Commonly Asked Questions & Answers
If your face stings stings, it is because your skin is damaged and it’s protective layer has been compromised. This usually occurs when using cleansers that are too harsh on the skin, or from over washing. The skin in the irritated area is similar to an open wound. So any chemicals or common irritants added to the area will cause the skin to sting. It’s especially common to this a large flare up and stinging when someone decides to tests numerous products in one sitting. They end up washing the over and over to remove products they are testing. This results in bad flare ups and very sensitive stinging skin.
The same “S” Cure principles apply for seborrheic on the scalp. If you are treating the scalp for the first time, it would probably be best to make a sea salt bath. Then try to soak the scalp by dipping the head under water. If there is a lot of scaly build up, you can very gently massage and exfoliate the area with your fingers. You can also try making a jug of sea salt water and take it with you in the shower to pour over your head. I would let the sea salt solution sit on your head for a few minutes before rinsing. If you feel that you need a shampoo, I would suggest looking at more natural shampoo lines that do not contain sulfates like SLS, and hopefully no parabens, artificial fragrances, etc. You want to avoid as many possible irritants as possible with the sea salt regimen in the beginning. Once the seborrheic dermatitis has cleared up, then maybe start testing different shampoos one at a time to see your scalp can tolerate them without a causing flare up.
If your face is very dry, you are either adding to much salt, over washing, or bathing in hard water that probably also contains chlorine. If you smoke cigarettes or drink a lot of coffee, they can both dry out your skin as well. If the climate you live in is very arid, you may want to try using Aveeno Moisturizer and add a light layer to the area after washing.
Yes. I have used both Real Salt and Himalayan salt myself on occasion, and they work fine. I do slightly question if Himalayan Pink Salt adds a dye to their salt. They’re packaging indicates that they do not use any additives and the pink color is natural, but I question the wording a bit and feel like there is a possibility they use a dye. Either way, it has not bothered me personally. Just thought I’d mention it.
The million dollar question! The answer is both. I have actually had many different seborrheic dermatitis causes that I have identified and cured at different times over the years. You see, my particular body tends to react with seborrheic dermatitis when I have an infection, something physically wrong internally, or something chemically wrong internally. Sometimes, they have been obvious, and sometimes not so obvious. I’ve also had external allergens and sensitivities over the years as causes. Some I had since childhood and I consider them permanent, where identification and avoidance is the only solution. Others were newly developed over time, and were able to be eliminated by fixing an internal problem that caused them to develop. This may be a stretch, but in a way I appreciate that I get seborrheic dermatitis. It allows me to know when something is wrong inside that I might otherwise miss. Anyway, during the times that I do have an internal problem, the sea salt regimen will keep my skin clear. If I didn’t use the regimen my skin would go nuts. Whenever the internal cause is eliminated, it does not matter as much if I stick to the “s” cure regimen or not. I’m able to use products I normally wouldn’t tolerate. I do have sensitive skin in general though, so I can’t just use anything. I simply have more flexibility. Hopefully this answers the question and makes sense.
I try not to make recommendations on these topics, especially to the masses. I think there are plenty of great detox regimens and beneficial supplements out there, and I’m quite familiar with most of them. I just feel it would be irresponsible of me to suggest anything in those categories, as everyone has a different medical status. There are plenty of normally harmless supplements and detoxes that could negatively effect someone if there is an underlying health issue (or their on medication, etc). So you should always consult your doctor or naturopath before starting any detox system or supplement. That said, I am more than happy to discuss my own experiences and thoughts on those topics in the site’s forum.
I see this a lot. I love apple cider vinegar for many things, just not for using topically on the skin. It’s incredibly acidic and can damage the skin. Even if you use ACV for wart or mole removal (great for that by the way), you should always put a layer of vaseline around the unaffected area so you don’t damage the skin surrounding the wart/mole. The “S” cure principles try to heal your skin and rebuild it’s protective barrier, not eat away at it. So I would say, no. I think putting ACV on your face or skin is a bad idea.
This question comes up often, so I wrote on article to address it. Please see: Removing Makeup With The “S” Cure