When the sebaceous glands become overactive and produce a lot of sebum, it makes the skin oily and greasy and makes it a perfect breeding ground for fungus and yeast which infect the skin and cause seborrheic dermatitis. It is a common skin condition that occurs mainly on the scalp and other areas where the skin is oily or greasy like the creases of the nose, lips, middle of the chest, eyebrows and eyelids and outer ears and other hairy areas.
The skin becomes inundated with patches of greasy white or yellowish scales that keep flaking off like dandruff and cause intense itching. There may be redness and the lesions become crusted and look extremely unsightly. Though this condition is not a threat to health, it is socially damaging and causes unpleasant repercussions.
Excessive stress, a very oily skin, fatigue, poor hygiene, obesity, heredity and neurological conditions are linked to seborrheic dermatitis. Sometimes poor quality lotions and shampoos too can increase the risk and result in hair loss.
How to Treat Seborrheic Dermatitis
Egg yolk is the best source of biotin. Biotin also known as vitamin B7 is a crucial nutrient required for tissue development, healthy skin and fatty acid utilization in the body. It curbs the overproduction of sebum and brings relief from dermatitis.
Biotin reduces the inflammation and promotes healthy skin and prevents hair loss. Egg yolk also contains other B vitamins which are needed to remove the itchy flakes and maintain a healthy skin. Separate the white of two eggs. Mix the yolk in a cup of milk and drink it every morning.
Neem has worked wonders in the treatment of all kinds of skin diseases and disorders. Its antifungal and antibacterial properties destroy all types of microbes rapidly and heal the skin most efficaciously. Put to boil enough water as to enable you to bathe with it.
Take a neem branch lush leaves and put it in the boiling water. Boil for five minutes and allow the water to cool a little. Bathe with this water from head to toe. Continue bathing with neem water daily till all traces of infection have vanished.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has antifungal and astringent properties that help to regulate the secretion of sebum. It destroys the malassezia furfur yeast that causes seborrheic dermatitis and leaves the skin and the scalp clean and healthy.
Take ten to twelve drops of tree tea oil and apply them on the patches on the scalp and on other affected areas. Then massage your scalp with your fingers thoroughly. If you have applied the oil to other parts of the body rub it in the skin gently and leave it. Apply every morning and at night before going to bed.
Coconut oil is a natural healer. It has marvelous antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial properties which kill all types of microbes and yeast too. It soothes and softens the skin and keeps it well moisturized. Its anti-scarring properties heal the skin and prevent it from being damaged. Warm some coconut oil.
Massage your scalp and other affected areas with it and keep for several hours. Afterwards brush off the plaques and flakes from the scalp and the skin. Massage twice daily. Within no time your skin will regain its healthy look and will enable you to be free from all embarrassments.
Olive oil has great antifungal properties. It eliminates the itching, softens the skin and enables the crusted skin to lose the thick crusts and scales. Warm some olive oil and before going to bed massage your scalp thoroughly, reaching the roots of the hair with your fingers.
Use enough oil so that it can penetrate into the skin. Apply the oil to the other affected areas as well. Leave overnight and in the morning before bathing brush away the loosened scales and flakes of skin. Use this massage on a regular basis and your condition will start improving very quickly.
Fish oil is rich in essential fatty acids which have an anti-inflammatory effect. They reduce the inflammation and itchiness and work as carriers for the fat soluble vitamins A, D, and E all of which are very important for healing the skin.
These fatty acids are also potent antioxidants which remove all the harmful free radicals from the body and set the stage for quick and effective healing. Take one teaspoon of fish oil every morning and every evening. Continue taking this oil for some time even after your seborrheic dermatitis has been cured.