After carefully observing my diet and taking notes of how things affect my skin, I have been able to draw a slight correlation between seborrheic dermatitis and eggs.
A deeper look online shows many people online actually focus their diet away from grains and use eggs as one of the main sources of protein. Popular anti candida sites and books also emphasize that eggs are a safe protein source.
In all truth the only negative connections I found were on generalized websites that just talked about eggs being a potential allergen and what skin symptoms might be a sign of internal allergies. However, I did find one individual that did avoid eggs and was convinced that they were no good for his seborrheic dermatitis.
However, one must go outside normal thinking when fighting seborrheic dermatitis. If it was that easy then why are these people crawling around forums and blog looking for an answer.
Try to find what works for you. Perhaps all along it is the missing link between eating eggs for breakfast and your ongoing seborrheic dermatitis problem that has been plaguing you all along.
Here are the main theoretical reasons why I believe there could be a link between seborrheic dermatitis and eggs:
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Eggs Are a Common Food Allergen
According to Wikipedia and Mayo Clinic eggs actually are a common food allergen. The actual part of the egg that causes the allergy varies from person to person. For some it is the egg white, while for others it could be the egg yolk. This is due to the variety of different proteins found in each.
For example the common allergenic proteins in the egg white are ovomucoid, ovalbumin, ovotransferrin, and lysozyme (with ovamucoid being the most common offender). While the egg yolk contains several other antigens (substances that induce an immune response in the body) such as livetin, apovitillin, and vosvetin.
Here is a detailed article from Health Canada that goes into egg allergies in a little more detail:
So perhaps your body found a way to fight this allergy, by routing them through your liver and directly out of your pours. Maybe it did this out of survival instinct or maybe not. The only way for you to find out is to stop reading and go egg free for a week. See if anything changes.
Allergic Reactions are Different for Everyone
If you look online for a list of allergy symptoms you are likely to come across a huge bullet point list of symptoms. Basically scientist and health care professionals have over the years been able to attribute almost all types of strange bodily reactions to allergies.
The one that is related to this post is Skin Rashes. In a way seborrheic dermatitis is in fact a skin rash. It may be different than a typical rash on your arm or leg, but this is likely due to the very different characteristics of the skin which seborrheic dermatitis usually affects (such as he facial skin).
It seems likely that this combination of skin rash and excessive oil production create a perfect environment for topical bacteria to proliferate.
Also while the body is busy dealing with allergic reaction it has less time to worry about other topical immune functions.
People with Allergies Are More Likely to Suffer from Atopic Condition
It has also been show that people who suffer from allergies are much more likely to have ongoing atopic conditions throughout their life. This includes asthma, eczema, and others.
There is an excellent article which I read on this topic and in summary it states that when allergens have been controlled the immune system responsible for dealing with atopic conditions is often restored.
Feel free to read the full article here (very well written and easy to understand for the laymen):
Eggs and Seborrheic Dermatitis – Summary
There is some starter information above. It is obviously not all inclusive, but is meant to serve as a starting point. The real answers can only be obtained by trial and error.
For me cutting out eggs almost completely removed seborrheic dermatitis. Perhaps there are other foods that I still frequently eat that contain traces of the same allergens found in eggs. I do also eat an egg here and there once in a while since it is so hard to avoid them all together.
Closely following my diet and tinkering with what works and what does not has allowed me to not only enjoy practically all foods, but has greatly improved my day to day energy and mood. As it stands my diet does not fully avoid foods that cause me to flare, but instead focuses on minimizing them by shifting my attention to foods that improve my condition.
If you also have noticed a link between seborrheic dermatitis and eggs please leave some details in the comments below. Or perhaps you have a strategy to control your seborrheic dermatitis, please share it with fellow sufferers and me.