when ever i am on a very low carb diet, just meat and vegetables my
seb derm clears up 100% . recently i decided to start eating more carbs again, fruits, potatoes, brown rice and now i've got more seb derm again
skin rashes more dry dead skin on my face. i feel more fatigued and more drowsy. I am 100% positive that all seb derm is caused by Candida Overgrowth , because i have experienced the truth.
i have been on my candida diet twice for six month along with antifungals and my skin always clears up and my energy levels are much better, i am more focused too.
The candida diet is no fun to be on believe me BUT the benefits you will recieve in your health far outweigh the deprived feeling one feels on the diet. I am now going back to my strict diet again.
i don't believe it when doctors say seb derm is incurable because i know that it is, with a 0 Sugar diet. All yeast feeds from Sugar and thats a proven scientific fact. I also don't believe that SD is caused by mellazia yeast on the skin surface but by the candida yeast within the body. Once candida overgrows it spreads all over the body causing all types of problems.
i use to have the worst seb derm ever my scalp was covered with dead skin my face was a mess my chest was rashed up to hell. i was mentally unbalanced but after killing off the candida all theses symtoms cleared up!
Please take my advice fellow sufferers of this shit condition and try the diet for a least a few months until it starts to work, then you will see the results for your self. Good Luck
Seborrheic Dermatitis is curable, but you must look deeper into the body, my medical docto told me...
Seborrheic Dermatitis is curable, but you must look deeper into the body, my medical docto told me don't have time to look at the root cause told to see naturopathic if I wanted to look deeper
I have great book recommendation that helped to read it The Autoimmune Fix: How to Stop the Hidden Autoimmune Damage That Keeps You Sick, Fat, and Tired Before It Turns Into Disease by Tom O'Bryan.
MAYO Study found that first diagnosis by 88% of doctor MISDIAGNOSIS patients. If business had a 88% failure rate it would be out of business.
My dermatologist was batting zero gave different kinds of crap that failed over and over again. I went right over to my ND and he figured it out in four five minutes . I had Candida Overgrowth because I was on antibiotics for one month, I suspected that . This is logical conclusion Now here is what I was told if it on your skin, scalp or hair anywhere on your body it reflects what is going inside and the body is showing you by it being on the skin
I stopped all dairy, Sugar and grains no gluten, I'm a vegetarian so no meat
Did the a candida cleanse alkalized that is pretty important and took Lauricidin a very potent coconut pellets from Amazon.
I must agree with you about the zero carbs and/or low carbs get rid of the sleepiness, the brain fog, the tiredness, up and down high and lows and the bloated or edgy feeling your body has when on mega carbs. It was stunning at how the carbs effect you and once you cut back you realize you feel so much better
I went on low carbs I had the keto flu, within three days, but I drank Sea Salt one or two teaspoon in warm water, magnesium, and potassium you will come out to the other side a stronger person,healthier and more clear person There is fast you can do on Sea Salt , kale, onion and garlic boiled in water and just drink the liquid for two days this kills candida big time. and it gets the body ready to go low carb it is a healthier start
Medicine escapes the scrutiny it deserves there have been no studies to show; how many people die from the tests, how many from the antibiotics, how many from misdiagnosis, how many from medication errors and how many from surgery errors, and how many times does a doctor fails to take any actions and does nothing and the patient dies, If there was ever a vast study of the failure and death rate would be shocking
Okay, let me begin by saying that I’ve had Seborrheic Dermatitis for over 18 years. So I know what you are going through, and I DO have a cure (or CURES I should say) for you. I have tried everything you can possibly imagine over the years, done thousands of hours of research, tested natural sources (oils, etc.), diet, allergens, and even made my own concoctions. There is not a doctor or person out there that is going to tell me about this condition. While I have seen some people providing information that is on the right track, a HUGE percentage is seriously misguided or incomplete. ... ... Be ... [This message is long. Retrieve the whole message]
Re: MUST READ!! The "CURE" for Seborrheic Dermatitis
THIS is your advice? just go find the cause? ive been beating around the bush for years with all this diet crap and still getting no where? fixing bad gut is pretty much impossible since gut flora isnt really restorable (probiotics are only transient)
and i havent seen any real cure story on this site yet. all of it is just basically symptom control
My MD says that product RESTORE can heal the gut.
