How I Treat my Sebhorheic Dermatitis: Scalp Edition

Here is what works best for treating the sebhorreic dermatitis on my scalp, but only if I’m totally committed. (Some of the product links below are affiliate links to help fund the blog.)

How I treat my dandruff

You must have three or more different types of dandruff shampoo on hand, plus one regular shampoo.

1. Wash hair with regular shampoo first to clean scalp (sometimes I skip this to save time)

2. Wash hair with one dandruff shampoo. Let it sit there for a few minutes. Rinse well.

3. Wash hair with a second dandruff shampoo, let it sit, rinse very, very well.

Note: Cycle the dandruff shampoos constantly and introduce new ones often. Make sure they feature different ingredients. For example, on Monday I might use Nizoral and Selson Blue. On Tuesday I might use TGel and Head & Shoulders. On Wednesday, I might use Selson Blue and a tea tree oil shampoo.

4. Then I condition my hair, but keep it away from my scalp. Once again, rinse well!

5. I blow dry my hair or let it air dry down. If I put my hair in a ponytail wet, it turns into this green house or something and my dandruff goes bananas!

I sometimes dab on some coconut oil to the worst spots on my scalp and I want to try doing a full-on, crazy-lady coconut oil treatment weekly for awhile, to see if that helps. I only wish I had a Clarisonic I could use on my scalp? How weird would it be to use an electric toothbrush on my scalp? Yeah, you’re right. Pretty weird.

So that’s how I deal with my scalp dandruff (seborrheic dermatitis) . . . but it is not going nearly as well as the solutions I have found for my face.

Leave your best tips in the comments on how you deal with your scalp flakes!

6 thoughts on “How I Treat my Sebhorheic Dermatitis: Scalp Edition

  1. I don’t know if I have this but I think I might. There is a red, inflamed patch of skin near the base of the back of my neck on my scalp. Its awkward to tell my parents and we are really low on money right now. What do I do?


  2. I find it incredibly difficult to treat my scalp sebboriac dermatitis dimple because my hair is in the way! I’ve tried the mentioned dandruff shampoos but they really dry my hair out and don’t seem to do anything for my scalp. It seems like I would need to be bald to treat my scalp. Prescriptions the dermatologist has given me don’t work either and are difficult to apply. I stopped coloring my hair which didn’t make a difference either. The “bump” on my scalp are getting more and more and feel gross when I touch them. HELP!


    1. Yes yes I know and understand! I want to invent products that address this! In the meantime, I recommend using a squeeze bottle to apply dandruff shampoo so it gets right to the scalp. Also, a scalp scrubbing tool! You can also try applying conditioner or hair oil BEFORE the dandruff shampoo. This will protect the hair from the sting affect of the shampoo.


      1. I don’t get a sting effect from the shampoos. What sequence of application do you recommend? Also, what is a scalp scrubbing tool?


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