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Seborrheic scalp
« on: 27 Apr 12 / 07:49 AM »
What are some good products that someone with seborrheic scalp can use? Any good shampoo brands or what chemicals should i avoid in my shampoo etc....
Or maybe if you know some remedies???
I know this is mostly a hormone problem and to cure it you have to go through a whole treatment but just to avoid that waxy and kinda smelly feeling a few days after i wash my hair.

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Re: Seborrheic scalp
« Reply #1 on: 27 Apr 12 / 09:50 AM »
Neem oil is supposed to be great for scalp problems. it cleared up my itching and flakes when i made my vinegar rinse too strong.
 

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Re: Seborrheic scalp
« Reply #2 on: 27 Apr 12 / 10:18 AM »
Hmm interesting... thank you
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Re: Seborrheic scalp
« Reply #3 on: 01 May 12 / 03:19 PM »
Seborrhoea or seborrhoeic dermatitis?
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Re: Seborrheic scalp
« Reply #4 on: 02 May 12 / 09:39 AM »
ummm guessing from my face skin... both????
My scalp is very itchy some times and i have big flakes which is really ugly to watch. And also the roots smell kinda oily even though they are clean. I really wanna avoid clarifying product i read online that maybe white vinegar can do the trick.
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« Reply #5 on: 02 May 12 / 09:46 AM »
What has your doctor said to you so far, hon, did they say you have a yeast/ fungus issue with your scalp? Where did the hormone idea come from and what treatment were you meaning? Have you been prescribed anything or advised to buy anything from the pharmacy? I know enough about skin to help but I don't want to steer you in the wrong direction.
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Re: Seborrheic scalp
« Reply #6 on: 02 May 12 / 10:03 AM »
I have a hormone problem, my theroid. I am taking medicine for it many many years now. My dermatologists said that the seborrhea is due to my theroid it messes up my hormones plus it gets worse by stress and to fix it i should follow a treatment like the treatment that people with acne use (similar to it anyway) He suggested me a shampoo from the pharmacy which kinda works for a small time and then the same.
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« Reply #7 on: 02 May 12 / 05:47 PM »
OK so you have seborrhoeic dermatitis (SD), which is a yeast (fungus) overgrowth and an inflammatory condition. This cannot be cured only managed so you need to use the anti-fungal shampoo intensively for two weeks then regularly once a week after that, and you need to leave it sitting on your scalp. It is also important to wash your hair frequently because the yeast feeds on the sebum (oils) from your scalp. Ideally you would avoid sulphate surfactants in shampoos because these are known irritants and have been linked to SD but they are in almost all of the anti-fungal shampoos!!! The only one I know of that does not is Regenepure but it is not cheap unfortunately. Do bear in mind there are sulphate surfactants in most bleaches and box dyes, tho there are a few sulphate free brands.

Ideally your shampoo itself would be pH 5.5 or lower (acidic), rather than you trying to reset the pH with vinegar which is only partially effective. If you use vinegar rinses, purchase some cheap pH test strips (litmus paper) and make up your mix by pH not just by eye: IMO aim for pH 4, don't rinse it out because water is neutral/ alkaline, and see how your scalp responds. Research suggests aloe vera (AV) may be effective against the yeast and it also has proven anti-inflammatory and healing properties. Not sure which country you are in but Aloe Pura and JASON make sulphate free shampoos based on AV, you would have to check the pH with the manufacturer. Be careful with butters and oils in conditioners and treatments - avoid applying the saturated fatty acids found in the skin/ sebum and also oils rich in oleic acid.

Diet is also important in reducing inflammation, altering the composition of sebum, strengthening both your immune system and the skin barrier: be sure you are eating nine portions of fruit and vegetables a day, no sugar or white/ refined carbohydrates, oily fish every day or a fish body oil supplement (2-3g DHA & EPA). Always combine carbohydrates with protein or fat, eat little and often. Please run any changes in your diet or supplements past your endocrinologist or registered dietician.

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Re: Seborrheic scalp
« Reply #8 on: 02 May 12 / 06:17 PM »
no sugar???? *ott*
thank you for all the information, i AM in a search of a sulfate free shampoo but i can't seem to find one, i did find that fructis shine and repair but it had some sulfate ingredients (i tried to remember which one was to ask you about it, since you know a lot but i forgot it, it started definately with an L, L-something sulfate, when i will go to the store again i will get a picture of it. it was a 2 in one product though).

I wonder where i can find those pH test strips (since the town i live is like medieval when it comes to products). By the way it sounds so gross! fungus on my scalp ew!!!!

I wanted to ask does this affect the face on the skin as well? Because my dermatologist said that i have seborrheic skin (unless i am mistaken on the translation in english) meaning my skin sometimes dries in some patches where in others is oily and sometimes it creates small cysts). He told me all that on face and scalp can be treated with pills (probably hormones) but it can be temporary. So annoying, i don't like that my scalp is like this it embarrasses me.
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« Reply #9 on: 02 May 12 / 06:39 PM »
Sorry!  :-[ Sugar is highly inflammatory, suppresses the immune system and will encourage your scalp to produce more sebum. It contributes to many many health conditions and is really a poison IMO. Try switching to sweeteners in things you just cannot give up, if you need chocolate in your life have dark diabetic chocolate. You can reduce sugar cravings substantially by eating a balanced breakfast as soon as you get up and then every three to four hours thereafter. Protein, fat and fibre all slow the digestion and slow the rate at which sugar and carbs are absorbed.

 *hugs* Everybody has yeast and bacteria on their skin, it is just that the balance gets messed up in conditions like acne and seborrhoeic dermatitis. Some of the bacteria and yeasts actually help the skin function and keep bad bacteria under control! Yes you can get SD on the face, usually sides of the nose, eyebrows or the forehead. Find pH test strips on eBay, in a good pharmacy or a pet shop which specialises in aquariums.

I would not go for a commercial sulphate-free shampoo because they will still contain all sorts of ingredients that you are best not using. Find out about the JASON aloe vera or Aloe Pura or similar and order online. The Fructis Repair & Shine I recommend is a conditioner, the shampoos in that range all contain sulphate surfactants. You can use that conditioner but don't let it anywhere near your scalp because it contains palm oil which you would be best avoiding.
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Re: Seborrheic scalp
« Reply #10 on: 02 May 12 / 06:53 PM »
Got it. I will try to follow everything. You are very helpful, thanks a million!!!
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