Seborrheic Dermatitis
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Seborrheic Dermatitis Remedies

| Modified on Aug 17, 2023
Antifungal Shampoo +
Posted by noel (California) on 08/17/2023
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I've been battling persistent seborrheic dermatitis on my scalp even in my beard for over a couple years. I think I finally got it under control. I try to eat healthy (no processed foods, fast food, sodas etc) But I dont think the diet did much for seborrheic dermatitis, only the medications helped. I also recommend avoiding Coffee & greasy food as it might feed seborrheic dermatitis through creating unwanted oily skin. The routine that helped me:

1. shaving head so you can apply the medicine on the scalp.

2. ketokonazole shampoo 2% (you can get 1% at the store its called Nizoral). I put the shampoo in DRY for and let it stay half to most the day.

3. selsun blue shampoo. (the kind made with Selenium sulfide). When I get in the shower to rinse the Ketokonazole off I put the Selsun Blue in and leave 5-10 minutes.

4. Clindamycin Phosphate Topical Lotion. 1% (You might need prescription for this one, not sure if you can get online)

i did all 4 of the above, and it seems to be in remission. the true test is when the hair gets longer.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Kelly (Seattle) on 07/21/2023
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Vinegar is antifungal against candida and antimicrobial against many bugs because of it's acetic acid content. Https://

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Kelly (Seattle) on 07/22/2023

To all Readers:

You don't need to buy ACV with "the mother". There are multiple studies on Pubmed that show it's the acetic acid in the vinegar which is killing the fungus or other microbes and causing the dermatitis -- or other types of wounds -- to heal. So you can buy plain ol' vinegar and get the same results -- maybe even better. Or just buy acetic acid, and dilute it to 1-2% in water.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Kelly (Seattle) on 07/22/2023

This is simply not true, and can be proven by doing a google search for seb dermatitis or wound healing and vinegar. It's the ACETIC ACID in the vinegar that kills the organisms or infections that cause the skin problems, not anything in unprocessed vinegar. Personally, I would think that the 'mother' might possibly be unsterile, and could create problems. Nevertheless, there are NO studies using Bragg's ACV with the mother, while there are at least six using regular vinegar (diluted! ) and/or acetic acid -- the active ingredient in vinegar.

DMSO, Colloidal Silver +
Posted by Nikola (Croatia) on 03/17/2023
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Napravio sam DMSO sa 30% srebrne vode od 25 ppm. 10 ml tinktura od Gaveza I nešto malo Aloa Vere. Pomoglo, odnosno izliječilo mi je dugogodišnju seboreju I masnu kožu glave.

I made DMSO with 30% silver water at 25 ppm plus 10 ml of comfrey tincture and some Aloe Vera. It helped, that is, it cured my long-standing seborrhea and oily scalp.

Posted by Pame (Minneapolis MN) on 01/05/2023
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Seborrheic dermatitis

I found what worked the best for me to relieve pain and itch was raw honey - but this is what I've read works best and has kept me on the mend -

Use ACV to break the fungal biofilm first - you can also use xylitol or colloidal silver topically.

Slather the face in honey for 3 hours per day - can also use another anti fungal.

Don't moisturize with any oil other than MTC oil, mineral or these products:

  • Aloe vera
  • Urea
  • Sorbitol
  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Squalane oil

Other oils such as coconut feed the fungus and cause more heat, itch, redness and burning sensation.

Kimchi & Other Remedies
Posted by Liz (Kansas) on 09/02/2022

BTW... Everything they said about it affecting inside of your body is correct. Also everything you put on your skin is absorbed into your body through your skin. It can cause the yeast to spread and/or get worse. The fatty acids, weakened immune system, toxic chemicals in your skin care, hair care, makeup and dish soap, body wash and clothes soap feed the yeast and make it worse. You have to change everything you put in or around your body. If you're interested there is a place online where someone has done a lot of research. You can go to Google and look up 1500 fungals acne and you should be able to find the link. It is a great big conundrum and I know that the people in the government and health departments know about it because they have papers about it all over the place. Just like you can go to infectious disease doctor and tell them that you have an overgrowth of candida and they say that's an old wives tale but then they're treating their cancer patients for it. Just my opinion.