I am using it now along with with some homemade Organic Bone Broth, a little Slippery Elm Gruel (Yum!), Great Lakes Beef Gelatin, Enzymatic DGL nightly before bed fermented foods like Farmstead Ferments, Bubbies Pickles, a little Kombucha (no sugar) and CocoYo (coconut yogurt). Dr. Zachery Bush’s product RESTORE is a soil redox and mineral complex has greatly improved my food sensitivities which I think were the result of leaky gut syndrome. I am still in healing process and need to up my dose of Restore. I am working healing my Seborrheic dermatitis and my food sensitivities (mainly to gluten, nightshades, and caffeine). Not planning to have those things again except for occasional crackers and the black coffee and dark chocolate I miss so. I have not gotten anywhere with Seborrheic dermatitis except a little better in the summer and while doing a Whole30 Paleo program. I am praying for those who suffer. I hope and pray you find your healing - If I get better with this I'll be sharing here on curezone.
For seborrhea dermatitis issues, I use a product called NuStock which can be found on Amazon. One ...
For seborrhea dermatitis issues, I use a product called NuStock which can be found on Amazon. One 12oz tube costs about $12; it lasts me for at least a month when my inflammation is out of control.
I, initially, bought it for my pets' skin issues and I decided to try it on myself. My cabinet, now, stays stocked with NuStock. I am an African American female who has suffered from this condition for, pretty much, all my life. It began to worsen around age 18 (I am 35 now).
NuStock works wonders on my scalp and on my face / body. I use it weekly if my scalp is out of control. Once I have it under control, I can go about a month without treatment (...but that's pushing it 😳) I part sections of my hair so that I can massage the product into my scalp (sometimes, I dilute the product for easier application). I leave it in for about 10 minutes (...sometimes overnight, depending on the severity of my inflammation). For my face and body, I just massage a layer all over and then I shower.
I have never felt any pain or burning sensations from this stuff. It's great. The main ingredient of the yellow ointment is sulfur so be sure to rinse well; or else, you will head to school / work smelling like eggs. 😂 God luck guys 🍀 ❤️
Hello. I hope someone will read this lengthy post because I'm very desperate at the moment and could use all the help I can get.
I am female/24 years old. At the age of 23 I suddenly developed eczema. Prior to this, my skin was pretty good. I barely had acne through puberty and I had no known allergens. A few years prior to getting eczema, I did experience some skin sensitivities; mostly dry cracking hands in the wintertime or from overwashing. Then I started experiencing dryness on my face. Then the dryness was accompanied by redness (usually around the nose and mouth) and sometimes itchiness and small bumps (not acne, usually on the sides of my face). I never thought I had eczema. Didn't even think about it.
In January 2016, I noticed a tiny bump on my upper arm. Didn't think much of it except it was quite itchy for such a small bump. I was scratching unknowingly but soon realized it was growing. It looked like ringworm but it was diagnosed as discoid (nummular) eczema. Another two patches developed on my upper thigh then a few more on my shin and then my other shin. The patches started off as small coin shapes which quickly grew and melted together, taking over my shins. I had horrible itchy bumps and dryness appear on my neck, forehead and cheeks too which left the skin feeling like sandpaper.
I went to the dermatologist which barely looked at me, completely overlooked diet as a cause and prescribed a topical steroid, antibiotic cream and antibiotic pills. I left her office feeling angry and helpless. I didnt take her prescriptions and found a naturopath. My blood tests came up normal except for low Vit D. I still suppliment and it has gone up to 'normal' range. I know the sun is best but I live in Canada and my eczema has turned me into a recluse bc it became so painful). Through a diet regimen and suppliments, I got rid of all the patches except for a couple of small ones on my shin.
I was feeling very hopeful for a little while, but the patches on my shin grew and spread to my other shin too. A few months later as my shins became worse and worse, I developed extremely itchy bumps on both forearms which quickly spread and formed big patches. My limbs became itchy, dry, burning and weeping.
