So you had an unusual flaky, irritated patch of skin on your body, and you went to your doctor. He sent you to see a dermatologist, and now you have been told you have seborrheic dermatitis. Fantastic! They’ve named your rash. But what on earth is it?
What is Seborrheic Dermatitis?
I had eczema for a long time before I heard of ‘seborrheic dermatitis’. In fact, it’s not a term used much in the UK at all; I came across it whilst trawling through American and Australian articles. Seborrheic dermatitis is one of the conditions that falls under the general umbrella of ‘eczema’. The most common eczema in my experience is medically known as atopic dermatitis, which is a red itchy area of skin that is rough to the touch. It tends to show itself on the face, hands and in the creases of the body such as the elbows and knees.
Seborrheic dermatitis is usually found in oilier areas of the body, like the nose or chest. It is generally more chronic than atopic dermatitis, and does not always itch. It usually takes on a more ‘angry’ look, and is flaky, sometimes with a white or yellow discharge. It’s completely possible to have both atopic dermatitis and seborrheic dermatitis at the same time – I know because I’ve had it! Remember, the root cause of these conditions are principally the same. The specific style or ‘detoxification expression’ your body has can vary based on where you are, how you’re living/eating, and your genetics.
How is Seborrheic Dermatitis typically treated?
Here in the UK, and in other westernised countries, the typical treatment for seborrheic dermatitis is some form of topical cream or lotion. In severe cases, steroids will be prescribed, and if you’re unlucky enough to have been down that route, it’s likely you’ve got lots of detoxification work to do. For decades we have been plying money into medical research, and making all kinds of technological advancements, but we’re still doing the same thing for skin abrasions – slathering substances onto the affected area in the hope that it will dull the symptoms enough that we can forget about it.
Most high-authority sources will cite the cause of seborrheic dermatitis as ‘unknown’, but suggest it is linked with stress, hormones, weather and high-strength chemical substances. However, outside of the ‘medical model’, there is a vast array of evidence suggesting that seborrheic dermatitis is a function of the body’s detoxification system. The crusty, reddening skin has not just appeared on the surface of the skin, but rather has made its way into visibility from deep within the body. This would mean that we can most certainly do something about it, if we were to make some changes to our diet and lifestyle.
How YOU can heal Seborrheic Dermatitis yourself
Following my own experiences, and those I have had coaching others, I am 100% certain that seborrheic dermatitis can be addressed through lifestyle changes. If you’re new to this world of eczema, and you are willing to take responsibility and control of your own health, start educating yourself on how detoxification and nutrition affects the skin by watching this playlist:
Jonathan, a former seborrheic dermatitis sufferer (and client) shares his story: