Overview of Seborrheic Dermatitis Face Treatments

Hi Sultan,

Yeah personally I think stress and the associated hormonal release actually plays a bigger role then most of the other things. In a way, it kind of closes up the cycle on itself (stress -> skin issue -> stress). However, there is surprisingly little research in this area. One study tried to link it to daylight and melatonine levels (source). While, another clearly states that emotion plays a large role in disorders of the skin (source).

This one is rather easy reading, but mainly it's just full of general observations. Interesting ideas are presented though.

One thing that really stood out to amongst the stuff I've been reading was that seborrhoea is actually not feature of seborrheic dermatitis (source). Might sound confusing, but basically the study demonstrates that seborrheic dermatitis is not the result of excess sebum production. In a significant amount of the patients, sebum production was actually reduced.

As for your questions. Not sure if the restoraderm would have any negative effect on acne. To be honest, never really had issues with acne. However, I don't think it should as they make lot's of cleansers that are suppose to help with acne.

Yeah, not sure in terms of the l-glutamine. Didn't have this issue myself. Let me know how it plays out.

Great to hear that your seeing improvements overall though. Hope it resolves completely for you.

All the best and look forward to any updates.

Well I remember I started PMO, but my highest streak was 10 days. During those days, I stopped thinking about my skin issues, stayed happy, worked out and eat healthy. I didn’t had any flare up and my redness reduced alot. But poor food choices made me relapse again. It works, but it’s very hard.
I only took glutamine for 2 days and I will introduce it again in 2,3 days and see if it’s helping me or not.
I hope I can get rid of this problem once and for all. It’s interferring in every aspect of my life.
And Thanks again Michael for giving us a resonable hope :slight_smile:

Hello Michael,

I noticed that you said you dosed L-Glutamine 1000g in your final attempt. My question is, did you mean to say 1000mg? Or did you really go from 500mg to 1000g? 100g seems quite high haha. Also exactly how much did 1/2 teaspoon correlate to? Would you mind sharing the brand of powder you used?

I’ve been suffering from SD for four years now and soon I will be giving the restoderm path a try. I also want to try to supplement with the L-glutamine as well. I would appreciate the information.

Thank you.

Hi There,
The whole container was 1000g in total. My biggest doses where single teaspoons to a glass of water.
1 teaspoon is about 5g and half a teaspoon is about 2.5g, but this would depend on your teaspoon :).

Here is the exact one I used: Jarrow’s Formula L-Glutamine Powder.
Not sure if the brand really makes too much different, as long as it’s good quality. This one had the highest reviews on Amazon, which is why I bought it.

Hope that helps and best of luck.

Could you please share your experiences about homeopathy treatment of face seborrheic dermatitis

Hi, I just wanted to say your website is great and very informative! I have had mild SD when I was younger dealing with this for around 10 years, but more recently have had severe flares on my face and dry scalp. I’ve also done most treatments I could find and realized that the dermatogists are not helping. I’ve come across the most helpful and wanted to share in case it might help others. Derm-Essentials is a great website to order all natural washes and cream from for skin problems, look into that if you’ve tried everything. Also candida freedom is a very good probiotic soap bar that is gentle enough for the face to help with SD.

Amazing study you have done regarding SD.
I discovered i have SD 3-4 years ago , first on face , then on chest .
I have also tried to find best natural ways to cure( control it)
For me i get total cure from changing Climate where i am. How?
I have been last 10 years living mostky in sub saharn africa, and last 3-4 years i have visited and stayed in Euroep more and more. In Africa the SD clears up almost immediatley , and each time i come back europe he story starts.
so i guess it has to do with sun radiation and ocean salty water
Raw honey is also prettu calming
all topical medications make skin damage and roughen the skin , but take redness away fast
i belive the conditions is needed to be treated from inside rather than from outside- means immune system , allergies, etc

Hi Anil,

To be honest I don’t have much experience with trying to treat it with homoeopathy.
Personally, I’m not a big believer in homoeopathic treatments. The principles just don’t make sense to me.
However, there where a few items like the AZO Yeast Tablets which I have tried. However, I purchased them because of the fractioned coconut oil and pro-biotics they contained (not so much the homoeopathic ingredients).

Hope that helps.

Hi Dylan,
Thanks for the positive feedback and recommendations.
I’ve seen the soap, but never purchased it because soaps in general tended to be too drying.
As for derm-essentials, I couldn’t find much information. Based on the ingredients lists for some their products, I didn’t notice too much difference from many of the other natural (essential oil based) creams and lotions.

Thanks for reaching out. Are you still actively fighting SD or has it receded?

Hi Peter,

Thanks for reaching out and I completely agree with you.
In terms of the climate change, do your food choices stay the same?
Also, another thing that might play a role is the difference in the residential water (PH levels).
Did your seborrheic dermatitis also start from a specific area at first, or several areas at the same time?

Take care.

