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Posted 19 October 2013 - 10:42 PM

I have researched SD for a couple of years on and off now and have been a suffer for 5 years. After reading so much about this condition, peoples trials and experiments of trying to rid it, I feel very compelled to say this;

 

Be proud of who you are, a mirror is only a small reflection of you. So don't let SD get the better of you mentaly, remeber the fungus is a slave to you, not the other way arround. Keep smiling and remain possitive. ;-)

 

I have come to the conclussion that in my case and other peoples, the cause is due to an inballance of good bacteria that make up the skins flora. I also belive that while one thing works with one person it may not work with another, this I put down to there being different types of bacteria that are out of ballance. It would be nice to think that there is a mirricle cure that will help all, and if there is such a thing then the person/company who descovers it will certainly be my best friend for life.

 

So what caused my SD? Having been pone to suffer sinus infections and after suffering food poisining, I had taken 4 courses of an anitibotic, (Amoxacillian) in a three year period, it was shortly after this that I had a really bad flare up on my face. Over the years it has moved and spread to cover my head, ears and random patches on my uper back and chest. One thing I have noticed with mine and being male, is where I grow hair it thrives and the skin is at its worse.

 

I have tried some thing including steriod creams that cleared it, then I saw some of the side effects of skin thining and decided I would rather have SD than the possibilties of the side effects. I no longer use any creams as I am a strong believer that this is not the path to take, even if it does apear to work. With this in mind I started to think about it completely differently and the following si why I have tried and the results witnessed.

 

Diet;

Cut out sugars, yeast products, (including bread) and introduced more live yoghurts in to my diet. After one month I did not experience one ounce of change. Then I started to read about antioxidants, my first thoughts was this is different, nothing ventured and nothing gained, right?

 

While many of the antioxident foods didn't work, there were two things that I did witness a noticable difference with. Red skined Apples and oddly, Spinach. At first I thought it can't be having an effect, but as I am very methodlical and as I changed one thing in my diet at a time it had to be so. I noticed that if I ate a red apple then the next day my skin had calmed down, not so sore looking. I experienced the same results with spinach. Unfortunatly I don't like apples or spinach and the thought of eating these every day was too much. Still, I will eat them when I have really bad flare ups. Maybe two apples a week and one serving of Spinach every two to three weeks. Why these two should have a noticable mild effect, I don't know? Maybe someone reading this may take it further and descover why.

 

I am still trying new foods that I have not eaten or tried before to see if anything changes, but have not noticed anything.

 

What else has an effect? As most of us now the sun works mirricals and with me it clears it completly, but come winter and its back again. Why should UV effect it? I do need to do some research of my own in this area, to understand why the bacteria seems to not like UV. I don't recomend sun or UV treatments because of the obvious, and I can understand and sympathise with the guy who posted earlier who has taken this route. I too have SD bad, so much so I shaved all my hair off and now keeps it very short, I don't try to disguise it anymore because wearing a hat creates a hot humid envioment that the yeast thrives in.

 

The thing that I find the most intresting in some of the information in forum posts with suffers of SD, are the snippets of peoples life style before developing SD. The woman who posted earlier who said she skipped breakfast, lunch and just ate dinners in the evening, this was my life style too before developing SD. I believe its this sort of information that is most important to understanding more about SD, what are the likly causes, what is the yeasts habits? We know it thrives in certain conditions, in sebaceous gland rich areas of the skin and likes Oleic Acid from the unsatuated and satuated fats that our skin releases. We know one thing it does not like, a well ballanced skin flora of bactiria. What bacterias exactly? It seems to me that there is not enough information out there to some of the important questions. I did read that laboritry teams are just starting to try and ID the thousands of different strains of bacteria that live in the skins flora. DNA is the method used for ID'ing them, and hopefully along the way of understanding which bacteria do what, will bring better understanding and prevention, as well as treatments for us that are less harmful and more dirrect in their working.

 

I know that sufferers of SD like me have desperate times where we feel so low that we are willing to try anything. I must stress, be strong and change one thing at a time, this way if something works you know what it is. Also learn about what your putting on your skin before doing so. There is every bit of chance it could do more damage than good. I am possitive that either a doctor will find a solution to the problem or we will beat them to it, in the mean time remeber your not alone, stay possitive and stay safe!

 

Darron

I was diagnosed with SD 26 years ago so the ups & downs of this are not new to me.  However, I found your discussion of eating a red apple to be interesting.  I enjoy eating a red apple every day but am currently having an SD flare up and have not eaten wheat in the past month.  I'm going to try a probiotic, next.



