How to use baking soda to cure seborrheic dermatitis
We all know how uncomfortable it is to have white patches all over our hair, eyebrows, chest and other parts of the body.
You might have tried other skin products to deal with this chronic skin condition with little or no positive result,but have you heard about the power of baking soda over seborrheic dermatitis?
Well if you have not tried it before or you are scared what the outcome might be, after reading this article you will not only make use of it but also recommend it to your friends.
For centuries baking soda has been used to treat skin related infection with outstanding results.
In this article we will take a look at how we can effectively use baking soda to treat seborrheic dermatitis.
Understanding serbohheic dermatitis
Seborrheic dermatitis is a kind of chronic skin infection that affects mostly the scalp. Once the scalp is affected there is this scaly patches that is bound to appear on the scalp, not only that the skin will become reddish in color.
Seborrheic dermatitis is a mild form of eczema that is also known as dandruff, when it affects babies we call it cradle cap.
Most babies can actually outgrow dermatitis while others still suffers from this skin infection to their adulthood.
Seborrheic dermatitis thrive well on an oily environment hence there is still possibility that it can affect other parts of the body such as the chest, eyebrows, ear, face etc.
Seborrheic dermatitis is not easy to deal with as it can easily resurface again after a long period of time.
What are the symptoms of serbohheic dermatitis?
Once an individual is infected with Seborrheic dermatitis he or she will show the following symptoms :
Skin flakes: when you are hit with eczema you will slowly lose the outer layer of the epidermis in large quantity
Itching : itching remains the hallmark of dermatitis, once you continue to itchy there is a release of inflammatory mediator which will make your situation even worse.
Red skin: one of the causes of redness most patents experience when they are hit with eczema is as a result of elevation in blood nitric oxide levels . here the blood vessels widen up leading to the flow of more blood to the skin.
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What are the causes of seborrheic dermatitis?
No one knows for sure what causes seborrheic dermatitis but we believe so many factors are at play here such as :
Yeast infection: a fungi known as Malassezia which thrives in an oily area of the skin.
Weak immune: if you have a weak immune system then there is a possibility that you won’t be able to ward off infection and disease like every normal human.
How to cure seborrheic dermatitis using baking soda
Baking soda which is a leavening agent is often referred to as Sodium bicarbonate.
For centuries baking soda has been used to fight diseases and infections
Baking soda has the power to remove micro organisms present on the skin this is possible because of the alkalinity of baking soda.
We all know that fungus thrives very well in an environment that is warm and moist often, once you apply baking soda the alkalinity of baking soda does not only prevent micro organism on the skin to multiply buy also kill them.
How to use baking soda
Before you can unleash the power of baking soda you must first mix it with water.
Mix half tea spoon with half cup of water and wait for like 5 to 10 minutes for it to dissolve properly.
Then apply it to the affected area using cotton wool or anything that is convenient for you.
Wait for some time maybe let’s say 10 to 15 minutes will be okay, before you can wash it off with soft water.
To get your desired result you should sustain this procedure for a period of 2 weeks.
Note that If you continue to use baking soda for a long period of time you stand a chance of killing the good bacteria on your body
Baking soda with shampoo
Alternatively you can dilute your baking soda with shampoo and still get supper results.
Only mix small amount of baking to your shampoo then apply gentle on your hair.
After you must have applied it, wait for some minutes before washing it off.
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Is baking soda safe for babies?
Baking soda has been used to treat diaper rash in baby with 100% success rate.
This goes a long way to show that baking soda is safe for babies, you can also apply the same procedure outline above to treat cradle cap in babies.
But ensure you wash off after few minutes and do not prolonged it usage.
What’s the downside of baking soda?
- Baking soda have a few adverse reaction if not use properly or used in a prolonged period.
- Apart from making your skin look dull and dry, baking soda can irritate your sensitive skin
- Baking soda has the potency to alter your PH level.
- Baking soda also have the ability to kill off natural good bacteria on the skin surface, this good bacterias are needed to fight some diseases and skin infection.
- Patients who has a lower PH level can have an adverse reaction.
- Baking soda is well known to cause rashes under the armpit.
Warning: if you noticed that your skin react negatively to baking soda, it is advisable you discontinue it usage.
Does baking soda works for everyone?
Like we just said before, baking soda can be counterproductive for certain people most importantly those whose PH level of their hair is too low.
People with bleached heir will always experience low PH level as against those whose hair are not bleached.
Is this article helpful? If yes then let us know your thought and feel free to share other remedies you have tried, those that work and those that have adverse reactions.
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Regina chinyere . Am your regular Dermatologist with 8 years of experience, you can contact me on any of my social media accounts
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