I went to another dermatologist and he did a patch test on my back. I am allergic to gold and two other chemicals found in detergents and eye solutions which I do not use. He told me I had contact dermatitis but I sure wasn't rubbing gold over my shins and forearms. He prescribed a topical steroid cream and when I asked about how long I can safely use it, he said "don't worry about that, just put it on". I tried it on a few small patches out of pure deperation and yes it worked but I did not want to keep using it for obvious reasons. I knew that I had gotten rid of patches in the past and they came back. I can't use steroids as a long term solution.
I went to a chinese herbalist. I have been drinking a concotion of herbs for over 3 months now. I believe these herbs did help to slow down the spreading of my eczema so I continued. My shins are looking much better atm, but a small patch has appeared again and I feel heartbroken. My forearms have gotten better then worse then better and worse so many times I have lost count. The cycles goes like this: bumps appear, spread then dry out. Cracks develop from thin and dry skin. Cracks heal and bumps return again. i will most likely dicontinue the chinese herbs because the herbalist himself said I am a strange case and if it hasn't helped a certain amount by now, it's time to try something else. Not to mention it's very expensive!
I am thinking of getting my eyes read by an iridologist to shed some light on my situation. Would love to see someone from Dr. Robert Morse's office. (Look him up on youtube).
I have used the following as topicals: coconut oil, oregano oil, topical steroid, the honest company organic healing balm, hemp 360 raw hemp cream, unda cream (calendula) and now puriya mother of all creams. They all help but the bumps always return.
My diet has been really good (depending on who you ask!) the last year. And now I'm trying to do a mostly raw vegan diet, no nightshades.
I know eczema can have many causes and triggers, and there's only so much I can write here about my past, but if there's anyone with a similar story and has any advice, please share.
Topical steroids cause the skin to become thin. They are very damaging. ... ... I was given hydro...
Topical steroids cause the skin to become thin. They are very damaging.
I was given hydrocortisone when I was younger, from about 16, for dry skin on my face. I did not use it for long.
Eczema is an autoimmune illness caused by Increased Intestinal Permeability aka Leaky Gut. You are probably reacting to your food. People who recommend fasting do not seem to realise that although it appears to work it does not solve anything and cannot be continued. As soon as a person starts eating again the body will react to the food in the same way as it did before.
There are different antibodies which can cause these problems. Some people ie me react primarily with IgE antibodies whereas other people can react with other antibodies. IgE antibody reactors can get some relief by using high dose vitamin B12 which suppresses the immune system IgE response. I use this myself.
Changing the foods a person consumes makes things worse as the bodies immune system reacts to the constant challenges. Not changing foods can give some relief. This is not as extreme as fasting.
Ultimately the digestive permeability needs to be resolved to give relief. All the permeability supplements frequently recommended do not work! Do not waste your money! The cause is a infection of the stomach. An infection which is not currently detectable, researchers are so slow and incompetent IMO. As soon as the infection is destroyed the digestive system will heal instantly.
These infections are extremely resistant and protect themselves with a biofilm. Antibiotics will not destroy them and they adapt extremely quickly to anything which harms them. I am currently attempting to destroy them myself.
Chinese medicine can be helpful but it will not solve it. I went to a Chinese herbalist myself from the age of about 22 and it did help a bit. My skin on my face was so dry that it felt like it would crack open if I moved my face. My face was extremely dry and tight. It is much better now even though the digestive permeability has only improved a little.
Biotin can be helpful and can help improve the dryness. 20mg/day might be needed, this is the amount that I use. Take it on an empty stomach away from any other supplements. Swanson 5mg capsules are fairly inexpensive.
Iridology I also got interested in my journey to find a solution. It is probably a waste of time going to an iridologist. I did and it was an utter waste of time and money. I got a magnified image of my irises and that was all.
You can look at your own irises if your vision is good and you can focus up close. If you use a mirror and a low powered magnifying glass x3 should be inexpensive and can work fairly well. I can use a x5 just about but the glass needs to be right on top of the eye which is more difficult to focus. Extremes of permeability can show as Radii Solaris markings in some people when the infection is considerable and the biofilm is large. It does not show in every case of leaky gut which are frequently fairly minor but still exert autoimmune effects. Radii Solaris show very clearly in my irises as thick black cuts in the iris. They should start at the iris and work out. You are certain to have leaky gut but you might not show these markings unless the permeability is very significant.
