How I Cured the Seborrheic Dermatitis On My Scalp Naturally!
For a long time now (about 4 years) I have been dealing with Seborrheic Dermatitis. I was never actually diagnosed with seborrheic dermatitis or any skin disorder for that matter.
I saw many dermatologists and they typically suggested that I had some form of Seborrheic Dermatitis, eczema, or very mild psoriasis of the scalp.
Unfortunately, no matter what medication I was given to treat my scalp I was unable to rid myself of the symptoms I was experiencing. There is a long list of prescription medications I was given to treat my seborrheic dermatitis but the ones I can remember are Clobetasol Propionate Cream, Prednisone Cream, and Cortisone Tablets. All of which had little, to no effect on me. Actually, the cortisone tablets seemed to help a bit, but the rapid heartbeat that I am still experiencing till this day as a side-effect was not worth it.
Seborrheic Dermatitis Symptoms I Experienced
Now, the Seborrheic Dermatitis symptoms experienced can vary from person to person but for me it all started out with a little itch on the back of my head near the crown. It kind of felt like a pimple but it began to scale up when I scratched at it. I thought nothing of it, it was simply another scab that I had picked. Soon, this “itching” feeling began to spread across parts of my scalp until it was pretty much everywhere.
Not to long after I began to notice the itching on my chest and arms a bit. The itching sensation drove me insane, it kind of felt like my hair was moving on its own, or something was crawling beneath my skin. Its a weird feeling to describe but if you are reading this, you might be feeling something similar.Some internet research lead me to other people describing this feeling as “Morgellons”, which could be just one giant conspiracy theory waiting to brew.
I noticed that the the scaliness on my scalp was pretty much everywhere about 6 months after it all began. By this time even my the hair on my legs began to give me this crawling sensation, especially at night when I was trying to go to sleep. It was literally driving me insane. No, I am not misusing the word “literally” either.
At work I began to slap my head when I felt that itching/crawling feeling and people assumed there was something wrong with me. Obviously, just scratching your head when you feel the symptoms of Seborrheic Dermatitis that I am describing does not suffice.
After a while when I scratched my head I noticed that my hair was coming along with it. I didn’t think to much of it because I had a ton of hair and I already knew that it was a fact that people shed roughly 50 to 100 hairs per day from their scalp. After about a year of this horrific experience I felt an intense heat coming off of my scalp. I mean, I put my cold, snowy filled hand on the back of my head, and not only was I able to melt the snow, but after about 10 mins I actually heated my palm back up just by resting it on that same spot on my crown.
So for all those of you who are not looking to read all semi-important information I just wrote, here is a list of the Seborrheic Dermatitis symptoms I experienced as a recap.
Inflammation Of The Scalp
Intense Itching Sensation (Also described as a crawling feeling on my scalp)
Dryness / Scaliness on Skin and Scalp
Heat Coming from Scalp
Seborrheic Dermatitis Treatments That I Used
Roughly a year and a half after this all began I sought help from the practitioners of the medical field. Practitioners of the medical field is the fancy term I use for doctors, but not for nothing. They call themselves Dermatologists. After visiting three of them in a year and some time I figured out why doctors and lawyers alike open “Practices” and not businesses. Each of the dermatologists I went to gave me a different theory as to what I was experiencing and also a different method of treatment. First I was told it was a mild psoriasis and was given the Clobetasol Propionate Cream to rub on my scalp as well as other effected areas.
I did not see or feel any improvements, but even if it had worked it was completely unfeasible because of how little I was allowed to use safely in comparison to how vast the effected areas were. The next two were Prednisone Cream based on the theory that I had eczema and Cortisone Tablets because after my shared. Both part of the same drug family of corticosteroids, the were both relatively effective but again the cream option was just not going to work and the cortisone tablets are what I believe to be the cause of the unusual heart palpitations I still feel 4 years later today. This is why I began referring to doctors as practitioners.
