Seborrheic Dermatitis Remedies

Last Modified on Jul 31, 2014


 

Apple Cider Vinegar

Approval Ratings
YEA (26)
79%
NAY (2)
6%
BETTER BUT NOT CURED (3)
9%
SIDE EFFECTS (2)
6%

[YEA]  01/07/2007: Lara from Boonton, NJ: "When my brother tried to commit suicide in Feb. 2006, my scalp suddenly became extremely sore & huge pieces of it began to slough off. This wasn't like little bits of dandruff here & there. The pieces were sizeable square inches of skin. Because the pieces were so large, they wouldn't fall off because several hundred hairs were still threaded through them. The pieces looked like off-white tissue paper hovering about 1/2 inch above my scalp. It was a very alarming sight (though not as alarming as the condition of my brother). I first tried Scalpicin from the hospital pharmacy, but that only provided a very brief, cooling sensation. I looked on the internet & read about apple cider vinegar. The recommendation for scalp problems was to dilute the acv with water. I was in a state of extreme anxiety due to long hours in the ICU, & just wanted very fast relief. So I poured several cap-fulls of acv on my scalp & massaged it in a bit. The only thing I noticed was the vinegary smell & a very slight tingling sensation. I sat for an hour or so, & then rinsed my hair & scalp. It's hard to believe, but after that one treatment, the horrible huge pieces of skin stopped rising up from my scalp immediately. I repeated the same treatment one week later, just as a preventative measure. The problem never returned, despite several months of equally stressful hospital experiences."

[YEA]  01/02/2007: Mike from California: "Hi, I tried ACV for my scalp Seborrheic Dermatitis. And it worked great. The ACV left my hair soft and my scalp 90% free of flakes. I have been using every kind of dandruff shampoo including prescription for 6 weeks. None seemed to help. But two days after one 30-minute application of ACV and no flakes! I also have Seborrheic Dermatitis of the eyebrows that is quite bad. And causing hair loss according to my doctor. Can I use ACV straight on my eyebrows or should I use a mixture? Will this cause any additional hair loss or be ok? Thanks!"

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[QUESTION]  02/03/2009: Sara from NY, NY replies: "I am having the same problem-- severe SD in eyebrows, am peeling like an onion. Can I use ACV on there? How diluted?"

[YEA]  12/24/2006: Max from Atlanta, Ga: "I've been a vegetarian for many years. And although I'm not 100% vegan, I rarely eat dairy (except yougart). I get plenty of exercise and I don't smoke and I rarely drink (red wine once a month). In spite of all this, I have been suffering from CFS for the last 7 years. Through diligence and hard work, many of the symptoms have slowly faded away. Recently, I got one of Kevin Trudeau's books and in that book he talks alot about the wonders of apple cider vinegar and pure distilled water. I've also researched this on the net and it all seems to be true. So for the last two weeks I've been drinking 8 full glasses of distilled water everyday and I've been taking 2 tablespoons of vinegar a day. I've noticed some obvious improvements. The most significant thing that I noticed is that I no longer have such dry skin and my scalp isn't flaky anymore. Also, it seems I'm sleeping better and I don't crave sweets has been lessened. Nonetheless, in spite of all the good news, I've been experiencing something that's totally unexpected and very unusual. I'm constipated. I've never had a problem with constipation. Even in my worst days with CFS I was never constipated. But now, every other day it seems I'm struggling to get something to come out. This is really baffling to me because I'm drinking more water than ever before and I have more energy, yet I'm suffering from constipation. Do you know what may be causing this?"

[YEA]  04/09/2006: Marissa : "I have suffered with pretty severe seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp for about 2 years now. I have been to 3 different dermatologists for it. None have been able to give me anything that even begins to help. I have spent tons of money on prescription medicine for this as well as over the counter products. I happened to come across this website a few days ago and started reading the success stories. I said this is something I have to try. So, I went to the store and got some white vinegar which was super cheap, I put it in a hair dye bottle and squirted it all over my scalp 2 nights ago. I had washed and dried my hair before I put it on. I did not rinse it off at all or dilute it at all. I just put the straight vinegar all over my scalp after washing and drying my hair. I let it sit for 30mins, then dried my hair again. Well, I have done this the past 2 nights, and what a difference! This is remarkable ! My scalp still has a long way to go, but I see so much improvement. The redness is much less and so is the itchiness. I did notreally have a lot of flakes. I mostly had a very oily, itchy, inflamed scalp with pretty bad hair loss as well which I think is because my s/d is from a skin fungus (I think). My plan is to apply vinegar every night except once a week when I will do vinegar and hydrogen peroxide together. I don't dilute it because my condition was bad and I needed the treatment to be very strong. Don't let the smell stop you from trying this. If you leave it on all night, by the time you wake up the next morning, you can't even smell it. I hope this is able to help others with this VERY uncomfortable condition. I also hope my scalp does not become immune to it as it has to so many different things, but I'm optimistic here because I think the vinegar will eventually kill the fungus. Please repond to this if you have any other helpful tips or "cures" for dealing with s/d. Thanks"