An iridologist/herbalist will not fix it because they do not know the cause which is an infection. Science and researchers are not aware of the cause of leaky gut, many do not even recognise increase digestive permeability aka leaky gut. There is current research which will bring this to the worlds attention as soon as it is published. However the cause will not be known for many years.
You could get a digestive permeability test done. Lactulose/Mannitol is used and is drunk and then urine is collected and then tested to find out how much Lactulose/Mannitol is present.
You could get a food allergy test done, there are different types available. There are different anti bodies as I have already mentioned and different tests can detect different antibodies. It depends upon your antibody reaction which will show the best result. If you itch very quickly after eating/drinking then you might be an IgE antibody responsive. If so then it might be worth trying methylcobalamin (vit b12) 5mg tabs/caps and take 10mg first thing and then more later and 10mg before bed. 30mg or more might be needed which can get expensive. Not changing the foods you consume each day might help. Try eating the same foods for a few days, keep a food diary. You might find the itching stops/reduces especially if you also take B12. You need to make sure that you eat enough of the right foods to supply your body with what it requires. Chances are that you have a high skin cell turn over which requires a fair bit of protein. Your body will react most to protein. I noticed itching when I changed the foods I was eating but did not itch when I ate the same foods. The digestive hyper permeability needs to be resolved to rectify the problem. I did manage to destroy most of one of the biofilms and the black marking in my iris returned to my normal blue colour. The others are far more resistant and I am still trying to destroy them.
... Thank you so much for your reply. ... ... ... ... Leaky gut has crossed my mind before but ...
Thank you so much for your reply.
Leaky gut has crossed my mind before but the naturopath I was seeing did not think that was a main problem for me. Although, he performed the Life Systems Test on me and found out I had certain food intolerances which I avoided but still my symptoms go up and down. I will look more into Leaky Gut. I'm also experiancing hair loss. I don't know if it's another symptom of ill health or just from all the stress eczema has brought me.
Just curious, did you have eczema or just the dry skin you mentioned? How is your skin now?
My skin was a bit mixed. I started out with dry flaky skin when I reached 16. Which could of been ...
My skin was a bit mixed. I started out with dry flaky skin when I reached 16. Which could of been thyroid related but there was far more than this. My pituitary gland and hypothalamus was partly destroyed as shown in my iris by a black mark through both. I was not aware of this at the time, not for about 10 years later. It actually occurred when I was 12 when I had a very severe headache, sensitive to light.
I used some Aloe gel on my face which caused scaly scabs to form and the skin became extremely dry and tight. This was really severe and looked and felt terrible and was very uncomfortable. The skin would not heal. I went to TCM herbalist shortly after this which helped improve things. It never got rid of the dryness which did vary depending upon the foods I ate. At the time I was not aware of leaky gut, although I did make a connection with the foods I ate affecting things.
Have you ever checked your stomach acid levels? I read many books on Iridology, GAPS, Increased Intestinal Permeability Syndrome and others. I did a stomach acid test, which did show very low levels. http://livingfoods.co.uk/the-acid-test-by-philip-weeks/
Someone on this forum asked whether HCl fixed hypochlorhydria. I thought about this and noticed that after I took HCl I burped repeatedly whenever I took HCl capsules. The burning which is meant to indicate too much HCl only happened very briefly and then stopped. More HCl resulted in increased burping and took around 12 capsules to reach a burning which quickly diminished after burping. I worked out the cause of this and why people have hypochlorhydria. I started spitting out saliva while I was digesting protein and my stomach acid increased but if I swallowed saliva, I burped and stomach acid diminished. I then came across urease, an enzyme used by some bacteria to produce ammonia which is an alkaline. The ammonia neutralizes stomach acidity. Saliva is a source of Urea which is used by Urease enzyme to produce ammonia to stop stomach acid which is a threat to a biofilm. Stomach acid can damage/degrade a biofilm. Although they do adapt and can get around this.
Be aware that hair loss can be caused by poor protein digestion ie lack of amino acids. Chances are that you have hypochlorhydria and your protein digestion is very poor. Your stomach is almost certainly compromised which leaves it open to infection as the stomach is intelligent and attempts to keep it free of infection by parasites and bacteria. Unfortunately it can fail and be compromised.
