Seborrheic Dermatitis
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Seborrheic Dermatitis Remedies

Honey, Peroxide, Zinc Pyrithione
Posted by D (Lisbon, Iowa, USA) on 03/04/2009
5 out of 5 stars

If you have a diagnosis of SD you will know that there are many sites that say it is caused by Pitisporum Ovale, they are incorrect. SD is caused by Malassezia Globosa. My eight year old had it all over his face and it was spreading rapidly, the doctor gave us a prescription for Eldel, which has a black box warning and was $40+ even with insurance. It surpresses the immune system and I would not use it on my child who is a cancer survivor. My poor son could not tolerate any of the antifungals I put on his face, his skin was extremely sensitive and everything was painful. I finally hit upon non-pasturized honey, it works. Cleanse the area with hydrogen peroxide, put honey on all the areas. I put it on him right after school and then re-applied at bedtime. I also read a study that zinc pyrithione kills Malassezia Globosa, so I also purchased a 1% zinc pyrithione spray called "Z Care" by supplement on the net. It took forever for them to ship it, but it works. Once you know the exact cause, you have a better chance of fighting what ever it it is. My son could not tolerate head and shoulders on his face whatsover, but the "Z care" spray doesn't burn as long as you wait 10 min after you wash your face. Results with the honey alone were visibile in a day or two, but it is slow going until every little flaky area is gone. It took about 2 months to completely heal him. A note of caution, if the SD is all around the nose area, consider applying the honey and the zinc pyrithione carefully to the inner rims of of the nostrils. I just use a q-tip to appply anything to his face anyway. Don't spray the spray near your face, spray the Q-tip first. The SD was so bad that he also developed a secondary staph infection on the side of his mouth. The honey healed it, and knocked the infection right out. He has a small pink area of scar tissue, where the staph infection was, but I am hopeful this will fade with time.

Read the study:

Good Luck!

Coconut Oil
Posted by Ed (London, Hornsey) on 03/04/2009
5 out of 5 stars

At 24 I had my first experience of seborrheic dermatitis, and had it for about 2 years. I can honestly remember one girl commenting 'it looks like his nose is turning green', to be honest I couldn't care less what she said, but there were times when i felt so low I didn't want to leave the house. I might have been exaggerating, but my nose was going from small red marks, to be inflamed burn marks, to a yellow gewy substance which would eventually harden.

I tried so many things. At first the steroid cream I used did the job in the short term. But it was no long term cure I was comfortable with. If I stopped using it it was back in a week. Maybe less. So I stopped using that pretty early. I also used aveeno yeast cream, aloe vera (from a bottle and from a plant), going on a yeast free and sugar free diet (to be honest this lasted about a month and a half, and don't think I went completely all out. But tried to cut the main stuff out), and garlic- none of these things worked.

Funnily enough, when I went to the states, it practically seemed to go on its own.

Then I decided to use coconut oil. externally (100% coconut oil- the brand is pukka). I applied it about once every day, not very much was needed as it is a very oily product. Actually I started by using this and taking it internally, eating crushed coconut from a jar with a spoon. but now I just apply it externally. I've been doing this for about 4 to 5 months now, and it is already feeling like a miracle cure, so I hope it carries on like this! I only had one major flare up since, whereas before I was getting one every other week. I hope I'm not speaking to soon, but it's really helped my confidence, and probably changed my life for the better. And something so simple! Just gotta thank the people on this website (and this website for this).

Of course a downside could be seen as it coming back if I stop using it. But who knows, it might even go for good!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Robin (New York, NY) on 02/27/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I have to say I was skeptical at best even after reading all the positive responses to this 'cure' but after only one application of ACV I cannot believe the difference!! Over the last few months my scalp and face around the hairline went from a mild case of a few flakes to a very bad case of extreme flaking and scaling etc. I too had tried everything and was getting extremely disheartened thinking I was just going to be doomed to deal with this condition forever. Not only has it helped the skin condition but just like others said my hair looks and feels shinier and it has also cut down on the amount of static in my hair (I think the static was caused by the medicated shampoo I was using before that stripped my hair). I don't even care that I'm walking around smelling like a jar of pickles!

