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.
Table of Contents
- 1 How People Currently Use Sea Salt to Manage Seborrheic Dermatitis
- 1.1 Sea Salt Water Soaks for Seborrheic Dermatitis
- 1.2 Sea Salt Water Shower Rinses for Seborrheic Dermatitis
- 1.3 Another Potential Approach (Added 2015/03/24)
- 1.4 Dry Skin After Sea Salt Treatment and How to Moisturize It
- 1.5 Be Careful When Applying Sea Salt to Facial Skin Effected by Seborrheic Dermatitis
- 1.6 What Type of Sea Salt Works Best for Treating Seborrheic Dermatitis
- 2 My Radically Different Approach to Using Sea Salt for Seborrheic Dermatitis
- 3 Summary
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.
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.