By Tameka Norris
Don't you just hate depending on prescription medicine to
control your Seborrheic Dermatitis?
I did! When I was first diagnosed with Seborrheic
Dermatitis five years ago I was relieved to finally find
out what I had.
Then the doctor prescribed me with a cream that I needed to
use to control it. I found out the size of the tube the
cream came in and how much it cost.
Needless to say, I was no longer relieved.
I could handle treating this condition on a recurring basis.
But relying on a doctor's prescription was something else
If I was going to have the condition, I wanted as much
freedom that I could get with it.
After concluding how I felt about it I decided to research
the subject a little further to find out what Seborrheic
Dermatitis was. And to see if there was a way to live with
the condition using over-the-counter medicine.
My first question was...
What is Seborrheic Dermatitis exactly?
And this is what I found out:
Sebhorreic Dermatitis, also known as "facial dandruff", is
said to be a common inherited skin disorder. Found more
often in men than in women. It is a chronic occurrence of
inflamed skin believed to be caused by the build-up of a
yeast-like organism in the sebaceous glands. The yeast-like
organism is known as Pityrosporum Ovale.
Common symptoms of Sebhorreic Dermatitis are redness,
itchiness, flaking, greasiness and/or scaliness.
The areas that are most commonly affected by Seborrheic
Dermatitis are the scalp, eyebrows, eyelids, sides of the
nose, the flesh behind the ears, mouth region, mid-chest
Other less commonly infected areas are the armpits,
breasts, naval, buttocks, and groin.
I was only experiencing it on my face.
The areas that were affected on my face were: my eyelids,
eyebrow region, the sides of my nose, and the sides
of my mouth.
Once I understood the cause of Seborrheic Dermatitis
I then dedicated my time to finding an over-the-counter
I knew I needed one product to take care of the
inflammation and another product to take care of the
itchiness and flaking.
What I had already been aware of was that hydrocortisone
and aloe vera could take care of the itching and flaking.
So when I finally ran across that information I knew I had
My Over-The-Counter Remedy!
And now I'm going to share it with you. Here are the
products that I use everyday:
o "Equate" Dandruff Shampoo (Dry Scalp)
This is a generic version in comparison to "Head and
Wash your face with shampoo once everyday. Most useful when
done in the mornings. Easiest done in the shower.
o "Equate" Hydrocortisone 1% cream
Rub a little on the infected areas of your skin once a day
after you've washed your face with "Equate" Dandruff
A better alternative to hydrocortisone is aloe vera gel.
"Fruit of the Earth" Aloe Vera 100% Gel.
Do not use
hydrocortisone if aloe vera gel works on your face in
combination with the "Equate" Dandruff Shampoo. The reason
is because hydrocortisone is a steroid and your face could
become dependent on it. If you do not have to use it then
o "Woltra Stik" 100% cocoa butter (optional)
Great for the skin, good for scars, and it gives your face
an extra glow. Soothes irritation.
I use all four products on my face each day. Three out of
four are only necessary if you do not need hydrocortisone
to control your flaking and itching.
When I first used this treatment a week later I looked in
the mirror and saw a huge improvement. Several weeks later
my face looked like everyone else's.
To me this remedy is just one remedy out of many. And I
will continue to seek out even better answers and better
I'm reminded when I look back that I have already made one
No doctor is necessary to prescribe me treatment. Nor do I
have to pay high costs for a tube of cream. It costs me
about $7.00 for all four products. And they last forever.
I take great care of my face because I rely on my own
expertise. Should I ever go on a vacation then I have no
real concerns about how long I'm gone. I'll have all of
the supplies that I need to take good care of my skin.
And most importantly... I will most likely be able to find
the same type of products in another country if I need them.
This is just the beginning. Throughout my years
of dealing with this recurring condition I always remember
that one solution IS NOT the ONLY solution.