5 Proven Home Remedies for Seborrheic Dermatitis on the Scalp

Hi Tarun,

The effect that sweat has appears to depend on the state of the immune system. If the immune system if functioning well, the sweat would contain a good amount of anti-microbial peptides which would actually help control the seborrheic dermatitis.

As for suggestions, please have a look at a post I previously wrote which summarizes all the treatment approaches I have attempted: Overview of Seborrheic Dermatitis Face Treatments
It covers quite a bit and there is lot’s of tips from readers in the comments section as well.

This is what I’ve been doing to manage my SD for the past couple of months:
My Seborrheic Dermatitis Skin Regimen 2.0

Hope that helps and best of luck.
PS. One of the best things that you can do for SD is to stay calm and avoid overthinking things. Reducing stress can significantly improve immune function and may greatly aid in improving SD.

Hi Tarun,

Personally, I think dietary suggestions are unique to individuals. Previously I had attempted a large amount of dietary recommendations based on the suggestions of other people online. Most of the results actually appeared to come from the way I started to perceive the food I ate and not physical reactions. For this reason I strongly believe that we must learn to understand our bodies own unique demands and not what other people may be suggesting.

For foods you should eat I think focusing on vegetables and fish is good.

All the best.

Hi Lourdes,

Glad to hear that it’s somewhat working. For me, I had a similar experience with the coconut oil.
The thing that has actually been working for quite a while for me has been this shampoo:
Andalou Naturals Moisture Rich Shampoo

Overall though I feel that understanding the condition is the key to long-term treatment. Currently working on a book and you can preview some of the chapters drafts here:

Hope that helps and look forward to any updates.

Hello, great information. Re: the honey and water treatment: you say to boil the water. My experience has been that even HOT water will make the dermatitis worse. Did you mean boil - and let it cool down? Thanks.

Hi Nick,

Yeah, sorry for the confusion. Hot water should not be used.
What I was doing is boiling the water and letting it cool down. A better alternative might actually be to buy distilled water and use this instead.
This can be found in most supermarkets and often times it is in the pharmacy section.

Hope that helps.
All the best.

Hii, is it okay to apply the honey to my face ??

Hi Rebecca,

Yeah the face was the only spot that I used the raw honey treatments. You can find a more detailed post regarding this approach here.

All the best.

Hi Michael,

First of all, thanks for all your research, your website is immensely helpful for SD affected people like me

I wanted to ask that have you heard of raw lime juice treatment? it gave me amazing quick result on face without any problem,

also which natural remedy would you consider best for scalp?

Nioxin shampoo but after Nioxin conditioner scalp therapy beats all these shampoo’s hands down I have used prescription shampoo 's and all the ones you listed Nioxin shampoo and scalp therapy Conditioner will blow your mind and it relieves all itching. You can use it on your face and be normal

My wife has been suffering from this for the last 12years, we have started applying Apple cider vinegar on effected areas 4 to 5 times a day, Believe me it did mirecle.

I tried the garlic solution on my scalp last night and today it feels fantastic! I juiced the garlic bulb and mixed it with about 200ml of water in a squeeze bottle. I applied about 50ml to my scalp and left it on for about 5 hours. I washed it out with just water only. It smelled very strong while it was on and wasn’t the nicest experience but after rinsing, by the next morning the smell was gone completely. I think I’ll try a second application in a few days time. Other things I have tried are vinegar, tea tree and salt solutions but I think the garlic has worked the best so far.


I was recently diagnosed with SD on my face. Like most, I tried everything without success. It then dawned on me to try Luvena probiotic wipes seeing as how this appears to be a yeast problem and I wanted to report that I have had great success with this treatment and my problem has completely resolved after about a week and my skin is nice and soft. I have been doing this 2-3 times per day. It may take longer for some. I hope this is helpful.

Here is a link for the Luvena probiotic wipes (there are no parabins or any harmful materials in these. I buy mine online at Walgreens. http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/luvena-anti-itch-medicated-wipes/ID=prod6149544-product

Hello, I am a 17 year old that has had SD for two years now with no relief. I have been prescribed many different shampoos and have tried tea tree oil and every shampoo on the market. Nothing seems to help and now it has spread to the side of my face. Any recommendations?

3 months ago a friend, who had shiny healthy hair, suddenly had her hair become dry, brittle and it started falling out. She also got a diagnosis of seborrheic dermatitis and her dermatologist has her using steroid lotions but only the really strong ones are doing anything. The dermatitis spread to her face and she also has acne. she has another steroid cream for the face. She is worried about using these meds for too long. Can she use the honey water or any of the other home remedies and still use the steroid lotion? Does dermatitis cause hair loss? Will clearing up dermatitis increase chances that the hair will come back?

Hi May,

Thank you for the update. Just took a quick look at the shampoo.
Looks fairly interesting. However, it’s hard to say if the cost if justified.

There are a number of options available at Amazon and Whole Foods that have similar ingredients and come at a fraction of the cost.

In the end though, I do agree that finding a mild shampoo that agrees with your scalp might provide better results then medicated dandruff shampoos.

All the best.

Hi Aryan,
First of all, thank you for you positive comment.
Haven’t heard of this treatment yet, however, I’ve previously tried using diluted freshly squeezed lemon juice (topically). This approach didn’t seem to help much and may have even aggravated the SD (can’t say 100% as it was a long time ago).

From everything I’ve seen the most “natural home remedy” for the scalp would likely be the raw honey treatments. This was previously covered in the Raw Honey Seborrheic Dermatitis Treatment post. For me, it seemed to difficicult to use this approach.

Personally, I’ve had great results by simply switching my shampoo to one called Andalou Naturals - Moisturizing Shampoo. It’s fairly cheap, smells good and somehow my scalp remains clear. Other people have had great results using my Biom8 Skin Conditioning Oil on their scalp (either directly or mixed into a mild shampoo). This post covers my own regimen in more detail and a bit on how Biom8 came to be.

Hope that helps and best of luck!

Hi Travis,

Thanks for providing the tip. The ingredients look interesting. However, the price tag associated with the product is quite high.
Do you have any more specific on your details on your approach and conditioning in general (ie, usage regimen, history with SD, etc…).

Thanks again and look forward to any updates.
All the best.

Hi Naveed,

Thanks for chiming in and providing your experience with ACV. Hope your wife’s skin keeps improving!
Best of luck.

Hi Will,

Thanks for the update! Glad that you had such good results with the garlic. Are you still doing this on a regular basis? How have things continued?

All the best.

Hi Maria,

Thanks for sharing. Definitely an interesting approach!
Are you using these as indented on the genital area or topically at the problematic site?

Look forward to any updates.
PS> Potentially, if you have the time you provide a more detailed report of your experience with SD and exactly how you have been using the wipes.

Thanks again for sharing and best of luck to you!