Hi steigerhome 123, I agree that it's an all over skin condition. Nice write-up too, especially this line, "Though not romantically involved, the fungus that can cause dandruff/seborrhea really loves sebum."
Malassezia is lipid dependent, which means it has to have oil to have any metobolic activity
Lotrimin Ultra also works on malassezia, and its OTC. Last year the FDA issued a Guidance for clinical trials involving this drug and malassezia, and I've tried it with good results.
An aesthetic and effective lightweight hair gel can be made with 100 ml of Aloe Vera, 5 ml of Hegor 150 shampoo, and 2 grams of Xylitol.
I actually used 0.07 grams of Climbazole powder dissolved in 1 ml of Isopropanol and added 5 ml of my custom-blend Cetaphil lotion, instead of Hegor 150, but my mix is equivalent to 1 part in 20 dilution of Hegor 150. Both mixes are just barely over the EU guidelines for a full body leave-on product, so they are safe as a scalp product.
My suggestion for a Hegor 150 mix is because most people don’t home compound, and I would like to hear back from anyone who tries this 1 to 20 ration of Hegor 150 as to its aesthetics.
The mix takes about 20 minutes to dry, and then my hair looks and feels normal. My “normal” was no hair gel and no hair styling products, so I’m pleased this mix is very lightweight and leaves my hair normal and maybe even a little better. Hurray, I have an effective leave-on product for my scalp -- I didn’t like using medicated lotion on my scalp because it looked like 1960’s Elvis-hair.
At your new job, maybe tell your co-workers it's a genetic condition that comes and goes. People are more sympathetic, as this storyline is like a medical TV show where everything that happens is some obscure medical condition. The conversation will definitely move on more quickly. You'll need to invent some additional backstory though -- something like an excess of pigmentation and keratin and leave it at that.
I don't encourage lying but it's really none of your co-workers business what actually happened. Tell your boss the truth though, in private.
You could remind yourself that most people are so busy thinking about themselves that they hardly have any time left over to think about others, and especially not the details of someone else's life. That's kind of pessimistic, and so if you are basically an optimist, as I am, you could remind yourself that most people are not nearly as judgmental about you as you are about yourself.
Or you could plan on going for the weekend, but tell yourself that if you really really don't want to go, at the last minute you will send a text that you think you have a cold and don't want anyone else to catch it, especially your sister on the day before her wedding. It helps to have a backup plan, because then you feel more in control and comfortable with your doubts about the weekend.