Kimchi & Other Remedies
Posted by MissM (New York) on 03/05/2022

If you have yeast. Mct is the only oil to use, and Demi squalane. For yeast on scalp. Make spray 50 50 Apple cider vinegar. Spray before shower and after shampoo. If it's too stinky, get citric acid one teaspoon to one cup distilled water and use. I have also used pet md beonzoyl peroxide and Sulphur shampoo for dogs. It has no odor and gets deep into hair follicles.

Kimchi & Other Remedies
Posted by Madelyn (Idaho) on 03/02/2022

I would try taking 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder twice a day. Someone else posted here on earth clinic that they resolved their scalp issues using this method.

Kimchi & Other Remedies
Posted by KADI (England) on 03/01/2022

I eat sauerkraut and I seen benefits with hives but not seborrea yet.

I thought olive oil is healthy oil, I have big suprise. Can I use coconut oil instead, I try ton conceive, my body needs some oil. My scalp is so bad, can I use coconut oil orally and also add mct oil for my scalp, what is your thoughts please

Coconut Oil
Posted by Debra (California) on 01/11/2022

Brain Octane (from Bulletproof) is C8 Caprylic Acid

Posted by wrightio (NSW, Australia) on 12/03/2021
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I'm grateful you posted this one, for as good as ACV is, the mixture of borax, baking soda and honey in the proportions above have been terrific. I used it as a facewash in the shower

Posted by Mark (Berlin) on 11/09/2021

Hi Charity,

May I ask how much borax did you put in how much water and for how long did you soak your feet in the borax-water?

Thank you.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Andrea C (Wales Uk) on 08/10/2021

It's actually MCT oil you need on it, specifically a C8 rated MCT Oil.

Andrea C xxx

Magnesium Oil
Posted by Nicole (Los Angeles) on 06/15/2021
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seborrheic dermatitis

Magnesium oil has cured it. I leave it on for about 5 min before rinsing it. I leave it on until it stings and it stings less the more you put it on until eventually it doesn't. But I do it once a week to make sure it doesn't come back just in case.

Vitamin D3
Posted by Megs (Cambridge) on 05/30/2019
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I previously wrote EC about D3 for seb derm around my nose and in the creases of my mouth.

I wanted to update that YES, it is in fact a cure and not just a temporary fix! As a test I stopped taking the D3 after two steady weeks on it and nothing has reappeared on my face. I was taking between 2,000-6,000 drops of d3 serum a day. Very exciting.

I have had the condition for most of my life! So I guess it took me two weeks to get my vitamin d levels restored and now that I have done that, my body just needs a bit here and there. Hope this helps someone else suffering from this condition.

Oregano + Tea Tree + Argan Essential Oils
Posted by Teresa (Tucson, AZ) on 05/22/2019
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I struggled for months with SD on my forehead, eyebrows and upper eyelids. My forehead was the worst and I had to exfoliate twice a day to keep the flakes at bay. I tried applying ACV 3 times a day for a week to no avail. Knowing that yeast can't stand oregano oil and that tea tree is a major ingredient in most dandruff shampoo's, I decided to make my own remedy. In a 10ml glass roller bottle I mixed 3 drops of oregano oil and 5 drops of tea tree oil and filled the rest of the bottle with argan oil. Before bed, I rolled the oil on my forehead and rubbed it the area while working it down to my eyebrows and a tiny amount to my upper eyelids (do not get this in your eyes!) I did this for 3 nights and it was completely gone. I decided to do it for 2 more nights just to be sure. I haven't even seen a hint of flakes for 3 months but still have almost a full bottle left just in case.

Posted by caliguy (los angeles) on 02/16/2021
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I dealt with seborrheic dermatitis for about 10 years. It began with flaky scalp and led to a more flushed face, dry skin around nose, larger pores, and red skin or flakes in facial hair and chest hair. I kept symptoms at bay by trying tea tree oil, hydrocortisone cream, head and shoulders, and lately ACV.

