For about 4 years now I have been dealing with what I have self-diagnosed as Seborrheic Dermatitis. It started with a few patches of dry skin on my scalp that I naturally dealt with by scratching at (like an idiot). I can’t remember exactly when the symptoms began but I can tell you that they spread rather rapidly. The itching and flaking drove me crazy for a good while, like 2 and half years kind of good while. Now after tons and tons of research, trials, and naturally the errors that followed I have a pretty simple theory as to what may have caused my particular case of Seborrheic Dermatitis.
The advertised theory – What doctors say causes Seborrheic Dermatitis
Modern medicine has been progressing for quite a while now, yet still no definitive cause for Seborrheic Dermatitis has actually been proven. What is known about what causes Seborrheic Dermatitis is pretty much solely relies on a few theories from large practices like the Mayo Clinic and a couple others. The theories are very similar in basically stating that the combination of oily skin and a yeast fungus called Malassezia cause Seborrheic Dermatitis. The oily skin acts as sustenance for the fungi that are living off of you. I am a middle-eastern male who suffered from severe acne at one point in my life so there is no doubt that I have oily skin. It is genetic. So I have no problem believing that the advertised theory is close to the actual truth.
What Causes Seborrheic Dermatitis? – My Personal Hypothesis
I am a very analytical person with a relatively good memory so when all else failed I asked myself “What patterns coincide with the timing of my symptoms beginning?”. One day I woke up for work, went to go put gel in my hair and it hit me! After all the research I had done, I finally had a decent theory as to what may have caused my scalp to go through the turmoil that it did. Before you jump the gun, I am not going to say the gel caused Seborrheic Dermatitis. At least, not on its own. For about 2 years straight I put Schwarzkopf’s Got2B Glued in my hair
and then shampooed with some form of head and shoulders everyday. What I hypothesize happened is that the excessive amount of alcohol in the glue followed by the excessive shampooing with products that have drying / cleaning agents such as sodium laureth sulfate (SLS) in them threw my scalp into chaos. The alcohol and SLS kept drying my scalp out while my naturally oily skin would try to compensate by overproducing the sebum oil. Perhaps one day, by some stroke of misfortune I had not washed my scalp that day and came in direct contact with that overzealous devil of a parasite (A.K.A Malassezia). When the Malassezia took nest on my over oiled scalp, it set up camp and enjoyed life. That is until I figured out that I was battling a fungus. When I figured that out, finding my version of a cure was not too difficult. Just time consuming trial and error is all. Want to find out how I cured my Seborrheic Dermatitis? Just follow the link here.