Seborrheic dermatitis is a skin condition that makes your skin flaky and scale-like. Why and how this skin condition occurs is largely unknown and to date there is still no cure available yet, but at least it can be managed.
For treatment it is not always necessary to go to the doctor because there are many home remedies for seborrheic dermatitis that you can try to help you reduce and clear your skin problem right from the comfort of your own home.
A few things that cause people to get this skin condition are lack of hygiene, prolonged exposure to the sun, regular outdoor recreation as well as the oils that your body produces. One of the simplest ways to reduce the chances of getting this skin issue would be simply to keep up with your overall body hygiene.
You should do this by showering daily, using soap and washing away oils from your skin. Excessive sun can also cause this condition because it irritates your skin making it become flaky.
Home Remedies for Seborrheic Dermatitis
Outdoor recreation is also a likely source that could cause this skin condition. Reducing the time spent under the baking hot sun and the time doing outdoor activities could greatly minimize the risks. Sunscreen will protect your skin so it should always be used whenever you are going outside. Along with that, sunscreen should also be washed off when you are done in the sun to reduce excessive oil build up on your skin. Read also how to deal with sunburn here.
Another way that you can do to remove and soften the scales is to apply oils. Peanut butter oil, olive oil and mineral oil all works well for this problem. For these oil treatments, all you need to do is to apply some oil onto the affected skin area and leave it there for many hours, preferably overnight. Then in the morning, wash away the remaining oils with gentle soap that is meant to be used on skin.
If the flaky skin happens to occur on an area where hair growth takes place, for instance your scalp, then other treatments would be required. Read also about burning sensation on skin here.
One of the easiest home remedies for seborrheic dermatitis on a skin area where hair growth takes place is to wash your hair (and the skin or scalp under hair) with an antidandruff shampoo that contains selenium and sulphide. It is vitally important that you wash your hair daily. Rather than washing the shampoo off shortly after applying it, let it sit for a couple of minutes instead. This is important because it allows the active ingredients found in the shampoo to work by clearing up your skin. You can also re-wash hair again with a moisturizing shampoo soon after if you like. Read also about home remedies for dry scalp here.
If you see good improvements from washing your hair with antidandruff shampoo and feel that your skin has cleared up, you can gradually switch back to your ordinary shampoo later on.