The real cure came recently and made a drastic improvement. I boiled 2 cups of water, 4tspn Borax, 2 tspn baking soda, and 1tspn honey. I let it come to room temp and poured in an empty shampoo bottle. Take a shower, give the bottle a good shake, pour some of the watery solution on your hair, and massage scalp with your fingers. I wash the rest of my body while it soaks for around 10min, also cleaning my face, neck, and chest with it. It won't sud up in your hair, but might feel a bit slimy while wet. Finally, rinse it out. I choose to use ACV afterwards as a conditioner.

It leaves my scalp feeling totally refreshed. No signs of flakes, skin has returned to normal color, and pores are shrinking. I end by using a face moisturizer (I like Aveda for sensitive skin).

That's it! I hope this helps anyone else who might have symptoms like I used to.

Posted by Deirdre (CT) on 01/24/2021

Hi, I had mild seb derm on my face (around my nose) for 3 decades. What permanently got rid of it was vitamin d3 supplements. Condition 100% disappeared after taking 10,000 d3 for a few days and has never returned.

P.S. Also tried the borax remedy, topical and internally, but it only helped temporarily.

Posted by Charity (faithville, Us) on 01/24/2021

I seem to have a lot of pennies today ( 2 cents), so here goes.

I also had bad skin issues and still have a couple, (vitlligo) but I was foot soaking a splinter with borax in water and a couple days later my friend said I looked ten years younger and I did. Well then I learned as time went on from reading here in earth clinic that for the borax to turn to boron you need to ingest it so the hydrochloric acid in your stomach transforms it. Now I get the full benefit.

Take it with chanca piedra to prevent calcium stones from causing pain in organs as they come out of soft tissues. Borax is wonderful for sorting things out. Other minerals are silica or horsetail helps body utilize calcium properly with vit D and K2 and magnesium and a full balance of minerals to prevent future suffering. Stay hydrated.

Blessings, Charity

Ps. Coconut oil is also amazing for skin and internal organs

Posted by Caliguy (Los Angeles) on 01/23/2021
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I dealt with seborrheic dermatitis for about 10 years. It began with flaky scalp and led to a more flushed face, dry skin around nose, larger pores, and red skin or flakes in facial hair and chest hair. I kept symptoms at bay by trying tea tree oil, hydrocortisone cream, head and shoulders, and lately ACV.

The real cure came recently and made a drastic improvement. I boiled 2 cups of water, 4tspn Borax, 2 tspn baking soda, and 1tspn honey. I let it come to room temp and poured in an empty shampoo bottle. Take a shower, give the bottle a good shake, pour some of the watery solution on your hair, and massage scalp with your fingers. I wash the rest of my body while it soaks for around 10min, also cleaning my face, neck, and chest with it. It won't sud up in your hair, but might feel a bit slimy while wet. Finally, rinse it out. I choose to use ACV afterwards as a conditioner.

It leaves my scalp feeling totally refreshed. No signs of flakes, skin has returned to normal color, and pores are shrinking. I end by using a face moisturizer (I like Aveda for sensitive skin).

That's it! I hope this helps anyone else who might have symptoms like I used to.

Vitamin D3
Posted by Megs (Cambridge) on 05/21/2019
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I have had seb dermatitis (aka dandruff) near my nose for over 40 years. Looks like I have a cold all the time because of the redness around my nose! Have tried many supplements and topical treatments over the years from docs and herbalists, but none have helped.

Without meaning to, I finally cleared it up using Vitamin D3 serum drops. I bought D3 because I wasn't getting enough sun and started taking about 3-5 drops a day. Each drop is 1,000 iu. Within a day, my skin cleared up. This is not a cure. If I stop taking the drops, I start to get those small bumps and redness again after about 48 hours. But it doesn't take much D3 to keep it under control.

So much better than the steroid prescription cream.

