seborrheic dermatitis

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I have this on my face and scalp. I went to the dermatologist for some help and she recommended Dove soap bar for sensitive skin. And not to use moisturizer.
Well I am not washing my face with that! What a waste of my 50 copay.

She said the flakes I have are not from dry skin, its too much sebum created that is not cleaned off properly. I also have a tiny bit of rosecea.

Anyone have any suggestions for washing my face???

Normally I was with Diane Yvone and moisturize with coconut oil..
I got a neutrogena scrub and that seems to be helping a bit.
Hello, I have SD as well. As far as facial wash, I wash my face with Basis soap. Its a bar soap a dermatologist recommended to me years ago. You can find it @ Walmart. Also aveeno bar soap and african black soap are both good for your face. You may also want to try a brown sugar facial scrub, just rub brown sugar mixed with olive oil and a little water across you face and rinse immediately. After I wash my face, I usually rub in some tea tree and eucalyptus oil on the affected flaky areas on my face. I put a moisturizer on my face daily because my face tends to flare up really bad and feel super dry during the winter mnths. I moisturize with a fingertip of shea butter and aveeno extra dry skin lotion. I hope this helps.

Your dermatologist was right that the flakes are not from dry skin, its an over production of the sebaceous glands.
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Last edited by Amazinnatural; 12-21-2011 at 01:04 AM.
Try using raw honey as a cleanser. Then google honey facial.
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I think I have this. It started on the front of my scalp then went away. Then it started above my eyebrows, then went away and now it's on my upper and lower lash line.

If I don't do anything it will flake off eventually, and the skin is kind of hard and rough. I tend to peel it off though, which leaves the skin underneath smooth but red.

I'm just curious if those are your symptoms too. Unfortunately I don't have any answers for you. It gets better and worse for me without rhyme or reason so I'm not sure if there is anything that will make it better.
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@ Jenny C, its best to start using something to treat it, so the flare ups wont be as bad. I would recommend going to a dermatologist but all they are going to due is prescribe some cream that you can buy over the counter and may tell you to use some kind of facial wash for sensitive skin. Just google seborrheic dermatitis treatment (natural/non natural) there is plenty information out there.

@phoenix raw honey is good, I've tried it a few times, I think it has some anti inflammatory or anti fungal properties?

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Last edited by Amazinnatural; 12-21-2011 at 01:14 PM.
I have this. My doc prescribed Elidel and it works somewhat, but is not a cure.

Through experimentation I have found that, for whatever reason, Korres Yogurt Velvety Moisturizing Mask used as a spot treatment seems to keep it under control.

I wash with PSF cleanser, use microfiber towel to exfoliate, moisturize with jojoba oil, and then spot treat with the Korres. Works for me

1/8/12: I ordered and received Dr. Joesoef's 10% sulfur soap (the anti-acne kind) last week. So far this stuff has been AMAZING for keeping the SD under control......and normal looking!

Last edited by Vaneda; 01-08-2012 at 08:19 AM.
I dont think there's a cure 4 SD. But there are things you can do to keep it under control.

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Hello, I have SD as well. As far as facial wash, I wash my face with Basis soap. Its a bar soap a dermatologist recommended to me years ago. You can find it @ Walmart. Also aveeno bar soap and african black soap are both good for your face. You may also want to try a brown sugar facial scrub, just rub brown sugar mixed with olive oil and a little water across you face and rinse immediately. After I wash my face, I usually rub in some tea tree and eucalyptus oil on the affected flaky areas on my face. I put a moisturizer on my face daily because my face tends to flare up really bad and feel super dry during the winter mnths. I moisturize with a fingertip of shea butter and aveeno extra dry skin lotion. I hope this helps.

Your dermatologist was right that the flakes are not from dry skin, its an over production of the sebaceous glands.
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Originally Posted by Amazinnatural
Thanks for this information. I believe I have this condition also. I have flaking in my eyebrows, around my nose, on my forehead, and sometimes the lower parts of my face. No matter how much I scrub my eyebrows they still flake up. Do you buy the oil blend or is it something you blend yourself? I am currently using an Aveeno face scrub and Clinique toner and facial moisturizer. I will try the brown sugar scrub tomorrow morning. Which Basis soap do you use?
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@prettylady24 I use the Basis soap for sensitive skin, make sure its the bar soap and not the facial wash. As far as the oils I buy both oils separate, I go to vitamin shoppe, they're usually on sale there. I apply the oils with a cotton ball, I rub it around my hair line, nose, across my eyebrows (make sure its not too close to your eyes though.) Because both oils are highly concentrated I would do a skin test first to see how your skin will react to the oils. Also the fumes from the oils are very strong which may make your eyes water, but it will go away after a minute or two. Lately I've also been using Noxema Deep Cleansing Cream Plus Moisturizers, its been working wonders on my skin, I use it in conjunction with the basis soap and oils. Since I've been using this, my face has a very healthy glow and I haven't seen any flakes in about 2 or 3 wks!
Here's my routine:
1. Wash face with Basis soap (rinse well)
2. Apply Noxema, rub all over face, avoiding eyes, massage into face then rinse
3. Apply 2 drops of tea tree oil and 2 drops of eucalyptus oil to a cotton ball and apply to the affected areas (for me hair line, forehead (occasional) nose, chin, and eyebrows)
4. Apply fingertip full of raw shea butter all over face (use only in the fall/winter because its too heavy for the spring/summer)
5. Apply Aveeno lotion or any good sensitive skin moisturizer (currently I'm using St. Ives Naturally Soothing Oatmeal and Shea butter lotion)
I know it seems like a lot but this has been working very well for me. Hope this helps you.
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Seborrheic dermatitis goes unnoticed with the appearance of dandruff like flakes on the scale and sometimes it will appears on the face also. If scratch off these dandruff like flakes on our face, We might see a slight redness of your skin underneath. We must consult the doctor as early as possible, And we use regularly the doctor suggest cream and experts good result in few days. Ayurveda, Homeo and Naturopathy offers a good treatment for reducing the seborrheic dermatitis.

