The “C” Cure – Eliminating The Cause
The skin is one of the body’s ways of signaling that something is wrong internally. While there’s plenty of external triggers that can cause an individual’s seborrheic dermatitis, the problem can also be internal. However, there is no single internal cause or reason for everyone’s seborrheic dermatitis. Each person is different and their body can react differently to various health issues or allergens. Take a shell-fish allergy for example. Some people may break out in hives, some may get lock-jaw, some may have their throat close up, and some may only get an upset stomach or a headache. In those examples, shell-fish is the trigger, and the reactions obviously differ. When an individual has seborrheic dermatitis, the reaction can be flare-up. Wonderful, huh? Well, it’s better than your throat closing! Seborrheic dermatitis is a reaction, and there are different causes for different people.
Allergies are not the only causes or triggers for seborrheic dermatitis. There are a multitude of other potential causes that can happen internally. As another example, let’s say there’s an issue with your liver and it’s overloaded with too many toxins. While the majority of waste and toxins are expelled through the liver and kidneys (with help from the urinary and digestive systems), toxins and waste can also be released through the skin. So if the liver or kidneys are overloaded, there can be an increase in toxins released through the skin; similar to a pot of water boiling over. In this example, the reaction is not due to an allergy, but has an internal cause.
While this may sound repetitive, it is very important to understand that everyone is different, and everyone has a different cause for seborrheic dermatitis. That simple fact not being understood is one of the largest reasons why there is so much misinformation out there from people sharing “what works” to cure seborrheic dermatitis. Let’s go back to the toxic liver example for a minute. Say that a person, “person A”, has an internal problem with liver toxicity. They do a liver detox and “viola!”, they cure their seborrheic dermatitis! That person then goes and tells “person B” that they have found the cure for seborrheic dermatitis and the answer is fixing liver toxicity. They then provide “person B” with their liver detox regimen. Meanwhile, what “person A” has failed to realize is that “person B” is completely healthy with no liver problems. “Person A” actually has an external cause; a sensitivity to the SLS ingredient commonly found in most shampoos that was causing seborrheic dermatitis. So “Person B” ends up wasting time, money, and heartache following this liver detox regimen, only to be disappointed that it did not work for them. This cycle goes on and on, until trying to find a solution through research and forums becomes overwhelming. That my friends, is why this website was created. The goal of this site is to help provide you with a broader understanding of seborrheic dermatitis, and a streamlined system to eliminating the cause of your seborrheic dermatitis.
If you have noticed, The “S” Cure is not only highly effective at healing, curing, and maintaining seborrheic dermatitis flare ups, but it also acts similarly to an elimination diet. For those not familiar, an elimination diet is the process of eliminating the most common food allergens from an individual’s diet, and slowly adding them back one at a time to identify the trigger food. The “S” Cure acts similarly by providing the most time efficient and logical steps to identify common external seborrheic dermatitis causes. If your cause happens to be an allergic reaction to an ingredient in your shampoo, face wash, moisturizer, or even your water…discovering that early prevents you from wasting time unecessarily pursuing other internal causes we elaborate on here in the “C” cure.
Ultimately, getting to the root of the cause is what each individual needs to discover for themselves and/or with the help of a medical professional. Since that can be difficult, it helps to have and holistic view of the condition and an efficient process to treat it. That is what this information aims to help you to do.
When you do identify and address the “cause”, whether with the “S” cure, the “C” cure, or both…seborrheic dermatitis will be a thing of the past! Just remember, seborrheic dermatitis is a reaction. It’s not just a case of, “sorry, this is how your particular skin works” as many believe. It doesn’t just happen, just like your throat would not close on it’s own if you didn’t eat the food allergen that triggers it. It’s a reaction, and there is a cause. So let’s get to it, shall we?
Identifying An Internal Cause
If you have followed The “S” Cure regimen, one of two things have probably happened:
- Your seborrheic dermatitis has miraculously disappeared. Hooray!
- Your symptoms have improved, but the seborrheic dermatitis still persists sometimes.
If your seborrheic dermatitis is still persisting, it is time to start looking inside the body. So to start looking at the “C” cure, I like to initially break down internal causes into four categories:
- General Health – Major Organs
- Immune System
As we dive into these categories, its important to understand that they can overlap. So sometimes to cure one particular seborrheic dermatitis trigger, you may need to dig deeper and treat another one as well.
