I struggled for most of my teenage life and early 20's with various episodes of bad facial acne varying in severity. It was extremely annoying and most of all embarrassing. I tried just about everything under the sun to cure it from facial washes, scrubs, moisturises and antibiotics. Nothing seemed to work for any great length of time. I suppose around my 20th birthday my acne disappeared which was a huge relief but unfortunately my joy was short lived. What i started to develop now wasn't acne but more an unsightly red blotchy irritated rash around my nose and cheeks. It was extremely irritating and possibly more disgusting to look at than my acne was. I suffered with this for around three years, again trying every moisturiser and creme under the sun to fix it. It wasn't until a couple of months ago when i started to do a bit of research into what the condition was that i found the cure to my problem and haven't looked back since.
After looking through a few sites online i found out that what i had was called Seborrheic dermatitis. In short it is basically a form of dermatitis that produces a yeast called Mallassezia that grows on everyones face but is particularly prevalent in people with oily skin. This is the case because its this excess oil from the pores in the skin called sebum that the yeast feeds on. So essentially for years as i was applying cremes and moisturisers to my face to help my condition i was actually making things worse for myself.
Some immediate action you must take if you have this condition is to immediately stop apply moistures to your face and also stop using face washes etc (you guessed it the yeast feeds of this as well). Literally every product you can think of like soaps, anti-fungal cremes etc all still provide food for the yeast to feed off so it is imperative you stop using these products on you face right away.
The solution is an unlikely one and i will admit i was skeptical at first but very pleased with the results. Sea Salt is the miracle cure for this!!!! Some other articles will tell you you need to use Dead Sea Salt but honestly i have just used regular cooking sea salt and it works really well. Now don't just go scrubbing a heap of sea salt on your face, there is a bit of a method you need to follow to get really good results.
First off with warm water wash your face lightly to remove any dirt and most importantly open up your pores, do this for around 20 seconds. Next you want to fill your basin up with around 2 litres of again quite warm (not too hot) water then add one good sized tablespoon to the basin and stir till dissolved. Now you want to basically wash your face again with this water for a couple of minutes or until the water is no longer warm. It may sting a little if your skin is currently inflamed but no more than going to the beach. After you have done this its very important to wash you face under cold water to close your pores back up and then dab your face dry with a towel. Do this every morning and night and you will have amazing results.
After this process your skin should feel a lot tighter but shouldn't be too dry as you would have experienced when using face washes (this was a big problem of mine which caused me to have to use a lot of moisturiser). At night after i do this i never use moisturiser as i have naturally oily skin anyway (hence the problem) and i find that i wake up with really fresh feeling skin that isn't overly oily but not dried out either. In the morning though i will use some so as to avoid the risk of having flaky skin at work but on the weekend i go with out.
The moisturiser you need to use in my opinion is an oatmeal based one like aveeno, this stuff is really good because it doesn't have any actual oily stuff in it and leaves your skin dry after application but also doesn't give the yeast anything to feed off of.
In all honesty i started using this one night around three weeks ago and when i woke up in the morning my skin was looking noticeably better already and now i pretty much have no redness or anything to worry about. So there you go i really hope this can help at least one person out there cause it really has changed my life and i have never been happier and its all to this simple solution that i decided to try on a whim one day.
Uno on December 03, 2019:
Thank you very much!
just dont on July 09, 2019:
Don't use people’s forum pics of themselves in your article. Just came from a forum with this guys pics on it. You probably have no permission to use this picture, and this is a breach of privacy. Shame on you.
Nicole on April 06, 2018:
I have eczema chronic I been to sever5 dermatologist and spent a lot of money what can i use on my face I had a bad flare out last couples of week can anyone help me
bulldancer is right! on January 24, 2017:
I,ve read your article first. Thanks for everything. You saved me from suicide.
gel on November 14, 2016:
I have spent a lot going to dermatologists but none of their treatments worked. I'm gonna try this and hopefully it will. Thanks for the advice!
JoeSmith on April 04, 2016:
BullDancer on April 04, 2016:
While it's good that this information is getting out there to help people suffering from seborrheic dermatitis, this article is also a direct ripoff off of my original content posted on Curezone (please Google search - "Must Read Cure for Seborrheic Dermatitis"). I don't mind my post being written about, but I do mind when someone blatantly steals original content and sociopathically passes it off as their own (e.g. even copying a storyboard for God's sake). Just a simple solution you "tried on a whim", huh? Ridiculous. If this guy was simply writing about my information (even without reference), or his own experiences with it, I wouldn't care. But when a person goes to this extent, it's disturbing and I'm going to say something. If you read my original article you will know what I mean. Anyway, if anyone has questions or would like more information you can check out my website www.sebderminfo.com. It has a lot more information, including FAQs, a forum, articles, testimonials, etc. Best of all it's genuine, and can answers a lot of common questions you may have.
Anonymous on January 24, 2016:
The best, I've been struggling with skin flare ups forever it seems, just tried sea salt on my face tonight mixing it in a bowl of warm water maybe 2 TBSP and a light wash cloth for a few minutes lightly. My skin already feels great. Like it just soaked up the salt water to treat my skin. Looking forward to waking up in the am with non greasy skin. I had intuitively been just recently adding sea salt to my handful of shampoo in the shower b/c I have scalp irritation real bad. I also felt relief from this immediately and experiencing non oily hair for a more extended period of time. All this within the week. I recommend trying the sea salt remedy over anything, it makes sense!
Anita on October 31, 2015:
I have been struggling with this SD for a few years now & it's getting worse. Now it covers about 80 % of my face which is really embarrassing. I have spent hundreds of dollars trying to fix this problem. I tried the sea salt method last night for the first time & I did not apply any face lotion. My face is dry, but calm. The SD isn't as inflamed. I really hope this works!
justine from france on September 16, 2015:
The pure sea salt worked for me! After 1 week the seborrhoeic dermatitis had disappeared from my chin. I will use in the future if a flare up occurs!!
I prefer this natural treatment above any creams etc, that I may of been given by my doctor.
I also research which foods to avoid; pasta, bread, tomatoes, cheese/dairy, alcohol also! damn!!!
A personal thank you from me...
justine on August 30, 2015:
I have just developed within the last 12 months, firstly just the areas around the nose a little on the eyebrows & chin, not much & went after a few days
Although now, it flared up on my chin really angrily !! worse than before, burning itchy, red blotches, scales!
I have just used your method for the first time as I have read a few other researches this week the same, dead sea salt! So I have used it tonight & will carry on this weeks & I will see how it goes.
I am also going to cut out dairy & wheat for a few weeks then introduce it back one by one to see which one may contribute to the seborreic returning... Just wondered if you have changed any eating habits ?
s4176766 (author) on March 27, 2015:
Still using it too this day, only use it once a day now either day or night. Skin is remarkably clearer no red blotches or scaley areas. Greatest improvement has just been in my confidence now that i am not trying to hid my face all the time!!!!!!!!!!
Ingrid on February 05, 2015:
please give us an update on your skin condition.
Matt on October 25, 2014:
How is your skin looking today?
Karen on July 13, 2014:
Are you still using sea salts? Any updates?