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Son's Seborrheic Dermatitis Is Like Dandruff

Author: Marianne S.
Date: 09-28-2004
Views: 16,943
Word Count: 292
Questions Received: 8
Testimonial ID: 368-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 8

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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: seborrheic-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: skin — "Local application of frankincense essential oil may provide a non-surgical treatment alternative, with no or minimal side effect for carcinoma in situ, minimally invasive carcinoma and pre-cancerous conditions such as actinic keratosis."Link
3.Associated topics: skin — "[M]any curative properties attributed to various plants in indigenous medicine are also present in their essential oils.... These oils exert a number of general effects from the pharmacological viewpoint. When applied locally, the essential oils mix readily with skin oils, allowing these to attack the infective agents quickly and actively.... In vitro studies [were] conducted by the author on antimicrobial and anthelmintic [destructive to parasitic worms] properties of some essential oils...."Link
4.Associated topics: seborrheic-dermatitis — "[T]opical fatty acids and essential oils are a useful treatment option for canine atopic dermatitis."Link
5.Associated topics: seborrheic-dermatitis,itching-(Pruritus) — "[T]ea tree oil seems to be a more effective anti-eczematic agent than zinc oxide and clobetasone butyrate...."Link
6.Associated topics: skin — "[One] method employed for wound healing is the application of lavender oil. Due to its antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties, it is thought to prevent wound infections and to play a role in reducing pain by lowering inflammation.... Lavender oil is known to have antibacterial, antifungal, sedative, and/or antidepressant effects.... In addition to its antimicrobial effects, the anti-inflammatory analgesic properties of lavender oil have also been emphasized... The use of L. Angustifolia [lavender] is particularly recommended in chronically infected wounds due to its immune-stimulating and antimicrobial effects. There are also reports that lavender oil reduces scar tissue."Link
7.Associated topics: skin — "Tea tree oil (TTO) (Melaleuca alternifolia) has been used recently as an effective topical application for the treatment of skin infections due to a variety of aetiological microbial agents, including mainly bacterial infections. We detail... the successful treatment with TTO of a paediatric patient with warts on her right middle finger. TTO was applied topically once daily to the lesions for 12 days, with a successful outcome, including complete re-epithelization of the infected areas. The case highlights the potential use of TTO in the treatment of common warts due to human papilloma virus."Link
8.Associated topics: skin — "Tea tree oil... has become increasingly popular as an antimicrobial for the treatment of conditions such as tinea pedis [athlete’s foot] and acne....[T]ea tree oil can reduce histamine-induced skin inflammation."Link

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