To use a personal example, I once purchased a very large bag of raw almonds when grocery shopping. I liked eating nuts, but they weren’t a major staple in my diet. So since I had this monster bag of raw almonds, I routinely snacked on them every day for about 1-2 months. During that time, I started having major digestive issues. My stomach always felt very bloated and was in a lot of pain. My overall health also started to noticeably decline. Seborrheic dermatitis started to rear it’s ugly head, and I had a list of other ailments I was experiencing with the rest of my body. When the bag of almonds ran out, my stomach and overall health started improving. It took about month to get back to normal. It wasn’t until two years later that I went to an allergist for something unrelated, and discovered that I had a new (or at least never known) allergy to Almonds. I know, kind of stinks huh? Anyway, the light bulb went off in my head, and I realized that the almonds had caused the inflammation in my stomach two years prior. More importantly, that chronic inflammation in my stomach had compromising my body’s immune system, which caused me to start developing multiple ailments. So you see, the ailments I experienced may have been caused by my immune system, but it was my almond allergy that ultimately caused my immune system to be compromised in the first place. What can become a little confusing is that the reverse can also happen. If the immune system does not function properly for various reasons, it can cause inflammation or even new allergies to develop.
Ultimately your immune system plays an important role in your skin care and treating seborrheic dermatitis. So it is important to consider it when trying to identify a cause for seborrheic dermatitis. Moreover, to consider overlapping categories that can effect it.
General Health Check Up
So where should you start? When trying to solve a problem it’s again always a good practice to make sure there is a solid foundation. If you have any major underlying medical conditions, they could be impacting your immune system, maybe causing autoimmune disorders, or even more serious medical issues. So it’s always best to go see a doctor and get a general check-up to make sure there are no obvious major health concerns. I try to do this now at least once an year and my doctor will run basic tests on liver function, pancreas, blood pressure, etcetera. It’s a good routine to have in general, and important for your health. If everything is good with a general check up, you’ve started to eliminate potential top level causes, and are doing so in the most logical way.
The Immune System And Seborrheic Dermatitis
It is commonly theorized that there is a direct correlation between seborrheic dermatitis and the immune system. The reason for this is based largely on the high percentage of individuals with autoimmune diseases that also have seborrheic dermatitis. This conclusion has a lot of merit, and is actually quite fascinating. However, detailing how the immune system functions with the skin is a very elaborate topic. So I will try to summarize it for our purposes: A compromised immune system can contribute to, or cause, the following: skin inflammation, a compromised skin barrier, and skin that is susceptible to developing seborrheic dermatitis.
There are two key components to the immune system and seborrheic dermatitis to consider. The first, is the overall strength of the immune system. Sometimes the immune system is working properly, but it’s overall strength or ability to perform is weakened. When that is the case, it’s ability to fight off disease, bacteria, etcetera, will also be decreased. A weakened immune system can cause a person to get sick easily, develop other medical conditions, and even cause seborrheic dermatitis. Factors that can contribute to a weakened immune system include lack of sleep, stress, smoking, heavy alcohol consumption, poor diet, vitamin deficiency, etc. So maintaining a strong immune system with a healthy lifestyle can potentially eliminate, or considerably improve seborrheic dermatitis.
The second immune system factor, is how it is functioning. Meaning, not is it weak or strong, but is it working properly? Sometimes the immune system does not operating as it should. When this happens, the immune system starts firing off the wrong signals in the body, causing the body to attack cells it should not be attacking. This can result in various forms of inflammation, and can actually cause some pretty serious medical conditions depending on what “signals” the immune system is misfiring. This is called an autoimmune disorder, and there are many different types. Some autoimmune issues are severe and easy to diagnose right away due to obvious symptoms. However, many go under the radar, because the symptoms can mimic other common ailments not associated with autoimmune disorders.
Considering the connection that the immune system has on seborrheic dermatitis, it is worth having a doctor run some test to see if your immune system is functioning properly. In the meantime, do your best to eliminate factors in your lifestyle that weaken the immune system. You can do this through exercise, healthy diet, not smoking, strengthening your gut, and even various herbal supplements. There are many ways you can help boost your immune system, and they can all be very beneficial to seborrheic dermatitis.
How Your Gut Can Effect Seborrheic Dermatitis
The health of the stomach/gut is directly related to the immune system. Therefore, it can also be directly related to seborrheic dermatitis. With the amount of processed foods we eat today, digestive issues in our society are the highest they have ever been. So it’s not surprising that the same goes for skin ailments. It seems that more and more people are developing skin “disorders” every year, and many of the reasons for that can be related to the gut. First, is the amount of antibiotics people have consumed over the years. While antibiotics have saved an incredible amount of lives, they have also come with some drawbacks. One of those drawbacks is killing the good bacteria in your gut and disrupting the balance of stomach flora. Your gut normally has a balance of good and bad bacteria. If the bad bacteria start to overpopulate your gut and digestive system, digestive issues will inevitably follow. Moreover, there is very strong evidence that the over growth of bad bacteria can cause the body to develop a myriad of different diseases and ailments. One of those developments is allergies. That said, it should come as no surprise that allergies have been on the rise globally as well.
