I've been suffering from Seborrhoeic Dermatitis since puberty (I'm now nearly 36).
When I was younger, it was primarily in my scalp, and I must have tried every different type of medicated shampoo going to try to clear the embarrassing red marks from my head. I finally found that good old Head and Shoulders (I use the one for sensitive skin) worked wonders, and pretty much got it under control on my scalp.
The main problems in recent years have been my nose, cheeks, forehead and ears (both behind my ears and inside them).
I have been using a topical steroid for years, but after reading through some of the posts on this forum, I won't be using it again.
I'm very interested to try the raw honey and virgin coconut oil treatment but, unfortunately, I can't find them here in Dubai (health/nutrition shops don't seem to sell them). My wife managed to buy me 100% pure honey today (same thing?), but the only coconut oil I can find is pure coconut oil.
Interestingly, I normally find that the sunshine helps my skin. What usually happens is that it flares up badly for a few days, then pretty much disappears. However, I've recently emigrated to Dubai from the UK and, having been here for 5 months now, my skin is as bad as ever.
I am currently in the middle of a flare up. I was recommended some products from a lady in Boots (the chemist chain). The products are "Herbline Essentials Ayurvedic Science". One was a moisturiser (a green gel) and the other was a face and body wash. I stopped using the Head and Shoulders, and after a week I started getting flare-ups on my scalp again. This has spread to my temples and cheeks too. I stopped using the Herbline stuff, as I wasn't convinced. The only benefit I found from them was that the moisturiser helped stop the itchiness, but wasn't "wet" enough to keep me feeling moisturised throughout the day. The moisturiser contained Aloe Vera and Honey.
It's really getting me down, because I meet a lot of people because of my job, and first impressions can make a big difference. It knocks my confidence when I have a flare-up, and I'm just really, REALLY, fed up with it.
I've even noticed that if I don't shave for a few days, the stubble makes my face itchy, and I get flare-ups around my chin. I'm now having to shave more often, but the act of shaving can also irritate any red areas.
I've attached a pic to demonstrate, but it's not a very good one. Apologies for the "black bar" across my eyes, but I'm not very comfortable with posting pics of my self on the internet.
Anyway, I hope to find out a lot more about potential treatments from this site, and will update you all on any progress I make.
Thanks for reading, and sorry my first post was more like a novella