Swallowing an acid such as lemon juice or vinegar can test this. Prepare some sodium bicarb in warm water. Then prepare some lemon juice or vinegar in about 100ml of warm water. Wash around the mouth to mix saliva and then swallow it. Then quickly wash the sodium bicarb around the mouth and then spit out. DO NOT swallow the sodium bicarb or it will neutralise the acid, it is only meant to eliminate any acid on your teeth. Swallow some saliva and see if you burp.
These infections have to be urease positive to survive in the stomach. Helicobacter Pylori is urease positive and there are other bacteria too. All of these bacteria cause leaky gut. It is caused by their biofilm which replaces sections of stomach mucosa.
These bacteria also compromise methylation processes because methylation begins in the stomach. Taking some MSM can be helpful as it supplies much needed methyl groups. It can also help reduce inflammation. It's helpful to take it with ascorbic acid (vitamin C).
I'm a 21 year old male that has the dreaded seborrheic dermatitis(red sometimes itchy patches the appear on my face/scalp) which is where nobody wants this problem. I have had this problem since I was around 18 years old. I also have the worst skin type ever my skin is so oily most of the time but dry just as much as it is oily it makes no sense to me. I'm a very healthy, active person minus the fact I do dip tobacco which I am in the process of quitting as I type this article. I don't know if nicotine could play a role in my SD or not that's why I wanted to write this. Mine comes in very weird intervals. One day my skin might be so clear and look great and I've actually gotten comments on my skin before then In less than 24 hours my face can look like a chemical reaction. Usually I can keep clear skin for months without a breakout that's how it has been for atleast four years until just here recently I'm having break outs atleast every other week and in desperate need of help. I'm not eating/taking anything out of the ordinary. I can't even drink at the bar with my friends because I've found a for sure connection with SD and alcohol which is extremely depressing to me I'm 21 years old and can't even drink a beer or two with my buds. It stresses me out as well which I know doesn't help at all. I feel like a doctor as I have researched SD non stop for four years now. I have tried it all. Apple Cider Vinegar I thought was my 100% cure even tho it smells like something dead. It used to clear me up overnight it felt like. I used that for the past two years until recently it does nothing but irritate my skin. I've been desperate for a cure so I went back to the ole faithful cortisone 10 which you can't use ALL the time because it will have side effects with extended use as I've learned. I just started a vitamin b6 and vitamin C regimen as I feel like I'm deficient in a vitamin or something because I know my gut is the cause of this. I'm in college with so many friends and loving life so much at the moment I just can't imagine how great it would be without SD!! No worse feeling than missing out on an event ( cant count how many times this has happened) or when an extremely beautiful girl wants to go on a date and All I can think about is how awful my face looks when a week ago it was clear. Those are my problems in life at the moment! Not complaining what so ever I thank God everyday for my great health Im just in desperate need of help right now. I just need recommendations on anything that helped you tremendously. Keep in mind my skin type as well. Thanks
Suffering from seb derm myself, the ONLY thing that has helped me so far (and this is in addition ...
Suffering from seb derm myself, the ONLY thing that has helped me so far (and this is in addition to eating a healthy diet) is to take a product called Restore (for leaky gut) A leaky gut is why we have the nasty stuff in the first place. The price at first may seem a bit high but when you consider how much you were probably spending on stuff that didn't work, this is simply pennies on the dollar. You can find it on Amazon or you can order it directly from the company itself. I do not work for the company, but as a consumer who is using it and have found it actually works, I simply want to spread the word. There is good information out there about the product so be an informed consumer and check it out first of course. Best wishes to you on your journey for clearer skin.
food allergies can cause seborrheic dermatitis - a must read for all sufferers
Hi there fellow SD sufferers!
I wanted to share with you all my own experiences with SD, and most importantly, give hope to those who are unsuccessfully searching for answers. I'm not saying I have a definite cure, but I myself am able to control my condition, and have successfully done so for the last 4 months. Sorry this is along post, but well worth the read!
Having suffered from SD almost my whole life, I, like most of you, was pretty much resigned to the fact that there is no cure. And that the only treatment was topical ointments, creams and shampoos. Now and then I would get frustrated and seek the advice of another GP or dermatologist, only to receive the same answer.