Dandruff Shampoo
Posted by Annie (Kent, UK) on 12/23/2020
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Seborrhiac dermatitis-

my dermatitis started during June 2020 when I split from my partner, had a big bullying session going on at work and with Covid was in the midst of impending redundancy. It started around my eyes as a slight rash of which I sparingly used my partners hydrocortisone cream which did help. 5 months on I had lost my job and with a big mortgage etc etc and still no job in sight my S dermatitis had got to the stage where it is red raw and all bubbly and looked awful.

After loads of reading I began to realise it was connected to Candida which I suffer with and also wondered if like years ago it could be coming from fungus from my hair. I started reading that a dandruff shampoo with ketoconazole (Nizoral) or a good quality dandruff shampoo with this ingredient in would applied on the condition and slightly lathered and left on overnight would be effective. I can say after trying absolutely loads of natural creams and spending loads of money this was effective and can't begin to describe what a huge difference this made in my confidence levels. Please if any of you have suffered with dermatitis or Eczema on the eyes this is worth giving a try.

Good luck 😉

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Kelly (Seattle) on 10/26/2020

Lindsey, he said he applied "nothing else but Bragg directly to the skin and drank it twice a day minimum."

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Lindsey (Annapolis, Md) on 08/15/2020

Did you dilute the ACV before putting it on your skin? Or just straight up?

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Missm (Ny) on 07/12/2020

How I cleared my scalp issues. I also tried borax etc, various shampoos, apple cider vinegar and was not able to complete get rid of my scalp issues plus the high ph did a number on my hair.

I first used 15 per cent lugols iodine on my scalp spots. Not recommended with those with short hair where you can see your scalp as lugols stained dark brown (you can apply vitamin c diluted to remove stain though it may alter the efficacy of the iodine). The iodine dried spots up and flaked off. I did this for two weeks. You can tell where you have problem areas as the iodine hurts on application, but this is far better than the itching, pain and flakes.

You might try this alternate solution that I now use.

PetMd benzoyl Peroxide Shampoo benzoyl peroxide 3 percent, sulfur 2 percent, salicylic 2 percent. This shampoo is non scented, and goes deep into hair follicles and scalp. I add a dropper full of lugols in the bottle and peppermint and tea tree oil. This works better than any other shampoo or zole formula including derm suggestions and medications. The shampoo is a very good formula.

Now the key here on top of the above which eradication a years worth of horrible scalp issues is cleaning up your diet.

I am a big coffee drinker and was using full fat heavy cream, as I was doing a keto diet. Big discovery, I removed dairy, and potatoes and this sped up and cleared any flares! So now instead of dairy in coffee I use coconut milk, and fries it zucchini fries, or sweet potatoes. Totally worth giving up these foods to not have misery!

Doctors will not tell you about lugols iodine because it's cheap and not big pharma, but there are many studies online about its value. Iodine was a very common cure for years but got pushed aside by big pharma.

Scalp issues can be caused by yeast, mites, bacteria this formula above can treat most.

If you are going to get serious with new regimen, you need to wash all your bedding in hot water, detergent and borax, then dry everything on high heat. Change your pillow cases as often as you can. You may have a mite issue. And again examine your diet. Are you eating lots of dairy, or grain products, nightshades. Start eliminating the foods you eat the most often during the day!

Borage Oil
Posted by Sid (Toronto) on 11/18/2018

Hi D, Did it come back? If not is he still taking borage oil?

Lime and Himalayan Salt
Posted by Ej (Laguna Beach, Ca) on 08/06/2018
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Lime + Himalayan Salt for Seborrheic Dermatitis

Drink a glass of water with a whole (or half) lime + teaspoon of Himalayan salt every morning on an empty stomach.


I had severe SD on my face and chest. I was very discouraged when ACV didn't work for me as it has worked for so many others. I was able to combat my SD originally through an incredibly strict diet (no wheat, sugar, dairy etc.). Over time I relaxed my diet and started to notice the symptoms returning. At the recommendation of a friend I started doing lime + Himalayan salt mixed in the mornings and it's been a game changer. I'm no longer on a restrictive diet but am symptom free with the addition of lime+salt.

Hope this can help someone out there - good luck!

