Tea tree oil possesses a lot of uses thanks to its antibacterial and antifungal properties. It can help ease inflammation associated with acne and dandruff. The application of tea tree oil for seborrheic dermatitis also makes sense.
According to Wikipedia seborrheic dermatitis affects the scalp as well as the face and body. Its symptoms include flaky, red and itchy skin. It may be caused by a form of the yeast Malassezia, also called Pityrosporum.
Treatment of seborrheic dermatitis is directed to eradicating the yeast infection (read more about tea tree oil for yeast infection) and inflammation control. Proper scalp hygiene is necessary to get rid of this infection. Dermatologists recommend shampoos with antifungal and anti-inflammatory ingredients. When you use one of the natural remedy tea tree oil it helps combat fungi and reduce inflammation. The American Academy of Family Physicians admits that a shampoo with a 5 percent concentration of tea tree oil is a well-tolerated and effective therapy for seborrheic dermatitis if used daily.
The “Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology” published an issue about tea tree oil’s effect on the Pityrosporum yeast in December, 2002. The group applying a 5% tea tree oil shampoo had a 41 percent improvement in the severity of symptoms compared with 11 percent in the placebo group after a month of usage.
Usage of tea tree oil for seborrheic dermatitis
You may buy a ready-made tea tree oil shampoo in heath care stores or online on amazon.com, for example. You may also add 100% pure tea tree oil to your shampoo. Pour a needed amount of shampoo into the palm and add a few drops of the oil. Massage it into your scalp. Before rinsing leave the shampoo for 5 minutes for better results. If you suffer from seborrheic dermatitis on the face you may make a tea tree oil toner or add tea tree oil to face creams or lotions.