If you look around online you will find lots of testimonials on how people are able to control their seborrheic dermatitis symptoms with the use of sea salt washes, baths, and lotions.

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Could something as simple as sea salt be the cure for seborrheic dermatitis?

This article reviews the most popular ways sea salt is utilized for the treatment of seborrheic dermatitis and covers various usage tips that may be relevant if you go down this path.

If you’ve arrived here based on the idea that sea salt (specifically dead sea salt) may be a seborrheic dermatitis treatment that reduces the malassazia yeast population on your skin, you may be have a completely different understanding by the time you finished reading this.

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1 How People Use Sea Salt to Treat Seborrheic Dermatitis2 Additional Tips for Treating Seborrheic Dermatitis with Sea Salt

How People Use Sea Salt to Treat Seborrheic Dermatitis

Below are the three most popular methods in which people have successfully used sea salt to manage/cure their seborrheic dermatitis.

The reason I said both manage and cure seborrheic dermatitis, is that there are people who report complete remission of their seborrheic dermatitis using sea salt.

1. Sea Salt Water Soaks for Seborrheic Dermatitis

Some people have found that mixing a fairly strong solution of about 1 teaspoon of sea salt per half a liter of water, then soaking the affected skin for about 5-10 minutes extremely effective.


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2. Sea Salt Water Shower Rinses for Seborrheic Dermatitis

Another popular way to utilize sea salt is in the shower. Instead of taking the time to soak your skin in a salt solution, simply prepare a bit for the shower. Once in the shower take a handful of your pre-prepared mix and apply to the skin. Leave it on while you continue with your regular shower and simply rinse off with cold water at the end.

Typically most people recommend about the same proportion of sea salt to water as the soak above. Specifically 1 teaspoon per 1/2 liter of water.

3. Sea Salt Nasal Irrigation Sprays


And if you do end-up experimenting, would love to hear how it goes.

Research Data You Should Consider – Impact of Sea Salt on Malassezia

During my time with this website, sea salt treatments have continued to come on my radar in one form or another. Whether it’s balneophototherapy (combination of salt water solution and UVA/UVB radiation) as a natural psoriasis treatment 5> or magnesium rich salt water soaks to improve atopic dermatitis 1>, it seems that salt holds tremendous potential for those of us affected by inflammatory skin issues.

When it comes to seborrheic dermatitis treatment, there were certain findings that contradicted many things I originally understood about the effect of salt water on our skin condition. Perhaps these findings will be as eye-opening for you as they were for me:

A more recent paper from 2018 evaluating the impact of “dead sea climotherapy” (a treatment approach that requires travel to the dead sea to expose the skin to the combined effect of extended sun exposure and bathing in the salt-rich dead sea) actually showed that therapy induces a malassezia outgrowth – where these yeasts being to dominate the fungal flora of the skin post therapy The concentration of sodium is increased during bacterial skin infection; sodium influences immune system activation; and a high salt diet appears to aid against infection <>

Taken together, the data suggest that the positive impact of salt on seborrheic dermatitis is likely to be the result of its effect on the skin’s immune response (reducing inflammation and regulating the way the immune system responds to malassezia yeasts) – rather than fighting the malassezia yeast head-in.

My Own Experience Using Sea Salt

For me, topical treatment with sea salt produced various outcomes. In some cases, it led to drastic improvement, while at other times, successive treatment could lead to worsening and aggravation of the condition.

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My biggest success with salt came from loosening my dietary sodium restriction (based on the recent trends in health and nutrition). As I began to introduce sodium back into my diet, it seemed to have a significant impact on dampening my level of skin inflammation in areas affected by seborrheic dermatitis

My skin started to return to its previous condition and other health problems were also positively affected. It must, however, be noted that initially my sodium intake was practically nil and this led me to experiment. If your sodium intake is already high (from sources such as processed foods) it is highly recommended to first reduce these contributory sources before adding sea salt to your diet.

However, please take this with a grain of salt.