I have recently been trying a regimen of baking soda and coconut oil. In the past I have tried everything for seborrheic dermatitis including topical steroids (yuck), oral antibiotics, ketoconazole, and various creams and lotions. Some things have worked periodically for short amounts of time in the past, but the disease seems to always come back and often worse then it was before. I have had this disease for the past 7 years (currently 23 y.o. male) and it has recently got a little worse so I figured I’d give this a go. And please everyone reading this do not trust your dermatologists and never put steroids on your face!!
I currently am following a regimen I read on this site and am having interesting results. I am taking a small (half coffee spoon) amount of 100% pure baking soda orally in about 8 ounces of water once every morning along with my normal vitamins (Vit. D, and Omega 3s). Then every night I wash my face with about a teaspoon of baking soda diluted in 12oz of water. I let this wash stay on my t zone, where my seb derm is for about 2-5 minutes then wash it of with cold water. This definitely burnt at first but has gotten better with each application. Once the baking soda is completely removed with cold water I apply a small amount of 100% virgin coconut oil to the affected areas while still wet to relieve the dryness discomfort and to sooth. I have tried leaving water with small traces of baking soda on it under the coconut oil over night which I heard works wonders for some, however I am worried this may be to harsh for my sensitive skin and may promote burning. In the morning I shower as usual not washing my dermatitis with any soaps. Then after the shower I apply Cerave lotion (extremely clean product for sensitive skin) on my dermatitis which has been very flaky since starting the regimen. I would prefer to use coconut oil and less products in general however the coconut oil makes my face to greasy, as I work front of the house in a very nice busy restaurant.
I have definitely seen results with this method and my derm is changing however not necessarily for the better….. hopefully yet. Although it is much better today (day 6) from when I initially started this treatment, considering the redness it is still worse then it was at first. The redness and dermatitis seemed to slightly spread and get angry at the baking soda, hopefully aggravated because it is dyeing. I’m hoping that this initial negative reaction was due to my skin not being used to these organic products. Also from the recent stoppage of steroids.
I began this routine about 5 days ago on April 21st. Currently my T zone where I suffer from seborrhea dermatitis is very dry and red from the regimen. However I read that this is likely to happen and should be expected for the first week. I’m hoping these are normal signs and I should expect significant positive results over the next couple weeks. Because this treatment takes time I will definitely be giving it a month but I am looking for some advice on how to alter my regimen to be more successful and just wanted to verify with anyone that may have tried this with success if what I am doing is correct. I would hate to damage my skin more, or burn it with the baking soda. I’m open to all suggestions.. Here are a few of my most prominent
I will only take baking soda orally at small dosages for a month to help kill yeast but not damage my gut, is this still ok?
Should I only apply baking soda every other night instead of every night, or a couple times a week to alleviate dryness and redness reactions?
Is it more important to wash with baking soda or leave it on over night? If so how often is recommended?
- I would hate to not use it enough because I am striving to help my symptoms in the long run.. But equally do not want to use it too much to damage and burn my skin further. I’m sure if I used it less the dryness and redness would be reduced but will I gain the same desired results (elimination in the long run).
Should I be using Cerave (lotion) in the day or just stick with coconut oil?
Should I be doing this morning and night? If not what should my morning routine look like?
I have also not began to take coconut oil orally, should I and if so how much?
Thanks for all the help and my best wishes to you all. I definitely agree that using natural organic products are the way to go and a means to an end of this disease, rather than the crap your dermatologist wants you to use and become addicted to.
Hope to hear some feedback soon,
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