This is the question I asked myself after two years of suffering from this condition. I had a mild condition of seborrheic dermatitis but I was never sure if it is “genetic” or if it is caused by the lower quality of my products, which I found more about in a few years of research on ingredients. As a sufferer of this condition I often wondered what made me flare up. I would have irritation on my nose area and forehead. I also looked overall reddish but nothing severe, this being one of the reasons I always looked for superficial and external treatments. After I learned what the actual cause was I started to piece everything together and it makes a lot of sense. Well at least after 7 years everything is clear. Let me run you through it so if you deal with it yourself it will be easier to identify if you have it or not. It is a bit challenging to “name” it since there are quite a few types of dermatitis.
First of all let me tell you I first realized that I had seborrheic dermatitis when I was around 14. I was diagnosed by a dermatologist and I was told it is genetic and that there is no treatment that will cure it. I just have to “sustain it” with creams. At that time. I did not have dandruff or itching skin, but patches of my skin had tendances to be very dry and “coarse” in some areas. I also could not tolerate perfumes on my neck or chest area which were prone to rashes.
Does diet help with seborrheic dermatitis?
Both what you use on your skin and what you eat do influence the state of your skin. Period.
If you are eating a lot of fruit sugars, sweets, very processed foods or regular sugars you are encouraging the growth of the fungus that causes it called malassezia globosa or fufur.
Another important factor to consider is the omega 3 levels you are taking. The balance between omega 3s and omega 6s is very fragile. Fried foods together with omega 6′s and 9′s can cause the symptoms to worsen. This is because the delicate balance of omega 3′s versus 6′s and 9′s is out of balance! Therefore, supplementing with omega 3′s will help you very much. However, unless you cut out the sugars you will still have symptoms. If you take lots of supplements and make your diet better but still continue with the bad habits of eating a lot of sugar it is like still feeding the bad while trying to kill it. It will not lead you very far and you risk worsening the condition as well.
You might have to limit sugar and other food categories for a while before the condition is under control and your body is reestablishing. But do not cut all sources of sugar for ever, as your overall body balance might be affected (Read here more).
When and by what is Seborrheic Dermatitis triggered?
A rule of thumb says your dermatitis symptoms will be the worst in the most oily areas on your body and also when your oils glands are pumping out the most oils. For most people this is in during adolescence time. The areas affected are the scalp, the T-zone on the face since it tends to produce more oils, the underarm area, the groin area, and where your skin is moist and creases. The oils create the environment for the bacteria to thrive and this is what creates the dry skin and the irritation at the same time.
Also the irritation on the outside is showing you that inside your body there is not quite a harmony. Your body has been de-balanced by either your lifestyle, stress, diet, bad products etc and it is trying to show it to you on the outside.
The Worst Mistakes You Can Make With Seborrheic Eczema, Dermatitis or Just Seborrhea!
Number one mistake you can do is not to wash the affected area from fear it will get even more inflamed. Because the skin becomes so inflamed and irritable people think that they should not wash it. That is one of the worst things that you can do. Make sure to deep cleanse the follicles of the skin so that bacteria will not proliferate .
Mistake number two is washing too much. If you remove your skin oils too often it is not good news. First you will take away the skin’s natural protective barrier and secondly, as an effect, you will encourage the production of even more sebum by the skin. The key is to use very safe, ph-balanced and preferably organic products that will be very gentle on your skin.
I know it is very confusing but it is true. I experienced both of them. You need to find your own personal balance that works best for your skin. But do not worry, I will not leave you hanging there. I will list below simple things to implement and apply in your daily routine to help your dermatitis be under control.
Is nutrition a factor you should consider when dealing with seborrheic dermatitis?
I will leave you now with a few recommendations that really helped me personally:
1. Supplement your diet with Omega 3s. You can increase this by either taking fish oil pills or through eating more Omega 3 rich foods such as fish, chia seeds, nuts, seed, greens etc.
2. Biotin supplements really help a lot because biotin prevents yeast from turning to fungus. Together with Omega 3s it will be a powerful ally in the quest of keeping bacteria under control
3. Anti-fungals help a lot keep the right balance between the good and the bad bacteria in your intestines. You can eat some of the most powerful anti-fungals such as garlic, aloe vera juice, etc. I will create a post in detail about these.
4. Zinc, zinc , zinc! The skin’s best friend. Internally and externally. Take zinc from foods such as pumpkin seeds, spinach, wheat germ, cashews etc Also find creams with zinc in it, they will help keep the bacteria under control on the skin.
What changes did you implement that reduced or eliminated your dermatitis? Was your problem solved externally or internally?
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