Honey, Zinc Pyrithione
Posted by Diane (Lisbon, IA) on 02/20/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Honey and Zinc Pyrithione worked for Seborrheic Dermatitis:

If your skin is very sensitive and burns when anything is applied to it, you may wish to try honey. Honey is antimicrobial and anti-fungal. You must use only the non-pasturized honey, not the honey you find in the grocery store. Topically applied honey will also kill a staph infection of the skin.

My 8 year old son had a very bad case of seborrheic dermatitis and a portion of the area became secondarily infected with staph. Very scary. His face was a mess, and it was spreading. His skin was super sensitive and everything I tried caused great burning and pain. The doctor offered nothing except an immunosurpressing cream that turned out to have a black box label on it,(deaths associated with it's use, Elidel). We finally started using unpasturized natural honey. No burning, no pain and not only the rash but the staph infection went away, and has never returned.

I cleansed the area with 3% Hydrogen peroxide, smeared honey on all the areas, and he would wear it to bed. Later I started using a zinc pyritione 1% spray (Z care by supplement spot)on his skin while he was in school. Both have worked beautifully, and believe me I tried everything.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by James (Charlotte, North Carolina) on 02/11/2009
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Amy (Tekonsha, Michigan) on 02/10/2009
4 out of 5 stars

I suffer from Seborrheic Dermatitis and it drives me nuts! I've always had a flaky scalp, but it got worse in college. To manage it, I use Neutragena T-Gel everyday, which kind of works. It usually causes the itching to subside for a day ... until I wash my hair the next morning.

I also suffer from rosacea on my cheeks. It recently started getting worse in the evenings. I'm getting married in August and definitely don't want to be dealing with it on the big day. Like I said, it really only flares up in the evening before I go to bed.

I came across EarthClinic for a cure for rosacea and decided to start drinking ACV everyday to see what happened. As of today (10 February 2009) I have been drinking 1 tablespoon ACV mixed with a cup of orange juice every morning for 17 days. I've only missed one day. Here's what I've noticed:

* The itching in my scalp has subsided, only a tiny itch every once in a while
* My scalp is flaking significantly less than before
* The rosacea on my face has gotten better ... but isn't completely cured
* My skin has an overall healthier look

I haven't noticed any adverse side effects from the ACV. I still use the T-Gel about two times a week for the seborrheic dermatitis just because.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Chloe (Guthrie, OK) on 02/08/2009

you may try to do full strength, also, try to add about 10 drops or so of tea tree oil. diluting it didn't work well for me either so i did the full strength and it worked better.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Sara (NY, NY) on 02/03/2009

I am having the same problem-- severe SD in eyebrows, am peeling like an onion. Can I use ACV on there? How diluted?

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Bryant Hassett (Warwick, RI) on 01/31/2009

I do not know what to say about apple cider vinegar at this point. I have a combination of Perioral Dermatitis, and Seborric Dermatitis, making my face a flaky and dry mess. The first 2 days were alright, it reduced the flakes density, and made it easier to pluck off... I'll tell you; it really stings. The third day or so i guess i may have used too much, but it made the area around my mouth soooo swolen that i couldn't even open it for 2 days. Its too soon to really tell if its working or not. But its not enjoyable right now. Im going to start taking ACV capsules and see if that works too. A friendly tip to you all, dont over do the ACV or you can end up with a swolen and iritated face which is not enjoyable at all.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Pamela (Jakarta, Indonesia) on 01/29/2009

Hi, I wanted to knwo what is the difference between plain white vinegar and ACV? Can I use plain white vinegar? Are the PHs the same for both types? thanks

Milk of Magnesia
Posted by Shaun (York, England) on 01/22/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I have suffered for too many years with SB / Dandruff that I care to mention, and the history of which is too laboured to bore you with here. However, I read recently of one of Ted's ideas of trying Milk of Magnesia (this has a ph of about 10-10.5). I put this on my scalp whilst in the bath (for about 10 mins), and then rinsed it off with freshwater. I then rinsed my scalp with a 50/50 mix of ACV and a very strong 25% vinegar made by Speyer & Grund GmbH, 08393 Meerane/Sachsen, Germany (this is powerful stuff, and so great care must be taken in testing how sensitive you are to it). Anyway, once out of the bath I ran a brush through my hair and HUGE flakes of dead skin just fell away leaving my scalp sparklingly clean.