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 12:39 AM

No, it is not irreversible, there are many things you can do to replenish your gut flora.

 

I find it so frustrating looking at this thread and seeing people going on and on about topical chemicals. These cannot solve the problem, plain and simple they're band aids. It stems from internal imbalances so treat it at the source


The only thing that has a chance of long lasting results are fecal transplants, which are progressing at lightning speeds due to their efficacy over all medical Rx's.



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 02:53 AM

No, it is not irreversible, there are many things you can do to replenish your gut flora.

 

I find it so frustrating looking at this thread and seeing people going on and on about topical chemicals. These cannot solve the problem, plain and simple they're band aids. It stems from internal imbalances so treat it at the source


The only thing that has a chance of long lasting results are fecal transplants, which are progressing at lightning speeds due to their efficacy over all medical Rx's.

I along with many others have had symptoms clear up and seen the skin heal by eating properly and taking the right supplements and fermented foods. Everyone's different, so maybe there are people who are so far gone that even dietary changes can't fix their problems, but if that's the case it would be the exception, not the rule. I hate seeing posts on these forums that suggest to people that their skin problems are so complicated and can only be fixed by some incredibly complicated regimen, or something like "fecal transplants". That's just garbage information and simply not true for 99% of these cases. I was almost suicidal at one point cause I thought my skin was screwed up beyond repair, and everyone was suggesting all these creams to me that just made things worse. But then I learned how simple all this stuff really is and how it's all tied to your gut health and digestion. I just wish this information was more widespread 



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 11:59 AM

This has probably been discussed, but as of recently I am using Sudocrem on my SD and it has really cleared it up. Why didn't I try it earlier...seems so obvious now. 



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Posted 16 November 2013 - 08:16 PM

Hi Wicky & others
 
I came across your post from a google search. Sounds like you were going through a rough patch a year ago. I hope things are better for you now. 
 
What you're describing sounds to me like bromide toxicity, especially the link between thyroid cancer and RF. I have experienced similar symptoms (in particular the white head acne which seems to keep coming and hypothyroidism) though not to the same extent as you.
 
I suggest you test for iodine deficiency and bromide toxicity (you can order these yourself):
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I also suggest that you consider looking at Hulda Clark's book 'the Cure for All Diseases'. She was a scientist and later naturopath who believed (along with numerous others) that microbes, nutritional deficits and toxicity go hand in hand. I haven't gone as far as she did in blasting microbes with electrical currents but have done several cleanses using her herbal remedies and make my own facial lotion, toothpaste, etc.
 
It really comes back to basics - remove irritants, excise microbes, reduce toxic load, cleanse the liver and heal the gut.
 
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Weston Price - Nutrition and Physical Degeneration 
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Diane Watson - Detox Strategy
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I also suggest that you check out all of your cosmetics / household substances to check for toxicity:
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Best health
 
 

im doing worse than ever...just resorted to predisone to clear this current rash up all along the sides of my face.  That plus the buildup of disgusting skin has put me in a really dark place.  ACV never worked for me even diluted as it was way too drying.  I use dermadoctors born to be mild several times a week but again its drying. I also tried granpas pine tar and it works fine on my forhead but no where else because 1. it doesnt remove makeup and 2. its drying.  I never know what to moisturize with as i've tried jojoba and hemp oil but they dont keep me moisturized.  My the redness from my seb derm is not in the usual places but all along the insides of my cheeks.  I get these weird red patches and bumps as well.  Ive also tried oregano oil internally but  not on my skin.  I like the idea of spraying the acv on and then rinsing off. I find each day hard to continue thats how bad things are.. 
 
where do you buy the pyrthione zinc spray?



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Posted 25 December 2013 - 12:36 PM

Hi my name is michael and i have been suffering from SD for for 4 years now i have had it since i was 14 and i just cant get rid of it.

 

I have tried nearly everything but still every few weeks a have a flare up, can anyone help me out? I have been to a derm and he just told me i should keep using the steroid cream i was given daktacort but my face finally resisted to it and it has no effect what so ever.. Please help me!



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Posted 29 December 2013 - 03:04 PM

Hi my name is michael and i have been suffering from SD for for 4 years now i have had it since i was 14 and i just cant get rid of it.