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11/21/2008: RITA from LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA replies: "I READ YOUR COMMONTS ABOUT THE MAGIC WORK OF APPLE CIDER VINEGAR. I HAVE SUFERED WITH SEVER DRY ITCH AND SCALY LIKE SCALP. EVER AS I WRITE THIS IT IS SHAME THAT I AM ITCHING HERE AND THERE. I HAD THIS FOR LONG TIME. I AM HOPPING USING ACV WILL SOLVE MY PROBLEM. I HAVE TRYING ALL KINDS OF MEDICATED SHAPOO AND PRISCRIBED SCALP MEDICATION, NOTHING SEEM TO WORK. I GAVE UP.I WILL BUY ACV AS SOON AS I LEAVE THE LIBRARY AND APPLY IT TODAY ON MY SCALP. I WILL LET YOU KNOW IF IT WORKS ON ME. THANK YOU."

[YEA]  Brijette from Bettendorf, Iowa: "My chiropractor told me to use vinegar on my baby girl's cradle cap. I applied it straight and let it sit for 10 minutes before her bath. I've done this only four times now and her cradle cap is almost gone already!!! Maybe this straight vinegar treatment could work for other scalp problems as well."

[YEA]  Reader from Boston, MA: "I'm so happy that I found this site. I have applied straight apple cider vinegar 30 min before washing my hair and the flaking is almost gone. It has taken five treatments and WOW what a difference. It make my hair shiny too (extra bonus)."

Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)
50%
SIDE EFFECT (1)
50%

[SIDE EFFECTS]  09/20/2011: Lt from Boston, Ma: "Hi:

I'm suffering from Seborrheic Dermatitis and hair loss. I've been reading about alkalinizing your body to help with SD and started using (2 TBlspns) apple cider vinegar and baking soda( 1/4 spoon) along with 8 oz of water on an empty stomach for once daily( two days in a row). By the second day afternoon I started noticing stomach cramps and diarrhea. I have not taken it today, but I have a lot of stomach cramping and gas. I'm burping a lot of gas too.

Should I continue taking this or should I stop. What am I doing wrongly? Please Help! Thanks!"

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09/20/2011: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "With such side effects, you have obviously started with much too high a dosage. Try a MUCH lower dosage."
12/08/2011: Marvin Is from Out Of This World, Though He replies: "Any vinegar and baking soda will create CO2 gas. That's how a school kid's science fair experminent of making a model volcano works! Also pouring vinegar in a wine bottle and some baking soda in a tissue and putting the cork back in makes a cannon. Instead you should be separating the two. Take the ACV first then wait a few hours then take the BS. But that depends on when you eat. You'll want to take the ACV just before you eat as it aids digestion. BS would interfere with the acid in your stomach trying to digest. So if you don't eat breakfast first thing in the morning, you could get away with taking the BS first. Google around and learn how and when to take BS properly, you'll continue to interfere with your digestion as you have already demonstrated. Try incorporating some probiotics and fermented foods as well. Kombucha, Kefir, raw milk. Stay away from pasteurized dairy!!"

[YEA]  08/15/2011: Dilesh from New Malden, Surrey, United Kingdom: "Just want to say that I tried ACV mixed with Bicarbonate of Soda and water. Sprayed it on my face and my Seb Dermatitis has gone. From what ive read its a fungus. The ACV on its own didnt help the White, scaly marks that ultimately ended in skin flaking off. Since I started this mixture my face is clean. Now can someone help me with what I need to take to close all the wounds on my face. They get itchy, and even when I go outside the wind can hit the open wounds and make me itch."

