While seb derm is not life-threatening or contagious, it can cause discomfort and negatively impact your quality of life. Unfortunately, seborrheic dermatitis is often diagnosed late.
As seb derm sufferers, we tend to seek medical help late, often leaving it for years. Plus, many doctors don’t have the knowledge or experience to diagnose and treat seb derm correctly.
On hindsight, I left my seb derm untreated for at least 20 years. How long did you have seb derm before it was correctly diagnosed and you got onto the right treatment?
In What Happens When You Leave Seborrheic Dermatitis Untreated, I take a deep dive into the complications of leaving seb derm for too long. If you’re interested in the story of how I got here, it’s in there too.
If you’re feeling like you left your rash untreated for too long, you’re not alone. Most of us only realized on hindsight how long and how deeply this dratted skin condition has affected our life. It’s not too late. Now that you know you have seb derm, it’s time to take control and do something about it.
I went on a writing binge this week and also wrote:
Can Eggs cause Seborrheic Dermatitis?
The 6 Best Conditioners for Seborrheic Dermatitis. You’ll be surprised with my picks.
I’ve written before on the soothing anti-inflammatory skin benefits of lavender oil. If you put a few drops in your shampoo or conditioner, it can even soothe your itchy scalp! This week Plant Therapy concurs. You get an organic lavender roll-on for only $4 when you buy any lavender essential oil. Use the code LAVENDER4.
I use an anti-fungal face soap like zinc pyrithione and tea tree on my face but found that it made my rash worse. Do you have a face soap you recommend?
By virtue of being soaps, most face soaps are alkaline and drying. If you add on an active ingredient like zinc pyritione and tea tree oil, it makes it even more drying for your skin. Ultimately, this will lead to more irritation, a damaged skin barrier and sebum overproduction, aggravating seb derm.
I don’t recommend a face soap at all. In fact, I recommend a gentle face cleanser like The Ordinary Squalane Oil Cleanser
If you’re already using anti-fungal cream twice a day, you don’t need an antifungal cleanser. What’s more important is to prevent further skin irritation.
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Castor oil is commonly found in many skin care products but it contains LCFAs. You obviously shouldn’t slather pure castor oil on your rash but can you continue using products that contain castor oil? Check out this video:
Stay healthy, happy, safe and rash-free!
Until next week,