Seborrhoeic Dermatitis Dietary and Lifestyle Recommendations

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With any type of skin problem, diet and nutritional factors can play a big role. A number of nutrient deficiencies or dietary related imbalances within the body have been identified, which may influence seborrhoeic dermatitis.

Replenish nutrient deficiencies

Nutritional deficiencies that can influence seborrhoeic dermatitis include:

  • zinc deficiency. Zinc deficiency is extremely common – in fact it is the most common nutrient deficiency in Australia and is influenced by levels of copper, stress and hereditary factors. Find out more by reading about Zinc and the Skin.
  • biotin deficiency. Biotin is a type of vitamin B sometimes known as vitamin H.

Eat foods rich in Biotin and Zinc.

View FOODS HIGH IN ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS for a list of biotin and zinc rich foods.

Tip number 1. Quit junk food


Eat phytonutrient rich foods.

Phytonutrients come from a variety of different plants and are natural chemicals. There are more than 25,000 phytonutrients  which can be sourced when you eat;

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Nuts
  • Beans
  • Whole grainsParsley is a diuretic and cleansing herb

Research into the benefits of phytonutrients to health is still in its infancy. We know that they contain powerful chemical healing agents such as;

  • flavanoids
  • resveratrol
  • carotenoids
  • ellagic acid
  • phytoestrogens
  • glucosinolates

Many of these substantially boost our antioxidant levels.

Boost your antioxidants

A lack of antioxidants has been cited as one reason for seborrhoeic dermatitis. Commonly known antioxidants include Vitamin E and C. A lesser known but far stronger antioxidant is glutathione. Glutathione is naturally produced in the body and its production can be stimulated by taking supplements known as NRF2 activators.
The greatest plant source of vitamin C comes from Kakadu Plum.
Antioxidants basically protect the body from free radical damage (a situation that occurs when an electron is stolen by another atom). The ability of an antioxidant to protect the body from free radical damage is known as the ORAC Value. Mountain Pepper Leaf is believed to have the highest ORAC value of all plants – up to 12 times greater than olive leaf extract.
Antioxidant rich foods include:
  • Tea (especially green tea)
  • Coffee
  • Dark chocolate (look for 85% or 90%)
  • Red wine
  • Berries (be aware that berries can be high in histamine and make some people itchy)..

Tea, coffee and red wine are acidic, so do not overdo the consumption without balancing with pro-alkaline foods.


Stabilize your body’s pH

Acidity of the body is largely related to our diet and it can influence the replication of healthy cells in the body. View Alkaline versus Acidic Foods to find out more about acidity producing foods and how to change the way you eat and drink.


Eat a Yeast Reduction Diet

One of the possible causes of seborrhoeic dermatiitis is the presence of the Malassezia yeast. Yeast is thought to thrive on a sugar rich diet hence a diet such as the Yeast Free Diet may help to weaken and eradicate the yeast.

This is essentially a diet that is low in sugar and it is recommended that you follow the diet for 6 weeks. Because you will be eating more protein foods and more vegetables on this eating program, you will be correcting issues such as acidity and boosting antioxidants and phytonutrients at the same time.

Diet alone will not eradicate the yeast however, and this is where supplements are required.

Click on the downloads to expand the Dietary Guidelines for Yeast Control and Shopping List for Yeast Control.

CLICK TO ENLARGEDietary-guidelines for yeast control
Shopping List for Yeast Control Diet




Immunity & Inflammation

Immunity can be suppressed with many skin disorders. Similarly inflammation is usually present. Immunity and inflammation ‘go hand in hand’.

On the skin, reddened skin is an indication of inflammation. Within the body we cannot view inflammation, but we do know that inflammation is present in situations where a person is overweight, has an injury, pain, discomfort or chronic illness.

The western diet is pro-inflammation mainly due to the fact that it is often high in processed foods and omega 6 oils (warm plant oils) and low in whole, fresh foods and omega 3 oils (found in fish). To reverse inflammation:

  • eat cold water fish (high in omega 3) such as salmon, tuna, herring, cod or mackerel
  • eat 7 serves of vegetables daily (especially green leafy varieties)


The Healthy Eating Pyramid below promotes low inflammatory foods. As with all of the other recommendations on this page, it discourages processed foods and promotes whole, fresh foods especially adequate protein from meat and fish plus plenty of vegetables.


  • Low inflammatory food pyramid

    An everyday eating guide for good health and good skin.

Eat fermented foods

Consume fermented foods. Fermented foods stimulate a healthy digestion which is linked to healthy immunity.

Stress management

Stress is a trigger for most skin disorders and seborrhoeic dermatitis is no different.

A major part of any treatment for skin disorders is to control or manage stress. See Stress and the Skin

If stress or anxiety is an issue for you or if you are a ‘worrier/thinker’ take a look at the Stress Management Program.

You may also be recommended some supplements to initially help you get stress under control.