Hi everyone. I developed seb dem about a month ago and it is driving me nuts!!It is all over in essentially all the spots that it apparently can occur. It is all over my scalp, the typical spots on the face, my back, stomach, ears, neck, under my breasts, even my arms and legs have some red bumps. It itches like crazy sometimes too, especially at the end of the day. If I skip a day of showering or even just wait too long for my shower my skin just feels gross, almost waxy. I get this waxy/oily feeling when it is wet in the shower too and the water just kind of beads up on it.
I have always had VERY sensitive skin, prone to allergic reactions, rashes. In addition to seb dem I also have peri-oral dermatitis (though my flare ups are rare now and have become much milder) and dyshidrosis (an eczema of the hands, judging by pics of other sufferers I got off easy but I never would have thought so)
I have been using Neutrogena T/sal shampoo and T/gel conditioner. The first 2 days I used them and it was soooo much better! Once it cleared up I started using a regular shampoo a few times and just doing the T/sal every few days per the package instructions but this was no good. It came back so I had to back to using the T/sal daily. So basically it is not too bad as long as I take a shower every 20 hours or so, use the special shampoo, and am not too active (it is much worse if I am active, sweating, etc. this does NOT fit my lifestyle) Oh, on my face I use Neutrogena acne wash with salycilic acid twice a day and in between I rince my face with cool water and blot dry, it seems to help cut down the oil.
So my question is: how long will I have to do this?! It's exhausting being so vigilant and I am so uncomfortable if I slip at all. I was under the impression that there are periods of dormancy and periods of flares but I have had a month long flare, when will it end!
Thanks for listening