19th September 2012 09:53 PM
seborrheic dermatitis - what WORKED INCREDIBLY for me
Brief backstory: Had seb derm strictly around the nose until about a year ago (I had kept it basically nonexistent for years with minimal amounts of xelogel and washing with DCL nondrying cleanser). I had a bunch of free samples of the xelogel and basically it stopped working and I also ran out. After this, it began flaring up all over my face. So onward to extensive internet searching for remedies. I tried most everything on here/out there. Apple cider vinegar, baking soda, honey treatment, wash face with dandruff shampoo, took garlic pills, etc.
Here's what worked for me: Head and Shoulders Conditioner (NOT shampoo!) the head and shoulders conditioner with almond oil in it. I put it on as a lotion. It rubs right in and moisturizes awesome. If your face is as sensitive as mine, I know you are skeptical reading this because you think, "yeah right, that will eat my face alive." Well, I don't think I have ever really used a moisturizer/facial lotion that didnt irritate my face before, but I was desperate enough so I tried the conditioner and it works great.
My thought process behind this was that if I have dandruff on my head and Head & Shoulders works great on that (pyrithione zinc), why wouldn't the same ingredient work on my face? So first attempt, I did the regular shampoo. This absolutely crushed my face, it dried it out, and made my face sunburn red. So that was out, and I was about to abandon the whole thought process, but then I tried conditioner, just rubbed a bit in all over my nose/cheeks and no irritation and it has worked great. Try it out !
Other notes: I do not take steamy showers/get hot water on my face ever. I open my bathroom window and leave the door open, I think this has helped a lot too. I also moisturize my face with the conditioner before going into the shower, I think this helps.
I still wash with the DCL Nondrying cleanser. If you have a face wash that doesn't really irritate your skin, then by all means just use that. I use it pretty much only after I have sweated alot/exercised, which is about 4 times a week.
p.s. - I did auburn/aubrey (forget the name forgive me)'s honey treatment for about 4 weeks. I found it did help some and definitely relaxed my skin, but I had a bad flare up a few weeks into it so I lost faith. Just wanted to say that because it may have had some influence in the conditioner succeeding??? Who knows
20th September 2012 06:10 AM