So years went by, and my curiosity and interest in my condition grew. Surely there had to be another treatment other than harsh corticosteroids and anti-dandruff and anti-fungal shampoos? More frustratingly I found that the steroids were the only consistently effective treatment. The shampoos would sometimes work, but other times they would lead to unwelcome side effects such as smelly scalp and oily hair.
I went through it all - embarrassing dandruff, itchy flaky red skin on my face scalp and back, weeping raw skin, smelly scalp. So frustrating! What I did start to notice that there was a certain pattern to my flare ups. If I had a particularly "unhealthy" week i.e. junk food, partying = lots of alcohol, my SD would seem to flair up. Having monitored this for a few months, I mentioned this to the GP during my next corticosteroid refuel stop. To which he laughed and replied, "well I guess you can use your condition as a warning sign of when you haven't been behaving" yeh thanks... I did always have a sneaking suspicion that my chocoholic ways could perhaps be related to SB breakouts, but I was never certain, nor did I want to know! :)
About 6 months ago, I noticed something else about my health which was also bothering me. I realised that I would more often than not bloat after certain foods. I hadn't worked out which foods at this stage, but I would know when it would happen as my wife would point out that I had an instant double chin. On top of this I did need to lose a few pounds, so I started hitting the gym and drinking protein shakes. What I noticed was that these protein shakes would have an instant effect on my bloating. Oh oh.
So it began.... a dairy free diet! eeek! I love dairy and always have. I could live on a diet of milk, cheese, buttered bread and chocolate! Instantly I noticed the bloating became less, although, it did not improve completely. After a month of the diet, I also noticed another thing. My SD was practically gone! there were only a few slight breakouts in a month and no corticosteroid treatment!
With this information, I went and saw a GP that was recommended to me. This GP had diagnosed my friend with Coeliac desease. I told her about my findings, and she listened to me patiently. She then informed me that, whether or not it's true, western medicine doesn't believe in a relationship between diet and seborrheic dermatitis. She then gave me the usual malassezia fungas explanation, prescribed ketaconzole shampoo and cream and then addressed my apparent food allergy as a separate matter. She booked me in for a lactose and fructose intolerance breath test.
The lactose test came back negative, and I never did the fructose test as I accidentally ate an apple the day before the test! anyway, I was still sure I had a dairy allergy, so I decided to (reluctantly) go and see a naturopath. I have for years been a sceptic of alternative medicines, going so far as to call them witch doctors! But I swallowed my pride and I didn't regret it.
The naturopath put me on some celloid supplements and digestive protein to aid my digestion, and within 2 weeks my bloating had stopped. However, just so none of you think I'm ALL for the naturopaths and against western doctors, one thing that I have realised is that no practitioner, no matter how learner or heralded they are knows the answer to everything. The sooner you all realise that, the better. Question everything! So anyway, the naturopath made up a moisturiser from Vitamin e, lavender oil and geranium oil which I started using on my face for the minor SD breakouts. Almost instantly after seeing the naturopath my SD got progressively worse on my face. It was the worst it had been in years: red raw, burning, tight, flaky. The naturopath's explanation was that the supplements were "detoxing" my body, and the skin was the last line of defence. this sounded logical enough, however, it didn't get better. So I stopped using the cream and I bought other creams, from milk udder cream to manuka honey based creams, some of which worked better on my SD than others. It wasn't until a few months later that I worked out the creams themselves had been causing the reactions!
Anyway, I will keep the rest as short as possible event though it was quite a journey!I tried all sorts of allergy treatments, from NAET allergy elimination to elimination diets, but the difficulty was that my SD would not flair up for a few days after I would eat whatever the culprit was. this made it extremely difficult to diagnose myself.
Finally I was referred to a pathology lab who do blood test testing for IgE allergens in the blood. The great thing about this test is that you don't have to have eaten the allergens before doing the test for it to be accurate. So i did the IgE 93 test which tests against 93 different foods.
And the results were on a scale of +1 to +3, +3 being the strongest sensitivity.
+3 - Cow's milk
+2 - Bakers and brewer's yeast, cola bean
+1 - Soya bean, wheat, almonds, cashews, rice
So no surprise with Cow's milk, but some of the others were a bit. I was told the +3 should be eliminated from the diet, the +2 can be consumed on occasion, and the +1 should not be eaten every day, but can be consumed. The idea is that after giving the body a rest, the immune system can build up a resistance and hopefully I can one day be cured of these allergies!
