Added/Modified on October 26, 2013
Seborrheic dermatitis occurs when the skin flakes. Factors such as stress, fatigue, oily skin, lack of hair hygiene and obesity may increase the risk of development of this problem. It can occur on different parts of the body. However, it frequently affects the scalp, eyebrows, eyelids and ears.
Common symptoms include itching, mild redness, hair loss, skin lesions and so on. Different natural remedies are available to get relief from the symptoms associated with this problem.
Natural Ways To Cure Seborrheic Dermatitis
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is extracted from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia tree. Tea tree oil can effectively provide relief from the symptoms. You can use a shampoo containing tea tree oil (5%) to clean your hair. Another option is to mix a few drops of this oil in your regular shampoo. The shampoo should be removed with water only after a period of 5 minutes.
Thyme can be used in the treatment of the symptoms associated with seborrheic dermatitis. It has mild antiseptic properties. You can create a mixture by boiling dried thyme (4 tablespoons) in water (2 cups) for a period of 10 to 15 minutes.
You should pour 50% of this mixture on your hair and gently massage your scalp. Remaining mixture should be used on the next day.
Another effective natural cure is olive oil. You should apply lukewarm olive oil on your hair to obtain the desired results. It is essential to apply olive oil on wet hair to ensure that the oil reaches the scalp and is not absorbed by dry hair. Olive oil should be applied with a cotton swab or brush. You should use a shower cap to cover your head after the application and remove oil after a period of 30 to 45 minutes.
You can consume food items containing vitamin D to deal with the problem of seborrheic dermatitis. Intake of liver, egg yolks, fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines and mushrooms can provide vitamin D.
Consumption of fortified food items such as milk, cereals and orange juice can also give effective results.
It is important to note that biotin deficiency can cause skin inflammation, dry and flaky skin and hair loss. Therefore, intake of biotin is essential to improve the health of hair and skin. Egg yolk, liver, cooked oats, nuts, soybeans, wheat germs, lentils and so on can be consumed on a frequent basis to obtain biotin.
St. John’s Wort
You can also use St. John’s wort for obtaining relief from the problem. It has been used traditionally for dealing with different types of ailments including dermatological conditions.
This remedy can provide relief from the symptoms of mild to moderate seborrheic dermatitis and should be used only after obtaining medical advice from a health consultant.
Aloe Vera Gel
You can apply fresh aloe vera gel on your scalp to treat the problem of seborrheic dermatitis. Aloe vera gel can provide relief from itching and scaling caused by the problem. It can also help in decreasing the number of affected areas.
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