 

I have tried nearly everything but still every few weeks a have a flare up, can anyone help me out? I have been to a derm and he just told me i should keep using the steroid cream i was given daktacort but my face finally resisted to it and it has no effect what so ever.. Please help me!

 

1. Stop using corticosteroid /steroid creams immediatly.

2. Get probiotics asap. Try breathing your own milk/water kefir, sauerkraut and yogurt.

3. Find some natural regimen, acv/water rinse, real raw honey masks /not manuka, mix with a little bit of water so H2O2 can be released/.

4. Take Zinc supplements / about 30-50 mg/day for about few mounts and see how it goes/.

5. Never ever use antibiotics. Only as a lifesaving treatment.

6. Eliminate stress. Even if you do all above stress can provoke SD as nothing else..

 

 

Good luck


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Posted 26 January 2014 - 07:30 AM

Hi i have had seborrheic dermatitis for many years and as a 12yr old i remember having dandruff.
I've always been eating bad and was overweight during my teens.
I have been following a strict diet now for almost 5 months and have been on the Candida diet for over 3 weeks so far.
I have read up on all of Moonset777 users posts and have been following his regime as he sounds very convincing.
Moonset777 if you can reply back to my posts that would be great.
I initially started on a no dairy diet assuming my condition was eczema but then self diagnosed myself as having seb derm even though the Dermatologist has confirmed it.
I had no clue that even fruit sugars needed to be avoided on the candida diet as i only cut out the normal refined white sugar/chocalate/fruit juices initially.
I have started buying into anti-fungals such as garlic capsules/olive leaf extract/extra virgin coconut oil as well as supplements such as flaxseed oil/Vitamin B complex/zinc and Probiotics with a 50 billion CFU which is quiet expensive.
I am monitoring myself and still have the breakouts but am determined to stay on the diet for at least 3 months as one of the benefits has been that i have lost weight.
The only thing i tell people who may use bicarbonate of soda on the scalp or face is to never leave it on for more than 7mins as i have actually burnt my scalp when i foolishly left it on for 10mins.
Its also good to spend time reading up on the candida diet before one throws themselves into it as then you can know which foods to avoid right from the start rathar than learn along the way.
I had to freeze my carrots after buying them not realising they cannot be part of the strict candida diet for the first 2-3 weeks.

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Posted 01 February 2014 - 06:25 PM

I would like to say that i have been on the Candida diet for 1month now and still have my SD breakouts. I think it will take a few more months,but i am also following the anti fungal regime that Moonset777 follows. Its too early to quit.

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 02:55 AM

I was having red skin and extreme flaking around my nose spreading to my cheeks and my dermatologist prescribed me a cream that worked amazingly well - 

a protopic .1% Tacrolimus monohydrate ointment. Has anyone else used this? I just put it on every few weeks if the stuff is flaring up. The only thing is if I drink any alcohol it makes my face go as red as a traffic light, even if I stopped using it a few days previously

 

I'm trying to find something that doesn't cause this side-effect (sometimes I have to socialise with clients through drinking alcohol). I've been thinking about using Zinc Pyrithione creams - I've noticed here that some people here say you can build up a resistance. Is this true? Is a normal mild facewash any use?

 

Also, one thing I would say for people who have SD and aren't addressing this is you may want to look into lifestyle changes for anxiety - I think this is what caused my SD. Things like regular exercise, good sleep, mindfulness meditation etc



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Posted 02 March 2014 - 03:37 AM

I've suffered with SD a number of years now, and only recently have I noticed that it had spread to my eyelids and immediately underneath my eyes.

One thing that is very noticeable in my life when these flare-ups do arise is 'stress', and I would suggest that stress and the direct result that this has on the weakening of your immune system is perhaps the primary contributory factor of SB flare-up.

I've decided to try and reduce the amount of stress in my life, by taking 5 minutes out when I do feel tension and anxiety levels rising and try and think about things in a positive way. Not only that, increase activities that get the adrenaline pumping, the blood circulating and those that increase serotonin levels (happy chemicals). As a measure to try and tackle the internal confusion of SB ie. the imbalance of good and bad bacteria and the obvious affect stress has on seriously reducing your immune system, it's good to use Nizoral 2% Cream regularly.

