Seborrheic Dermatitis is basically adult version of cradle cap. It is sometimes called dandruff, but not the kind that comes from a dry scalp. In fact, the bane of this skin condition is that it is:
- Contagious – yes it is! This is one of the reasons your mom told you not to share hair brushes with anyone. Not to mention lice, or other creepies that can get into your hair.
- You can reinfect yourself, so ALL of your brushes, bedding, scrunchies, barrettes, ANYTHING that has touched your hair need to be disinfected. Treat this just like lice. Stuff that can be washed, wash it in HOT soapy water. For hair items, wash them too and then get some barbasol and a glass container to keep your combs, etc in there. They sell that stuff at Sally Beauty Supply. Keeps all the yucky stuff at bay, but remember to renew that mixture once a month or so.
- Why is it contagious? It’s actually a fungus – yep and a tough one to kill at that. One of the problems is that it will feed off of oil or sebum, the waxy substance that your skin and scalp secrete. If you are a ‘lucky’ person that tends to have oily hair anyway, you may have a much harder time getting this under control.
- Getting rid of the oil is really, really important. Go to your local store and take a look at all the shampoo options. 98% of them are all for dry/damage/color treated/permed hair. Which translates into, the shampoo itself is putting oil on to your hair. For a person with oily hair this is BAD. There are options out there, but sister, they are far and few between. I’ve stumbled upon few at a brick and mortar store, but chances are good that you will probably have to order something. You may be able to ask the manager of your local store to order some for you. It can’t hurt to try!
- I have been going though this list Oily Hair Guide and have been impressed with some of the shampoos. They really have made my hair overall less oily and I believe my Seborrheic Dermatitis has improved. My scalp was always a very angry pink color, now it is light pink and in some places white. I’m hopeful that eventually there will be NO pink on my scalp (pink or redness means irritation), so my scalp will be normal and healthy. This is important because my immune system is trying to fight this all the time. It’s kinda a stupid thing for my immune system to be busy with, so I want it to be over with.
- Be careful of your stylist. MAKE SURE they are scrubbing their combs, brushes, scissors, and then soaking them in barbasol. I believe I was exposed to SD by my previous stylist – I found out that she didn’t wash anything but put her brushes, etc in a drawer with a solid piece of formaldehyde! That was the standard YEARS AGO, and they changed it because the formaldehyde gas didn’t kill as much as the cleaning and barbasol. She was convinced the formaldehyde did better. After that day, I never went back.
- Try original Listerine as a final scalp rinse. It may burn; it did to me. It also helped quite a lot. Treating dandruff was one of the original usages for Listerine, so maybe we need to remember our roots. Haha, see what I did there!
Be healthy and well y’all!