Don’t you just hate depending on prescription medicine to
control your Seborrheic Dermatitis?
I did! When I was first diagnosed with Seborrheic
Dermatitis five years ago I was relieved to finally find
out what I had.
Then the doctor prescribed me with a cream that I needed to
use to control it. I found out the size of the tube the
cream came in and how much it cost.
I could handle treating this condition on a recurring basis.
But relying on a doctor’s prescription was something else
If I was going to have the condition, I wanted as much
freedom that I could get with it.
After concluding how I felt about it I decided to research
the subject a little further to find out what Seborrheic
Dermatitis was. And to see if there was a way to live with
the condition using over-the-counter medicine.
My first question was…
What is Seborrheic Dermatitis exactly?
And this is what I found out:
Seborrheic Dermatitis, also known as “facial dandruff”, is
said to be a common inherited skin disorder. Found more
often in men than in women. It is a chronic occurrence of
inflamed skin believed to be caused by the build-up of a
yeast-like organism in the sebaceous glands. The yeast-like
organism is known as Pityrosporum Ovale.
Common symptoms of Seborrheic Dermatitis are redness,
itchiness, flaking, greasiness and/or scaliness.
The areas that are most commonly affected by Seborrheic
Dermatitis are the scalp, eyebrows, eyelids, sides of the
nose, the flesh behind the ears, mouth region, mid-chest
Other less commonly infected areas are the armpits,
breasts, naval, buttocks, and groin.
I was only experiencing it on my face.
The areas that were affected on my face were: my eyelids,
eyebrow region, the sides of my nose, and the sides
of my mouth.
Once I understood the cause of Seborrheic Dermatitis
I then dedicated my time to finding an over-the-counter
It took me hours before I ran across a very valuable
website. One that would give me the exact information
that I needed.
The name of the site was American Family Physician:
Treatment of Seborrheic Dermatitis
Had it not been for this very site I would have
never thought to control the inflammation on my face
by simply washing my face with dandruff shampoo everyday.
It was the missing ingredient that I was looking for.
I knew I needed one product to take care of the
inflammation and another product to take care of the
itchiness and flaking.
What I had already been aware of was that hydrocortisone
and aloe vera could take care of the itching and flaking.
So when I finally ran across that information I knew I had
My Over-The-Counter Remedy!
And now I’m going to share it with you. Here are the
products that I use everyday:
o “Equate” Dandruff Shampoo (Dry Scalp)
This is a generic version in comparison to “Head and
Wash your face with shampoo once everyday. Most useful when
done in the mornings. Easiest done in the shower.
o “Equate” Hydrocortisone 1% cream
Rub a little on the infected areas of your skin once a day
after you’ve washed your face with “Equate” Dandruff
A better alternative to hydrocortisone is aloe vera gel.
“Fruit of the Earth” Aloe Vera 100% Gel. Do not use
hydrocortisone if aloe vera gel works on your face in
combination with the “Equate” Dandruff Shampoo. The reason
is because hydrocortisone is a steroid and your face could
become dependent on it. If you do not have to use it then
o “Woltra Stik” 100% cocoa butter (optional)
Great for the skin, good for scars, and it gives your face
an extra glow. Soothes irritation.
I use all four products on my face each day. Three out of
four are only necessary if you do not need hydrocortisone
to control your flaking and itching.
Other Seborrheic Dermatitis controlling shampoos can be
When I first used this treatment a week later I looked in
the mirror and saw a huge improvement. Several weeks later
my face looked like everyone else’s.
To me this remedy is just one remedy out of many. And I
will continue to seek out even better answers and better
I’m reminded when I look back that I have already made one
No doctor is necessary to prescribe me treatment. Nor do I
have to pay high costs for a tube of cream. It costs me
about $7.00 for all four products. And they last forever.
I take great care of my face because I rely on my own
expertise. Should I ever go on a vacation then I have no
real concerns about how long I’m gone. I’ll have all of
the supplies that I need to take good care of my skin.
And most importantly… I will most likely be able to find
the same type of products in another country if I need them.
This is just the beginning. Throughout my years
of dealing with this recurring condition I always remember
that one solution IS NOT the ONLY solution.