In honor of this month being National Eczema Awareness Month, let’s get personal.

Seborrheic dermatitis is my childhood skin condition that has continued to haunt my adult life…until now.

Since the age of 11, I have been struggling with a tough case of seborrheic dermatitis on my face and scalp. In the most recent years, it had become so severe that I required almost daily use of topical steroids, prescription antifungals, and rarely had days without a flare of the painful and unattractive skin condition.

Seborrheic dermatitis is considered to be a chronic form of eczema, and is seen on areas of the body that have higher levels of oil-producing glands, such as the facial T-zone, scalp and back of the neck. Stress, hormonal changes, harsh soaps & chemicals and dry winter weather are all triggers for seborrheic dermatitis flares.

As you can see from the image to the right, I desperately wanted to find a cure for this condition.

After decades of trying every prescription, lotion, cleanser, and steroid that was recommended to me with little to no relief, I began to lose hope.

This prompted me to begin researching alternative therapies. One such therapy that caught my eye was the use of Dead Sea Salt rinses.Copyright: <a href='http://www.123rf.com/profile_marysmn'>marysmn / 123RF Stock Photo</a>

The benefits of sea salt and specifically salt from the Dead Sea have long since been studied, even the ancient Greeks praised the healing nature of mineral hot springs. The health benefits from Dead Sea salt are attributed to the higher levels of the mineral components, specifically magnesium.

New York based dermatologist, Francesca Fusco, MD explained to ELLE magazine why the additional of these minerals is important for skin health.   

"Ordinary salt is largely sodium chloride is very dehydrating, but mineral salt, such as Dead Sea salt, is rich in magnesium and calcium, which improve hydration by strengthening the barrier function of the skin."

“When the skin's mineral quotient is out of whack, we all know it: Telltale signs such as dryness, irritation, dullness, and blotchiness" begin to emerge, Fusco says. "Moisturizers containing salts are better than plain old occlusive (which prevent water from evaporating from the skin, such as Vaseline), because they allow moisture to be absorbed and to bind to skin more efficiently."

From personal experience, in February of this year, I ditched my long list of failed treatments, and replaced them with daily Dead Sea salt water washes and Aveeno Eczema therapy. I also do not use any soaps or face washes, and avoid any additional oils on my face and scalp.

The results…..I have not had a single seborrheic dermatitis flare since beginning the Dead Sea Salt therapy! That’s 8 MONTHS without a flare….life changing!

Additionally, I have had significant improvements in acne and overall skin tone and color.

I know what your next questions is….how do I remove my makeup with no face wash? I use a microfiber cloth that very thoroughly removes makeup and leaves my skin feeling clean and exfoliated, without the use of soaps or harsh cleansers.

Here is the recipe for the Dead Sea Salt wash, and the specific products that I recommend:

Minera Dead Sea Salt Face Wash

½ tsp Minera Dead Sea Salt
2 cups of warm water
 
Combine and stir until salt is dissolved. Soak affected area for a few minutes, and let sit on the area for a few minutes. Rinse with clean water and pat dry.  
I then apply the oatmeal-based Aveeno Eczema therapy to the affected areas, and daily as preventative.

 

Minera Sea Salt from the San Francisco Salt Company

Aveeno Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream

Bella Rose FACE OFF Makeup Remover

Recommended Products:

Live by BEING Organic Skin Care

Complexion Clay Collection            Release Milk Bath Mini

             


6 comments


  • Hi again,
    I have not used my sea salt in two days and see some reddening and couple of flakes; I have been doing the treatment lx day for about 10 days; is it too soon to be doing every couple of days? should I continue daily indefinitely? I have made a spray bottle of the mix to spray my face with in the shower. How often do you use the sea salt rinse? I hae been using the aveeno exzema lotion too and I have sensitive skin but it works well.
    thanks in advance for your help.
    susan

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  • Hi,
    Have tried it all and this is the only treatment that has gentley and completely cleared my facial dermatitis which was very moderate around the corners or my mouth; lips and under my nose. I am afraid to stop my once a day routine with the salt water rinse for fear it will come back. I am hoping to keep my skin condition under control with a few weekly rinses with the sea salt and the aveeno excema daily cream which I love too.
    Please keep me updated on long term use of the salt water and if anyone has completely reversed this ugly and embarassing skin condition.
    thank you.

    susan on

  • Hi MJ,
    I apologize for me delayed response. I have seborrheic dermatitis in my eyebrows and nose as well. I know is sounds funny to soak your face, but I actually do just that. I use the same mix and proportions as mentioned in the post, and I mix it in a shallow bowl. Once the salt is dissolved I submerge my face for 10 seconds or so and repeat that a few times. I also then just use my hands to apply more salt water to specific areas that need more.
    I hope that this helps, but please feel free to send me an email at info@yoursummerskin.com if you would like to chat more about it.
    Summer

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  • I have seborrheic dermatitis on my eyebrow down to the bridge of my nose, as well as around my ear lobes. How do you “soak” your face? Thank you?

    MJ on

  • Hi Sarah!

    That is a wonderful question. I too suffer from seborrheic dermatitis on my scalp as well, so I can empathize with what you are dealing with. What I have done is actually mix the salt solution up in a measuring cup and pour it on my hair/scalp right when I get in the shower and let is sit for a few minutes, then wash my hair as normal.

    A bath soak would work as well, I just don’t find baths to be as practical because I don’t have time to take a bath each day. It took a few days of using the salt water twice a day get a handle on my initial flare, but then I was able to go to once a day for maintenance. I am now experimenting with using an apple cider vinegar solution as well.

    I hope this is helpful, but please feel free to reach out to me directly at info@yoursummerskin.com if you would like to chat more. Also, I would encourage you to join our Facebook Group – the SUMMERSKIN Society.
    xo
    Summer

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