Having Trouble With Seborrheic Dermatitis Ear Flaking?
So much attention is given to facial and scalp seborrhea that many look past forgotten areas such as the ears. Seborrheic dermatitis ear flaking is often overlooked because the ears are less prone to experiencing symptoms. When it comes to treating the ears, the inner folds are just as likely as the outer regions to develop dead skin buildup. Proper care and attention must therefore be taken when treating the ears as the skin is thinner and more fragile. Some general ways to control scaly ears is frequent use of natural home remedies or finding the right commercial products.
Apple Cider Vinegar Seborrheic Dermatitis Ear Flaking Treatment
Apple cider vinegar or ACV (for short) is an incredibly useful mixture for the skin. It’s a natural choice for restoring problematic skin and receives high praise as a result. The acidity of ACV alters the skin’s pH making it difficult for the yeasts on the skin to thrive. The malic acid of apple cider vinegar does a good job killing bacteria. Malic acid offers a tangible benefit because it prevents skin bacteria to spread uncontrollably.
Step by Step Directions to Apply ACV on the Ears
Start by applying apple cider vinegar on the target areas with an equal ACV to water ratio. The next step is dipping a cotton ball into this mix then lightly wiping both the inside and outside of the ears. Allowing the solution to sit on the skin allows for greater effectiveness, opposed to immediately rinsing off.
One should never overlook the important step of test patching ACV as to avoid negative skin reactions. Don’t be afraid to experiment with weaker concentrations of ACV before going full board. You can always add more ACV so increasing in small increments is the preferable choice. This precautionary measure is taken so that the skin gradually adjusts to ACV. As the skin adapts to the concentration of ACV, you can opt to use less water or whatever is preferable. The mix ratio you settle on is dependent on how tolerable your skin is. Avoid the telltale signs like irritation or stinging.
Some people have a high tolerance to undiluted ACV and therefore have no qualms about applying it straight out of the bottle. However, it’s best practice not to use pure ACV especially on thinner and more sensitive areas of the skin. When it comes to the ears, it’s less of a problem because the skin on the ears is thicker and less sensitive. Many underestimate ACV’s potential at causing damage to the skin. Improper use of ACV can quickly lead to burning of the skin. The acidity aspect should convince you to start with less while slowly working your way up to a higher concentration. Suffice to say it’s always better to be safe than sorry!
Seborrheic Dermatitis Tea Tree Oil Ear Treatment
Tea tree oil comes from the paperbark tree. The oil is gathered through an extraction process and the leaves are antimicrobial. Among the huge selections of oils, tea tree is no doubt a very popular mainstream essential oil. It’s a dependable oil with plenty benefits which makes it incredibly purposeful. Due to its popularity, tea tree oil is easily accessible to purchase in stores and via online. Products containing tea tree oil such as shampoos, cleansers, soaps are abundant. The versatility of this oil makes it extremely useful for treating many ailments. Tea tree oil is an effective bacteria killing solution which is a naturally proven solution to combat seborrhea.
Treating Ear Seborrhea With Tea Tree Oil
A preferable choice for those deciding to use tea tree oil is mixing it with a carrier oil. In essence, carrier oils helps dilute the essential oils while making it easier to apply onto skin. Such examples of popular carrier oils include jojoba, olive, coconut and grapeseed. For application purposes the recommended number drops of tea tree oil to use are 3-5 drops. This isn’t a ratio with which one must abide by, therefore experimenting with amounts isn’t unusual. Finding the right mix can take some time so playing around with different amounts is encouraged.
The q-tip is useful because dabbing a drop or two of tea tree oil on the ends is a good way to clean inside the ears. The seborrheic dermatitis ear flaking is sometimes concentrated in hard to reach crevices in the ears hence the practicality of q-tips. Some people wipe off the oil residue after treatment while others leave it on until it dries. The decisions is yours to make.
How Diet Plays a Role in Seborrheic Dermatitis Ear Flaking
Certain foods can cause worsening symptoms in those suffering from seborrheic dermatitis. The diverse cultures from all over the world means people consume all kinds of unique foods. Some of the diets causing the highest problems include dairy, grains, fruits and meats. My belief is that the aforementioned food groups do in fact lead to issues. Speaking for myself, dairy and alcohol are clearly my problematic triggers. As an unwanted contributing factor I make it a point to completely avoid these food groups.
Applying Dandruff Shampoos on Ears
Dandruff labelled shampoos are typically meant for the hair and scalp. An alternative method is using shampoos not only on the hair, but on other parts of the body. For example, my dermatologist suggested I apply Nizoral shampoo onto my face. The highly potent ketoconazole ingredient which Nizoral uses helps keep facial seborrheic dermatitis under control. It’s a fairly simple method treating the ears with the dandruff shampoo solution. To apply shampoo on the ears squirt a small coin sized amount then rub it onto the affected regions. Rub the shampoo well until it forms a nice lather. Next let it sit on the skin for a couple minutes then wash off.
Recommended Seborrheic Dermatitis Dandruff Shampoos
The following is a list of popular seborrhea shampoos each with a different active ingredient:
- Head and Shoulders (pyrithione zinc)
- Nizoral (ketoconazole)
- Selsun Blue (selenium sulfide)
- Neutrogena T/Gel (coal tar)
- Neutrogena T/Sal (salicylic acid)
The option to use medicinal shampoos to treat seborrheic dermatitis ear flaking is certainly a unique approach. To go one step further some people treat their ear dermatitis with anti-dandruff conditioners. One benefit conditioners have over shampoos is added moisturization for the skin. Then again a common complaint with antifungal conditioners and shampoos stems from the fact they’re mean’t for the scalp. Occasionally you hear complaints these products can be overly harsh on the skin. The ears more or less are less prone to irritation because that portion of the skin is less sensitive.
