Managing Skincare for Sebhorreic Dermatitis

Updated: Nov 2, 2020

If you're reading this and you suffer from Sebhorreic Dermatitis then you know the frustration of having it! If you don't, it's usually a life-long condition which causes stubbornly dry, itchy and red skin.


What causes it?!

I wish I knew! It's not a fungal or bacterial infection so experts don't know why it develops. The exact cause is unknown but has been related by experts to hormones, stress, genetics, the immune system, cold weather and more.


I may not be a doctor but this works for me so I hope I can help some of you! Through using a dermatologist, trial and error I have been able to use products to make the most sensitive skin manageable.


Do you have any treatment recommendations I haven't mentioned? Please feel free to comment below.


General note:

When you wash you should try to make sure the water is warm but not hot as that can increase irritation and flaking. Also, I highly recommend to minimally apply extra virgin coconut oil to any sore areas whether that be on your scalp, face or body.


Face Routine:

  1. For makeup removal, I use Micellar Water

  2. I wash my face twice daily

  3. I apply hydrocortisone cream (Daktacort) as the weakest steroid cream available

  4. On the areas where I get spots, I use Tea Tree Oil (Body Shop)

Tea Tree Oil is anti-microbial so this is a highly recommended remedy which has also significantly subdued my acne and is entirely cruelty-free, yay!


Carry on reading to learn about my hair process...


Hair Routine:

  1. I have to wash my hair at least every 3 days to reduce inflammation

  2. I use the well known Nizoral Shampoo - this changed my life! I use Olaplex or a conditioner as a barrier for the rest of the hair *

  3. Afterwards, I use a quality conditioner (Kinky Curly Knot Today) but you're welcome to use high street products too.

  4. Finally, I make sure to leave in organic extra virgin coconut oil on the driest parts of my hair but if you don't have dry hair then you can ignore this part.


*Medicated shampoo dries out your hair so you need a strong conditioner.

This is one thing I didn't realise was so important until I started following the Curly Girl Method but this is totally relevant for any hair type to boost moisture and conquer frizz.


Lots of people recommend other scalp treatments including Apple Cider Vinegar, Peppermint Oil and Aloe Vera. These didn't work for me but everybody's skin is different so please keep trying as it 100% is worth it.

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