8 thoughts on “Over The Counter Remedy For Seborrheic Dermatitis

  1. How to cure red flakey skin around nose?
    I have dry red flakey skin around my nose pretty much in all seasons of the year. I have no idea what’s causing it. I’ve tried many different moisturizers and nothing seems to make it go away from more than a day.
    What should I do? Products? Home remedies? Anything?

    • Probably seborrheic dermatitis. Try over the counter hydrocortisone and see the doc for something stronger if that doesn’t help.

  2. I have dandruff. What can I do to cure the problem?
    No natural remedies thank you very much!
    I want very good advice. Advice I can take. Very good advice
    I need advice and what i can take like natural remedies, shampoo, counter prescipations, meds.
    I need advice and what i can take like natural remedies, shampoo, counter prescipations, meds.

    • Treatment

      Dandruff is a chronic condition that can almost always be controlled, but it may take a little patience and persistence. In general, mild scaling can often be helped by daily cleansing with a gentle shampoo to reduce oiliness and cell buildup.

      When regular shampoos fail, OTC dandruff shampoos may succeed. But dandruff shampoos aren’t all alike, and you may need to experiment until you find one that works best for you. Dandruff shampoos are classified according to their active ingredient:

      * Zinc pyrithione shampoos (Suave Dandruff Control Shampoo, Head & Shoulders). These contain the antibacterial and antifungal agent zinc pyrithione, which has been shown to reduce the fungus that causes dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis.
      * Tar-based shampoos (Neutrogena T/Gel, Tegrin). Coal tar, a byproduct of the coal manufacturing process, helps conditions such as dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis by slowing cell turnover. But coal tar has an “earthy” smell, can give light-colored hair an orange tint and may make treated skin more sensitive to sunlight.
      * Shampoos containing salicylic acid (Ionil T). These “scalp scrubs” help eliminate scale, but they may leave your scalp dry, leading to more flaking. Using a conditioner after shampooing can help counter dryness.
      * Selenium sulfide shampoos (Selsun, Exsel). These shampoos help prevent cell turnover and may also reduce the number of malassezia. Because they can discolor blonde, gray or chemically colored hair, be sure to use them only as directed and to rinse well after shampooing.
      * Ketoconazole shampoos (Nizoral). The newest addition to the dandruff armamentarium, ketoconazole is a broad-spectrum antifungal agent that may work when other shampoos fail. It’s available over-the-counter as well as by prescription.

      Try using one of these shampoos daily until your dandruff is controlled, then cut back to two or three times a week. If one type of shampoo works for a time and then seems to lose its effectiveness, try alternating between two types of dandruff shampoos. Be sure to leave the shampoo on for at least 5 minutes — this allows the ingredients time to work. Some experts suggest lathering twice for best results.

      If you’ve shampooed faithfully for several weeks and there’s still a dusting of dandruff on your shoulders, talk to your doctor or dermatologist. You may need a prescription-strength shampoo or more aggressive treatment with a steroid lotion.

  3. Anyone get seborrheic dermatitis? How do you deal with it?
    I started to get dandruff about 4 months ago. Ironically, my sister (who has the same hair colour/type/texture, etc.) as I do also has this condition. I hate it!! My doctor prescribed Nizoral shampoo. What else is out there that I can try? I’m into using natural/herbal stuff too.

    • Well, seborrheic dermatitis is the second most common skin disorder, acne is number one. The most common remedy is to use a sulfur containing lotion, such as Neutrogena’s T-Gel. T-Gel shampoo is available over the counter and you don’t need a doctor’s prescription. T-Gel is meant to be used every other day. On days in which you don’t use T-Gel, you can use the shampoo you usually use. For best results, use T-Gel 3x per week. The most common side-effect is photosensitivity of the skin (i.e. it is easier to get a sunburn). FYI, the “T” in T-Gel stands for tar, which contains sulfur. Other remedies include Neutrogena’s T-Sal but try T-Gel first. Though T-Gel is very safe to use, you should mentioned this to your doctor the next time you see him/ her and ask if it is appropiate for you.

  4. Herbal remedies and topical creams for seborrheic dermatitis?
    I’m not going to use shampoos for it anymore, they barely even work and make my hair crappy. I think herbal remedies and topical creams can do the trick (along with some scalp massage) And a clarifying shampoo once a week.

    I want to know of which herbal remedies and creams you know. Which ones dry out the flakes, which ones control the oil, etc.

    Thanks a lot!

    The best answer gets the points.

    • I suffered from this when I was a kid. Turned out, I was not getting enough of some of the B vitamins (B6, B7, B2). Mom stuffed me with the supplements and used a steroid cream that had zinc in it when I started getting bald spots. The vitamins can be bought over the counter. Maybe the cream too now.

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