Alternative Seborrheic Dermatitis Ear Treatment Products
The list below is just some of the more popular products available which vary from creams, lotions and soaps.
- Ketoconazole Cream (Ketoconazole)
- Noble Formula Cream (Pyrthione Zinc)
- Noble Formula Soap (Pyrithione Zinc)
- ZNP Soap (Pyrthione Zinc)
- Promiseb Cream (No Main Active Ingredient – Non Steroidal)
- Klaron Lotion (Sodium Sulfacetamide)
- Paulas Choice BHA Lotion (Salicylic Acid)
It’s not an uncommon practice to choose alternative methods for maintaining seborrhea. In some cases the creams mean’t for jock itch, athletes foot and ringworm do a surprisingly effective job at treating seborrheic dermatitis. Lotrimin, Daktarin, Desenix and Clotrimazole are just a few examples. These creams are antifungals which is reason why they’re a popular choice for some people with chronic skin flaking.
Nystatin Cream for Treatment of Ear Seborrheic Dermatitis
Nystatin is an antifungal cream for the skin which needs a prescription to obtain. The reason for this is because it’s a stronger grade cream. The antifungal cream helps prevent yeasts and fungus growth. Unfortunately, the drug is very toxic, however taking it orally and topically in small amounts is considered safe. Users should always know the risks associated with products that can cause issues. Applying the cream on the skin is less of a concern because of Nystatin’s low absorption rate. With that being said long term use of Nystatin isn’t recommended.
Vitamin C Treatment for Seborrheic Dermatitis Ears
Making a vitamin C serum is relatively simple process. It requires filtered water and a small amount of pure ascorbic acid. The ratio should measure one part ascorbic acid to four parts filtered water. This mix is essentially half a teaspoon of ascorbic acid per tablespoon of filtered water. Thorough mixing of these ingredients is important before applying on seborrheic dermatitis ears. Afterwards you can decide whether or not to rinse off the vitamin C serum or leave it on the skin to dry.
Vitamin C serum is most effective after mixing. This is mainly due to the ascorbic acid losing its anti-oxidant potential with water exposure. Ascorbic acid is found at online retailers like Amazon, or you local health food stores and pharmacies. Interestingly enough, much of the vitamin C is extracted from corn or synthesized in labs. Coincidentally, this is a cause for concern for many in regards to the actual viability of vitamin C. On the other hand, it’s important to note our body synthesis’s its own requirements. Therefore, the synthesis of vitamin C in lab environments doesn’t necessarily mean it’s entirely artificial.
Seborrheic Dermatitis Ears Arginine
A method rarely discussed is the use of arginine to treat seborrheic dermatitis ear flaking. Research suggests arginine is useful in the treatment of seborrheic dermatitis ears. Arginine isn’t at the top of the list, but is able to serve as a multi-purpose treatment method for seborrhea. What arginine does is restore the defense barriers and helps to normalize the circulation of the skin.
Raw Honey Seborrheic Dermatitis Ears Treatment
The great thing about natural raw honey aside from tasting really good is how well it works against seborrheic dermatitis. Raw honey is always a topic of discussion because of its many surprisingly positive uses and experience from many people. There’s a few points I would like to share and expand on and that’s specifically using raw honey on the ears.
Raw Honey Method on the Ears
A common method is applying raw honey on parts of the skin to combat seborrheic dermatitis ear flaking. It’s doesn’t require a lot of work except mixing the honey with equal amounts of water. With this mixture in hand the next step is to apply the honey on the skin for at the minimum of 1 hour. After the allotted time, rinse the honey off with water. The ears do not need a lot of honey compared to the face but waiting for the honey to “work its magic” can be time consuming. I’ve found honey to be one of the more effective solutions at keeping seborrheic dermatitis in check. Some may find the raw honey method messy while requiring lots of work compared to simple creams.
Cetaphil Restoraderm for Seborrheic Dermatitis Ear Flaking
With a slew of products on the market, one of the more interesting skincare products is Cetaphil Restoraderm. People suffering from eczema find this product highly effective. Because seborrheic dermatitis and eczema share commonalities it means Cetaphil is good choice whether you’re dealing with eczema or seborrhea.
As a personal recommendation I’m a huge fan of Cerave products mainly due to the skin healing properties like ceramides and hyaluronic acid. After thorough research on various skin care products; I read upon all the rave reviews about Cetaphil Restoraderm. I found that both the washer and cleansers worked well on my skin to clear lingering symptoms caused by seborrheic dermatitis. In addition, these product lines are made in Canada so you may find a slight difference between the Canadian and US versions.
Applying Cetaphil Restoraderm on the Ears
Seborrheic dermatitis concentrating on the ears should be washed with this product while showering. Afterwards you can simply let the ears air dry and then apply a little bit of moisturizer. If using this product only on the ears you won’t go through it fast thus it will last a long time.
Seborrheic Dermatitis Ears Conclusion
The number of treatment options available for tackling seborrheic dermatitis ear flaking is extensive. Whether you decide on a commercial product or go the all-natural route it’s up to you to test which ones work best. The ones I’d highlight include raw honey, apple cider vinegar and restoraderm. These are the remedies I can vouch for and tend to be my favorites. Whichever option you choose to go with, know that it takes time for results to show. Try the various methods above and see what winds up working best for you.