I was amazed to learn how common the scalp issue of dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis is which also happen to be the same disease on opposite spectrums.

The organism responsible for seborrheic dermatitis, the more extreme of the two diseases is malassezia.

In this video I share the topical treatments and a simple regimen a man or woman with very dry hair can follow in order to combat seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff.

Topical Treatment of Seborrheic Dermatitis and Dandruff

The easiest way to begin treating the issue is to purchase shampoos with the active ingredients of ketoconazole, pyrithione zinc and selenium sulfide.

For more extreme seborrheic dermatitis issues, one might consider using a tar shampoo or one with salicylic acid. It should be noted that these shampoos in general can be very harsh on hair.

Some shampoos to consider that have the active ingredients above:


Selsun Blue

Head & Shoulders

In the video I recommend staying away from most vegetable oils that have a heavy unsaturated fatty acids make-up (like omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid AKA oleic and linoleic acid) because they contribute to the symptoms found in the disease.

A list of the oils that might be best for you to stay away from are:

Olive oil

Grapeseed oil

Wheatgerm Oil

Soybean Oil

Almond Oil

Sunflower Oil

Sesame Oil

Some oils that may actually help contribute to healing (or at least not contribute so directly to the issue) are:

Coconut oil

Neem Oil

Jojoba Oil

Mineral Oil

There are a bunch of Seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff fighting essential oils. Some are tea tree oil, rosemary oil, citronella, lavender, patchouli and so many others.

Here is a treatment that you might appreciate because its smell is not offensive.

What you’ll need:

Glass bottle

Glass dropper

Measuring spoon


4 tbs pharmaceutical grade mineral oil

32 drops lavender oil

28 drops orange oil

16 drops patchouli oil


Stir all ingredients together until it’s a homogenous mixture. Apply to scalp everyday or whenever you need some smell good seborrheic dermatitis or dandruff relief.

Internal treatment of seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff

Of course you can’t think about treating yeast without doing so holistically. Consider these tips:

Minimizing your sugar intake

Eating more probiotic laden foods

Boosting your immune system with supplements like vitamin c

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. These are simply suggestions and ideas for treating seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff.  Use this advice at your own risk. Please see a professional when it comes to diagnosing a disease and finding treatments for your specific case. 


Effective medications for seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff here.

How malasezzia promotes seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff here.

How unsaturated fats, especially oleic acid produces the symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff here.

Some essential oils that are anti-fungals here, here and here.