Is there a link between Seborrheic Dermatitis and eggs?

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:

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:

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/pubs/securit/2012-allergen_egg-oeuf/index-eng.php

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):

http://www.positivehealth.com/article/skincare/atopic-eczema-help-for-sufferers

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.

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About Michael Anders

After being affected by seborrheic dermatitis, I have made it my goal to gather and organize all the information that has helped me in my journey.

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  1. Its been two years since i was diagnosed with sebhoric dermatitis.all along i have been on streoid creams and tacrolimus.two weeks ago i changed to oilatum cream which was doing well.for three days consecutively i have been eating eggs and just this evening it occurred to me that maybe its eggs.i want to try and cut that from my diet and see what happens

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  2. I have been suffering from SB for half my life. Mostly on the scalp and face. Recently it got worse, i started to lose a lot of hair including eyebrow and beard hair and there was this constant terrible itch . This freaked me out so i started looking for a cure. First I stopped eating grains, then I stopped stopped eating dairy. But unfortunately this didn’t reduce the flakes and hairloss. Then I read this post and I realized that I have been eating eggs for breakfast almost every day. I stopped eating eggs for 3 days and I started to drink a glas of water with 2 tablespoons of ACV every day. My SB has cleared for 70%!! The hairloss however is still continuing I hope it stops soon.

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  3. aaron says:

    I noticed that my skin was flareing like crazy lately, severe dandruff on my scalp and rash on my head, dandruf in my eyebrows and dry flaky skin under my eyes around the side of my nose and also in my ears.
    I am aware that I have reactions to dairy and try to cut dairy products out all together. I weight train in the gym an thus require a high amount of protein for muscle rebuilding and since I can’t take whey protein or any other high protein dairy products I was eatting a lot of eggs.
    My mam told me to eliminate eggs as they were the only thing that I was eating religiously as I’d eat about 5 or 6 eggs a day.
    Since I cut them out my skin is starting to clear up a lot and I do believe it’s from stopping eating eggs.

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  4. sonia says:

    I broke out in a severe form of seborrheic dermatitis on my scalp, it actually affected my hair, it was so bad. I finally went to the dermatologist but by the time I got in for the appointment it seem to cool down a little bit, so not much was noticed. After finding out I had seborrheic dermatitis after revisiting the doctor 2 more times. I started to link the changes in my diet. I had been eating eggs in order to lose some weight and never was a huge egg eater in the past. However, once I stopped eating the eggs and was egg free for a couple of months my scalp completely returned to normal. now I have found that I can eat eggs every once in awhile and be okay but if I have a large amount of eggs throughout the week my whole head inflames. The very interesting part is that I went and seen an allergist and I was tested for eggs and they did not find that I had any allergic reactions to them, however it only affects my scalp, so I don’t know if it’s the fact that eggs cause inflammation, or what causes it or why it links to seborrheic dermatitis, but after a year I know for sure that eggs are the reason for my seborrheic dermatitis, so I eat them in moderation and especially try to avoid them in large quantities. I have had some off and on this week and my head is getting itch and usually ill find a bump or 2 and thats when ive ate to much and need to chill out on eggs. Also drinking 8 glasses of water a day really help alot and also limiting your caffeine to 1 - 2 cups, by doing all of those things I am able to keep myself seborrheic dermatitis free for the most part
    I hope this helps someone out there as I struggled for a long time before I figured out anything between the link of eggs and SD… Thanks for reading

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