As to whether I have a fungus or a candida issue I really do not know, but I feel I may just be allergic to cheese and white bread - or both in combo with candida. Anyway, for those suffering give this a go you will be stunned at the results. It may also just work with ACV (5%) and not the 25% vinegar / ACV mix.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Carla (Vero, FL) on 01/19/2009

Here is a link that may help you.

Try applying Selsun Blue shampoo for about 10 minutes each day for a week to the area and then a couple of times a week until the flaking is gone. This has worked well for several patients of mine.

Best wishes!! Let us know what worked!

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Kelly (Monroe, MI) on 01/19/2009

Hello and thank you for this wonderful site, I love Earthclinic!

I have had many skin problems, especially on my face, the constant itching has at times, nearly driven me crazy. I have tried many remedies many of which seem to work only temporarily (although I must confess that I am not as good as perhaps I should be about sticking to one remedy at the time, or giving a given remedy a chance to work). Lately I have been taking the remedy that is listed here as a "blood cleansing" one, which is the Blackstrap Molasses (1 teaspoon) plus Sulfur (in form of MSM - 2 teaspoons), twice daily. I usually mix these two ingredients and eat them with a spoon and then drink about 2 cups of slightly warm water to get rid of the awful taste. So far, the results have been very good (I have only been taking it for about 2 weeks), the itching is almost completely gone and my skin is fairly soft. I don't wear make up or any kind of facial creams. I try to avoid anything that can cause irritation, but because of the cold, I have to use some moisturizer, for that I choose one drop or two of Jojoba oil. I hope this helps.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Sara (Miami, Florida) on 01/19/2009
1 out of 5 stars

Seborrheic dermatitis in Eyebrows:

Please help me, I am at my wit's end. I got seb der in my eyebrows about eight months ago (and I think my trigger was make-up). This winter it flared up really badly. I tried drinking only soy milk but that did not help. My entire eyebrows are covered with flakes, and have been covered for several weeks now. Steroid creams worked initially and my skin calmed down, so I switched to Elidel like my doc said to, and my eyebrows got really bad. I tried Jason's tea tree oil shampoo and that irritated my skin. I am currently on Desonide (a steroid cream) and a salicylic acid cream, and there have been some slight improvements. Please help me, this is so embarrassing and frustrating. The seb derm is spreading so more and more of my eyebrows are getting scales. Before it was only a small area, but it expanded.I am also afraid of hair loss. The flakes are so huge that usually, most of the scale gets off of the roots of the hairs, but when I go to pull out the flake, since not all of the flake became detached from my skin, I pull a couple of hairs with it. Please help, I am very desperate. I am thinking of doing something drastic like cutting off of my eyebrows and just not showing up to school for a month.

EC: Make sure to read the all posts on the psoriasis and eczema pages!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Savannah Tucker (Dublin, GA) on 01/03/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I am African American I have dealt with dry scalp my entire life. My mother has the same condition. When I was younger my mother would deep condition my scalp and hair and moisturize my scalp daily. When I was a teenager I did the same but have tried countless treatments and prescriptions and products since then. It has been frustrating trying to find a solution to my scalp condition while taking care of my hair. I am twenty 26 and tried using ACV 5% acidity in my hair 4 days ago and my scalp has made a 100% improvement!!!!! I put the ACV on my scalp and let it sit for 20 minutes and washed and styled as normal. Amazingly, my scalp is not white and itchy and my hair is not full of flakes. I haven't put anything on my scalp since the day I washed it.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Tehiya (New York, New York) on 01/02/2009
1 out of 5 stars

I tried Apple Cider Vinegar for Sebhorreic Dermatitis every day for about 10 days, and my scalp is no better than before. It didn't work at all.

Posted by Ruth (Costa Mesa, California) on 12/20/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I had seborrhea dermatitis for a year and have tried acv,and everything Ted recommended, but it didn't help much. I tried dermatologists and nothing helped until finally my internist suggested I try Edonazole Nitrate Cream 1%, I tried it and the seborrhea dermatitis is almost gone. I started with the cream 12-4-08 and this is 12-20-08. I am thrilled. I washed my face twice a day and applied a thin layer of the cream after each cleaning.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Michael McMath (Red Oak, Iowa) on 12/12/2008

Apple Cider Vinegar has cured my dermatitis/ sebhorea by 95%. I posted in Sept., 08 about cider vinegar alleviating my dermatitis on scalp and face.

