Seborrheic dermatitis is an extremely common skin condition — there are more than 3 million cases per year in the U.S. — and it can be extremely embarrassing. It causes dandruff and rashes, usually on the face, and it's often chronic, which means as soon as you think it's gone ... it rears its ugly head again.
As a holistic practitioner, however, I find it to be one of the most satisfying conditions to treat. It responds very well to herbal medicine and natural remedies, and can easily be defeated with the right know-how.
One thing to keep in mind is that seborrheic dermatitis happens when the microbiome of the skin is out of balance. Just like the gut, the skin has its own microbiome: a miniature ecosystem with all sorts of microorganisms living there naturally. Seborrheic dermatitis has been linked specifically to a proliferation of fungi belonging to the genus Malassezia, which starts to overwhelm that tiny ecosystem in your skin.
Here are some of my favorite home remedies for keeping Malassezia in check, and to heal the skin and scalp: