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    So I finally went to the dermatologist about my hair loss and it turns out that I have pretty severe Seborrheic Dermatitis. I'm currently on a steroid foam 2x a day and an antifungal shampoo 3 times a week...

    Has anybody else been diagnosed/is anybody struggling with this?
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    Yup, lost almost 1/3 of my hair at some point. Daily, or close thereabouts, washing, using Monistat and washing my combs and hair toys helps a lot.
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    So sorry. Yes, I've struggled with this for quite some time, though more on my face and "body folds" (am NOT going to elaborate....) than scalp. Though there's been a patch along the hairline that has been an on-again/off-again problem.

    What I found worked best on my hair was the NW/SO regime, as seborrheia is caused by the over-production of oil. Massaging the scalp and moving the sebum down the hair shaft made quite an improvement in my hair and scalp, as well as skin. Why the skin? I don't know - but it did!

    This always seems to be worse for me in the winter months, too, so will be looking at it coming up soon.... I use an ointment, but it's not a steroid-based treatment. I do not like steroids!
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    Do you think there is any chance my hair will ever come back? I hate balding so young
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    Hm. Did your dermatologist actually say that your hair thinning was caused by the SD? Mine didn't think there's a link at all.

    I have quite severe SD on the top of my scalp - the worst patches are just behind my hairline at the front - and keep it more or less under control with steroid lotion. I also have it and/or eczema on my face, but that pretty much went away when I stopped using facial cleansers... I think the WO route would benefit my scalp, as it has for Peggy E, but I'm not brave enough to go without shampoo yet.
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    Hi there,

    My hair has thinned along the front hairline, but I'm not sure if that's due to SD or just hormonal changes with age. One thing I KNOW can contribute to hair thinning is that when my scalp SD flares up, I tend to scratch at the flakes (Sorry, TMI) and that definitely causes damage to my hair and scalp. So, if you do nothing else, try and stop yourself scratching!

    I also really benefitted from going WO for around 8 weeks, and now I just wash my hair once a week, either with diluted shampoo or CO, and I wash my bangs every 2nd day (I use dilute shampoo and try to keep it off my scalp). Coconut oil on my scalp also helped. But I don't think this is the answer for everyone with SD! I think the problem with SD is that it probably is caused by different things for different people. So the things that will help no matter what the cause are:

    1)Making your diet as good as possible, with lots of green vegetables, seafood (if you eat that) or other omega 3 source, natural yogurt or other source of probiotics. I find eating too much sweet stuff makes my skin and scalp oily. For me, this means having sweet things no more then 3 times a week! I also do better if I avoid too much caffeine. It takes around 6 weeks to see the benefits of diet on the skin, so give it some time.
    2) Making sure you don't overheat at night http://www.abc.net.au/rn/talks/8.30/...ries/s2015.htm
    3) Managing stress; I find exercise like tai chi/yoga/pilates and swimming really help with this, but too much sweat and overheating make my skin get really unhappy (and I think that's part of having the kind of skin that develops SD)
    4) Avoid soaps and harsh detergents

    I think, as much as possible, it's a good idea to try and develop a regime where you can manage SD without steroid creams/frequent use of anti-fungals. That way, if you have a flare-up, you have those medications to fall back on.
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    Hi, I was concerned that I was losing my hair because my part became longer. My dermatologist thought it might be a mild case of SD and gave be a shampoo called Zoma. The active ingredient is zinc pyrithione. I have also been getting shots of a steroid called kenalog monthly directly into my scalp. I have not seen any improvement yet, but at the same time it is not getting any worse. I have another dermatologist who suggested that I alternate dandruff shampoos (i.e., switch to Denorex to Nizoral to Selsum Blue). He also said that I do not have SD. So, it might be a good idea to make an appointment with a different doctor. Also, know that you are still beautiful with or without your hair. I know how difficult that is to believe when we are on a long hair site, but it's true. There are many options available to women with thinning hair. Just be patient and hang in there.
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    My derm said that the hair loss COULD be due to SD, but she wasn't sure, so I went to LabCorps today and had 7 (!!!) vials of blood drawn for various tests. Hopefully I can finally get some answers.

    The shampoo and foam have definitely helped my scalp quite a bit. I don't see a change in shedding though.
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    Dermotologist said I have SD (but I think it is really just dandruff.) I use OTC Zinc Pyrithione head and shoulders every day and it is the only formula (and brand for that matter) that works for my scalp. I agree, it is worse in the winter. My scalp LOVES the summer. Good luck with yours.
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    Default Re: Seborrheic Dermatitis Support

    Quote Originally Posted by SlightlySoprano View Post
    My derm said that the hair loss COULD be due to SD, but she wasn't sure, so I went to LabCorps today and had 7 (!!!) vials of blood drawn for various tests. Hopefully I can finally get some answers.

    The shampoo and foam have definitely helped my scalp quite a bit. I don't see a change in shedding though.
    I hope you do get some answers. Good luck!

    There's another recent SD thread here if you want to check it out.
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