My Latest and Greatest Routine for Seborrheic Dermatitis

I have made some changes in my skin care routine for seborrheic dermatitis on my face. The more I learn, the better I get at treating my seborrheic dermatitis. The biggest thing I’ve learned in treating seb derm is that, though it LOOKS like dry skin, it is really oily. It needs a thorough yet GENTLE cleaning and LIGHT moisturizing. Here are some of my fave products, and I’ve included affiliate links below. You can trust that these products are what I truly use on my rash-plagued face!

In the morning, I wash my face with Simple Refreshing Facial Wash Gel. It is mild, yet cleans well. If you are very oily-prone or are struggling with a major seborrheic dermatitis breakout, then you might want to use a toner as well, at least in your trouble areas.

Best face wash for sensitive skinThen I apply two great products for seborrheic dermatitis. First, I use the Boots Anti-Redness Serum on my rashy/red areas. At about $15 – $20 (Amazon is usually cheaper than getting at Target), this is my most expensive product, which I think is pretty good. Plus I only apply a little bit in my trouble areas as needed. It works really well at reducing the redness that usually comes with seborrheic dermatitis.

Seborrheic dermatitis serum

Then I slather on  Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer SPF 15. It’s just a very basic, non-irritating day cream with the all-important sun protection. Perfect!Best moisturizer for seborrheic dermatitis

After a hard day of motherhood (i.e.: lots of dirt and sweat and stress), I wash the yuckies off my face with my beloved Clarisonic and another dose of the Simple Refreshing Facial Gel Wash.  I talk more about using the Clarisonic on seborrheic dermatitis in this post. Then I apply a thin layer of Eucerin Redness Relief, it only costs around $12 – $15 and lasts me two to three months. No need to buy crazy-expensive night creams, people! Moisturizer for seborrheic dermatitis

I really love both the Simple products and the Eucerine Redness Relief products. If you’ve tried any others, please comment below. I’d love to know – what products help with your facial seborrheic dermatitis?

12 thoughts on “My Latest and Greatest Routine for Seborrheic Dermatitis

  1. I believe I suffer from SD on the face, in fact I think I have for most of my life! I have been using Simple products for some time now, I think they perfect for our skin types. The more ingredients that are active in products, the more irritating they seem to be. I would like to try some of your other recommendations and see how that goes. Thanks for the info!


  2. Actually ur article might help me.. Um struggeling from SD for about 7 years.. Never found the treatment neither routine products.. The only product worked for me is a makeup cleanser for sensitive skin called Bioderma Sensibio H2O.. It removes the flakyness and keeps sebums away for several hours.. But now um looking for the other products to complete my daily routine and um gonna try the products u r using specially for moisturising.. I feel a dryness on my face n its so damn tight.. It hurts, ugly irritating thing.. Thanks alot


    1. I think you should include a light, oil free moisturizer. If your face drew tight from dryness it is too dry. Also, have you used a toner? A toner in just the oily zones of your face should help reduce oil production.


  3. Thanks for sharing your experience. I agree that washing with clarisonic gives huge difference. I found that moisturising with water base products helps alot. I use Hyalorunic Acid then I apply Aloe gel. They control oil proction and gives matte and smooth skin as well. I even mix some Aloe gel with my daily foundation and the results are great.


  4. I find that the moisturiser I use work well initially, but after 2-3 hours the itch has returned and there are flakes appearing on my skin.
    How often do you re-apply moisturiser?


    1. Only once! You need an serum with salicylic acid or niacibamide under the moisturizer. You don’t really have dry skin. The flakes are scales from the SD.


    1. Right now I actually don’t! For my face anyway In the past I’ve had prescriptions, but right now I’m treating it with salycilic acid and niaciniamide based ingredients along with several chemical exfoliators.


  5. I use Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser and Vanicream Lite Lotion and they both work really well to keep my SD at bay when I am faithful to my routine. I do occasionally need something extra when it flares up though so excited to try the serum you recommended as well as good ol’ coconut oil in those trouble areas.


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