What are the Different Natural Remedies for Seborrheic Dermatitis?

Laura M. Sands

Most natural remedies for seborrheic dermatitis are inexpensive and easy to use. Home treatments, such as shampooing daily with an antifungal dandruff shampoo, are often used to control symptoms, but more can be done to prevent the unsightly signs of scalp dermatitis. Other remedies include pretreating the scalp with herbal remedies before shampooing, exposing the scalp to sunlight daily, avoiding the use of harsh chemicals on the scalp and face, refraining from scratching, adding healthy ingredients to the diet and avoiding certain foods that contribute to yeast overgrowth.

For individuals treating seborrheic dermatitis, it's important to eat foods high in zinc, such as sunflower seeds.
For individuals treating seborrheic dermatitis, it's important to eat foods high in zinc, such as sunflower seeds.

Characterized by a flaky scalp, also known as dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis is directly related to an overgrowth of yeast, which is secreted through the scalp oil glands. In some people, the signs of flaky scalp are also accompanied by oozing yellow colored pus, which dries and forms crusty flakes. Some may also experience the effects of this condition on the face and neck areas. Natural remedies for this condition target the yeast overgrowth in an attempt to balance it and stop the symptoms from occurring.

A natural antifungal dandruff shampoo is one treatment for seborrheic dermatitis.
A natural antifungal dandruff shampoo is one treatment for seborrheic dermatitis.

By allowing natural sunlight to shine on the scalp, yeast is discouraged from growing. Several hours of sunlight each day may help reduce yeast and, therefore, cause symptoms to be reduced. Natural health enthusiasts claim that simple remedies such as this work well when done on a consistent basis.

Rubbing vinegar onto the scalp prior to shampooing may alleviate seborrheic dermatitis.
Rubbing vinegar onto the scalp prior to shampooing may alleviate seborrheic dermatitis.

Other natural remedies for seborrheic dermatitis, include rubbing vinegar or onion juice in the scalp prior to shampooing, may also help kill fungi. The chemicals contained in some shampoos, conditioners and other hair care products may also contribute to seborrheic dermatitis symptoms. To avoid this, natural health experts recommend using an antifungal dandruff shampoo that contains ingredients like salicylic acid, tar and ciclopirox, and avoiding additional chemicals as often as possible. Since the skin on the face is an extension of the skin on the scalp, natural remedies and precautions also usually apply to the facial skin, as well.

Experts also suggest avoiding foods that naturally contain yeast, such as bread, wine and beer. Processed foods containing white sugar, white flour and foods that are high in saturated fats should also be avoided. These foods should be replaced with fresh fruits and vegetables. Foods naturally high in zinc, such as fish, sunflower seeds and egg yolks are also recommended.

Although dry, flaky skin is likely to itch, experts advise individuals to always avoid scratching areas affected by seborrheic dermatitis. One reason for this is that bacteria may be transferred to the scalp from the hands and nail beds. Also, scratching is likely to spread the fungus causing this condition to other areas of the skin, such as the face and ears.

Itching the scalp can transfer seborrheic dermatitis-causing bacteria to the hands.
Itching the scalp can transfer seborrheic dermatitis-causing bacteria to the hands.

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Discussion Comments

Raynbow

I found a natural shampoo that contains lemon juice, and it is very good for controlling the symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis. If you can't find this type of shampoo, you can also use the juice of several lemons by applying it to your scalp along with your favorite shampoo.

Ocelot60

Tea tree oil is also a good natural remedy for seborrheic dermatitis. It is very soothing, and helps to control the flakes that commonly occur along with this condition.

To use tea tree oil to control the symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis, it's a good idea to wash your hair first. Allow it to dry thoroughly, then apply the oil gently to your scalp.

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