"Pico Skin Relief" Candida/Yeast or Cradle Cap Seborrhoea / Seborrheic Dermatitis In Adults and Babies
You may not have heard of Candida/Yeast or Cradle cap seborrhoea / seborrheic dermatitis in adults and babies, if at all!
If you're a parent, this unpleasant skin condition may have already reared its head, causing your baby's scalp to go from oh-so-perfect to greasy and flaky.
But despite its name, Candida/Yeast or Cradle cap is not limited to babies - it is possible to get Candida/Yeast or Cradle cap in adults, only it's commonly referred to as dandruff or seborrhoea / seborrheic dermatitis. This umbrella term loosely covers a range of skin conditions including psoriasis, Candida/Yeast or Cradle cap, dandruff and some kinds of eczema.
Seborrhoea describes when our skin produces excessive sebum, so dead surface skin is not shed as normal but sticks together and accumulates on the skin's surface, forming thick scaly patches, often becoming red and sometimes itchy. Similar in appearance to psoriasis, it is likewise not contagious and relatively easy to deal with once you know the cause.
Although most commonly found on the scalp, seborrhoea can appear in other areas of the body rich in sebaceous glands, such as the chest and back.
Certain people are genetically susceptible to it, but seborrhoea can disappear and reappear at different stages in life..but you donít have to leave it to chance!
Although not painful or serious, it's not very pretty, but you can manage seborrhoea and keep it under control...
What causes seborrhoea and how you can treat it:
According to doctors, the exact cause of seborrhoea isn't actually known. In fact, there is a range of possible culprits:
A fungal infection could be the root of scalp seborrhoea, particularly if you suffer from seborrhoea on your scalp (where the condition is usually referred to as dandruff).
One of the simplest solutions to tackle scalp seborrhoea directly is with an anti-fungal, tea tree shampoo. Tea tree has demonstrated its anti-fungal properties in a range of studies, including one revealing it inhibited 'Malassezia furfur' - the fungi directly associated with seborrheic dermatitis/dandruff.
Another study demonstrated coconut oil's antimicrobial properties (an important ingredient used in our organic shampoo range). For additional relief, why not try an overnight scalp mask containing coconut oil, like Ultra Rich Balm or (providing your hair is not white or platinum blonde) Calendula Balm, with the added benefit of antifungal calendula petals?
Tackling a fungal problem topically should do the trick, but if the issue persists, itís important to get expert advice.
Hormonal imbalance can contribute to a lot of different issues, particularly when it comes to the sebaceous glands.
It's understood that the sebaceous glands can go into overdrive when there is a surge in hormones, like during puberty when people commonly get spots.
A similar story rings true for seborrhoea, where it can make an appearance when hormones are out of kilter.
Tackling hormones can be a little more complicated, with a wide range of issues potentially influencing them. The best way to know if you've got a hormone imbalance in the first place is to get a blood test by your doctor.
However, there are steps you can take to help encourage balance in your body whatever the test results read!
One of the simplest things you can do is to minimize your contact with synthetic, hormone-disrupting chemicals.
Many chemicals found in things like household cleaning products and skincare have been pinpointed as endocrine disruptors (meaning, they disrupt hormones).
Instead, you can dramatically decrease your exposure levels by buying certified organic products. This will cut out the majority of toxins found in everyday products such synthetic colors, fragrances and pesticides and fungicides left over from farming.
Once youíve made the switch, itís important to give your body time to readjust and watch what happens!