Patient Comments: Seborrheic Dermatitis - Treatments

Question:What treatments have been effective for your seborrheic dermatitis?

A Doctor's View on Seborrheic Dermatitis Treatment

Read the Comment by Gary W. Cole, MD, FAAD

Seborrheic dermatitis treatment involves the use of over-the-counter products and shampoos containing tar, selenium sulfide, ketoconazole, or zinc pyrithione to control scaling and flaking that may appear on your face, scalp, chest, or back. Severe cases may require prescription drugs and topical steroids. There is no cure for seborrheic dermatitis. Read the entire Doctor's View

Comment from: yopu1, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 25

I have tried many things for seborrheic dermatitis but what has worked best for me, so far, is borage. I take borage oil gelatin capsules orally, and use a topical borage cream directly on each area affected. Apple cider vinegar has been very useful (applied full strength directly on areas, i.e., saturated Q-tip for ears), but results are not as long lasting for me as the borage treatment, and the vinegar can sting rather badly if the skin is too irritated or broken; not to mention smelling like a pickle for a little while. Neither of these are a permanent fix, but even temporary relief is better than nothing.

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

For seborrheic dermatitis soaking the affected area with Domeboro with a 4 x 4 gauze square helps. Also, washing with T/Sal shampoo and applying A & D OINTMENT helps. Shampooing with a 2% pyrethrum zinc shampoo also helps. I am 55 years old and can't remember a time when symptoms stayed gone for a prolonged time period, but it can be managed.

Comment from: deRazor, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 14

I've had good luck with coal-tar based shampoos. In the past, I've dealt with severe outbreaks by cutting my hair very short and using Denorex or Neutrogena T/Gel shampoos. I also try to thoroughly dry my scalp and hair after a shower and avoid hats.

Comment from: arud a, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 19

Azole shampoo twice a week together with mild steroid triamcinolone acetonide of 0.1 pct lotion, apply two times a day. I suffer with them for over two years and it has recurred three times since it began two years. Can i use desoximetasone cream for the scalps and chest and armpits, it is cortisone steroid, and it will work or sometimes not.

Comment from: 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 09

stay away from greasy foods and eat lots of yogurt. I switch between selenium sulfide and pyrithione zinc..and sometimes hydrocortisone cream.. seems to help.. good luck folks

Comment from: RWooly, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 06

I was diagnosed with seborrheic dermatitis about four years ago. The dermatologist prescribed me Clobetasol topical and Ketoconazole shampoo. However, what I found to be most helpful was Meleleuca shampoo. I have to wash my hair with it every day, but it definitely has taken care of it. So, to manage my condition, I wash my hair with Melaleuca shampoo daily, Ketoconazole shampoo once a month, and Clobetasol once a week.

Comment from: Amelia, 35-44 Female Published: April 04

I've had this since my early 20s. I keep it under control by washing down there with very little soap. If it does flare up, I use an anti-fungal cream and eat heaps of yogurt for about a week, and it clears up. I believe I got this problem from bathing with too much soap.

Comment from: Delilah, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 07

I have had mine removed by laser by a cosmetic surgeon. They are gone permanently as far as I can see. Maybe more will appear in the future but can easily be zapped.

Comment from: Amy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I was diagnosed with seborrheic dermatitis in the seventh grade. So far nothing has helped, I have tried every topical cleanser and antifungal. I've seen over 12 different dermatoligists. I am a 43 year old widow with little no hope surrounding my condition. Recently I have been trying a Retinol formula it has showed some positive results.

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