Now in December, 08 I have dermatitis of scalp alleviated by 95%. That on my face is somewhat different. After a month or so, I began to get rapidly cyling minor patches on my face even though I am applying to face every day--several times. The patches would generally show up as dry rough spots which would flake if you gently scratched them. I would remove flakes then apply vinegar, which would show red and generally alleviate in 2-3 days. Now I seem to have fewer patches lasting shorter time and healing faster. I wish it would go away completely, but this is so much better than before. I just hope it doesn't stop working at some point.

I haven't been using the organic raw vinegar because it wasnpt available for some time, and have only been applying the regular cider vinegar to skin. I got a bottle of raw vinegar two days ago and have started to take a couple of tablespoons in V-8 juice and hope this helps and maybe will also reduce appetite as it did before. The V-8 is a very good vehicle as it just seems to be more tangy with vinegar. I just couldn't take vinegar in water and not at all unpalatable. I don't know if using raw organic vinegar has any virtue at all. I am sort of conditioned to thinkl that it should because it is, well, ORGANIC. The Del Monte Cider Vinegar seems to work as well on my face and scalp as the raw. Perhaps just plain white vinegar would do the job. Really,I imagine the acetic acid is the active ingredient. Has anyone out there tried white vinegar?

I know of two fellows who work in stores I frequent who have bad dermatitis of face and scalp. I really want to tell them about this, but haven't had the nerve to do it. I guess I will screw up the courage and tell them as I wish that if anybody who had seen me knew about this that they would have told me and spared me years of embarassment, frustration, and misery.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Lissa (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) on 12/12/2008

Hi I just bought all this ingredients - apple cider vinegar and baking soda and excited to begin. I m using Head and Shoulders and its working well but am getting worried as my hair is always falling. This was the same when i was using Selsun which also worked well with me. SO im giving this a try and crossing my fingers that it will work as well as everyone here. Will keep all of you posted.

Posted by Ruth (Costa Mesa, California) on 12/06/2008
5 out of 5 stars

econazole Nitrate 1% available on internet. I found it at shopzilla for $7.99. It works!!!!!!!! I have had Seborrheic dermatitis for a year and gone to my primary physician and 3 dermatologists. My doctor prescribed this for me Dec 5, 2008 (this is 3 days later and the itching is gone the bumps and lumps on my face are better and I can tell it is the answer. I tried everything Ted suggested, some helped but did not cure. Put a thin coating on face 2 times a day after washing face. I use it morning and night.

Grapefruit Seed Extract
Posted by DL (Atl, Ga) on 11/23/2008

Update to my post about GSE and seb derm around nose. The external application of grapefruit seed extract WORKED! It's been 2 months now and I have no peeling and flaking. Occasionally I will have one postule appear halfway down my smile line after I eat chocolate ice cream or a piece of chocolate, but other than that, nothing. The bump disappears within 12 hours. I kept up the topical treatment every day for about a week, then once every 3-4 days for another week, then stopped altogether. Haven't applied it since then. Yahoo and Yea!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Susanna (Austin, Texas) on 11/23/2008

Hi, you asked about supplements for nitric oxide. I'm sure you found something by now, being that this post was so long ago, but for anyone reading this now for the first time, as I am, I thought I'd reply back to you. There is a great supplement on the market sold in the sports section at health food stores called NO2. You should check it out if you have a deficiency of nitric oxide. It's also great for numerous things as better and faster recovery after working out, building lean muscle, burning fat, enhanced circulation, and more energy. The company that makes it is MRI. There are several other products in the sports nutrition field that are similar, but this is still the best one, and it's timed released, for maximum absorption. Hope this helps you, and maybe someone else reading this.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by RITA (LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA) on 11/21/2008


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Christine (clearwater, florida) on 10/13/2008
4 out of 5 stars

Please help! If you want to skip the entire story, please just scroll to the bottom 5 or so paragraphs. However, if you can help, please do read the whole story.