A combination of more exercise = higher release of endorphins = less chance of stress or a better chance of your mind being able to deal with stress in a more positive way + eating more healthy = foods that will help improve mood etc. + sunshine & exposure in moderation = increase in happy hormones & UV + A combative physical treatment such as Nizoral 2% Cream

All the above is without question the best thing any of us can do, and that's through thorough analysis. The trouble is, right now I'm in the process of moving and my job is very depressing and magically my SB has returned more vigorously. It's not a coincidence. I know what I need to do, reduce my anxiety, improve my overall lifestyle so that stress is reduced and get back on the Nizoral 2%, it's easier in the summer though, that's for sure.

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Posted 12 March 2014 - 10:55 AM

Hi everyone.
I've come across a study that connects leaky gut to seborrheich dermatitis.
It's possible that if the leaky gut is healed then seb derm can be healed.
There is a ton of info out there on the net on leaky gut syndrome and how to heal it by staying of foods that can damage the gut lining as well as supplements like L glutamine and bone broth.
Personally just being on a candida diet has not helped much nor was i on it long to see the possible changes.
One should look into the Paleo diet which is meant to be good for the gut as grains are excluded from this diet.
I also believe the restoring your good bacteria is essential by eating probiotic foods and one must avoid foods that can harm the intestinal good bacteria.
I have more research to do and alot more to experiment with as SD has affected me for many years

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Posted 18 April 2014 - 10:24 AM

Hi all,

 

I have been dealing with seb derm for about 8 years now and have tried so many topical treatments. just recently the bright redness has spread down my cheeks. I have been trying lotrimin and it seems to control the problem but not really improve anything. So last week I started researching craddle cap and the solution to this was people using petroleum jelly. I went out and got some Vaseline and applied it everywhere including my facial hair and hair line. Over night i swear it was a miracle and everything cleared up but after a few days use it was back. not sure if I over did it or what.

 

Then I researched vaseline and whether or not it was a good idea to use it on my face. I found this: http://www.blisstree...ternatives-879/

 

 

While petroleum is generally regarded as “safe” for use in cosmetics, there are some very cosmetic reasons for not using it:

  • Because petroleum jelly forms a seal over the skin, it disrupts the bodies process of elimination of toxins through the pores, potentially trapping them under the skin.
  • It creates a false sense or “feeling” of skin comfort and hydration while in fact it does nothing to nurture, heal or restore natural moisture to the skin.
  • It slows cellular regeneration, which can damage collagen, elastin and connective tissue and contribute to the appearance of aging.
  • It’s used as a base for cosmetics and medications because it stays on the skin but, while it is classified as non-comedogenic, it is also water-repellant and not water-soluble, making it difficult to cleanse from the skin. Even a minimal daily application can build up in the pores and attract dirt and bacteria, causing breakouts and skin irritation.

The site then suggests to use a product called Waxelene; it looks like a good product made from 4 natural ingredients: organic soybean oil, 100% natural beeswax, organic rosemary oil, and 100% natural vitamin E oil. I like the sound of it so I plan on trying it out and will post my results. You can buy waxelene on their website or it says its at whole foods, sprouts, and cvs.



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Posted 02 May 2014 - 10:11 AM

Hello all, I just found this forum and the seborrheic dermatitis thread and instantly registered to be part of it. I was wondering these days if a forum existed about this skin condition so the people who are suffering from it could discuss possible solutions they have already tried or are planning to try in the future.

I've had Seborrheic Dermatitis many years now on my head(hair area) and sometimes on my face, i'm calculating around 10 years as when i was younger i thought i had acne but when i visited many Dermatologists,they diagnosed me with S.D. They prescribed me many creams over the years but nothing really worked for me and most of the time my condition became worse.I have a flare up every now and then on my face and my hair area is flakky and itchy.

The last 3 years i've been trying to control it alone with many possible solutions that are out there.That's mainly because the last dermatologist i've visited ,after waiting for 1 hour at her office to go inside and she was done with me in 5 minutes, she prescibed me 1 moisturizing cream that was expensive and did absolutely nothing at all.

After a lot of trial and error with many products my daily routine is the following.I wash my hair every day so the oil will go away with a anti dandruff shampoo(have 3 of this kind).I wash my face every morning and noon with water and wipe it with a clean paper towel and it cleans the face from the oil, you dont really need soap. At night i wash my face with a baby shampoo from Pharmasept (greek company) called tol velvet mild bath which is soap free ,parfume free and hypoallergenic. I think that any mild cleanser for the face without soap will do in this case.

