Sea Salt for Seborrheic Dermatitis - Treatment Guide and Research Summary

Also when I do apply the salt with water on the face it doesn’t seem to sting? Is that normal

Hi Connor,
For me, I found that the facial soaks were much more effective than just washing with it. After the soak, I would typically rinse with cold water and let air dry.
All the best.

In terms of the stinging, I found a big factor to be the state of the SD. If the skin is damaged you may experience some stinging. If it is just in the general inflamed & dry state, the sea salt shouldn’t cause any stinging. However, I guess the concentration of the sea salt will also play a role.

Yes this actually seems to mirror my own experiments in regards to my thinking in slightly changing my my skins ph using added sodium chloride aka table salt in a 2ltr bottle of water and drank over the course of 2 hours in the gym. I have found that the skin around my nose and sides of face became clearer currently I have stopped this to check what happens and I’m having a flare up going on to use it again and I’ll post back

Sounds good. Thanks for the update!
I’ve sent you a private message as well, with all the current done book chapters (still working on the editing though).
All the best mate.

I am trying a higher salt diet along with Sea salt plus distilled water face soaks at 1/2 tsp per liter h2o.
This new research study lead me to try this.
“Cutaneous Na storage strengthens the antimicrobial barrier function in skin…”
With a conclusion that increasing sodium content in the skin by a high salt diet boosted activation of macrophages and promoted cutaneous antimicrobial defense. Now you have a mechanism of action for the healing of seb derm.

Hi Dan,

Thanks for the article. Good to see some data to explain what I had experienced as well.
The only issue though is it may not be a good approach long-term or individuals who have medical reasons for avoiding too much sodium.

How has this approach been going for you?

This is what I’ve been doing for a bit more than a month now.

All the best.

My problem is seboreich derm in my eyebrows bad to the point of so much inflammation and scale til eyebrow hair is falling out. I’m gonna try this because my sodium is always low and this seems to sound very interesting

Hi Steve,

Let me know how it goes. Would be interesting to hear the experience of someone else.
Mine never fully went away with neither the salt soaks or the sodium increase. However, being less restrictive with sodium may have played a significant role in overall recovery.

This is approach has completely gotten rid of it for the past 5-6 weeks. And here is what had helped tremendously prior to this.

Hope things go back to normal for you. Best of luck.

Currently have facial seborrheic dermatitis… used steroid cream previously but after stopping it, symptoms came back and SD came with a vengeance.

Just bought epsom salt, I read around that it’s similar to dead sea salt… Just wondering, how often do you have to apply, and how do you go about applying it? Like how much water do you mix with the salt, and how do you rinse your face with it, how long etc.

Thank you!

Hi Bjorn,

Hard to say with epsom salts as they are mangesium sulfate as opposed to magnesium chloride and sodium chloride.
When using sea salt or dead sea salt I would typically mix about a tea spoon to a large salad bowl of slightly cold water. Then I would dip my face in the water for as long as I could. After I was done I would simply rinse off and go on my way.

As noted in the article this worked really well at first, but after about a week results disappeared.
Cetaphil Restoraderm products worked really well for quite some time and currently I’ve made my own solution which I’ve been using for the past 2-3 months.

Hope that helps and let me know if you have any other questions.

Best of luck.

Uhoh, its in my ear!
I made sole with pink salt, put it in a bottle to use as spritz or mist. (Sounds like soul–ay)
I miss all the ocean swimming I used to do!
I will send you titles of two books…both on water and salt.
My face got better but other issues took my time and attention.
It may be that a cleansing fast might be best to improve gut health…but meanwhile i do appreciate your thorough coverage of this health issue

Hi Jacqui,

Thanks for the feedback and sharing your experience.
Look forward to any updates.

All the best.

How often should I wash my face with dead sea salt? Should I also use soap or just water when I am not having a flare?

Hi Alli,

Hard to really say as everyone skin behaves a little different. Plus, personally I wasn’t able to find along term approach with the dead sea salt. Overall though, knowing what I know now I would use a small concentration of salt, once every day and use only slight cold water to rinse my face.

However, as I mentioned I wasn’t able to find a long term approach using the salt. It worked really well initially, but after continued usage my skin became quite dry. Perhaps I was using to much and didn’t have a solid schedule going, not sure. The method I’ve been using since last summer with great results can be found here: My Seborrheic Dermatitis Skin Regimen 2.0

Hope that helps and let me know if you find a solid approach with the dead sea salt.
Best of luck.

Thank you for your reply!
It doesn’t dry my skin out at all, in fact it acts like an exfoliant and an emmolient. I never use any kind of moisturizer. I’ve learned that its all about skin and scalp pH, which is 5.5. I use water with that pH, which is also the pH of the dead sea salt. I also wash my hair with the water and organic ph balanced shampoo for the seb derm and a vinegar mix as a conditioner in the shower. I wash my face twice a day and the only time it seems to flare is when I am dealing with a lot of stress. I need to manage that better. I fill a bowl with 5.5 pH water, let it warm up to tepid, add the salt and just splash it on my face concentrating on the worst area. Then I spray the same type of cold water when I am done. I was at the dermatologist last week and told him what I’ve been doing because he was amazed at the difference.

Stress and junk food flares it, but I eat a pretty clean diet. I also spray a probiotic on my face to kill the microbes.

I will check your method out.
Thanks again!!!

Hi Alli,

Thank you for the detailed update and happy to hear you’ve found a good approach for yourself.
If you have the time, perhaps you can email me (via the contact form) a detailed write-up of your approach and I could add it to the main post. Perhaps future readers may find it helpful.

Hope your skin keeps improving. All the best.

Just curious what kind of moisturizer do you recommend for the hair? I have SD all over my scalp. Hair is thinning daily, it seems and very dry. I thought about using the Dead Sea Salt as a rinse in the shower but worry about it drying my hair out more than it is already. Thank you

Hi, I have sd around my mouth and it makes me so self conscious. I saw you mentioned a saline spray that was isotonic. Do you remember the brand of the one you bought? Please write soon. Thanks!

please suggest me can we use this sea salt on our scalp or not Please answer me I am suffering this for 2 years its urgent for me