Seborrheic dermatitis is linked to the immune system, as is eczema, acne , dandruff. 75% of the immune system is found in the gut, so to begin treating the problem you have to go to the root. Seborrheic dermatitis is linked to a Yeast Overgrowth of candida, which occurs when the balance of good bacteria is tipped in favour of the bad bactera. Seborrheic dermatitis symptoms, the dry skin, the irritated flaky weeping cracked sore skin, occurs because of the multi nutritional deficiencies that the bad bacteria causes. Riboflavin (B6) , Biotin, B12, Zinc, Fatty acid metabolism, omega 3 and 6's are all synthesized and kept in harmony by the good bacteria in our gut. The good bacteria produce these essential vitamins, and keep in check these essential actions within the body to keep our skin healthy, and to keep our immune system healthy.
Obviously when the bad bacteria take a stance, they begin to digest foods their way, and the nutritional deficiencies occur. You can eat the most healthiest diet in the world, you can stick to the candida diet for 10 years but you will ultimately fail to heal yourself because you are not addressing the root of the problem. Yes, the candida diet is necessary because it stops feeding the pathogenic yeasts and toxins that reside in your intestines and without it your condition will simply spiral out of control, but the emphasis should be placed on restoring your gut flora, and bringing back the balance the body so evidently needs. If you google people such as Natasha Campbell-Mcbridge and Donna Gates, you will all too clearly begin to see the roots of seborrheic dermatitis. So why do we avoid the certain foods, such as gluten, dairy and sugar. I believe that most if not all sufferers of Seborrheic dermatitis have over time developed leaky gut syndrome. The over consumption of sugar, the antibiotics and the whole wealth of causes that cause the good bacteria in our body to be put on the backfoot enables the bad bacteria to get a foothold in the door and begin to wreak havoc. Leaky gut is essentially holes in your intestinal permeability, larger than they should be. (Caused by a lack of good flora, start to see the importance of flora here). So when you eat dairy, or sugar, of anything that feeds the bad bacteria, or when you don't chew enough, or if you overeat, all the toxins seep through the wall . The immune system then thinks, crap, you shouldnt be here and attacks it which causes the flare ups. It produces histamine, and your immune system becomes over active. At the same time it becomes suppressed and weakened, mostly because of the candida, but secondly because it begins to confuse the food molecules that it attacks with other molecules in the body. The gut flora, the good bacteria in our body, the probiotics have the job of modulating the immune system, they teach it how to interact.
So as you begin to see the picture of seborrheic dermatitis, you begin to see why you are why you are. The solution to seborrheic dermatitis, dandruff, acne, fatigue, and the whole host of chronic conditions brought on by our multi industrialized food production potentially lies in restoring the harmony of good bacteria and bad bacteria in our body. Fermented foods I believe holds the key to these conditions. Fermented foods, like sauerkraut, kimichi and kefir promote and re-establish the good flora in our body. They promote regular bowel movements, which is yet another crucial point to this condition, proper elimination allows less elimination through the skin. Sauerkraut has been used for thousands of years for treating and healing gastrointestinal disorders, because that is essentially what seborrheic dermatitis is. It's a hole host of nutritional deficiencies caused by a breakdown of services in the gut. If you are to heal your skin, proper digestion must first occur. You must absorb the nutrients from your food. Without the gut flora winning the battle against the bad bacteria, your immune system will not be working at optimum capacity. It is interesting to note, that depression is linked to a lot of B vitamins, the exact B vitamins that you are lacking in with seborrheic dermatitis. Serotonin, which is what anti depressants are, is made in the gut. 90% of it is made in the gut. Google Natasha Campbell Mcbride, and listen to her lectures because it will be the first step in healing yourself.
So to conclude, I believe that restoring your gut flora will in effect restore order to your body. Your diet is the key, meats, vegetables, fish, Flaxseed Oils, Grains such as Quinoa, Buckwheat and Millet. Yet the true key lies in fermented vegetables, as they will help you digest your food, regrow your good flora, eliminate cravings and restore bowel regularity. You must cut out the crap from your diet, sugar, wheat and dairy. Lactose intolerance is essentially yet again, a lack of good bacteria to digest lactose, the protein found in milk. However, I believe Kefir is a star player in seborrheic dermatitis so I am personally going to introduce it slowly after 3 months of homemade, unpasteurized sauerkraut. In addition, a good strong probiotic is recommended, such as Biokult. The reason I do not believe supplements and lotions and potions work is because the body does not no what to do with them. With food, it is programmed to absorb the nutrients, with supplements it thinks, what the f*** dude. However, a little part of probiotic supplements, as do all supplements make it through, and over time they build it up so you will not lose out. The evidence is there, and I myself as a personal sufferer recognise how hard the struggle is. Each day is a battle, a battle against the mirror and society. Implement these changes and you will see improvement. Little by little you will restore your health, but as with everything, healing takes time. Fermented foods are the key. Google Die off, as you will inevitably feel worse when you start, but this is a good sign because it means your detoxing. It will not happen overnight, and you will not change your eating habits of overnight. Add self care, and when you fall off the diet, forgive yourself and get back on it. Remind yourself of the end goal, a clear complexion and your immune system fully functioning. Do not neglect your mental side, as this too takes a hit. Get support, and stay optimistic. It has taken me 5 years of suffering to find the answers everyone looks for, but now you know what's causing it, you can treat it.