Alternative medicine

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Many alternative therapies, including those listed below, have helped some people manage their seborrheic dermatitis. But evidence for their effectiveness isn't conclusive. It's always a good idea to check with your doctor before adding any alternative medicines to your self-care routine.

  • Tea tree oil. Tea tree oil, either alone or added to your shampoo, may help treat seborrheic dermatitis. Some studies suggest that tea tree oil may trigger an allergic reaction or affect certain hormones in your body.
  • Fish oil supplements. Some evidence shows that taking fish oil supplements, which contain omega-3 fatty acids, may help seborrheic dermatitis.
  • Aloe vera. In a study of people who used aloe cream twice a day for four to six weeks, 62 percent saw reduced scaling and itching.
May 30, 2014