How I Combatted Seborrheic Dermatitis Naturally

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Can they see it? I hope they know it’s not contagious. Is that why they won’t come near me? Great, it looks like there’s snow on my shirt. They probably think I have lice. If they only knew the truth.

Seborrheic Dermatitis is an ugly skin and scalp condition that affects more people than you would think. For years I thought that I had severe dandruff and would pack on the grease thinking that would solve my problem. Guess what? It made it worse. When I was younger, my mother would always ask me why I didn’t grease my scalp.

I tried to tell her that I did every day, but she didn’t believe me because my scalp was constantly dry and flaky. After years of trying to combat this “dandruff” with grease, I realized that what I had was far more serious than dandruff.  I literally had huge flakes on my scalp, my hair line was red and bumpy and there were even flakes in my eye brows and ears. When I would remove the flakes, hair would come up with it, that was it, I decided I had to see a dermatologist.

After I saw an excellent dermatologist, he diagnosed me with seborrheic dermatitis. It is one of the top five diagnoses for African American dermatology patients and it is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects your scalp and other parts of your body. The oiliest areas of your body (scalp, chest, ears, forehead, etc.) can be affected by seborrheic dermatitis.

Another mind boggling revelation is that the condition doesn’t occur because your skin is dry, rather it occurs because your affected body part is too oily so putting more oil on top of your supposedly “dry” scalp will only aggravate your dermatitis more. Dermatitis also flares up when you’re stressed or during certain season.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a cure for seborrheic dermatitis, once you have the skin condition, you have it for life. Fortunately, it can be controlled with prescription medications or with natural remedies. When I was initially diagnosed, I accepted all the creams, lotions and potions the doctor recommended because I just wanted to get rid of my itchy, red and irritated scalp for good.


More importantly, I wanted to keep my hair from falling out. Now that I’ve had a few years to do the proper research on the condition, I’ve opted to go a more natural route when I have a flare up.

Keep in mind, I still use a prescription shampoo to cleanse my scalp because it’s necessary and no getting around it, but I can’t rely solely on the shampoo to combat the condition. Here are some things I’ve learned about my seborrheic dermatitis and how I keep my flare ups at a minimum with natural remedies.

Originally posted 2014-07-08 15:00:44.

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About Portia Cole


Portia is a wife and mother who enjoys making things and people look pretty! As a graduate of Rowan University, Portia has an insatiable craving for natural hair, beauty, and fashion, but she also enjoys traveling and home decor. If you'd like to know more about her, visit her blog at huneybflyy.com. You can also follow her on Instagram (huneybflyy) and twitter (@huneybflyy).

About Portia Cole


Portia is a wife and mother who enjoys making things and people look pretty! As a graduate of Rowan University, Portia has an insatiable craving for natural hair, beauty, and fashion, but she also enjoys traveling and home decor. If you'd like to know more about her, visit her blog at huneybflyy.com. You can also follow her on Instagram (huneybflyy) and twitter (@huneybflyy).

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Comments

  1. Chala Brooks

    Thank you for this article. I am by this scalp condition as well. To avoid the medicated shampoo because it strips my hair, I use Sulfur 8 grease on my scalp at when it really flares up. It works in like 15 minutes when my scalp is really itching. I know in the natural hair world this is a big no no but it works for me and I only use it once a month as needed and I use the Light

  2. MsKat

    I have it too, and have had it since childhood. Sometimes it itched so bad I would scratch my scalp til it bled, eyebrows too. I put oil on it all the time to try and soothe it but it never worked. I went to the dermatologist for a general checkup-I do so every few years because I had a very bad sunburn in the 90’s and want to make sure nothing is changing for the worse (I’m black-the sun is just vicious now). She diagnosed it then and gave me prescriptions for a cream, a lotion, and a shampoo. Even with insurance the shampoo was about $140, so I never did get it. I did research and learned it is at least partly an autoimmune issue, with the body attacking the natural sebum it excretes. So after I finished the cream which cleared up any secondary issues, I decided to not use any oil on my hair, to see what would happen. I just made sure to condition well, and I cut it fairly short. It worked miracles-I went from constant itching and flare-ups on my scalp, hairline, eyebrows, ears, and even the jawline below my ears, to…NOTHING. Now that my hair is longer I use a little coconut oil starting an inch or two from my scalp to protect the length, and still have no problems. Any time I forget and use oil where I shouldn’t I have a flare. Drastic, but it feels good to live without digging at my scalp all the time1

  3. Debbie

    So glad I came across this article!!! Truly a BIG help! Now maybe I can find some relief and restore this scalp of mine!! Thanks!!!

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