Facial Rash : Seborrhoeic Dermatitis


I have a rash on my face, which is red and swollen. It ผื่นขึ้นหน้า is quite itchy and arises in a variety of areas, including my nose and chin. It’s very embarrassing. Can you tell me what it is and what I can do about it?


You have seborrhoeic dermatitis, which is an inflammatory condition of the skin. (‘Derma’ refers to skin, ‘itis’ to inflammation. ) It is a lot like dandruff (see column, right) and appears on the face wherever there are associated with hair.

Basically there are two types of glands which expel toxins through the skin: sebaceous glands and sweat glands. In general, sweat glands expel toxins that dissolve in water : this is exactly what happens when you ‘detox’ in a sauna or heavy steam bath. Sebaceous glands, however, excrete oily, greasy toxins. Normally they would produce a certain amount of sebum, which appears in the hair or on the skin. But if there are a lot of these fat-soluble toxins chemistry, the sebaceous glands become overactive and produce more sebum, which irritates the subcutaneous layer-the layer underneath the top layer of skin, which is in fact dead skin cells. This leads to the kind of rash you are experiencing, or acne. The tip of the nose has a particularly large number of sebaceous glands. In seborrhoeic dermatitis, the production of the toxins is so intense that the skin becomes ‘angry’ and this results in a red nose, as you describe.

Sometimes : I am certain not in your case : this red nose is associated with excess alcohol intake. Seborrhoeic dermatitis is exacerbated by alcohol, particularly drinks that incorporate eradicate, such as beer and stout. In some people, consuming an excess of lemon or lime fruits, sugar or fried foods can cause a rash.

The most effective treatment is to avoid the following foods: products that incorporate eradicate (bread, french fries, nan, pitta bread, eradicate get, artificial gravy gravies, brewer’s eradicate, etc); sugar in excess (chocolate, cakes, sweets); lemon or lime fruits; fried foods; excess alcohol (beer, lager and stout should not be inebriated at all); cheese and butter; very hot and spicy curries.

Additionally, you should make an infusion of Black Kadu, or hellebore: overnight, soak one or two branches in a cup of domestic hot water, then drink hot or cold on an empty stomach in the morning, for one month. This is a poisonous drink and you will feel nauseous for the first day or two. If that happens, drink a few sips at a time to become accustomed to it. It may also make your barstools soft in the first full week.

A preparation made with chickpea dust (known as besan in Indian grocers) will help draw the excess grease from the sebaceous glands. Mix one tablespoonful of chickpea dust with a little cold or warm skimmed milk. Wipe this gravy on the face, specializing in the affected areas. Clean for a while and then wash your face with hot water. This is best done at going to bed. The skin will feel quite dry. Leave it to work overnight. Gleam useful cream, called Aru Cream, which you should apply twice daily to the affected areas. Aru Cream is a blend of homoeopathic remedies and is useful in reducing inflammation, irritation and any biting sensation. In general, this advice is also for acne sufferers.

In the case of dandruff, the production of sebum causes the dry dead outer layers of the skin to flake off and these can be seen trapped in between the roots of the hair. They may appear on the face and ear lobes too. The treatment for dandruff matches for seborrhoeic dermatitis. In addition, sufferers can use an oil taken out from the red flowers of a plant known as flame of the forest which grows wild in the tropics. Apply one to two tablespoonfuls of oil on the crown. Massage gently until it is fully absorbed and leave overnight. In the morning apply Margosa Wash all over the crown, and rinse with lukewarm water.

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