They practice on human subjects with different medications they have already been “approved” for further testing on people because they are determined safe. Five years later you hear about class action lawsuits against the makers of the drugs that you took and your just like.. “Ummm wtf?”. I refuse to take any prescription medication unless its an absolute necessity, That is the same reason why I choose not to take Propecia for hair loss till this day.
After little to no success with the practitioners of the medical field,I began to do my research online. I consider myself an intelligent person and I am pretty self-aware both of my physical and mental being. If anyone was going to be able to diagnose myself it was me! There was one caveat though, I wanted to succeed in treating myself naturally. The obvious starting point was Googling natural treatments for eczema and psoriasis and that is how I came across the website JustNatural.com. Don’t bother going to the website, I didn’t hyperlink it for a reason. It looks like the fountain of youth at first glance but their products all smelled like donkey butt.
Although I will say I did find them kind of helpful in easing the irritation I was feeling, even if the smell of apple cider and donkey butt did linger in my hair for a few days. The natural path lead me to finding Dead Sea Salt as a recommendation shortly after. I bought bags and bags of the stuff because I thought this was it yet again. It was really relaxing to take a nice salt bath a couple days a week. At the time I didn’t realize it but I was taking a hot bath which was really bad for a person experiencing these types of conditions. Hot water expands your pores as heat does to all molecules and when this happens the sebum oil your skin naturally produces leaks out of your pores causing your skin to become even dryer than it was before.
I then expanded my search to treatments for Seborrheic Dermatitis of the scalp in general and that is when I came across this girls video.
Basically, she claims that by using diluted raw apple cider in tandem with a warm hemp oil treatment as well as Nizoral A-D Shampoo she has been irritation free for 6 months. Before jumping in knee-deep I did some research as to why this might have worked for her. It seems that most skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, and seborrheic dermatitis are caused by some time of bacterial or fungal overgrowth. At least that is the belief. Apparently many organisms can feed and thrive off the sebum oil our hair follicles produce making our scalps an ideal habitat.
The Apple Cider Vinegar is used for its mass amount of natural acidity to adjust the PH balance on your scalp as close to neutral as possible. Then the Hemp Oil is warmed (I assume because of the expanding pores being able to absorb it better) and left on the scalp over night.
It should be covered with a shower cap to get the best absorption possible and not ruin your pillow. This is to ensure moisture on the scalp as well as provide natural healing magic that hemp has been rumored to give. The Nizoral Shampoo contains 1% ketoconazole which is an anti-fungal agent used for people with sever dandruff caused by the aforementioned skin conditions. From there I ended up jumping in head first.
Even though the Apple Cider Vinegar smelled terrible while lingering in my hair and the hemp oil was a bitch to get out, it was worth the relief. I only used the Nizoral A-D once every three days because the excess sodium laureth sulfate can dry out your scalp and make the problem worse. FINALLY! I had concluded myself 2 and a half years later that I had a fungal outbreak on my epidermis and I was going to fight back at full power.
All of my research led me to such a simple answer. GARLIC! My fight against seborrheic dermatitis is was coming to close but I didnt know it yet. I began researching natural anti-fungal treatments and I found a ton of answers but the easiest one to try was just to eat a clove of garlic everyday because of the natural fungus fighting power it contained.
The next day I felt better, of course I did not want to assume that it was a miracle but my scalp was noticeably better as far as irritation outbreaks as well as just the feel of the skin in general. My skin finally felt real again, rather than just a patch of scaly crust that was foreign to my body. Once I made the decision to run with the idea that garlic was my savor I took these steps to help cure myself of seborrheic dermatitis
Juice a WHOLE Clove of Garlic (usually 7-9 cloves) and dilute it with half a cup of water
Warm your diluted garlic juice. Do not heat it up too far!
Pour this on your scalp or infected area and leave it there over night. Your skin replenishes itself from the vitamins in your body at night so this would be the best time for the garlic to be absorbed into your bloodstream from your skin.