A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Seborrhea
I had a question the other day about seborrhea.
That red, itchy rash with flaky scales could be seborrheic dermatitis, or seborrhea.
It’s a common skin disease similar to psoriasis, eczema, or an allergic reaction.
And it can appear on your body as well as your scalp.
We don’t know what exactly causes seborrhea.
It seems to be a combination of things, including stress, genes, a yeast normally living on your skin, certain medical conditions and medicines, and cold, dry weather.
It doesn’t come from an allergy or being unclean.
Newborns and adults aged 30-60 are more likely to get seborrhea.
It’s more common in men than women and in people with oily skin.
Dandruff and cradle cap are common names for seborrheic dermatitis.
Babies 3 months and younger often get cradle cap – crusty yellow or brown scales on their scalp.
It usually goes away before they’re a year old, although it can come back when they reach puberty.
You might get seborrhea on your face, especially around your nose, on your eyelids, or behind your ears.
It can show up on your body, too:
>In the middle part of your chest
>Around your navel
>In skin folds under arms and on legs
>In your groin
On babies, seborrheic dermatitis might be mistaken for diaper rash.
Skin can itch, burn, or look red.
The scales flaking off could be white or yellowish and look moist or oily.
Sometimes, seborrhea will clear up by itself.
More often, it’s a lifelong issue that clears and flares.
It can last for years at a time, but you can control it with good skin care.
Adults with seborrheic dermatitis on their scalp can use an over-the-counter dandruff shampoo.
For infants with cradle cap, shampoo their scalp daily with warm water and baby shampoo.
To soften thick patches first, rub mineral oil onto the area and brush gently with a baby hairbrush to help peel the scales off.
On the face and body, keep the affected areas clean — wash with soap and water every day.
Sunlight may stop the growth of the yeast organisms inflaming the skin, so being outdoors and outdoor exercise could help make the rash go away.
Often the best results come from a combination of treatments, both medication and lifestyle.
If your seborrhea doesn’t get better, or if the area becomes painful, red, swollen, or starts to drain pus, see a health care professional.
To deal with seborrhea it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins.
*Review my post on keeping clean on the inside.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, olive oil, Omega-3 oils).
*Increase toxin-free, natural hair care products (ProSante).
*Decrease toxic shampoos, conditioners, mousse, gel, spray, etc.
*Decrease perms, colors, tints, highlights, treatments loaded with toxic substances affecting your hair and scalp and whole body.
*Decrease chlorinated shower/bath water (purchase a shower filter).
*Decrease use of chlorinated pools and hot tubs.
*Review my post on Candida.
*Consider using Tea Tree Oil.
*Review my post on Essential Fatty Acids.