Hey, yea unfortunately I am still trying to fully control my symptoms of SD. As of right now I have a little bit of red dry skin in the center of my chest which seems to be the most problematic place, my scalp is still quite dry, my face is mostly clear with very little dry flakes and looks a lot less red than before. Also I still get that tingling/warm feeling in my face sometimes which I hate. But about two weeks ago I started take l-glutamine, which I haven’t really noticed to much of a difference from taking it, but will finish what I have just to see. And also I am going to try the restroderm wash and moisturizer you mentioned just to see if that works better than what I am doing now.

Sounds like your making fairly good progress. For me the face was the hardest to deal with (granted it never went below my neck).
Which l-glutamine did you end up getting and how are you taking it?
Additionally, I’ve been researching things further and working on my own natural version of Restoraderm.
If your interested I can send you a bit to try out (when it’s ready).

Hey yea I also wanted to say that the soap I use is pretty drying on my face so that’s why I want to try the restoraderm. I would gladly try out what you are going to make too. As for the l-glutamine, I am taking the powder form, one teaspoon in a glass of water ever morning on an empty stomach. Also are you completely clear of SD from what you are doing?

Haven’t had any issues with the face. The scalp has been good as well, sometimes I could get a few tiny flakes, but I think this is normal. The scalp hasn’t had any crazy scaling or irritation for over a year now. Best part is that it’s been like this without the use of anti-fungals. The only area which I still could have some bigger flakes is the years. But, here again there doesn’t appear to be any irritation. The skin just seems to sloth off every now and then inside the ear. Behind the ear has been fine (had issues there before).

Strange thing happened about a month ago. Some small irritation appeared on the left nostril (actually similar to how it originally started on the right). However, I didn’t mess it with and it seems to have thankfully gone away.

The only reason I am working on my own product is I’m hoping to achieve a more natural formula going forward.

Hope that helps. Let me know how the Restoraderm turns out.

Yea, a more natural formula I think would work best, I just got my restoraderm so I’ll let you know how it works for me. Another question, what do you wash your hair with to not have any issues there?

Sorry for the delay,
For my scalp I’ve been simply using a moisturising shampoo. At first I didn’t think the shampoo was anything special.
But, now since I have been trying to formulate my own cream I’ve gotten a better understanding of how the Restoraderm works. And it seems the shampoos formula has many of the same characteristics.

Here is the specific shampoo I’ve been using:

How’s the Restoraderm been?

Hey that’s ok. That’s too funny that your using that shampoo, I just recently started using that exact same one. I’ve only been using the restoraderm for acouple days now so I feel like it’s too soon to tell, but I haven’t seen any big changes. I’m trying to be optimistic about it, but I have used cetaphil products in the past and it made my face very red and irritated, and my dermatologist said that something in it wasn’t agreeing with my skin. But I am willing to give this one a go since this is a deifferent product from cetaphil that I haven’t tried yet.

Hey Dylan,
Yeah, crazy coincidence. I started using it after having relatively good success with a pro-biotic cleanser from the same company (http://amzn.to/1efBS7J).
For some reason the cleanser seemed to stop being effective after a while. Have 2 bottles of the stuff left, so might actually give it a try again in tandem with the moisturiser I make.

Hope the Restoraderm works out for you. Let me know how it goes.

Hey so unfortunately I feel like I have used the restoraderm for long enough to see that it is not helping me as much as the candida freedom soap bar is. My face was more red, but decent with keeping my skin hydrated. I guess that product just isn’t for me sense everyone’s skin is different. But what I do is wash with the candida soap bar, and I still use the restoraderm moisturizer for the dry skin which seems to be alright for now, but I wish it could be better. It makes me think though about candida because the soap bar works so well for me that I might have candida overgrowth in my digestive tract. I tried to look into it more, and how to treat that. But most of what I read online was very contradicting about supplements working or not working. Have you looked into candida overgrowth at all or have any knowledge on how to treat that possibly?

Hey Dylan,

Sorry to hear that it didn’t work out to well. Like you said, everyones skin is different.
However, one thing to note is that I did change my eating habits a bit as well. So perhaps this played a role.

In terms of Candida, I did spend/waste quite a bit of time and money going down this path before.
It was my experience that the internet and Candida don’t mix. There is just an overwhelming amount of false, misleading and scary stuff out there about it. Thus, it seems like the best way to approach it, would be to actually go get medically tested for it. Not sure how much the testing would cost with medical insurance, but the amount of time and money save will likely outweigh this expense (if you have medical coverage then even better).

Additionally one point to consider, is that dysbiosis can occur due to a general dis-balance in your body. It doesn’t necessarily mean you have a direct fungal infection of the intestinal tract. Your system may simply be dis-balanced leading to excessive intestinal fermentation and creating the perfect environment for systemic issues.

I’m currently writing a book that summarises all the research I’ve been doing.
Will email you a copy once it’s ready. Here’s the current outline of the digestion chapter: https://workflowy.com/s/bw29onN3EV

Let me know what you think.