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Son's Seborrheic Dermatitis Is Like Dandruff

Author: Marianne S.
Date: 09-28-2004
Views: 15,397
Word Count: 292
Questions Received: 7
Testimonial ID: 368-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 5

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My 16 year old son has suffered with seborrheic dermatitis for years. While it can look like a very bad case of dandruff, it spreads to the eyebrows and is accompanied by an incredible itch, and there are red patches in the scalp. His even bled from time to time, probably from scratching.

We had tried over the counter dandruff products, the coal tar products, and then prescription shampoos and even "buzz cutting" his hair to let the sun get to it. He was also given a drug that costs, if I remember correctly, about $5 a pill which, I must admit, the side effects were so long that he didn't take them the full course because they did nothing for him early into the cycle.

Being new to the essential oils, but convinced they worked because of the experience my son had with the M-Grain oil blend and his headaches, I decided to get the Lavender shampoo. As had been his experience with all shampoos, the first few days it seemed to work. My son told me not to get too excited because the results fade fast.

Well, to our delight, he continued to improve. The itch subsided, the red rings encircling the spots diminished and then went away. The "dandruff" itself is gone but for a couple of spots near the temple, but the need to scratch it is no longer there. Even his eyebrows are clear! In addition his hair is light, full volumed and looks better than ever.

We have since added the Lavender conditioner which is helping him further, and will do a liver cleanse to clean his system out. I can't say it eliminated it, but it surely has brought his symptoms down to almost zero and kept them there!

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: dermatitis,eczema-/-dermatitis — "Eyelid scrubs or massage with tea tree oil could be an effective treatment regimen in cases of blepharoconjunctivitis [and Demodex mite infestation]."Link
2.Associated topics: dermatitis,eczema-/-dermatitis — "[T]opical fatty acids and essential oils are a useful treatment option for canine atopic dermatitis."Link
3.Associated topics: itching-(Pruritus),dermatitis,eczema-/-dermatitis — "[T]ea tree oil seems to be a more effective anti-eczematic agent than zinc oxide and clobetasone butyrate...."Link
4.Associated topics: dermatitis,eczema-/-dermatitis — "Herbalists treat skin ailments, such as fungal infections (like candidiasis), wounds, eczema, and acne, with lavender oil. It is also used in a healing bath for joint and muscle pain. One study evaluating treatments for children with eczema found [that] it was therapeutic touch from the mother that improved symptoms; in other words, massage with and without essential oils (including lavender) both reduced the dry, scaly skin lesions. Another study found that lavender oil may improve pain control after surgery."Link
5.Associated topics: dermatitis — "It is suggested that the in vivo effect of tea tree oil ointment in the therapy of fungal infections of the skin and mucous membranes as well as in the treatment of dandruff, a mild form of seborrheic dermatitis, may be at least partly due to an antifungal activity of tea tree oil."Link

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