It’s important to ensure that you eat as many healthy foods as possible, especially if you have seborrheic dermatitis. After all, some components of your diet may have an effect on flare-ups caused by this condition.1 Ideally, your diet must be loaded with foods that are anti-inflammatory and are able to support good immune system health.
Nutritious whole foods, preferably those that are organically grown and GMO-free, are your best bets, instead of processed fare that can worsen your condition. Notable examples of foods you must eat if you have seborrheic dermatitis include:2,3,4
Antioxidant-rich foods like strawberries, cherries and blueberries (just make sure to eat them in moderation since excess sugar from these fruits can lead to worsened insulin resistance)
Vitamin A-rich foods like carrots, Swiss chard, watercress, pumpkin and organic apples and bananas
Vitamin B-rich foods that contain substantial amounts of biotin or vitamin B7 like cabbage, green peas and sweet potatoes6
Vitamin C-rich foods like artichokes, tomatoes, bell peppers, Brussels sprouts, papaya and cauliflower
Vitamin E-rich foods like wheat germ, avocados and almonds
Organic whole psyllium husk (it’s better to purchase organic psyllium, since conventional psyllium husk is sprayed with harmful pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers)
These Foods Are a No-No If You Have Seborrheic Dermatitis
On the other hand, these foods can potentially worsen symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis, so they must be avoided:7
• Excessive amounts of saturated fats: The Malassezia fungus, which can cause this disease, often feeds on saturated fats via the sebaceous glands. Refined and processed foods, butter, eggs, red meat, hydrogenated vegetable oils and coconut products are known sources of saturated fats.
However, saturated fats can be beneficial for your health, especially for your heart, so it wouldn’t be wise to eliminate them from your diet completely. Instead, eat minimal portions of saturated fats from healthy unprocessed sources, and slowly and gradually increase the amount once you are free from the infection.
• Foods rich in refined sugar: The Malassezia fungus also likes to feed on sugar. The fungus uses sugar as its energy source for survival, proliferation and pathogenic activities. Decreasing the amount of sugar you consume thereby lowers the nutrient supply of the fungus, and can eliminate these harmful pathogens from the skin.
• Food allergens: These foods are known to trigger and/or worsen this disease. As much as possible, avoid allergens like coffee, wheat products, dairy products, gluten-loaded products, citrus fruits, corn and peanuts.