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Just mix an amount of baking soda (however much you need ) with shampoo, I usually add a few drops of water to make it lather better. Then apply to head all over and wait as long as you can bear before washing it out.
I use a ph-balanced shampoo (very important) called seba-med, because I find it causes the least discomfort, and mix about 2 parts shampoo to one part baking soda.
I also find massaging the scalp with a stone tool enormously helpful, because I find stress gives me knots on my head that I am sure contribute to the sores.
First and foremost, I apply Vaseline's cocoa butter all over, every day after the shower (and sometimes more). For those with sebborhheic dermatitis, I have even put this lotion behind and on my ears. I cannot express what a change this has made in my skin. I once used topical steriods and creams; not only were these treatments expensive and ineffective, but had scary side effects like stretch marks, discoloration, and papery skin! By contrast, cocoa butter is recommended to counteract stretch marks, scars, and discoloration. However, be sure to purchase a brand without mineral oil or lanolin, which are irritating.
If you itch in your sleep, like I once did, sleep in cotton gloves with vaseline on your hands. Not only will you be unable to scratch, but your hands' condition will improve.
If you use Neutrogena tar shampoo, don't use it every day. Furthermore, I have found that Head and Shoulders dry scalp conditioner is helpful, however, when used with their sebborheic dermatitis shampoo, my scalp became more irritated than before.
Currently, I use Dove shampoo and conditioner, and like another post suggested, I add about a tablespoon or two of baking soda. I actually had no idea that others had used this treatment for this condition, but had done it in the past to clarify my scalp of product. I have definately noticed an improvement! I also use water and baking soda on my face and skin as it is both a chemical and mechanical exfoliant.
Although I am a vegetarian and have refused to take fish oil in the past, out of desparation to get rid of my symptoms, I have been taking 4,000 mg of fish oil per day at the advice of a wellness professional. Supposedly, it can take up to six months to notice a change in one's scalp as a result of fish oil, but I seem to be flaring-up less.
Take your multivitamins every day!
I also bought a copper hairbrush at WalMart ($10), touted to kill dandruff-causing bacteria. I figured it couldn't hurt! I keep it nearby to brush my hair whenever I get the urge to attack it with my nails. Whether it kills bacteria or fungus effectively or not, it keeps the germs from my hands out of there!
I hope that these tips can be of use to you! Best wishes.
do not eat aged cheeses , smoked anything, vinegar even in sauces , no citrus of any kind , mangoes oranges , grapefruit and most fruits and cooked fish , chicken , peppers of anykind, spagehetti squash , avaocadoes, coconuts .
Ok the things that are exceptal are beef , lamb, any kind of meat, turkey , eggs, vegetables, raw fish i.e sushi, ginger, milk although I am not an advocater of diary, grapes , pineapples, cherries, tomatotoes to name a few theres more
solutions for bathing , I no this sounds crazy but sea salt from new zeland it does not dry your skin like you think it would and this is your whole body including your scalp just put a bowl or a cup in the shower with you you in put in your hane and wash with it, and for your face do in the norning and at night it you dont take two showers a day. If you need a quicker fix use baking soda although I do not suggest using this for a long period of time , mix one table spoon in 8 ounces of water and wash with it if your do your whole body of course you will have to make two more 8ounces of, anyway if you eat from the suggested and do the sea salt you will be amazed , I have just done the research over the years and have tried everything and I mean everything under the sun and have found out what really is the problem something kept telling me that it was in the food I was eating and it was , you ever wonder why people when they go to the hospital and have been admitted for a while that there skin clears up it's because the diet has been changed up or they are not eating as much as they normally do , or when you get sick to your stomach ever wonder why your skin starts look better anyway I am telling do the above and thank me later
i am know using wen shampoo, its great , i love the way it makes you hair feel, and it doesn't tangle all up, but my scalp is so dry
and scally, this morning i tried putting baking soda on my scalp before my shower, i just put in on dry, and rubbed in it all over. and got in the shower and shampooed with wen ( you get it on the internet) , it made my flakes go away, i have them real bad long my hair line.
its so imbarrassing, but the baking soda took it away, its not a cure but it helped me. please some one find a cure for this!!!
