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Hair Update: Seborrheic Dermatitis & My DIY Shampoo Treatment

Hey Divas!

Ay dios mio!! It’s been a crazy month! From the book launching, to traveling and working on things on the side, I feel like I’ve neglected my curly friends. I did not forget about the product review – that will be posted before this month is out – I promise. Now, onto hair….

So… what’s been new with me? Well, I’ve suffered from itchy scalp since I was a kid but it has gotten extremely itchy since I went natural and I couldn’t figure out why. I decided that it was best to see a Dermatologist because my scalp felt like it was on FIRE! It was to the point that I was scratching and drawing blood!! So not hot. Long story short, he told me I have a very common form of psoriasis called Seborrheic Dermatitis. I left with a hydrocortisone cream prescription and he wanted me to buy a $15 shampoo with zinc pyrithione. Uh… he had me twisted!! LOL!

I tossed the prescription and quickly declined the shampoo after I scoped out the active ingredient and then I set out to research this condition and a natural way to treat it. I researched and researched and researched and here’s what I came up with:

 

  • Seborrheic Dermatitis is very common and is often seen on the face, ears, scalp and base of the neck
  • Although the scalp is itchy, Seborrheic Dermatitis is an overproduction of oil
  • Oils “feed” the condition and should be avoided
    • I have since stopped using my oils and noticed an improvement and my hair has done fine without them
  • Most often this condition is treated with OTC medicated shampoos like Head & Shoulders & Neutrogena TGel
  • OTC treatments commonly included: zinc pyrithione,  coal tar

This is not an exhaustive list but one that can give you an idea of medicinal way to treat the condition. I then started researching natural alternatives and found:

  • Essential oils can be used in a DIY concoction to aid in relief of symptoms – the ones that I ordered had some or all of these properties:
    • Anti-bacterial
    • Anti-inflammatory
    • Soothing

I ordered: Clary Sage, Lavender, Thyme, Oregano, Tea Tree.

  • Dead Sea Salt is a good healing agent
  • Burdock root is great for skin conditions
  • In addition, I started taking a probiotic because once you heal the inside, the rest will follow.

So… of course, I’ll just make my own shampoo and see if that works for me. Here are the ingredients I tried  for the first time tonight, but before I give a testimonial I want to try it a few more times. Stay tuned for an update!

How do you manage your Seborrheic Dermatitis?

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