I think I have had something fungal going on with my body for some time. All throughout my pregnancy (5 years ago), I had a few yeast infections all handled with acidopholis. My son was born with "cradle cap". He is 4 and still has it (I think it's fungal = sebboreac dermatitis)

I currently have very bad dermatitis on my hands and face. It started about 3 years ago in between my fingers - lightly red and inflamed on a few fingers. Never having taken a drug in my life (including natural births), I saw a nutritionist.

He is one of the new who knows how to PROPERLY muscle test, and can test the supplement for your body and the correct dosage. He handled many problems for me (including major back spasms preventing me from operating at all). He handled liver cancer on my father, I've witnessed him handling autistic kids - I can sum it up to say for the most part he knows what he's doing!

On the hands, he found that it was a parasite. Throughout the last few years, he's also found a fungus as well. Most recently he found a virus in the liver (which makes sense as liver dysfunction can cause skin problems) I have drastically changed my diet and eliminated ALL sugar over the past 3 months. I went strictly organic 3 years ago.

Despite doing his protocol, it would ebb and flow - each outbreak steadily getting worse and spreading onto my knuckles and front of hands.

After a year the redness then changed to red and small little pustules. (little clear "puss pockets" on my fingers and eventually moving into the palms of my hands). I am super hygienic - wash my hands about 8 times a day with mild natural hand soap - doesn't make sense.

Frustrated, I went and got topical fungal cream. It vanished after a few days - only to come back when I went off the cream.

Last year I had it licked for several months when I went onto NO sugar (no bread, legumes, honey, juice, etc.)... Then it came back after about 3 months.

Now three years later I've had all of my body products tested on me - I use 100% natural soap, shampoos, toothpaste, makeup, etc. I clean my house only with vinegar and peroxide. I eat like a hippie - it doesn't make sense!

3 months ago I went to a "natural spring" in Florida, The next day my entire tummy was broken out in hives. It spread up my chest, onto the neck and on the hands.

I decided to skip the nutritionist as I'd been struggling for three years. I went to a dermatologist who told me it was an allergy to whole food supplements! I didn't buy this, but decided to take the steroid and antihistamine.

I took both twice. I felt terrible and the condition got worse! I went back and the Doctor the next day who then told me to keep it up for two weeks as it could take that long !!!!!

Regretting taking the drugs I went to my nutritionist who handled it within a day - EXCEPT the hands (my struggle).

I then started soaking my hands in salt water. I'd do this about an hour a day. This would clear them up and instantly take away the itch (didn't hurt surprisingly) and chilled them out.

At the end of September it was my son's 4th birthday. I cheated on my no sugar and had a piece of cake (not all natural, organic and sugar free).

The next morning I wooke up and it broke out on my face!!!!!! Within a day of the breakout my chin was orange from the oozing. YUK. I can't go to work looking like this... I work in the financial industry!

I went to my nutritionist who couldn't handle it.

My hands were also worse than before - I could NOT stop from itching. I bought cortisone cream, tar, psoriasis cream, etc. and loaded it all on my hands. NOTHING stopped this terrible itch. The knuckles looked like I got into a fist fight and were bleeding and swollen. My fingers almost twice their size. The salt water was also not helping.

By the way, each breakout has been worse than previous - especially since these terrible drugs! I researched the drugs (prednisone, xyzol and another topical steroid) Turns out a side effect of these medical drugs is breaking out WORSE than before once you're off the drug!!!

The nutrition was ALSO not working and now I had an orange chin and bloody knuckles.

I finally broke down and went back to the MD again (I saw a different one). He said it was a staph infection (hands) and impetigo (face). I could think with this. I took the anti-biotic which totally cleared the skin. This made sense to me - nutrition not working with such a massive infection misdiagnosed for months.

I thought an anti-biotic is OK - I've never had a side effect from the 3-4 times I've taken them (no condition I've had ever came back).

Now I've been off a week. Within a day I could feel the skin heating up under the lips. The itch started the next day, along with chin getting red and the lips also have little bumps around the base. I also have white heads around my nose, which is slightly red.

I spoke to the MD, who wants to put me on more drugs. I truly don't think this is a solution - seeing the "side effects"!!!!

I took a BUNCH of oregano oil (3 days ago). The condition has continued to worsen.