When i have flare ups, every 15 days,one or two months in winter (in summer i dont have severe flare ups) i use ketoconazole cream 2%(fungoral cream) once at night for 7 days in a row in the affected areas and immediately the flare up retreats in the first 3 days.I have found that ketoconazole cream does the work for me right now and when i use it as a therapy when i have flare ups i dont have any SD symptoms for a month or two on my face.I haven't found anything that does the work for the head area. I recently have read a lot of stuff on the internet about this condition and found out that many dermatologists recommend ketoconazole cream as it is a good solution because it's tested in many people and it's well tollerated from the skin.I also use sometimes Aloe Vera based gel for the parts of my face's skin like my nose that are dried out sometimes.

I am looking for similar sollutions to ketoconazole cream which will actually make a difference and not just calm my face down a little bit from the redness.
I have already tried cleaning my face with sea-salt which made me worse, ketoconazole shampoo(fungoral shampoo) (therapy is 4 days in a raw) which didnt do a huge difference, moisturizing creams that do nothing and actually think they give the fungus food, strict diet with proviotic more vitamins more vegetables etc and not a huge difference on my SD, no SLS shampoos actually made my dandruff on my head a little bit worse.Also tried mineral oil on hair area and honey for my face but nothing really changed.

Many in this forum are talking about no sugar no yeast and proviotic strict diet, i am currently trying this out to see if it helps. I also have in mind to use Apple Cider Vinegar therapy for my hair as i have heard from many people it actually works.I have also heard that if someone can't control his hair's area dandruff he can't actually control his face's SD but i don't know if that is true.

Finally i would like to say to all those who suffer from S.D. that so many times i have stayed home due to my seborrheic dermatitis condition because my face is red in some areas and i am ashamed.People used to ask me why are your face red? I have skipped classes and when i have flare ups i feel so sad , so depressed i dont want to go outside etc etc. I think that the men here know the feeling when your confidence is low and you really want to talk to a girl.

Well guess what, people that get to know you and have relationships with you, like you for who you are and not for who your appear to be. Every each one of you is beautiful inside and unique.So go outside and do the things you want to do!!!!

And if this is not enough for you , imagine going out with your face and hair area clear, this is an amazing feeling for me and i feel happy everytime i have it, i want it.

Don't give up the effort to cure it.

I will continue posting here, i hope others will see this message and join us too.
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Edit No1: 1-6-2014 . In order not make to many posts i will edit this post an update it until someone else posts under it. So im having another flare up and im having probiotics(yogurt) for 1 month or two , i tried eating egg, red skinned apple , spinach pie, no white sugar no bread but the flare up didnt seem to get better at all. It seems that the only thing that the diet helps for is less oily face and therefore malassesia fungus doesnt get bigger. I started again appliying fungoral(ketoconazole) cream for 7 days as usual to kill the fungus, this is the second day and its getting better already. After this i will try the ACV therapy on my head and see how it goes. I'll keep you updated guys, keep smiling ,life is too short to be sad nervous stressed or dipressed. Do what you like and be happy.
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Posted 12 June 2014 - 06:54 PM

Hey guys, I also have SD. Last days I have mixed Himalayan Pink Salt with just water to create saltwater and pour it on my scalp in the shower. I dont measure how much salt I use, I just take some salt straight from the salt packet.

 

Rinse with water

Pour the mixed Salt + Water on scalp

Massage, let it sink in

Rinse very well

 

I have tons of sebum plugs, crusts etc. It actually feels better, doesn't itch as musch and my scalp feels more healthy.

 

Google Seasalt/Himalayan Pink Salt + Seborrheic Dermatitis and read more. Lots of people that said if helped them with SD, especially on  Curezone forum



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Posted 18 June 2014 - 11:30 AM

This condition is an immune system issue. It could be from viruses, hormonal or guy issues. I've tried since, biotin, Probiotics, tea tree oil, sulfur soap and gold bond lotion. All methods work but it will come back if you don't fix the underlying issue. I had gut issues from a virus. Once that settled the products started working for the symptom. Remember this is a symptom of a larger issue. Cure the issue and u can work on the symptom.

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Posted 05 July 2014 - 08:18 AM

I have lived with dandruff almost my entire life.  Living with dandruff + occasional redness on sides of my nose and behind ears + large nose pores was annoying but not enough to drive me crazy.  Then my face starting getting red and itchy and my pores on my nose got bigger.  So I started taking my health seriously.

 

I have read through just about this entire thread.

 

I also believe as others do that internal factors play a huge role in at least influencing the severity of the symptoms.

