Seborrheic dermatitis is a chronic skin inflammation that becomes worse and better spontaneously. Seborrheic dermatitis causes an eczema-type eruption commonly affecting portions of the head and upper torso.
What are risk factors for seborrheic dermatitis?
Although almost all patients with seborrheic dermatitis are generally healthy, there does seem to be an association with diseases of the central nervous system and AIDS.
What are the symptoms of Seborrheic Dermatitis
Seborrheic dermatitis signs and symptoms may include:
Skin flakes (dandruff) on your scalp, hair, eyebrows, beard or mustache
Patches of greasy skin covered with flaky white or yellow scales or crust on the scalp, face, sides of the nose, eyebrows, ears, eyelids, chest, armpits, groin area or under the breasts
The signs and symptoms may be more severe if you're stressed, and they tend to flare in cold, dry seasons.
Causes of Seborrehic Dermatitis
We don't know what exactly causes seborrheic dermatitis . It seems to be a combination of things, including:
A yeast that normally lives on skin
Certain medical conditions and medicines
Cold, dry weather
It doesn't come from an allergy or being unclean.
Newborns and adults aged 30-60 are more likely to get seborrheic dermatitis. It's more common in men than women and in people with oily skin. These medical conditions can also raise your risk:
Heart attack or stroke recovery
Honey and water mask: 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.
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).
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.
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.
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:
Buy a pre-made shampoo
Make your own concoction
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.