So the new diet began. I can tell you, it wasn't easy, and I lost a lot of weight and muscle mass, however, now after 4 months, I'm in the best shape of my life and I can't put on weight if I try! I also cut down the sugars in my diet and don't eat sweets at all any more, as I have also found that excess Sugar consumption can also flair up the SD. I now been going 4 months without any major flair ups and when i get a minor one i know it has been knowingly self inflicted cos I had a moment of weakness! And now it takes about a week for my SD to flair up after dairy, whereas it used to take a few days.
I can only hope this story helps someone out there. Sorry it was so long, but I felt that every detail was relevant as you can never know how it may all be related! The moral is that don't just take your GP or your dermatologist's opinion or diagnosis as gospel! Seek several opinions, and don't be afraid to seek alternative treatments! We're fortunate here in australia to have a free healthcare system, however, not everything was covered for me and it was quite an expensive process. But as you can imagine it was well worth it!
After reading this and harvard research telling that a pregnant cow has 33 times more growth hormo...
After reading this and harvard research telling that a pregnant cow has 33 times more growth hormone I decided to quit milk and cheese. Cows in west are milked all year round and are almost always pregnant.
It is also common that body builders who uses growth hormones get severe seborreic eczema.
After weaks I could easily remove my seborreic flakes from my face and they have not come back. A month has passed. I do not need to use creams in my face anymore and the eczema in the face is gone. I had problems for 7 years.
A also stopped weat half a year ago and since then itching on my upper arms has stopped. Dr Mercola always removes wheat from the diet of his patients at his clinic when they have skin problems.
According to Dr. F.X. Mayr (1875 - 1965) the most important thing for the skin is digestion. And weat and milk and Sugar among other things are not good for digestion. This is the same way that cured Mark Young from severe eczema, by only eating whats good for digestion. He has written the ebook Cure all eczema. According to Dr Mercola and many others 85% of the immune system is in the digestion system.
MilkAllergy, thanks for sharing your experience! I know that this was posted many years ago, but i...
MilkAllergy, thanks for sharing your experience! I know that this was posted many years ago, but if you happen to see this, would you mind giving an update on how your dermatitis is doing? Are you still able to keep it under control through diet, and have you figured out anything more about what foods trigger the condition? I would also be very interested in hearing from any other Internet People who have similar success stories to share.
Now I'll explain my own situation a little bit. This is probably going to end up being long-winded, but I always find it valuable to read the stories of people who are battling with (or who have purportedly conquered) SD. Reading their experiences is like a fun-but-sometimes-frustrating exercise of piecing together a really complicated puzzle. If anything, I've learned that (1) the Science behind these sorts of skin problems is severely lagging and pretty much all we have to help us are personal anecdotes, and (2) everyone's condition is unique and we're all trying to figure out what works for us. But, by providing a detailed and honest account of my journey to-date, hopefully I can provide some helpful puzzle pieces to someone who is going through the struggle. And even if nobody reads this, writing it all down will at least be cathartic!
I'm a 27-year-old male and have suffered with SD for many years. Actually, I'm not sure whether I should call it SD or eczema or something else entirely (different dermatologists have told me different terms), but from what I've read SD seems to fit the bill. The dandruff I don't mind so much, but it is the dry, red, flaky skin around the mouth that I struggle to cope with. When it flares up badly it makes me not want to go outside, and it always sucks when it hurts to smile or laugh. I've dealt with dandruff since I was a kid, but the mouth rash appeared when I was a teenager (shortly after I started shaving with a dirty razor - not sure if that was related).
I was always able to keep the dry flakiness under control by using an aftershave lotion everyday, but at one point in college I made the mistake of trying to improve my condition by using an assortment of oils, lotions and other skincare products. As my skin became drier, redder and nastier I thought that oiling it up even more was the answer. It was at this point that my condition got to be the worst it has ever been - large flakes of peeling skin coming out of the woodwork in gross-looking patches around my mouth - yuck. I felt miserable and my self-esteem sunk to an all-time low. After I came to my senses I was able to get things back under control (but not cured) after I decided to drop all of the oils and only apply (sparingly) the original aftershave lotion that I had been using since I was a teenager.