So if you happen to have digestive issues, there is a strong possibility that it is negatively effecting your immune system as a result. Moreover, there is a possibility that a compromised immune system could cause the development of new allergies or sensitivities.
If you have taken too many antibiotics or have a diet heavy in processed foods, you may want to look at taking probiotics. Probiotics are a good way to rebalance the flora in your gut, and can help with digestive issues. I myself was having some medical issues with my digestion/gut, and I now take probiotics every day. They have helped tremendously. If you are going to take probiotics, I would highly suggest doing your research before hand. The probiotics world has exploded over the last few years and there are so many brands and gimmicks out there. I remember reading a report by ConsumerLabs a year or two ago that showed a high percentage of probiotics on the market only contained 20-55% of the active bacteria they claimed. So just make sure you really check reviews and any quality tests you can find on them first. The brand I use is called Renew Life and I take the RenewLife 50 Billion count. I chose them because they have a good reputation, and they contained something like 98-99% of the claimed active bacteria when independently tested. You can pick them up at most natural foods stores in the US, and I buy mine at WholeFoods for $30. If they are not available locally to you, I’ve added links in the text and picture here, so you can check them out on Amazon if you’d like.
Seborrheic Dermatitis and Allergies
It’s no secret that allergies can cause seborrheic dermatitis. In reality, many seborrheic dermatitis cases tend to be a reaction to some kind of allergy or sensitivity. Some of the more common allergies and sensitivities that can cause seborrheic dermatitis include:
- Foods, and food ingredients (gluten, wheat, dairy, etc.)
- Sulfates (e.g. SLS) in shampoos
- Parabens, fragrances, and a laundry list of chemicals in skin products
- Chemicals like chlorine, or even fire retardants used in mattresses
- The environment (dust mites, pet dander, pollen, etc.)
While those are just some common allergies, the list of allergies that can trigger skin reactions is extensive. People can be allergic to almost anything, and their allergic reactions can be different for each individual allergy. Someone might break out in hives for a penicillin allergy, but their reaction to a cat allergy is puffy/watery eyes. In addition, some allergic reactions are not always immediate. Food intolerances can take 1-3 days to react in the body, making it very challenging to figure out which food or ingredient it was that caused the reaction.
So while it is great to pinpoint an allergy or sensitivity and avoid it, the identification process can also be very time consuming. Sometimes it is easier to try eliminate the root (gut, immune system, etc.) of the allergy instead, if possible.
Tying It All Together
If you have noticed, medical issues can often have a snowball effect. Each of the four main categories I discussed can create causes and effects for one another. So that possibility is always something to take into consideration when trying to eliminate seborrheic dermatitis. For example, let’s say a person’s stomach flora became out of balance due to a course of antibiotics. Over time the bad bacteria started to grow out of control and their immune system started to deteriorate. Eventually they developed an autoimmune system disorder. That autoimmune disorder then caused them to develop various new allergies (i.e. foods, products, environment, etc.). As you can see, one condition caused another. The root “cause” in that example was the flora being out of balance, but the allergy ultimately took all the spotlight for the seborrheic dermatitis reaction. So rebalancing one’s gut flora might be able to eliminate the immune system disorder, an ultimately eliminate the allergic reaction causing their seborrheic dermatitis. That is just one example. The same snowball effect can happen just as easily with something like a major underlying illness effecting other parts of the body and the immune system. So it is important to keep in mind how various functions in your body can effect one another.
That said, the most logical process to follow in identifying a “C” cure would be to:
- Check for any underlying major health issues (organs functioning properly, medical conditions, etc.)
- Check the immune system as a whole for any improper functioning
- Check your gut (digestive issues, medical conditions, etc)
- Check for allergies
Tying this all together may be a quick process for some, and a longer one for others. Using some common sense while keeping the broader picture in mind, will go a long way. If there is one thing that you take away from this website, it is that there’s not one specific solution that will cure seborrheic dermatitis for everyone. When people lose sight of that, they perpetuate misinformation that confuses themselves and others to the point that finding a cure seems hopeless. Hopefully I’ve been able to provide you with some tools and understanding to carry with you along your journey.
As always, please feel free to share your experiences, questions, and stories with others in the forum and comments sections.