How I Combatted Seborrheic Dermatitis Naturally

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Coconut oil

Coconut Oil has been a blessing for me. I use it faithfully every week as a hot oil treatment and I put it directly on my scalp every two days. I know that putting oil on the scalp is sort of taboo when it comes to dealing with dermatitis, but it works for me.

I make sure not to put too much on my scalp or use it too often because coconut oil truly gets absorbed into the scalp and doesn’t just sit on top of the scalp, it is awesome.

The fatty acids that are in coconut oil are great for combatting dandruff, so it only makes sense that someone with dermatitis could benefit from it as well.

Tea Tree Oil

Another natural remedy that truly helps my condition is tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is not for the faint of heart and it isn’t as oily as you think. It doesn’t smell nice and it’s pretty pricey. However, it has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties in it.


This is great because a lot of times, seborrheic dermatitis can turn into a fungus along your hair line if left untreated. Tea tree oil is used for cuts, burns, and even athlete’s foot, this stuff is strong and should be used correctly.

I mix it in with my coconut oil during my hot oil treatment which cools and soothes my scalp. When I rinse my treatment out, I don’t have the itches and I also apply a tiny amount to my eye brows and to my ears.

Honey

Every now and then, I will mix raw grade A honey into my deep conditioner. I deep condition every week and I probably mix the honey in with it every other week. It may sound strange to put honey in your hair, but for some it is the only remedy for their dermatitis.

Honey also has natural anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, it helps keep my scalp itch free and it makes my hair super soft (an added bonus). Some people have even claimed that honey completely cured their dermatitis. I’m not sure how true that is since it’s allegedly a condition that cannot be cured but at least we can all agree it really helps with the symptoms.

These are just a few of the natural remedies that you can try to help soothe your poor scalp in addition to going to see a good dermatologist. If you’re embarrassed about discussing it, don’t be! Don’t let them fool you everyone has an issue with their body that they can’t help, nobody is perfect.

I used to be so embarrassed when I would have red and flakey skin along my hair line and eye brows, but now I don’t worry about it. Now that I have a good handle on how to control my flare ups, I don’t have too many of those moments. However, when I do, I don’t apologize for it and you shouldn’t either.

 

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!!!

  4. Veronica

    Here is what works for me:
    -Raw honey for 3 hours before washing hair
    -Rotate between two different antifungals
    -Try your best to avoid styling products including shampoo and conditioner with fragrances by using ingredient checker like folliculitisscout or sezia
    -The only oil that worked for me is MCT oil without lauric acid.

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