Guide to Treating Seborrheic Dermatitis with Coconut Oil

I have not tried Coconut oil topically, however, I am trying oil pulling.

Although the Oil pulling has had no affect on my Skin to my knowledge, I feel like My teeth are cleaner and more white than before after 3 weeks of use. My gums feel much better as well.

It is recommended to swish the oil through your teeth and do it for 15-20 minutes.
Also, I highly recommend flossing your teeth first and brushing your teeth after.
I usually do this in the shower before going to bed.

This brings up an important topic I wanted to mention.
Although Seb Derm is a horrible thing, I have learned a lot about getting healthy which is a plus.

Firstly, it made me stop and assess myself and I began to realize I had a number different issues/symptoms (Hair loss, cold hands/feet, shakiness, acne) …
As I have tried to cure it, these issues seems to lessen which is great.
I am on a super healthy Paleo Diet and taking directions from naturopath who is provided me homeopathic remedies and detected my food sensitivities.

Hi Neil,

Can definitely agree with you on the last point. Having seborrheic dermatitis has really lead to quite a few discoveries about staying healthy.
The Paleo diet wasn’t quite for me. My workouts felt a little under powered and I was really missing carbs.

Oil pulling worked exceptionally well for my dental health as well. There’s quite a bit of medical studies (such as this one) that actually support this as well.
Unfortunately I was unable to make it a daily habit. The process made me want to gag at times. Also I felt like spitting the oil in the sink or toilet could potentially have negative effects on the plumbing (maybe not). Instead I ended up investing in a professional Oral B toothbrush and a water flosser (really nice for massaging the gums).

Out of all the other issues/symptoms you pointed out the only one I have is cold hands. Did you find something that works for this?

All the best.

Have been using various natural Oils for my facial Sebo Derm as I find regular lotions and creams are gunky and do not help it much. The Coconut seems to be preventing flare ups, keep my T Zone (where I suffer more) moisturised and fresh looking. It has stopped the flaking dry skin and overall feels quite good! I’ve also tried Rose Hip Oil which I need to alternate now and again but my skin seems to prefer the Coconut Oil, which smells far better and has a nice consistency.
Please bear in mind that my Sebo Derm is worse if I drink Milk and if I do not stick to a regular facial cleansing, moisturising regime.

Hi Sarah,

Thanks for the update. Yeah I loved the smell of coconut oil. For some reason my skin didn’t seem to really absorb it well.
However, I’ve made my own solution which has a unique combination of specific fatty acids (extract from coconut and palm oil), plus several other components. My skin seems to agree with it much better and it absorbs really quick.

Always wanted to try Rose Hip Oil, but never got around to it. Do you apply this on it’s own or in a carrier oil?

All the best.

The health benefits of coconut oil are difficult to number. Whether you use coconut oil for your skin, hair or to eat as a substitute for butter or other oils, coconut oil is definitely good for you and one of the best oils you can use. What are the health benefits of coconut oil for skin and hair?

I am now well informed

I’ve been suffering from SD on my scalp since almost a year, and this website has given me immense help on how to treat it naturally. I had tried the honey water method a couple of times, but it didn’t really work. Few months back i got a really intense flare of SD where my scalp used to get covered with white layers of dandruff right after hair wash! It was damn horrible at a point of time. I wanted to try the coconut oil method after reading about it at a number of places, but was reluctant to apply it on scalp as my dermatologist advised me against it. So i started consuming small amount of virgin coconut oil with my meals and with in a couple of weeks i saw a marked improvement in my scalp. The itchiness and scaling have reduced substantially. It is important to note that i was using chemical shampoos (having coal tar, ketoconazole and salicylic acid before starting this regimen and throughout this period as well) but i started seeing improvement only after adding coconut oil to my diet. And its a relatively small amount that i consume, around 2 tablespoons daily. I am still unsure if I should try this on my scalp, but for anyone who wants to try the coconut oil, i would definitely recommend it.

The coconut oil is really nice with almonds!

Add a tablespoon of coconut oil to your coffee or tea, blend !

I am suffering from seborrheic dermatitis and have tried what the dermatologist has recommended for a year and no help! Excited to try the coconut oil!
I will comment to let you know results!

I acquired seborrheic dermatitis 5 years ago. My scalp became 100% clear after 2 years of treating it every day. It remained clear for 3 years. I became sick a couple of months ago and the SD came back. I took up my old treatment plan and after a few weeks it is 95% clear.
I shampoo my hair in the morning with “Jason’s Dandruff Relief” shampoo. I let it stay on my scalp for a half hour and then rinse. When my hair is thoroughly dry I go through it with a rat tail comb looking for any affected areas and if found put a small amount of the steroid ointment my dermatologist prescribed. At night I put the coconut oil on my hair. I dampen first a little with a spray bottle of water first. I put a plastic bag on my head. I have a plastic garbage bag over my pillow and a pillow slip over that. I go to bed like that and leave it on all night. Next morning I start all over again. I don’t know if all of that is necessary but it works. I’m afraid to experiment by cutting any step out. I just want to be done with this as happened before. I believe my immune system was down when I got sick and that’s why it came back. Before I discovered coconut oil I use to have to go to bed with a steroid ointment on my head that just stunk so bad it kept me awake. The coconut oil was such a relief in that regard. I didn’t start ti see improvements in my scalp until I started using coconut oil and Jason’s shampoo which by the way is made up of rosemary, olive and jojoba. Oil of oregano is suppose to be good for SD but I can’t take it because of a cancer med. that I take.

I have had SD in my T-zone, around my ears and my scalp for 20 years. Ive tried various shampoos, vitamin E, various moisturizers, etc. In the last year I started using coconut oil on my t-zone and the itching, redness and flaking has stopped. Im now starting around my ears and I will then try on my scalp. I didnt change my facial cleaning routine, just started using coconut oil in place of moisturizer on my t-zone. I haven’t tried using the oil on my cheeks, chin areas etc because i have no SD there and I’m worried about clogged pores. But its definitely worked where I did use it.

Massaging lots of coconut oil into my pre teens hair a couple of hours before shampooing is the best method for dealing with his SD at its most severe. He also washes with selsun blue shampoo regularly to keep it under control. The other dandruff shampoos didn’t work for him.

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I tried coconut oil on my face and it made the condition much much worse, prob because the oil fed the yeast. So not good for me.

I can confirm like few others in the comments, i applied coconut oil to my seb derm on my face overnight, and in the morning it got way worst.
I believe there might be a major difference between face seb derm and scalp.
For me personally, something that helped chill the flaking but not the redness was going vegan, taking in lots of veggies and such.
Best of luck everyone!