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Seborrhoeic Dermatitis

Updated: May 31, 2022

Seborrhoeic dermatitis is classified as a skin disorder. This is referred to as a "long-term" skin disorder by doctors as they don't know the true cause. Seborrhoeic dermatitis is a bacterial infection of the sebaceous gland.

Sebaceous Gland-- A small gland in the skin which secretes a lubricating oily matter (sebum) into the hair follicles to lubricate the skin and hair.

Sebum production slows down by age 20. When babies are born their bodies are in abundance of sebum thus "cradle cap". Your face, neck , scalp and chest hold the most glands on the human body.

If you suffer from this your sebaceous gland is producing too much oil. This disaligns your skin cell turnover cycle causing scabs to form. Symptoms : Bumps/dry patches on the chest, neck, and face. Red, scaly, greasy, itchy, inflamed skin. These outbreaks come from excessive sebum production without proper release/cleansing and a bacterial infection of the sebaceous gland.

Causes: Blocked Follicles, Stress, Winter, Poor Immune Function.

You can control this with 7 simple steps.

  1. Rinse all conditioner out with cold water to seal the cuticle and follicle.

  2. Do not leave in hair products. Rinse all conditioner. Use Products only as directed.

  3. Use scalp toners :Rose Water, Witch Hazel (Organic)

  4. Use a face mask once a month.

  5. No Comedogenic Oils on the scalp. Low Porosity hair avoid comedogenic oils on the hair shaft. Your cuticle is already tight, a thick oil will make it shut even more.

  6. Clean Bonnets/Combs/Brushes and Head Wraps once a week.

  7. Add Zinc to your diet to decrease sebum levels naturally.

Reducing the presence of excess oils will decrease the growth of bacteria on the scalp.

Foods to decrease your sebum levels.

  • Shellfish

  • Seeds

  • Nuts

  • Eggs

  • Whole Grains

  • Dairy

  • Spinach

  • Mushrooms

  • Oysters

  • Ginger

  • Baked Beans

  • Asparagus

  • Poultry

  • Red Meat

  • Legumes

Herbs to decrease your sebum levels.

  • Holy Basil/Tulsi

  • Brahmi

  • Shatavari

  • Bhringraj (false daisy)

In Series 2 we will go over a few homemade remedies to kill the bacteria on the scalp. Check back for updates!

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Hey Cyn! I actually use Witch Hazel with a drop of rosemary essential oil to control the oil on my face. How would I use Witch Hazel on my scalp and how often?


16 nov. 2021

No problem! Let me know if you have any questions.


16 nov. 2021

Wow 😳 😯, thanks for sharing Cyn!!!