Silver Solution
Posted by Didi (New York) on 08/02/2018

Which exact brand dog shampoo did you use? There are several with different ingredients.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Cam (Edmond, Ok) on 07/31/2018

I believe you may have your facts confused. When ingesting organic ACV, it doesn't promote growth of candida unless sugar is added to it. There are different approaches to the fermentation process that don't use sugar and most ACVs do not. Therefore, ACV is great addition for a candida diet.

Kimchi & Other Remedies
Posted by Lilac (Vermont) on 06/02/2018

Excellent advice. I knew that malassezia likes fats/oils, but it never occurred to me that fats/oils I take as food could affect this too. Thank you!

Baking Soda and Water
Posted by Donna G (East Hampton, Ct) on 05/30/2018

Do you still do the baking soda regimen twice daily? Is it still working?

Avoid Sodium Laurel Sulfate
Posted by Alex (Greece) on 02/16/2018
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I cut sls for 2 months and I didn't see any difference.

Avoid Sodium Laurel Sulfate
Posted by Jonathan (Ta) on 02/14/2018

This post is gold.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Toni (Uk) on 12/08/2017

Where do you get isolated caprylic acid from? have looked everywhere, unable to find. I also found putting any oils on the scalp area made it worse. and have tried nearly everything.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Marcela (Crawley, Uk) on 11/01/2017

you guys use ACV too much concentrated.. even in most bottles 'with the mother' is written that u should use it 2 tea spoons with a plenty of water, at least 200ml..

of course if you use 50:50 or 1:1 it'is too strong for a sensitive face

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Marcela (Crawley, Uk) on 10/31/2017

hi, I just started with this.. so I drink mix of ACV with water 2 teaspoons with 250ml warm water + a teaspoon of honey... morning on my empty stomach and then 2x more, noon and before I go to bed. each time, before I put honey in it I just tap a few drops of the mixture on my problem areas (on my face around my mouth and nose), leaving it for a few min and then put an almond oil ... hope it helps

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Roger (Ga) on 08/21/2017

How did you apply it 1. On face 2. Scalp how long did it take to work??? I'm desperate for a cure.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Sri (Virginia) on 07/24/2017

U need to mix water and AVC 1:1 ratio, try pure organic raw honey mixing with water. AVC and honey both helped me for my face SD

Posted by Rina (South Africa) on 05/12/2017

Good day

Kindly advice if borax can be used to treat or heal Seborrheic Scalp Eczema.

If so, how to use it.

Thanks in advance.

Grapefruit Seed Extract
Posted by Jb (Los Angeles) on 05/02/2017

Hey Brett - how has this treatment worked for you?!

Milk of Magnesia
Posted by Diane S (Old Bridge, Nj) on 04/03/2017
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We have tried so many things to deal with seborrheic dermatitis on my nephew's head, from shampoos to lotions or natural treatments, nothing worked well. Then it seemed to have spread to his face. It was hot, felt like it was burning, red, flaky and he had yellow crusts. Certain food/drinks made it worse (caffeine, alcohol, spicy foods, etc.) It was horrible. We tried plain milk of magnesia, and it cleared totally. I took a few days. The redness went away immediately. We applied the milk of magnesia to his face and a few spots on his head. We let it dry for an hour and washed it off with warm water. He did this every day for three days and it was totally gone. A week later, one or two spots came back, and he applied it again. It has been over a month and his face and head are normal. We are thrilled. He uses glycerin soap once a day to wash his face. We are grateful for Ted's insight.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Mj (Tx) on 03/13/2017

This may help shed some light on why ACV needs to be organic (seems people have experimented with both organic and non on this site) to properly heal Seb Derm. I actually just learned this the other day... it really made sense to me. I thought eating organic was just about avoiding all the chemicals/pesticides sprayed on foods - and that is part of it, of course - but it's also that fruits/vegetables grown organically, in an environment without pesticides, must produce their own defense system against fungus, bacteria, "pests". You then ingest this immune boosting, parasite fighting mechanism when you eat organic. Or in this case, place it on a skin infection. WOW. Maybe this is common knowledge to some on this site but I don't think that point is communicated enough. Organic ACV probably has better properties to fight whatever is the root cause of SD.

