Sebhorric dermatitis is a chronic inflammatory skin condition, that causes scaly patches, red skin and dandruff. It is caused by the multiplication of yeast that is naturally present on the skin. Outbreaks can be triggered by stress, fatigue, the lack of sunlight, pregnancy or certain pathologies such as obesity. Find out what the symptoms of this condition are, and learn a recipe for an effective natural remedy.
The symptoms of sebhorreic dermatitis
Sebhorreic dermatitis, also called sebhorreic eczema, manifests as outbreaks of red patches covered in oily, white or yellowish scales. These patches form in areas which secrete a lot of sebum, such as the scalp or the face.
On the affected areas, flakes or dandruff easily fall off, and the skin becomes raw. The scaly patches can cause itching, or even a burning sensation, especially in the scalp. In the absence of scales or patches, the skin returns to a normal appearance, but it can be sensitive to rubbing or to irritating products.
Natural remedy for treating sebhorreic dermatitis
Here is an effective organic natural recipe for improving skin health in the long term and treating sebhorreic dermatitis, taken from a guide to aromatherapy and natural beauty treatments by Aude Malliard and Aroma-Zone (2016).
For a 50 g jar:
- 1 g of geranium essential oil -Egypt (Pelargonium graveolens)
1g of mint eucalyptus essential oil (Eucalyptus dives)
1 g of palmarosa essential oil (Cymbopogon martinii)
1 g of tea tree essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
1 g of copahu balm (Copaifera officinalis)
- 1 g jojoba oil
- 44 g of aloe vera gel
- mini mortar
- mini weighing scales
- mini pestle or mini whisk
Place the mortar on the scales, and zero the scales. Weigh the essential oils according to the recipe and then add the jojoba oil. Mix with a whisk. Add 44 to 50 g of aloe vera gel and stir to obtain an even mixture. Preferably store it in a cool area for a maximum of two months.
Apply the mixture generously to the areas for treatment (the skin or the scalp), at least twice a day (every night for the scalp, and shampoo it off the next morning) for fifteen days.
Between flare-ups, use gentle and unperfumed cosmetics such as neutral shampoos and soaps.
Caution: this advice is merely informational and does not in any way constitute as or replace medical advice, for which we cannot be responsible. With any essential oils, flower waters, plants or powders, be sure to seek the advice of your doctor before using them.