At around this time I saw a dermatologist and he prescribed me a hydrocortisone cream and anti-fungal shampoo. The redness seemed to only get worse, so I cut the experiment short after a few weeks and discontinued both. So much for that.
After doing some of my own research I found out that antibiotics are commonly prescribed to treat "perioral dermatitis", so I tried a course of doxycyline, and WOW. The red, dry flakiness got knocked the **** out after only a few days. I felt very happy and believed that I had finally cured myself. I think I was taking 100 mg twice daily for about 8 weeks. But during this time things were definitely not completely peachy. While I was taking the antibiotics, and for months afterwards, I suffered from increased anxiety and had multiple incidences of panic attacks. In retrospect I strongly suspect that it was the antibiotics that caused these symptoms. For this reason, and because of all the stuff we've all read about how antibiotics negatively affect your gut bacteria, I would only recommend this route as a last resort.
In any case, the dreaded red and flaky skin came back with a vengeance about a year and a half later. Again, it appeared after I grew a beard and then shaved it off with a razor that hadn't been washed in a long while, so I have a strong suspicion that shaving with a dirty/unhygienic razor is _somehow_ a trigger (and I have read at least one corroborating anecdote on the internet. What a weird mystery this disease is).
I decided not to repeat my experience with antibiotics and made a second trip to the dermatologist's office. This one said "a-ha, eczema!" (just like the last one said "a-ha, seborrheic dermatitis!") and told me to rub Aquanil HC on my face (a mild, non-prescription steroid lotion). I was skeptical since the steroid lotion that my previous dermatologist gave me seemed to do nothing except make things worse, but I gave it a try. And, viola!, the flakiness disappeared. There was still noticeable redness and dryness, but at least I did not have to deal with unsightly flakes of skin peeling from my face whenever I opened my mouth to laugh or eat a burger, so I counted it as a major victory.
After reading about some of the undesirable side effects that can come from long-term use of topical steroids, I decided to research other treatment possibilities. It was at this point (just a couple months ago) that I started to seriously consider that diet, particularly food sensitivities, might play a major role in my SD. I read about FODMAPs (a fledgling area of research that is backed by a lot of science, I should point out) and realized that I suffered from many of the symptoms that a low-FODMAP diet tends to address: bloating, bowel movement issues, halitosis. I gave it a shot and, quite dramatically, those three issues disappeared for me, which my whole life I had just assumed were normal (my stomach no longer protruded by 3x its original size after a meal, I no longer had miserable incomplete bowel movements, and my bad breath went away. Woohoo!!). I can't say that a low-FODMAP diet by itself did anything for my SD, but it did inspire me by showing me what a dramatic effect diet can have.
I did some research and found claims that people cured their eczema by eliminating nightshades from their diet. I realized that many of the same foods that people commonly report as triggers for their SD/PD are from the Asterid classification of plants (coffee, tea, peppermint, peppers - sound familiar?! Nightshades are included), or are related (e.g. most yeast comes from potatoes, apparently). I gave a shot at an elimination-style diet in which I avoid FODMAPs, refined Sugar and asterids, and the effect has been awesome. The redness is now only slightly visible (up-close and under certain lighting), the dryness is gone, and the flakes are nowhere to be seen, _as long as_ I stick to my diet. I'm only human, so occasionally, at a frequency of once every 2-3 weeks I'll eat one of the forbidden foods, and quite predictably the flakes come right back (usually the next day or so). When this happens I apply a little bit of the Aquanil and it subsides right away again. I've been doing this for a couple months now.
Writing all of this out makes me realize how fortunate I am, but obviously my SD is not completely cured, and I don't know how much of my success is attributable to the steroid lotion and to the diet. But I can say for certain that diet has had a tremendous effect, and my quality-of-life is much improved. At this point I'm experimenting with figuring out what other foods to eliminate in order to get the redness to completely disappear - the OP has inspired me to go get an IgE test done. Again, I'd love to hear from the OP or from other people about their experiences with diet and SD. If you want to talk in more depth about this, don't hesitate to email me: anjin65897 at gmail