As a mom with 2 small kids under the age of 5, I am well-acquainted with sleep deprivation. Over the years, I’ve found lack of sleep triggers a cascade of events that culminates in a seborrheic dermatitis flare. Have you ever had a bad night, woke up grumpy, decided to have a donut instead of a scrambled egg for breakfast and then drank way too much coffee?
That’s me on a semi-regular basis. I bet that’s you too, at least some of the time.
Do this for a few days and if you’re sensitive to how your body is feeling, you’ll sense an inner restlessness and feel somehow ‘inflamed’.
Then you notice the herald itch of your dreaded seb derm rash. And the cycle repeats.
While the relationship between sleep and seborrheic dermatitis is not yet well-established, it’s worth noting that among other things, lack of sleep can lead to stress, which could potentially contribute to various skin conditions, including seborrheic dermatitis.
During sleep, your body undergoes various processes to repair and regenerate cells, including skin cells. Adequate sleep allows for the proper functioning of these processes, which can lead to an improvement in your seb derm rash.
Check out the deep dive in this article.
Once you get into a vicious cycle of having troubled sleep, sometimes your body clock needs a little extra help to reset. That’s where supplements like melatonin come in. Bulletproof has a melatonin/L-ornithine combo that helps you have a good night’s sleep without the morning hangover.
Anti-dandruff shampoos make my hair so dry and brittle! Is there a way to solve this?
Unfortunately, due to its anti-fungal compounds, most (if not all) anti-dandruff shampoos can damage your hair. A few tips:
– try to keep the shampoo to your scalp and not your hair
– use only a small amount, only enough to scrub your scalp
– use ‘natural’ anti-dandruff shampoos like adding tea tree oil to a gentle shampoo
– use a rich hair masque after shampooing and a leave-in conditioner to nourish your hair
– shampoo as infrequently as you can get away with.
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Stay healthy, happy, safe and rash-free!
Until next week,