 

Intense excercise, low-carb diet with the exception of fruit (but no dried fruit), bottled water, and 5-10 2% iodine drops on an almost daily basis have completely restored my energy levels.  I feel like I'm fifteen again.  This has also helped my skin problems.

 

For dandruff + pores I tried so many things over the years.   Here's the order off effectiveness for me:

Hydrogen Peroxide >> Unflavored listerine (don't use other mouthwashes listerine has antimicrobial oils in it >> AVC > tea tree oil >>> coal tar, selsun blue, nizoral, other typical supposed anti dandruff shampoos > head and shoulders.

 

Bottom line for me all the anti-druff shampoos were garbage, especially head and shoulders.  They would basically work for one day then be useless.  AVC was fairly effective but I needed to leave it on for awhile.  Similar story with listerine though it was more effective.  Finally I just started using hydrogen peroxide, quickest and most effective and when I stay regular it keeps my dandruff all but completely absent.  Worked so well I even decided, screw it, I'll use it on my face too.  Itchiness and pores reduced big time.  My hair is more vibrant and healthy than it has been for a long time, since before my teenage years.  I no longer get large whiteheads in my nose that I could make a friggin stonehedge out of if I felt like sitting infront of the mirror all day with a white/blackhead remover.

 

Yes, I realize I'm basically obliterating all the microbes on my head and ideally I should find a way to restore my normal flora.  But if you have read this thread you'd know that nobody has a clue as how to do that so I'm just going to keep obliterating them all rather than let whatever it is - malassazia globosa, malassazia furfura, dermodex mites, or some type of bacteria have a picnic up here. 

 

Unfortunately I still have some redness on my face that gets worse with intense excercise.  It feels like rosacae now rather than SD because it's malar in formation and not in creases or beneath hair.  Conjecture: It's almost like some type of type 3 hypersensivity or amyloid reaction or immune deposition as a result of an allergy to whatever caused my SD or to something unrelated - like an allergy to yeast, mites, pollen, or hell maybe even cats since I got the redness only since living with them.  Whatever it is it is a slightly delayed response.  If I can ever figure it out I'll update, but I'm hoping it is just a vestige of my earlier problems and may dissipate if I maintain my current regimen.

 

One last major big tip: argan oil.  I use this to moisturize per say.  I don't use it to treat my problems but it is the only moisturizer I have found that definitely does NOT exascerbate any of my problems and may even help slightly. So I would suggest if you are trying a treatment that you can't maintain because it is making you too dry give argan oil a go with it.  I typically put it on my face after spraying my face with HP.

 

Some other minor things for those curious:

Don't waste time with extra virgin coconut oil - just go straight for the concentrated active ingredient:  caprylic acid.  I don't know if this helps topically or not but I have been downing it in pill form like candy.  I know it does seem to work better than neosporin for cuts/scrapes (I bite the top and push it into the cut -it seems to be able to penetrate deeper than neosporin/ offbrand triple antibiotic pastes).

I'll be giving abreva and ZNP cream a go after reading about success stories with them in this thread very soon.

I'll also be giving probiotics a go.

Milk thistle hasn't done anything for me, though I never thought I had a liver problem.

Sugar  (specifically corn syrup, sucrose, fructose) seems to be my major enemy diet-wise - I can tolerate caffeine and alcohol is doable.

L-lysine definitely helps at least a bit with making skin stronger.

Melatonin supplements may be worth looking into if your stress and sleep cycles are really off.

Check your body for hernias and try to stretch your groin and abdominal areas through yoga or whatever.

I had fairly bad cradle cap as a child according to my mother.

Sunlight helps but this isn't exactly doable on a 9-5 schedule.  The no-ad SPF 15 sunscreen is absolutely fantastic though.

 

TLDR: I have two spray bottles.  I put standard hydrogen peroxide from the black bottles in the store into one and use it on my scalp and face (scalp at beginning of shower and rinse it out at end).  I put standard apple cider vinegar in the other spray bottle and spray it on my apocrine glands (armpits, groin, genitals, butt-crack).  I very very lightly scrub the rest of my body by spreading around some of the AVC.  I use absolutely no soap and no body lotions, just HP and AVC in the shower.  I moisturize with argan oil after showering and whenever I'm dry (a mild tea trea oil + chamomile product is decent as well such as derma - e itch relief).  Dandruff + whiteheads/blackheads are 95%+ gone but redness remains an issue.


Edited by flekkn, 06 July 2014 - 01:51 AM.





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