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Diagnosis and Treatment of Seborrheic Dermatitis


An itchy scalp is annoying, what makes it worse is when it becomes inflamed and infected. Seborrheic Dermatitis is a very common inflammatory skin condition, not only is it painful and irritating, it definitely  leads to hair loss.

This is not something to worry about, as scary as it sounds, this is treatable. But, before we get to that, we will give you a basic description of what it is, what it does and how to prevent and treat it.


Lets go to a basic


Seborrheic Dermatitis:


Seborrheic Dermatitis is a skin problem which can lead to hair fall. Think of it as a more severe version of dandruff where the skin becomes oily, inflamed, and flakes out of control.

It’s Causes:

No one is a 100% sure of how it is caused, yet! But a prime speculation is that it can be caused by excess production of sebum (natural skin oil) and a skin fungus called Malassezia. While other hard evidence that leads to how this problem occurs is still unknown, these 2 factors are a common symptom found in cases of people suffering from this issue.

Some factors may also include

  • Negligence of hair and scalp care and maintenance.
  • Exposure to harsh weathers and polluted environments.
  • Extensive use of hair products, treatments and harsh chemicals.
  • Those infected with HIV or AIDS too have this problem.
  • New born babies can get this from their mothers while in the womb.




  • Heavy flaking
  • Inflammation of the scalp, often in the form of papules
  • Oily scales
  • White and yellow flakes
  • Severe itching
  • Skin peeling
  • Scaly patches that peel off to reveal pink skin
  • Hair fall


Seborrheic Dermatitis and Hair Loss

This form of dermatitis causes hair loss. Excessive oil production and heavy flaking causes irritation and clogs the hair follicle. The painful and aggravated scalp makes an unfavorable foundation for your hair, making them weak at the roots and leading to hair fall.


Treatments in form of creams, shampoos, and conditioners that contain ingredients that have been proven to be effective against the problem, they include

  • Medicated shampoos that contain ingredients like zinc pyrithione, selenium sulfide, ketoconazole, coal tar, salicylic acid, and cade oil.
  • External use creams or lotions that help control the natural oil and yeast on your skin, keeping it from proliferating. They help soothe inflammations too.
  • Shampoos made from botanic extracts that help clean the scalp and reduce the itching and inflammation and leaves a cooling effect that reduces the urge to scratch.
  • Antibiotics that control and reduce skin infections.

While these are the marketed remedies for a temporary relief, here are some home remedies that work equally well and are lighter on your pocket.


Home Remedies:


Tea Tree Oil and 

Mix 20 drops of tea tree oil and 2 table spoons of aloe Vera gel in a bowl apply to hair and leave it on for 15 minutes and wash it off with an herbal shampoo, repeat 2 to 3 times a week.

Tea tree oil penetrates deep in the follicle and clears out all or any fungal infections while the aloe-vera relieves itching and scalp irritation. They also help maintain the pH balance of your scalp, skin, and hair.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is known for its ability to promote hair and skin health. Apart from treating dandruff and dry scalp, the gel binds to the hair and makes it healthy. Aloe-vera gel contains a proteolytic enzyme that has cell repairing capabilities that revives the skin and hair cells as well as moisturizes them. It promotes hair growth and relieves the feeling of itch and inflammation.




Crush a clove of garlic to a fine pulp and add 2 table spoons of waterdrain the watery mix and warm gently, use a cotton bud to apply on the affected area, and leave overnight. Wash your scalp with warm water the next day and repeat 2-3 times a week.

Garlic has antiseptic and anti-fungal properties which will keep your scalp clean. On the sideline, increase garlic intake via food, parallel to the topical treatment.




Apple Cider Vinegar

Mix 4 table spoons of apple cider vinegar in 2 cups of water and keep the mix. After shampooing and conditioning your hair with sulphate free products, rinse your hair with the apple cider mix.

Apple cider is anti-fungal and anti-bacteria, it balances the pH of the skin, reduces flaming, itching and flaking. Repeat twice a week for good results.







Squeeze fresh lemon juice and use cotton balls to apply on the infected areas od the head, leave on for 15 min and then wash off.

Lemon juice is acidic by nature, it help balance the scalp’s pH level. It also controls oil production on the scalp, prevents clogging and excessive flaking, repeat 2-3 times a week.




Natural Oils

Use 2 table spoons of oil (coconut, olive, jojoba or almond), and massage thoroughly on the hair and scalp and leave overnight.

Oiling your hair helps soothe your sebaceous glands, keeping your hair from getting too greasy. It also helps soothe inflammation while boosting scalp and hair health.





Take 2 asprin tablets and crush into a powder, when bating mix the powder into the amount of herbal shampoo and wash your hair with it.

Aspirin contains Salicylates, which are the same active ingredients that are found in dandruff shampoos. This helps soothe your scalp and reduce flaking.




Baking Soda

Wash your hair with warm water and then scrub them with baking soda and wash off.

The soda will make your hair softer and over time help control hyper skin activity and reduce oil production.








Oat Straw

Make an oat straw infusion by boiling 2 tablespoons of the herb in 2 cups of water. Wash and condition your hair with herbal products and in the end, just rinse the hair with oat straw mix.

Oat straw is an excellent treatment for seborrheic dermatitis. It helps relieve itching and reduces inflammation. It also helps reduce anxiety and stress, both of which often worsen dandruff.





Mix 2 table spoons of honey in a glass of water and stir till mixed well. Then apply to the infected area, repeat 2-3 times a week.

Honey is antibacterial and anti-fungal, this helps reduce the infection. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that soothe your scalp and quicken the wound healing process.





Borage Oil

Fresh herbs and oil. Natural medicine

Use a cotton ball to apply a table spoon of borage oil onto the infected area of the skin. Leave it on overnight and wash it off in the morning with lukewarm water and a sulfate free shampoo.

Borage oil contains essential fatty acids that help fight seborrheic dermatitis. It helps nourish and moisturize your scalp while controlling oil production and soothing the inflammation.


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