post as is). Towards the end of it I describe my current treatment technique. That regimen has been working out quite well for me and my seborrheic dermatitis hasn’t bugged me for ~9 months now.

      Additionally I believe the whole depression, stress, and anxiety add another layer to the seborrheic dermatitis problem. It seems to almost create a cycle, which can drastically diminish results.
      The right information is good, but too much information seems to create a ton of problems.
      Lot’s of the forums I have come across in my journey have had a lot of disheartening info.. This definitely didn’t help. Reflecting and mentally going back to when things were normal really helped calm the mind.

      Hopefully you find something that works for you on a long term basis as well.
      If you do end up trying my approach, let me (and other readers) know how it works out.

      Best of luck and take care!

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    • Michael Profile Photo
      Michael

      When using sea salt on my scalp I usually massage it in. Leave it for a couple minutes. Than shampoo the hair to remove the residue.
      Other times I don’t even shampoo. However, using too much or too often seems to dry the scalp for me (which is why I usually shampoo).

      Before when I had thick scaling on the scalp. Baking soda seemed to do the trick a bit quicker than sea salt.

      All the best.

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    Susan Graves

    Furthermore, pure aloe is wonderful if yo u live in an environment that can grow it please
    make yourself a plant of aloe you will be so happy you did. The aloe in it’s purest form
    soothes the inflammation of the dermatitis even on the scalp … I use pure aloe on my face each morning
    instead of anything chemical …

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    • Michael Profile Photo
      Michael

      Yeah, I heard great things about Aloe.
      It’s been used in my family since I was little and my parents always have a few plants around the house.
      For some reason anytime I tried to apply freshly squeezed aloe on my seborrheic dermatitis, my skin would go crazy, becoming even more inflamed!
      Knowing how amazing aloe vera is I kept attempting to use it against the seborrhea, but always had the same result (inflammation).

      However, I’ve read quite a few posts of people saying it has done wonders for their dermatitis.
      For me this was a prime example of “Everyones skin is different”.

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  31. Susan Graves Profile Photo
    Susan Graves

    Hi, I have been suffering from SD on my scalp for a year and half now and I
    have been to a few dermatologists and all they give me is prescriptions for
    cortisteriods and dandruff shampoo but research further these things are temporary
    fixes and in the end you will lose your hair faster . So I ordered a natural dandruff
    shampoo it doesn’t smell all that pretty but applying a bunch of creams does not
    either so you weigh the two evils right? I live by the ocean and started going to
    the beach every weekend, filled up two gallon jugs of beach water changed to a gluten
    free diet not that I was allergic to gluten but I may have a sensitivity and actually
    my scalp felt good going to the beach… well now the weather is getting cooler and
    my scalp is in aggravation mode so last night I took my dead sea salt and purified water
    and dissolved it to a two cup rinse and 8 oz to a spray bottle and used it on my scalp this
    morning nice… M intuition told me to try it I did and I will keep on doing it . I believe in my
    heart that salt makes the difference like yourself I wasn’t much of a salt person but since I
    developed this I have actual cravings for salt and the salt water has proven more beneficial
    then creams and shampoos from a dermatologist and saved my hair from probably more
    falling out. I hear all of you that suffer from this it is rather depressing but learning in your own
    way how to deal with it you find the hope that is not the end. I miss nice smelling shampoos
    but the aggravation of what I feel could not match the one day of a nice smelling shampoo
    that is for sure so bland I will be ….. Salt and more salt is what I say…. oils be gone!

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    • Michael Profile Photo
      Michael

      Hi Susan. Thanks for the details.
      Glad to hear that you found something that works for you!

      Which natural anti dandruff shampoo did you end up trying? Jasons?

      For me I ended up getting some natural one from Amazon with Pale Shale Oil, but it was like 30 dollars for a small tube. So that was a bit too steep for a re-order.
      Currently I’m just using a “mostly” natural moisturizing shampoo, seems to be working fine.

      The salt added back to my diet seems to really have helped. Also avoid milk as much as I can, as it seemed to closely correlate with flare ups for me in the past.
      Stuff with gluten makes up large part of my diet. When looking for the cause of my seborrheic dermatitis other forums convinced me that gluten was responsible.
      At that time I did everything I could to stay away from gluten, but honestly avoiding gluten didn’t seem to have any direct effects for me.

      Also washing with sea salt is really nice. Seems to almost fortify the hair.

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  32. roberto Profile Photo
    roberto

    Hi! Just to give a big thank you from portugal! Started using sea salt and it helps a lot! 🙂

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    • Michael Profile Photo
      Michael

      Hi Roberto,
      Thank you for the positive comment. 🙂
      Glad to hear that it helped you!
      In which method are you currently using the sea salt?

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    • Michael Profile Photo
      Michael

      Hey,
      Haven’t updated the site for a bit.
      The sea salt remedy was really great at first and reduced the redness fast. Made my skin almost a pale/tan color. However, after that it was on and off (sometimes worked, sometimes didn’t). I stopped using it since it made my skin dry.

      Recently I finally found a pretty solid solution for my skin though.
      I’ve sent you an email to the address you provided with the details. Please let me know if my method works for you.

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