I've had SD for decades btw and very excited to try something new. But while understanding the organic part, I don't get why ACV would work to treat Seb Derm in the first place. I totally agree with the poster who questioned why vinegar would work on what is considered a yeast infection??? I also went on the anti candida diet to try and help my skin and it definitely recommended avoiding vinegar because it "feeds yeast".

Just a thought... why not throw it out there given traditional medicine can't seem to figure any of this out: maybe it's not actually a yeast based infection? Or are there different "strains" of yeast, just like there are different strains of bacteria? And just like probiotics replace "bad" bacteria in the gut with "good" bacteria... could ACV be replacing or fighting off "bad" or inflammatory yeast strain with a "good" strain? Just thinking outloud...

Egg Whites
Posted by Gracee (Ca) on 12/18/2016
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I had itchy, flaky, scaly eyebrows. I also had this condition above my eyebrows too. I found a natural cure. I tried several things, nothing worked. I read in Chinese Medicine they use egg oil. I could not find a source for it. So, I decided to cracked open an organic egg and rubbed the egg whites on my eyebrows area and let it dry and just put a towel on my pillow and just go to sleep dried on my eyebrows then I would wash it off in the shower in the morning I did this every day for week I was cured. But to be on the safe side I decided to do it for little over two weeks.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Irina (New Jersey) on 12/13/2016

Hi, I rinse with regular vinegar and water 50/50 and leave it on. By the time I dry my hair the smell is gone.

Grapefruit Seed Extract
Posted by Brett (California) on 12/09/2016

I have been suffering from SD for almost 15 years now and have not found a single cure that has worked for me yet. I have recently (within the past 2 years) been diagnosed with Discoid Lupus and was taking prescription drugs and using Clobetasol creams to try to remedy the situation. Unfortunately, the situation has continued to get worse and now all my hair is starting to fall out on the top of my scalp. I desperately have been searching for the correct answer to cure this awful flakey, dry, red infected skin that is all across my scalp, ears and upper lip. I am going to try this Grapefruit Seed Application that you have tried to see if I can get some turnaround on my scalp soon. At this rate, I am scared I won't be able to grow my hair back ever again and I am only 32 years old. I am trying to be conscious of the water I drink after learning about all the problems with Fluoride and all the skin conditions it causes, but what are the right types of bottled water to buy? Do I need a filter on my shower head to prevent further damage to my scalp and skin?

Grapefruit Seed Extract
Posted by Faith (Seattle) on 11/25/2016

My Chinese medicine doctor told me if it is on your skin the cause is inside your body. I'm a vegetarian I went on a anti fungal diet stopped all stopped sugar, and started taking zinc, nicinamide and the GSE that is for external. The original GSE for internal use has changed but due to some red tape regulation for the major co the external use one is the original GSE do your homework on this one which kills fungus. Chinese herbs. Increased probiotic and drank lactose free kefir ate daily lots of picked smoked garlic. I work from home so I'm not around people much and alkalized two or three times a day and finally it went away.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Deidra (Ill) on 10/20/2016

Hi. Can you use this iodine on your scalp?

Probiotic Wipes
Posted by HÃ¥kan (Sweden) on 10/14/2016

Hi, what do you mean by probiotic wipes? How do you apply it? Thansk

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by David (San Diego) on 10/08/2016
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I've had sebohorreic dermatitis/little acne off and on for years now on my face. I tried literally everything to varying degrees of success, but it would always come back. I've been using ACV for about 2 months now on my face and it has completely cleared up my face. It was something that always made me insecure and I'm so thrilled to have it removed from my life. If you're suffering from it, give it a try.

Glycerin Soap
Posted by Sueb (Old Bridge, Nj) on 09/27/2016
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My son has had SD on his scalp for many years. He has tried all the shampoos and lotions, etc., recommended from various web sites and nothing worked. It spread to his entire face, and he looked like he had a really bad sunburn with flakes. He switched to unscented glycerin soap and his head and face has healed. Simply amazing : )