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Washing with raw honey really works! I;ve been using it and it helping. I wash with a microfiber towel. It says to use bottled water, I just use from the tap and it still works.
Is it a bad idea to scrub this skin that has SD ? I have a friend that has it and scrubs and scrubs... she says it's "exfoliation" and she has to do it to get the flakes off. But all that does is seem to do is make it more red and inflamed to me....sure it looks like she gets all the flakes off but it still doesn't look too good. Because the skin under seems so red.. I can't help but think this makes the SD worse over time. But I don't know for sure.. I have super oily skin that never flakes.

She's been trying various things but won't see a doctor about it. So I've been trying to suggest natural stuff because she does like that.. maybe I'll suggest the honey. I read online that Aloe is good for it too...Wonder if I can get her to use Aveeno at all.
Is it a bad idea to scrub this skin that has SD ? I have a friend that has it and scrubs and scrubs... she says it's "exfoliation" and she has to do it to get the flakes off. But all that does is seem to do is make it more red and inflamed to me....sure it looks like she gets all the flakes off but it still doesn't look too good. Because the skin under seems so red.. I can't help but think this makes the SD worse over time. But I don't know for sure.. I have super oily skin that never flakes.

She's been trying various things but won't see a doctor about it. So I've been trying to suggest natural stuff because she does like that.. maybe I'll suggest the honey. I read online that Aloe is good for it too...Wonder if I can get her to use Aveeno at all.
Originally Posted by *Marah*
Scrubbing. The flakes off doesn't help at all really, its only causing that area to become more inflames. I would suggest glently scrubbing the affected area and then washing her face with a very mild facial wash. Do you know what she's "exfoliating" with? I've tried facial scrubs, but all they tend to do if make my face flare up: burning and itching sensations. Also try to get help to look for products specifically for SD. Pine Tar soap works very well but it smells awful.

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Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner
Shea butter, olive oil, coconut oil, apricot oil, peppermint oil, tea tree oil, and eucalyptus oil
My dermatologist told me to use dandruff shampoo (Nizoral) as a facial cleanser. I use it with my Clarisonic and it works wonders. I also use a raw honey and oatmeal scrub/facial mask a few times a week. It takes out the inflammation.

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Is it a bad idea to scrub this skin that has SD ? I have a friend that has it and scrubs and scrubs... she says it's "exfoliation" and she has to do it to get the flakes off. But all that does is seem to do is make it more red and inflamed to me....sure it looks like she gets all the flakes off but it still doesn't look too good. Because the skin under seems so red.. I can't help but think this makes the SD worse over time. But I don't know for sure.. I have super oily skin that never flakes.

She's been trying various things but won't see a doctor about it. So I've been trying to suggest natural stuff because she does like that.. maybe I'll suggest the honey. I read online that Aloe is good for it too...Wonder if I can get her to use Aveeno at all.
Originally Posted by *Marah*
Scrubbing. The flakes off doesn't help at all really, its only causing that area to become more inflames. I would suggest glently scrubbing the affected area and then washing her face with a very mild facial wash. Do you know what she's "exfoliating" with? I've tried facial scrubs, but all they tend to do if make my face flare up: burning and itching sensations. Also try to get help to look for products specifically for SD. Pine Tar soap works very well but it smells awful.

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Originally Posted by Amazinnatural
She's exfoliating with an Egyptian cotton wash cloth she said and her cleanser..which is just regular Dove soap. She said it's mild and moisturizing. I love Dove too but I don't use that stuff on my face! Anyway..I've seen her wash her face and she just scrubs in these harsh circular motions..her face is all red for a few hours afterward but she says it feels better. So I don't know...

Honestly, I don't think she realizes how awful it looks after she does that... I'm going to try to help her and find some products specifically for SD.

Thanks for your advice.

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