Remember, I drink more than 1/2 my body weight in spring water a day and I ONLY eat organic veggies and chicken (I even clean and steam veggies in bottled spring water). No sugar of any kind (bread, fruit, refined, dairy, etc.) I don't even put dressing on my salad. The ONLY stray from this is one cup of coffee per day. This is definitely not some allergy from a crap diet or chemicals in my environment.

I found this site - T H A N K Y O U!!! I've been taking apple cider vinegar internally and externally since yesterday. The chin is definitely drying up but still quite red. It started bleeding today (I think it was so dry, that when I moved my mouth, it cracked a scab)

HOWEVER, the hands don't seem to be changing. The knuckles are redder today (with white flaky skin on top - I assume this is eczema) and continuing to get chubbier and spreading.

I've also been drinking water with 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda with lemon juice and two teaspoons of ACV. I've put the ACV on my face and hands three times a day.

The redness is not yet going away on the face, but it's crusting up (yuk - sorry if this is gross).

Last night I put yogurt on my face and hands (the thick Greek yogurt) and taken a bunch of acidopholis. The yogurt seems to draw some of the gunk out as a "white head" formed after I rinsed it off.

I considered the oil gargle - but am worried I'll detox too fast and the skin will get worse than it is now.

I am going to start with coconut oil tonight and see if that helps on the hands.

I need to know from other people out there - does it sound like I'm improving?? Anyone else go through these symptoms before (or as part of) healing??? My main concern is whether or not I am healing.

Any suggestions? Please help! I am 29 and refuse to let this spread on my body! I plan on it being gone :)

Thank you so much,

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Nancy (Orlando, FL) on 10/11/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I use Organic Apple Cider Vinegar for my seborrheic dermatitis and sensitive scalp. I typically take about 1/4 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar and 1/4 cup of water and mix it in a spray bottle (1 part to 1 part). I spray it directly on my scalp, by combing through the different sections. Then leave it on for at least 10-15 minutes. Then I rinse it out and use a mild shampoo & conditioner. The longer the better. Its best to do it on the weekends or at night because it does smell. (2-3 times a week) The worse you have it the longer it will take to see results. I started using the ACV because the Nizoral shampoo started making my hair really dry and brittle and it started to break and fall out. I have pretty oily skin and I needed to wash my hair every day. For the face, take a cotton ball and dab the mixture on the spots. And make sure you dry your hair good, the moisture breeds bacteria.

Grapefruit Seed Extract
Posted by DL (Atl, Ga) on 09/24/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Update to my first post about using grapefruit seed extract for dermatitis around my nose... After the 5th day of taking drops of GSE internally and it getting 50% better, but not more than that, I decided to start applying GSE to directly to the dermatitis. I put a drop of GSE on my palm and then touched the drop with my index finger and rubbed it in thoroughly to the dermatis, which wrapped around the underside of my nose and partially up the sides. Instant warming sensation. I kept the GSE on as long as possible, which frankly wasn't very long: 5-10 minutes max. I did this application once a day. It's intense, I must warn you. After a few minutes the dermatitis started to itch and burn. Quite torturous. When I couldn't take it any more I rinsed the GSE off with warm water and finished with cold water. I then applied pure shea butter. The itch then continues for about 20 minutes.

It's now day 5 (and I kept the GSE on for an hour, no problem) and my dermatitis is gone around my nose. The redness has slowly receded and this morning when I woke up the area was almost completely healed... the constant redness is gone! You'd think with a remedy so powerful that it would make the skin look worse, but it fact the opposite has occured. It gets red right after application, then heals over night.

Finally! After 10 years of non-stop, itchy, red, flaking skin!! I also know from experience that I will need to continue this remedy for at least another few weeks or it may come back. But hopefully I can eliminate it permanantly. I am thinking now that this condition may very well be caused by mites. So doing a yeast cleanse is important, but you also need to kill the mites on the skin with something powerful. I recommend that people try using grapefruit seed extract for scalp infections, seb derm, mite infestations. It might also work for rosacea, eczema and psoriasis.

Finally, I want to thank Marea soooo much for her thorough posting about Grapefruit Seed Extract on the melasma page. That's what got me to try the remedy out in the first place. Yea, Marea!

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