My left side is affected basically my ear is all inflamed and swollen and weepy. I have no idea what caused this. I ever dumpe a full bottle of vinegar on my head. DId nothing but make my hair smell.
I have had sebhorreic dermatitis for probably 20 years now. It is persistent and it is annoying and can be very debilitating sometimes.
I've learned that basically categorising what you take inside your body as either acid (caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, processed sugars, drugs, red meats, less in white meats) and Alkaline (water, green vegetables, salads, pulses, beans,....good wholesome foods) can allow you to get control.
Acidic foods apparently create an environment of acidity in your blood, pushing your PH balance, out of balance. A survival mechanism that our bodies have is to release enzymes which are fungal and parasitic in nature, and those fungi and parasites have the job of feeding on the acid until the body has a better PH balance.
However, they then need to come out, and often do so through the skin in the greasiest areas (sides of the nose, forehead, behind the ears, centre of chest). So, it's one of the first things to realise, that it is an indication that your body, somehow, someway, for some reason, is taking in too much acid.
The confusing thing is there are delays which can cause confusion for what is working and what is not. You have bad symptoms, you eat well and drink lots of water for a whilst, but seemingly it doesn't work, and you think it may have gotten worse. So you look for a cream or a powder or do something different, and slowly it gets better, but you gave up the better diet, and are taking in acids again, and so further down the line, you have a whole load of trouble coming again.
I suggest sticking out the alkaline, water, vegetables, salad, diet and throwing in sweaty excercise to naturally irrigate the skin, and stay with it until it starts improving. Then, finally you will know for sure what can work. Then, if you choose to go back to the acids (whatever they are, cakes, chocolate, coffee, alchohol, cigarettes) then you know in your heart of hearts that your body doesn't want that, and it is your choice.
You may not get it perfect, unless you stick with it, but you will see first hand where it comes from, and what does really work and what doesn't.
I don't disregard nutritional supplements, and shampoos. I use an organic shampoo from Organics Australia. It's just a no frills no shampoo and very cleansing without any damage to your scalp or hair.
The last thing which I would be pleased to hear from other people on is whether hard water has a really bad effect. For the last 20 years I have lived in hardwater areas. I'm contemplating buying the house water softener to see if this has any long term effects.
However, as I mentioned above, even if I had the best water to wash in every day, even if I lived in a Spa Town, if I ate chocolate, smoked cigarettes, drank coffee, and drank beer and wine every evening, you can be sure that after a month or two, the fungas and parasites are going to start making their way out, after eating up all the excess acid in my body.
The science does make sense to me.
Good luck to everyone, I hope you all win in the end.
Problem was I had no rice, potatoes, breads, sugars. And I went back to the gym and couldn't lift heavy and no pump. I looked good to people but not for me. What I saw in the mirror was not what I wanted. Didn't want to look like a male model. I like to be strong and pumped. Well I decided to go on Dan Duchaine's (god bless his soul) bodyopus. Well in short you go ZERO carbs (no fruits and no salads) high fat for five days and then you stuff your face with carbs. I stayed clear for almost 2 months on this and then one day it came back with vengeance. Started on my chest (which I never had before) and then to scalp, eyebrows, sides of nose.
Now looking back and analyzing. I think that was the worst diet possible for seb derm. Zero carbs high fat forces the metabolism to go into ketosis which acidifies the entire body. After that you stuff your face with whatever you were craving such as breads, pastas, sugars, chocolates, etc. which acidifies you even more.
Sticking to the diet that resolved my seb derm makes you antisocial and appear to other guys as a big SISSY! .. Screw that, I'd rather eat whatever I want whenever I want and keep using nizoral cream after showers. I do hope that a smart ass figures this out and finds a certain cure in pill form that you pop once a day.