Apple Cider Vinegar, Grapefruit Seed Extract

Approval Ratings
BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS (1)
100%

[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]  03/18/2013: Anggna from Houston, Tx, Usa: "I am 27, female, and have been dealing with a combination of perioral derm/seb derm for about 6 months. My primary doctor thought it was just seb derm and gave me steroid creams, which obviously was the worst thing to do. I've seen a dermatologist who confirmed it is perioral dermatitis, and prescribed 2 months of doryx, as well as a topical antibiotic. I've been trying to go a more natural route before trying that though.

I've used ACV on my face, as well as grapefruit seed extract. I've also stopped all shampoos/cleansers with SLS, and switched to a non-fluoridated toothpaste. Much of the redness is gone, and many of the bumps.

In using the ACV and grapefruit seed extract, my skin has become extremely dry. I expected it around my mouth and nose, but the extreme dryness has spread to near my eyes/eyebrows, and probably worst of all my forehead/scalp line. And my dry scalp, that I thought I had fixed after pregnancy is back in full swing. I've tried coconut oil and calendula as moisterizers, but I don't see much improvement.

I need other suggestions for tackling this problem. I guess things ARE getting better because the redness bumps are greatly improved, but I feel like this dryness is a whole new problem. Help!"

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03/19/2013: Louwrence from Rustenburg, North West, South Africa replies: "Hi Anggna, Urine is very effective with skin problems where medications have failed."

Apple Cider Vinegar, Hydrogen Peroxide

Approval Ratings
YEA (5)
63%
NAY (3)
38%

[NAY]  09/10/2011: Elodie from Melbourne, Australia: "I have moderate scales on my scalp, going on 4 years, and I have just tried this method, unfortunately has not worked for me:( if seborrheic dermatitis is over production of sebum then it makes sense that the scalp may require moisturising... I know this sounds counter intuitive because the oil glands are over producing oil, but this is because the body thinks there isn't enough."

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10/03/2011: Elodie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "This unfortunately did not work for me... But NEEM oil did. I have applied Neem twice now, using a mixture of 2:1 Neem to a carrier oil (i used oliver oil) and added a few drops of various aromatherapy oils, clove, tea tree, peppermint, lavender etc. I think it is important to get a correct diagnosis for what is troubling your scalp. Seborrheic dermatitis is caused by a fungus called Malassezia, and so any treatment really needs to be potent in anti fungal properties. It has worked for me so far and no flakiness, reduced reddness, and much less itchy. Wonderful!"
10/29/2013: David from Mn replies: "The direct combination of the two substances, hydrogen peroxide and vinegar, produces a strong oxidizing agent known as peracetic acid (also known as peroxyacetic acid, or PAA). The reaction occurs when hydrogen peroxide reacts with the active component in vinegar, acetic acid.

The substance at high concentrations can be highly corrosive and cause irritation to the skin, eyes and respiratory system. Long-term exposures to the substance can cause permanent lung damage. "

12/19/2009: Frank from Centerton, Ar: "A few months ago I tried this remedy for facial seborrheic dermatitis. I noticed when I did it that the fumes were pretty bad. I probably applied it 5 or 6 times. Since using it, not only has by seborrheic dermatitis not gone away, but the fumes scarred my lungs. I have developed asthma. I am on a bronchiodialator virtually every day. DON'T TRY THIS ONE ON YOUR FACE. BE CAREFUL WITH IT. USE AT YOUR LUNG'S RISK!!!"

EC: Hi Frank, Can you tell us exactly what remedies/dosages you used? The two posts in this thread are about 2 separate remedies for Seb Derm, so more information is necessary. Thanks.

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12/22/2009: Joyce from Joelton, Tn. replies: "Hi Frank from Centerton, Ar.,

Ain't it a bummer when you develop a worse problem when taking something to treat a milder one?

Recently read that wild cherry tree bark tea is great for treating asthma, and I suspect that it is much safer than what you are now taking. I do know that this same remedy has been used for coughs for a long time.

If you try it and it works, let us know on EC, Frank."

03/21/2009: Ingvar from Srimahaphote, Prachinburi Thailand: "I am sure Teds cure will work, I have used ACV internally for a long time however not with baking soda.

