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seborrheic dermatitis - what works for me

I am a 47 year old male who has developed seborrheic dermatitis

Date:   11/10/2011 7:53:00 AM   ( 11 y ) ... viewed 18090 times

I am a 47 year old male who has developed seborrheic dermatitis over the last couple of years. It has gotten progressively worse but still it is not quite the full blown version that I read some people suffer from. I had dry flaky skin at the side of my nose and on my forehead which seemed to be aggravated by showering (even with cool water). Applying moisturizer would ease the burning sensation but leave bright red blotches. Mine peaked in May 2011 with bright large red painful blotches on my face at both sides of my nose, extending out under my eyes, in my ears, on my chest and on my forehead. I also had red spots on my chin. Over the course of the day these red areas turned to dry flaky skin.
I did extensive research on the Internet and decided that I would try the food allergy path. I decided to try removing certain food from my diet and see if things improved. I also purchased an expensive moisturizer for sensitive skin called Avene Hydrance.

Within 2 days my symptoms started to clear up, after 3 days I took a hot shower and had a minor reaction with dry small patches of dry skin beside my nose, these cleared with the application of moisturizer. It has now been 2 weeks and my seborrheic dermatitis is barely noticeable.

First two weeks

What I did not eat / drink ...

Bread, Milk, Cheese, butter, tea, Yougurt, Sugar, breakfast cereals, fruit, carbonated drinks, fruit juice, processed meat, mayonnaise, beer, wine,

What I did eat …
Eggs, beans, vegatables, tuna, trout, salad, water, lean meat, rice,

Week 3
My symptoms had not re-occurred to any significant level so I gradually started to re-introduce the foods and drinks that I had stayed off. To cut a long story short it seems to be the dairy products and sugar that are the culprits in my case. As long as I reduce the amounts of these that I consume the SD seems to stay away. I do sometime get a slight redness on my face but it is barley noticeable.

So now my routine is....

I use Head and Shoulders shampoo on my face and head, I use the moisturizer on my face after showering. I try to eliminate as many dairy products from my diet as possible. I have reduced drastically the amount of sugar I take, I now do not add sugar to anything I eat. I eat a lot more fish and fresh vegetables and I get more outdoor exercise. So far (its been 5 weeks) the SD is drastically reduced.

It has now been 3 months since I started my investigations here are my conclusions…

The dermatitis seems to be a reaction to dairy products and sugar and to a lesser extent larger beer.
If I am good and stay off the dairy products, sugar and beer I have very little reaction and the dermatitis is barely noticeable. On the occasions when I indulge in those forbidden fruits it returns.
Another food that seems to be of great benefit is Tuna / Mackerel fillets in Sunflower oil.
I am now taking fish oil capsules every day but I think it may be the Sunflower oil that is helping me.
Well that’s my 2 cents worth, hope it helps someone…..:-)

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