natural options for scalp seborrheic dermatitis

Scalp Seborrheic Dermatitis Natural Treatment Options

Natural Ways to Treat Scalp Seborrheic Dermatitis


That dry, itchy scalp may be a symptom of seborrheic dermatitis. And then there is the dandruff. All this cannot only be uncomfortable, but it can be socially awkward and embarrassing. This is the case even though it is not contagious and afflicts a lot of people.


Funnily enough, scalp seborrheic dermatitis is caused by oily skin. There has been no specific cause, but it is thought that an underlying issue is oil glands are secreting a yeast to the point that is causing a fungal infection which leads the itching and dandruff. This is because the yeast feeds on your skin’s oils and spreads. This seems to be triggered by certain factors such as, using harsh chemical detergents, hormone changes, dry weather conditions, a weak immune system, endocrine issues, psychiatric problems, stress, and some other medical conditions, like Parkinson’s and heart disease.


You may also want to consider visiting your doctor to make sure that your scalp seborrheic dermatitis is not actually another more serious skin condition or is not a symptom of an undiagnosed illness.


Although it is not life threatening, it is uncomfortable and socially unacceptable. Normal treatments for this are usually harsh and have strong side effects. If this is caused by an underlying medical condition that you are suffering from, there is a chance that there may be some drug interactions. And some may think that these prescription or over the counter options may be viewed as unacceptable. Almost as much as having seborrheic dermatitis on its own.


Also, this condition is very common among infants. It is also known as cradle cap. And using strong shampoos or anti fungal medicines may not be a viable option in this case.


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Scalp Seborrheic Dermatitis Natural Selections


Here are some natural options that can help alleviate, treat, and perhaps cure your scalp seborrheic dermatitis. Applied appropriately, it should not irritate your scalp while it is working its way through your scalp. With many of these treatments, you may start seeing and feeling improvements right away.


Raw Honey


Some believe that honey is an effective anti bacterial and anti fungal agent and that is can be used to kill the yeast that is causing the fungus and dandruff with the additional benefit of keeping skin soft. And you can use what ever is left over for your tea or toast!


A problem is honey that it can be very thick and sticky. So mix it with boiled hot water at a four to one ratio. This will dilute it enough to be easier to handle. Cold water will not dissolve the honey efficiently, and it may make it difficult to rinse out.


Make sure your scalp is clean so that the mixture will work directly on the problem and not have to go through a layer of oil and grime. Apply, leave for 30 minutes, and then rinse.


Raw honey is preferred to processed honey – the belief is that the processing may reduce the honey’s efficacy. Boiled or distilled water is better since tap water may have chemicals or minerals that will affect the treatment, but it is okay to use.


Coconut Oil


Coconut oil has been cited as a treatment for many ailments that one would think it was some sort of natural wonder drug. It does contain lauric acid, which fights bacteria and fungus. And its benefits as a moisturizer have long been known. And you can cook with it or consume it directly – the benefits of taking a tablespoon of coconut oil a day has been suggested and recommended by many.


For all its popularity, depending on where you are, coconut oil may be a little pricey. But it may be worth the cost if it helps your scalp condition. Also, some may find that it takes time to rinse the oil completely out, ending up with greasy hair until the coconut oil is fully absorbed. You may need to experiment with amounts of oil to get the right amount to have a good result but not take too long to rinse out.


As always, make sure your scalp is clean so that the oil will work directly on the problem and not have to go through a layer of oil and grime. Massage the oil into your scalp, leave for 20 minutes, and then rinse. Some prefer to apply a lesser amount twice a day and wear a cap while it is being absorbed.


Tea Tree Oil


Tea tree oil is another natural solution that has been named as a treatment for many conditions. It also has anti bacterial and anti fungal benefits like coconut oil, but, unlike coconut oil, it should not be taken internally. It is toxic and should not be consumed! Its astringent properties can also help your scalp stay clean and clear. Because it is so strong, you do not need a lot for each treatment. Again, this is a good thing because pure tea tree oil can be on the expensive side.


As a treatment to scalp seborrheic dermatitis, it is well known. You can find any shampoos that tout tea tree oil as a main ingredient. Or you can add a few drops (that’s all you need) to your favorite natural shampoo. You can also apply it directly to your scalp – although you may want to dilute it a bit before doing so. Again, make sure your scalp is clean for maximum efficacy.


Sea Salt


Many people use sea salt not just to season their food, but also for various other regimes. Salt is a natural antiseptic, and in its solid form, can be used as an effective exfoliant. It can remove dead skin while cleansing pores and killing bacteria.


While table salt may suffice, the iodised versions can irritate and inflame seborrheic dermatitis, and the processed granules may not work effectively. Sea salt is recommended. It is widely available, is usually relatively inexpensive, and can be used in the kitchen as well as the bathroom! Dead sea salt or Himalayan pink salt are just more expensive. Regular sea salt is all you need.


One treatment is to mix sea salt into your favourite shampoo at a two to three ratio. It may cause your shampoo not to foam up like you are used to, but it has been reported as a worthwhile treatment. Massage it in for about a minute, then rinse. This adds the antiseptic and exfoliant power of the raw salt with the cleaning power of your shampoo


Another option is to dissolve about half a cup of sea salt into a gallon of water and soak your scalp for about five minutes. You may find using a towel soaked in the solution the best method. This will loosen the flaky skin while beginning the cleansing process. After that, you can massage your scalp to loosen the unwanted skin more while you rinse with clean warm water.


Other Treatments


You may want to try other oils like olive, peppermint, rosemary, oregano, thyme, or hemp. Or you may try various combinations of the oils. There may be concoction that is perfect for your needs. Rinsing with a diluted apple cider vinegar solution could help, but it may make your hair smell odd for a few hours. Using lime juice instead may be better (and there’s less of a smell!). Baking soda dissolved in water can also help. Also, some say that a vitamin D deficiency may trigger seborrheic dermatitis. So, you should make sure that you are getting sufficient vitamin and the sun exposure needed to absorb it. This is a healthy practice for every one, dandruff or no dandruff.


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Lifestyle Changes


In addition to these treatments, you may want to consider some changes to your day-to-day habits. Nothing extreme, and nothing that is not really good, healthy habits all around.


Keep your hair and scalp clean. You should use one of these treatments at least once a week if not more. Try to use a mild, natural shampoo to avoid irritating your scalp or causing more oil secretion. But keep in mind that you do not want to wash your hair too often. This can also irritate your skin. Give your scalp a chance to level itself out and produce an appropriate amount of oil. Make sure to brush or comb your hair at least once a day to encourage the oils being secreted in your scalp to be distributed along you strands of hair.


Although this may be a tall order, try to keep healthy and keep your immune system functioning well. Right exercise and sleep can help alleviate stress. Make sure your diet has appropriate amounts of antioxidants, fatty acids, and anti-inflammatory foods like apple cider vinegar, avocado, probiotics, and coconut oil. And of course, make sure you are drinking enough water.


You may also want to consider visiting your doctor to make sure that your scalp seborrheic dermatitis is not actually another more serious skin condition or is not a symptom of an undiagnosed illness.


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