Seborrheic dermatitis is one of the more common types of eczema where the oil glands of the skin are affected. Seborrheic Dermatitis affects thousands of people worldwide which can cause much frustration to the sufferer and if it is not controlled, it can significantly reduce the lifestyle quality of the person. There are the usual conventional prescribed treatment for this type of eczema, which might or might not work. To really heal from Seborrheic Dermatitis, we need to go back to basics and really understand why this happens in the first place.
Seborrheic Dermatitis is usually caused by an internal source, such as diet and lifestyle. For seborrheic dermatitis sufferers, a diet which contains too much saturated fats, processed sugars, and junk food is the major contributor to the imbalance of body system which promotes candida overgrowth. Candida overgrowth can increase histamine activity and causes an eczema flareup. Candida yeast will travel to the most vulnerable areas of a persons body and promote irritation. The weak points in an individual varies from individual to individual. With sebhorrheic dermatitis, the sebaceous glands or oil glands seem to be the most vulnerable points of attack. The most abundant areas of the oil glands in a human body are the scalp, sides of the nose, behind the ears, and the center of the chest.
The first step towards treating seborrheic eczema is change your diet. Reduce saturated fats and processed sugars in your diet as this two are the common factors which cause seborrheic dermatitis. Increase the intake of fiber in your diet. Fiber helps to eliminate candida overgrowth. Do not forget about replenish your essential fatty acids and vitamin E levels through diet as these two essential nutrients help the skin cells to retain moisture. Increase your intake of green vegetables,such as brocolli, spinach, collard and kale, which are extremely rich in minerals and fiber as well as the much needed beta carotene to boost your immune system and restoring your body system balance.
Regarding caring for your skin and scalp, go for natural skin care products that will replenish the deficient nutrients to promote the
healing. Products which contain essential fatty acid sources like borage oil or safflower oil are especially great for moisture replenishment, vitamin E for moisture replenishment and regulation of the exfoliation process, vitamin C for anti-oxidant & natural anti-histamine functions, and beta carotene sources, (like carrots or apricots), for their immune boosting properties. As there are so many of these natural skin care products available in the market, you will need to find the one which suits you. No two person have the same skin type, so what is good for one person, may not be suitable for you.
Another often neglected factor is regarding your household water system. If you have not install a good functional water filtration system to filter out chlorine and fluoride, do so now as these harmful chemicals are often the cause of irritation in sensitive skin. At one stage, a domino effect can occur. What is a domino effect? An initial cause of eczema flare up can create a more vulnerable atmosphere for the occurance of another cause. Take for example, the first cause of the seborrheic dermatitis could be due to your diet, this will weaken your body immune system and make it easy for another allergen which could be the chlorine in the water to worsen your dermatitis condition. They are both still eczema reactions: one describes more of an internal cause; whereas, the other describes a direct external cause.
The most important factor in treating seborrheic dermatitis, or any type of eczema in general, is to understand your body immune system and how it is related to how your skin works. Find out what your body needs and work to replenish those deficiency with whole food sources and plenty of pure, clean water. Most of the times you will find that the solution is much more simple to fix than what doctors would have you believe. Let's use an analogy of a car to make things clearer.
Your car often break down may be due to the wrong fuel in your gas tank. You might be using diesel fuel in an unleaded gas tank which is causing the problems. So the simple solution is to add the right fuel to the gas tank. In other words, replenish what is deficient and watch the car go. Similarly, with the human body, putting the wrong fuel, ie. food, in the body, causing deficiencies of nutrients and thus causing the body to breakdown, ie. getting diseases and sickness. If you understand this principle, the most important thing that is needed is not medication to suppress the symptoms; but rather, the right food to replenish the deficient nutrients and promote healing. This same principle applies to treating Seborrheic Dermatitis.
In conclusion, these are some of the basic but very essential steps you can take towards treating seborrheic dermatitis the natural way. Start with the right diet and half the battle is won. What is most important is to listen to your body and understand you skin and how healing can take place. With the right approach , you are on your way to natural eczema healing.