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Living with Seborrheic Dermatitis and How I’m Overcoming It

Many of you have heard of dandruff or eczema, but how many of you know what Seborrheic Dermatitis is? It’s something that has plagued me for most of my life. So why not share, my struggle and triumph with this skin condition with others out there. Who knows, maybe I can help someone who is living with Seborrheic Dermatitis.

Seborrheic Dermatitis

What Is Seborrheic Dermatitis

It is basically defined as a skin disease, but I never really felt comfortable labeling it as such, in regards to myself. I have always preferred the term skin condition. It’s similar to psoriasis and eczema in appearance and usually manifests as a red, itchy rash on your scalp that flakes. But it can also appear on other parts of your body, like your face.
Many moms out there might know of it as a cradle cap which affects young infants. It is usually disappears in children between 6 months and 1 year of age. But when you’re an adult, it’s long-lasting, with cool downs and flare ups.

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Symptoms and Treatment

With adults, you’re looking at scaly patches on the skin, those patches looking greasy/moist and when the scales flake off they look yellowish or white. Sometimes they can itch and burn, especially on the scalp. And the patches form where the skin is most oily: behind the ears, the eyebrows, the center of your face, etc.

There’s yet to be a definite cause of this issue and it’s seems to be a composition of reasons. But it’s not caused by poor hygiene, allergy and will not harm your body. I’ve had many people insinuate that I don’t clean my face properly, which was so frustrating. When in reality, I didn’t have much control over my condition. I honestly wished there was more research when it came to these issues.


There is treatment for it, but technically there is no cure that will take it away forever. The best you can use are special shampoos, medicine and creams.

My Journey With Seborrheic Dermatitis

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According to my mom, when I was a baby, I had cradle cap. Which like stated above, is what Seborrheic Dermatitis for babies and infants is called.  Like in most cases,  went away.
So when I was younger, I had natural hair, I first texturised and then relaxed my hair when I was about 10 or 11 years old. And like most black children, my mom did my hair for me. When I was about 9 or 10 years old, one Sunday night after washing my hair, my mom told me to ‘grease’ my hair. Which meant she was leaving me the task of moisturizing my hair before she would comb and style it for the next day of school.

Living with Seborrheic Dermatitis and Overcoming It

The Incident

It was a gooey, green pomade that came in a green Just For Me container. I remember so vividly taking the product and dumping it in my hair, thinking it could make my hair straight like the girls on the container. My mom was upset to say the least when she came to do my hair and find it sooping with grease. She tried her best to remove the excess product with tissues but the product still ran down my scalp and onto my ears, neck and face. That left my face blistered, and I could not go to school for a week as my skin began to peel away. I don’t remember much of the aftermath, but my mom took me to the doctor who thought it’d go with some Top Bass or Head and Shoulders.

The Struggle

None of those worked, and the issue got worse. The greasy flakes was on my scalp, behind my ears, eyebrows and T-zone of my face, around my nose and corners of my lips and my hairline. My self-confidence took a nose-dive. My scalp did not take to any of the anti-dandruff products used on it and any sort of grease or oils just made it worst. Due to the Seborrheic Dermatitis, I developed hyper pigmentation / discoloration around the problem areas. Even when I went back natural, my hair dresser had a hard time trying to remove the build up on my scalp. She had to wash my hair 5 times at one point till she could even see my scalp.

Average products didn’t work for me, even some of the popular anti-eczema products. All it did was glide over the crusted skin with removing them. If I tried to use a little force while washing or mixing it with a scrub, yes the crust would be removed but the area would be red and inflamed (a normal symptom of the condition), but it would soon crust over after I finished washing my face. Even with an added moisturizer.

Being natural, it was difficult for me, because I could not wear braids as the flakes were easily visible. And while weaves were great, the flakes built of very quickly. So neither lasted long as a protective style. I stuck with what I could, wigs. Easy to remove, my scalp could breath and the flakes were no visible on a day-to-day process.

My Triumph

After many years of failed attempts of controlling my condition, I decided that I was tired. Tired of being self-conscious, of people judging my appearance. So I sought out help and went to the pharmacy. There I got Selsun shampoo (not to be confused with Selsun Blue). I used it the same day I bought it, and e the issue wasn’t alleviated immediately I did start to see a change. I made sure to follow the instructions down to a T. And within the first week my skin cleared up. I’m weeks along now, and not only is my skin smooth and clear, my skin tone has started to even out. My scalp has not issues, which is very important to me. My regimen includes following the directions of the product, matched with some light Cetaphil to moisturise.

Selsun shampoo perfect for people with Seborrheic Dermatitis and dandruff

I am no longer self-conscious about my face, or worry about discoloration. I most definitely recommend Selsun to you all who is suffering with Seborrheic Dermatitis. You can read a second review of it here.

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If you have Seborrheic Dermatitis or something similar, I hope this post can help you. Or if you’ve found something that works for you, why don’t you leave it in the comments down below? I’d love to read it.

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6 replies on “Living with Seborrheic Dermatitis and How I’m Overcoming It”

Thank you, yes growing up with it was a bit tough, I was very self conscious. I know a bit of people who have eczema too and they all recommend Cetaphil.

Hi Chloe! How often did use selsun per week? It seems to work well but just worried about the frequency of use. If you never used it daily what did you use on those you never used it?

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