5 Proven Home Remedies for Seborrheic Dermatitis on the Scalp

Hi Chris,

Thanks for the update. Will probably remove that garlic method all together. Seems way to aggressive and I would also imagine it may do more harm than good.

All the best.

Great post, Michael! The only home remedy I’ve tried is Tea Tree oil with no success at all. I’m so tired of Rx solutions with inconsistent results and visits to the dermatologist.

Prior to reading this post, I was planning to start an ACV treatment. Now I’m not so sure. My itching is BAD to damage is probably extensive. I can’t imagine the burning that may result.

So I’m thinking honey, but here’s my question… How in the world will this work with long, think hair?! The stickiness seems like it would be impossible to get out!

Hi Adriane,

Thanks for the feedback.
Yeah, tea tree oil wasn’t too effective for me. Typically made things worse on the scalp and was quite intense for the facial skin.
Lot’s of people seem to have fairly good results with the ACV, but over time it seems that it’s only a partial solution. For me it didn’t really take hold at all.

The honey method I was never brave enough to attempt it on the scalp/hair. Just seemed to messy and tedious. However, had really good results on my facial skin, but again was hard to maintain the procedures.

This is what I’ve been doing for the past ~1.5 months with good success:
My Seborrheic Dermatitis Skin Regimen

It started as a home remedy approach, but took a lot of time to fine tune.
Have been doing a ton of actual research on the subject and you can access the draft copy of the SD chapter of a book I’ve been working on here:

All About Seborrheic Dermatitis

It goes into detail on the majority of info I have collected on SD.
Hope that helps.

Adriane, I use honey all the time on my hair! I have super thick hair that is way past my shoulders, and I have had no trouble with honey. Start off with a honey rinse, once you feel more comfortable you can gradually move onto mostly just honey (I use a table spoon with a tiny splash of water just to loosen it) this is then massaged into my scalp. I don’t really use a conditioner as I find honey leaves it soft and without tangle :slight_smile: sometimes I’ll use ACV rinse as a deep conditioner but this is usually once every two weeks.
As October has hit, naturally SD has come fighting so I’ll be upping the anti! I only seem to get it on my scalp, although this may have something to do with my weekly facial scrubs which are also all homemade remedies.
Hope this helps :slight_smile: honey is amazing!

Hi Kstones,

Thanks for sharing!
Happy to hear that this approach has worked well for you. :slight_smile:

All the best.

Hi Michael,

In the honey-water solution,
Should I use raw honey only or can processed honey also work?

Re the “Honey/Boiled WAter” treatment. Can it be used on the scalp? If so, where does shampooing fit into the routine. Same question for the ACV treatment of the scalp. Please share the steps to be taken as Step 1, Step 2, Step 3 etc. Sincere thanks. RK

Hi Shivam,

The research paper used crude (raw) honey. Based on this I strictly used raw honey when using this treatment.
However, others on here have reported results with regular high quality Manuka honey.

Hope that helps. Best of luck.

Hi Rita,

Personally do not have much experience with using raw honey on the scalp. For me it just seemed too messy.

However, in the study they simply applied the honey-water solution to the scalp at the same time as all other affected skin and left it for 3 hours before washing. No mention of any special recommendation for shampooing were made.
Another person recently shared her approach in this comment.

The ACV vinegar treatment has been described in more detail in the “Treating Seborrheic Dermatitis With Apple Cider Vinegar” post.
For additional information please check the comments section of that post. Lot’s of good information there.

Hope that helps. All the best.

Hi, thank you for your advice, I have read it but it does not say to use the treatment before or after shampoo, would you please advise?

Hi shivam,
Same problem here bro. Yar mujhe 3 year se ye problem hai.jab tak tablet lo tab tk sahi rhta h yr. Iska kuch desi ilaaz mile to batana bhai.please.

Honey-water aur Baking Soda solutions bohot effective hain. Apni skin condition aur severity ke according dono mein se koi solution try kar ke dekh lo. Mujhe lagbhag teen mahine ho gaye use karte huye aur ab medicines lene ki zaroorat nahi padti.

Hi Michael,

Which brand of raw honey did you order from Amazon?
I am using Societe Naturelle Raw Honey ordered from Amazon but it doesn’t seem to be effective.

Thank you for providing such valuable information. I have SD around nose and I was using medicine for it since 4 years and now even they were not effective to control it. Tried every dandruff shampoo and all kinds of face wash but what really worked for me is Apple Cider Vinegar that I tried after reading this article. Peeling and itching of skin has stopped totally and redness has also reduced to quite an extent. I would like to try the honey method as well but I am not sure about the purity of honey available here, they all contain sugar and antibiotics.

Hi Lourdes,

Sorry for the delay.
Just wanted to clarify which treatment are you referring to?

Hey shivam
Can u tell me how to use honey and water combination on my scalp
Or any other recommendation.
I am also facing problem of sebhorric dermatitis
Plzzz reply soon
Or if you can email me personally
That would be really helpful.
I am also facing this problem from last two years.
Waiting for ur reply

Hey Michael
Plzzz suggest some ways to remove sebbhoric dermatitis
I have read ur post for honey water combination.
Shall I use it and how
Plzzz suggest me something.
And what’s the best weather to stay.
Because I sweat a lot can this be the reason for not getting rid of it.
Because I read somewhere sweat increases fungal infection…
So plzzz suggest
Email : tarunstays9 @gmail.com

And plzzz suggest me things I should avoid to eat in my diet
Or some food I should eat it.

Hi Shivam,

From all the honey I had used a random local bought one was the most effective.
This is the one I bought from Amazon, it seemed to be mildly effective. However, at that time I was getting very inconsistent with treatments as well.

Hope that helps. All the best.

Hi Hashim,

Thanks for the positive feedback and happy the Apple Cider Vinegar worked out so well for you.
The honey treatments are much more difficult in my opinion and were really hard for me to sustain. The best place to get local honey would be from local bee keepers. This would likely be the purest form.

All the best.