One of the best flare-up prevention tips I can give, is to lay off the coffee. In addition to being a diuretic that dehydrates the body and drys out your skin, coffee increases your stress hormones and inflammation. Next time you see someone with botchy skin or dermatitis drinking a cup of coffee, check in with them 2-3 hours after they’ve finished that cup. Their skin will almost always be more inflamed. Coffee is a major trigger for seborrheic dermatitis. So give the that cup of Joe a rest for a week and see what happens. It should help significantly.
#2 – Quit The Cigarettes
Smoking drys out the skin causing wrinkles, gauntness, and a grey appearance. Cigarettes displace the oxygen in your skin, reducing blood flow and depleting the skin of nutrients. Those nutrients include vitamin C which helps protect and repair skin damage. The last thing anyone with seborrheic dermatitis needs is a habit that drys their skin and prevents skin damage repair. When you quit smoking, you will notice you skin is less dried out within a few weeks and seborrheic dermatitis will improve.
The saying, “you are what you eat” could not hold more true for those with seborrheic dermatitis. When you eat lots of junk food, sugars, or fried food, your skin pays the price. Fried foods prevent the skin from retaining essential moisture, cause damage to the cellular walls of the dermis and epidermis. No one’s skin looks it’s best (and that’s being kind) on a poor diet of junk food. That is especially true if a skin condition is already present. Make sure your try to keep up with a healthy diet and eat foods that are good for your body and your skin.
Stress can effect your entire body and play a tremendous role in seborrheic dermatitis. Stress can negatively effect your gastrointestinal tract, anxiety levels, cortisol hormone levels, cause more oil production in your skin, cause skin inflammation, and even trigger an autoimmune response. The more you can reduce your stress levels, the better off your seborrheic dermatitis will be.
Not getting good sleep is one of the most overlooked areas that contributes to seborrheic dermatitis. Lack of sleep causes inflammatory responses within the body throwing off the immune system’s ability to regulate itself. This makes immune-related skin conditions much worse. Sleep helps almost every function in your body, and will undoubtedly go a long way in preventing seborrheic dermatitis flare ups. So make sure you are getting enough sleep every night and keeping your immune system in good shape.
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