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    I've had seborrheic dermatitis since I hit puberty. I am now 27. I had no problem whisking it away with topical steroids until I had a bout of guttate psoriasis at 25. After that I became deftly afraid of any and all medications, and unfortunately lost a lot of faith in my doctors... while I simultaneously became aware of the vast amount of "alternative" information available on the internet. I currently still suffer from a red nose - in the exact places I routinely applied hydrocortisone for years upon years. With Cetaphil moisturizer, a rotation of Nizoral/H&S/tar pine shampoos on the scalp, and never letting warm or hot water touch my face, I can keep the flaking at bay. Yet still I look like rudolph. I am quite active (bike 50+ miles per week, play soccer, etc.), and get plenty of sun (live in California). I struggle on a personal level with how embarrassing I look, to the point where it affects a lot of my relationships that are not on a solid foundation. I would literally give almost anything to look normal.

    I also suffer from another auto-immune disease, Raynaud's syndrome, which affects me day in and day out. Atypical of other Raynaud's sufferers, my fingernails are permanently white. A battery of auto-immune tests diagnosed nothing wrong with me. It kills me to look around at my peers, and despite being very successful in my career, I struggle with developing my personal life, since I only see myself as an innately flawed person. If you have anything that can help with this, please send me a message.

    I've tried a ketogenic diet twice for a month a piece, and each time psoriasis began to creep back on me. As such I have now eliminated dairy.

    I'm currently reading "The Perfect Health Diet", with the goal of ultimately implementing it's recommendations.

    I also drink (alcohol) quite often - without it I would hardly have a social life.

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    SD became active around Jan/Feb 2014, didn't really focus on it until 6-8 months ago. I started at the gym in May 2013, on a bulking cycle that went for about 6-7 months. At the start I was eating normal and healthy, then junk food made it's way into my diet plan. Over time the clean food/junk food consumption fluctuated, but gradually went downhill. In late December I started a cutting routine which cut my calories, and I was eating more healthy. Towards the end of Jan I had an intimate relation with a girl I really liked, but things happened during it that sent me on a downward spiral for the next 8-12weeks (I think - I'm not sure how long it went for). During this "down" time, I stopped training, ate bad constantly, started smoking again, and just had such a negative, low mindset that I really couldn't do anything about, but let it run it's course. I think there was a period there where I ate junk food exclusively for about 4-6 weeks, and I'm talking 3-5 meals a day. Also during this time, I was aware of something happening in my midsection area. I really can't explain it, but I feel as though I was going through some sort of physiological change within my body. It was a weird feeling, but it didn't hurt or anything, so I forgot about it. Then the seb derm came. Time went by, it didn't go away, creams and washes didn't fix it, so I went to Dermo to see what's up. He diagnosed SD, told me I couldn't get rid of it, and then not much else after that. He gave me a sheet of paper with treatment solutions and wrote some stuff on the back, and that was it. I felt like I wasted $160, but I needed the diagnosis at least. Anyway, you're on your own with this one. They don't know what causes it, or how to fix it. I didn't (and still can't) really accept that. I learnt after awhile that the inflammation is an immunological response from your immune system telling you that something is not right within. Now, I've always had crap skin - I've had flakes from my hair since high school. My skin would develop rashes in certain places at certain times for certain reasons. But this is different. This is my immune system.

    In summary, this is my theory about what has happened:- Bulking diet was good at the start, then went slowly bad to really bad. An accumulation of food toxins and bacteria residue could not properly be processed and filtered through my system creating overgrowths of bad gut flora and yeast and whatever else there is in there. From here I think I have massively overloaded my digestive system and related organs to be not functioning at their maximum capacity. Add in a couple of months of depression and there you have it - a recipe to make Seborrheic Dermatitis. I have another theory as well, that no two people are the same, no two people go down the same path to developing SD, therefore, no two people will be able to control, manage, and hopefully eliminate the underlying cause of this condition. But what is the same amongst everyone who has SD (and I can't really speak for sufferers of other skin disorders), is that there is an issue(s) with their digestive / Immune system. It could be genetic, allergic, trauma based, etc. I believe some can correct the issue, I believe some can't. I do get down about it, but someone said to me that "If you get through life with just that, you've done pretty well", which makes me appreciate the things that still do work with my body. It's still hard though.

    Well that's my story, I'm happy to be a part of this community, and I think this is one of (if not, the best) website out there, regarding SD. Thank you Michael for what you are doing, and I want you to know that I thoroughly appreciate your efforts in the fight to cure SD!!!


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    I have severe seborrheic dermatitis on my scalp. I have tried diets, shampoos, and homeopaths. I have had it most of my life but in the last 7 years the effect has become severe.  As of late, I have taken gluten out of my diet (since last October) and it seemed that the dermatitis went away - but it has come back. Next up is getting rid of dairy. (I don't think my friends will ever invite me over for dinner again!) I do see a dermatologist, that I adore, but I am at my whits end. I start going down rabbit holes on the internet but it only gets me more confused and depressed - especially all the natural remedies - I wished they worked but they haven't. I  don't think my dermatologist is evil and not all medicine is evil but there has to be something more I can do. I just think there is a balance somewhere to be found. Anyways, I am looking for a balanced place to search out information because the internet in general, just brings me down.

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    I have had a mysterious rash on my CHIN for a couple of months now.

    DESCRIPTION: It started with a bit of redness in the corner of mouth and seemed to spread over my entire chin. At its worst, it would go through stages of angry red irritation, then dry flaking. It would seem like it was getting better, then the cycle would start over and began to take over a larger area.

    PRESCRIPTION: I was prescribed an oral FLUCONAZOLE pill. The packaging said "you have been prescribed this for a vaginal yeast infection". I am a man so I found this puzzling. I was also prescribed KETOCONAZOLE 2% cream and Elidel cream (PIMECROLIMUS).

    RESULTS: After taking the one-time FLUCONAZOLE pill, my symptoms seemed to improve within days. However, it within a week the condition seemed to creep back up again, despite the continued Ketoconazole and Elidel use.

    After 1 month of treatment with the topical creams, the condition is better as it no longer scales. However, it still shows redness and especially after kissing (when my chin rubs against hers) or after trimming my beard.

    CRY FOR HELP: I am hoping that this community can confirm that this is (in fact) seborrheic dermatitis. I have my doubts because this region of the face is not commonly affected. I hope that I can cure this debilitating skin condition that has caused me a lot of embarrassment. My dermatologist is not taking it very seriously. I do not want to kiss my girlfriend. Our relationship is falling apart, and I think she is planning on leaving me soon. HELP!!

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    Just wanting information for exczema and seborrheic dermatitis which is a battle I deal with.

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