Seborrheic Dematitis - Causing stubborn greasy stringy hair?! Help!

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Hi there! I've just been diagnosed with seborrheic dermatitis and I'd really appreciate some help, because I'm very confused and not so sure about the diagnosis!! I'd love to hear from people that have SD and have had similar experiences.

For a few months I've been having problems with my hair. It got very tangly/matted on top, and the underneath layer was disgustingly greasy and stringy, which would NOT wash out even with clarifying shampoos. My hair was also shedding massively and I had an itchy red rash on my face (treated with cortisone cream). I went to a trichologist who looked at my hair under a camera. He said that although my scalp isn't noticably flaky, it is inflamed and gooey under the camera so it's seborrheic dermatitis, and gave me a medicated shampoo. I also had low iron levels so I'm taking supplements.

After using the shampoo the tangles are better but the greasy stringyness is still there. This doesn't make sense to me - I know SD would give a greasy/flaky scalp but why would half way down my hair be stringy and not wash out?!? It looks disgusting and it's really upsetting me. Has anybody had a similar symptoms and how do you get rid of it?? 

Thankyou <3

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    Physician, heal thyself! Just like my daughter is doing for her eczema, google your condition and research, research, research! Cortisone cream seems to "work" at first but thins the skin, making it prone to breaking and bleeding! And medicated shampoos strip the scalp of natural oils, which are essential for natural hair/scalp heath. So, GO NATURAL eg organic virgin coconut oil to replace the cortisone cream and extra mild soap or shampoo to replace the medicated stuff. Try not to get upset. In fact, could your emotions/stress have caused this in the first place? Look to the root of the problem (excuse pun!) and I wish you WELL. X
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      Thanks for your reply. I really have been researching about the condition for hours this week. But it's been useless, I can't find anything that sounds like mine. What I really want to know is if anyone else with SD has had these wierd strands of hair that looks greasy and won't get clean no matter how much you wash it. After washing with clarifying shampoos, gentle shampoos, the special mild medicated one I was given, it STILL won't come out and looks disgusting and I don't undestand it. Surely the shampoo is treating theSD, but that doesn't make sense to leave this stuff in my hair.

      I'm trying to treat it as gently as possible, with the mild medicated shampoo but it still won't get rid of the greasyness. I don't use cortisone cream on my face because of the risk of thinning skin, just a soothing emolient cream. It could have been low iron or stress that caused the SD, which I'm trying to combat too! 

      My main concern at the moment is the greasy unwashed-looked strands and finding out what on earth they are about. Is it SD? Can I get them back to normal somehow? Someone please help!

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    hi there - well, I am AMAZED that you have found nothing on google that matches your condition - have you tried looking at images of this condition on google? The shampoo may be building up somehow - have you tried gently combing/brushing your hair to help separate the strands before shampooing it? In fact, it might be a good idea just to gently comb/brush your hair (depending on thickness) from scalp to hair tip every day for the natural oils to work on it and not shampoo it for, say, a week or even two. Greasy hair does not mean dirty hair, ok? What about a hair cut (to get rid of those "disgusting strands") - I've cut mine short after having it waist length most of my life (I'm 53) and I feel much better (no more knots!) Don't give up the research. Have you googled: "natural cures for greasy/strangly hair"? I reckon this is your body saying: "love me" so love yourself! Rest easy! X

     

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    Hi! I literally have the exact problem and have been battling it for years sad I'm only 19 and my hair is thinning really badly! Greasy hair is not fun and really frustrating sad but the key to fight your seb derm is research. Only yesterday after months and months of research i have finally found a breakthrough. 

    If you think about it, the main reason we have sem derm in the first place is due to the oil which breeds bacteria and yeast and causes flakiness and all sorts of other gross problems. So instead of trying to treat yourself with oil reducing products, shampoos, etc. that will only reduce it temporarily and not eliminate the root cause of the issue, we should be trying to determine what is the reason our body is producing so much oil so the condition will be eliminated.

    The reason we have seborrheic dermatitis is due to overactive sebacious/ oil glands in the body (hence greasy scalp etc.). If you want to stop it for good you have to stop what is causing these overactive glands. 

    A really realy common reason ive found for overly oily glands is when us women have too much testosterone/ androgens/ male hormones in our bodies. This  causes things like balding of the scalp, oily dandruff & greasy hair, excess/unwanted body hair in other areas which is something I suffer with, & oily skin and acne, etc. So if you have one or more of these things it is honestly worth a check from your doctor to see if you have too much androgen in your body.

    In my case a lot of the symptoms described are what I have including a greasy flaky scalp & unwanted excess body hair, so it instantly clicked that this might just be it. So im probably going to the doctor this week and getting it checked out. Ive heard that people usually have their issues such as seb derm cleared after they are put on anti-androgen treatment. I'm finally happy Ive found the cause and now I can be able to treat it properly! Ive battled with this for a while and its so hard and you feel crappy a lot of the time. Before it gets worse research/ or go to your doctor to see if you have too much androgens,etc. Goodluck smile

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      Hiya, sorry it's taken a while for me to reply. I find your post really helpful, thanks for posting!

      It's interesting you say you have the same problem, I haven't been able to find anyone online or any doctors or specialists who have seen anything like my greasy hair problem an d it's driving me crazy because it's getting worse and worse sad. The entire underneath layer of my hair (by my nape) looks like it's sopping wet and covered in grease just an hour or two after a shower nowadays, no matter what I wash it with. Is this similar to you?

      What's strange it that my scalp still looks and feel okay, though I have been told it's seb dermatitis. I did wonder about the too much adrogens problem too cause I heard that causes sebum problems, so I'm gonna try and get hormones tested (though I am on the pill so I thought that was controlled... maybe not).

      How did it go with your doctor? any luck on finding a cause or solution so far? I'm praying I find one soon because I can't stand this greaair much longer sad

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    Please try to use extra virgin oilive oil on your hair after washing them. This should reduce the hair loss and retain moisture in your hair. Shampoo only once a fornight but feel free to wash them under water as and when you like.

    Hope it helps.

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    Treating the symptoms is good, but what about the underlying cause. Are you having a greasy diet? By greasy I mean having excess oil. Oil comes in:

    pre-cooked meals, nuts and seeds (less digestible and more difficult to process if not lightly toasted), dairy (milk, yoghurt, cheese, butter), meat, and of course cooking oil, vegetable spreads, etc.

     

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    I get this when I am very stressed. My hair starts to get almost waxy and won't wash out. I use baking soda and vinegar to get rid of it. Vinegar is the most important part. I recommend trying it out to see if it works for your hair.

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