However I am trying to find the tee tree oil, I have searched in every place I can think of in Bangkok and Pattaya. I found one little Pharmacy inP attaya having small bottles (ml bottles) of tea tree oil from Australia for about 300 Baht each, seems expensive. Could Ted point the way where to find the oil in Bangkok or elsewhere in Thailand? I have searched every health shop in Central world, Paragon, Siam square, Fashion Island but nobody knows anything about tea tree oil?? You would expect something so beneficial to appear somewhere but nothing so far except for this one little pharmacy in Pattaya. I have also searched the local markets in central Thailand and rural hospitals with nada as the result."

[YEA]  02/11/2009: James from Charlotte, North Carolina: "ok...i just like most people was skeptical about this when i googled seboretic dermatitis and found this website with all these comments. I will tell you exactly my story and if you are stubborn enough not to try it, then your head doesn't hurt like mine did. i would have tried anything. after 2 years of flakes, itching, some oozing when i scratched too hard, not wearing black clothes, and 4 trips to very good doctors, I simply got lucky and found this site. I went to Home Economist here in charlotte and bought a bottle of raw Apple Cider Vinegar($5) and I already had a bottle of normal 3% Hydrogen peroxide. I mixed them together with some water (i used a majority of ACV since mine was fairly severe) in a large glass. i leaned over the sink, and used my hands to apply generously to the hot spots on my scalp. it took 5-10 minutes and basically my entire scalp was totally wet after i finished. get this straight - IT IS GOING TO BURN - and that is how i immediately knew it was working. i went and watched tv for an hour to let it work, then took a shower and did not use any shampoo or anything. just water. it washed it out, but you are still going to smell the vinegar. so apply the ACV/peroxide at night so you can shower before bed, then just shower in the morning before work. RESULTS: i repeated the same process 2 nights in a row and my head is absolutely back to normal, which i had forgotten how great that feels. very few flakes at all, and only very random itching, not enough to even bother you. bottom line, your an idiot if you dont at least try this, i feel stupid and pissed i lived with such pain and embrassment for 2 years and the solution was 5 bucks and a website. good luck."

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04/05/2010: Anne from Torrance, Ca replies: "Hi! Can I please get the measurement of ACV and Hydrogen Peroxide? Won't the mixture damage the color treated hair?

Thanks a lot.
Anne"

[YEA]  04/14/2008: Dorey from San Jose, USA: "seborrheic dermatitis: I wrote to this website some months ago when I was desperately searching for a cure to my disgusting seborrheic dermatitis. ACV has been wonderful for me. I like to make a combination of 50% organic ACV, 45% hydrogen peroxide, 4% filtered water, and 1% tea tree oil. I use it as a rinse in the shower, leaving it on for about 5-10 minutes before I wash it out with all natural Jojoba Farms Natural Shampoo/conditioner. I wash my hair daily, if not every day, every other day. I find that washing my hair on a daily basis keeps the flakes away. I actually purchased a shower head water filter from a brand called Sprite, and I believe this has contributed a lot to my skins clearing up. There is a lot of chlorine in tap water and this is very bad for your skin, it's drying and unhealthy. i recommend these things for everyone. GOOD LUCK."

[NAY]  04/18/2006: Shana from Duluth, GA: "Upon finding this website, I have tried several cures for my seborrheic dermatitis. I have had no success. I followed the instructions as best as I could, but to no avail. I see no changes to my scalp. I also tried dunking my head in the bowl of ACV for 10 minutes. No major change."

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[NAY]  03/13/2009: Rene from Palm City, Florida replies: "After trying many prescribed medications from my dermatologist and other suggestions on the Internet, I tried the Apple Cider Vineger remedy by mixing one part vineger, one part peroxide, and 10 parts warm water, as instructed. I used this solution for two nights, and it made my Seborrhea worse. Maybe this is good for dandruff caused by this condition, but for the red bumps and itching and rash, it made it worse. My doctor told me my Seborrhea is "chronic," meaning I will always have it in some degree of outbreak. Also, he said it is hereditary. I remember my mother always touching her head, but I don't remember her being diagnosed with this condition. I am 68 years old, and I have had this condition for a year now. I was told that stress can cause it, and I have been under a lot of stress this past year. People on this and other websites have suggested that diet may have something to do with Seborrhea, and that cutting out everything white, such as bread, rice, etc. would help the condition. Has anyone been successful with this procedure? My dermatologist told me that when the prescribed medications he gave me no longer keep the condition somewhat abated, then I have to call him, and he will change the prescription to another type. I just worry about losing my hair with all of these strong medications."


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