Why this book was written, what it’s about, who it’s for, and a little about the writer.
Why This Book Was Written
In my early twenties I started to have strange issues with the skin on my face. And it seems to have all started from a small spot on the right of my nose. However, within several months this single small spot spread to a significant part of my face and ears.
Countless doctor and dermatologist visits later I came to learn that I had what is called seborrheic dermatitis. They informed me that it is a chronic lifelong condition and there is not much that can be done about it.
Some doctors prescribed anti-fungals, while others anti-biotic steroid creams. For me this was unsatisfactory. First of all, these creams did not produce long-lasting results and secondly they did not fit well into my natural life style.
Plus, even when using the creams, the skin was inflamed, flaking, and looked relatively unhealthy. This was no way to go into my twenties.
At that point, I knew I had to take matters into my own hands. So it began, a quest to find the solution to my seborrheic dermatitis problems.
This book will look at my experience and provide you with all the information I have obtained to date.
Some Issues Encountered In My Journey
During my research endeavors, a significant amount of time was spent searching for a natural cure. My mind was set on finding the magical pill or dietary adjustment that will return my skin to normal. I wanted to show those doctors (and dermatologists) who wouldn’t listen that I was smarter and that nature was smarter.
This approach was one of the most stressful and unsuccessful experiences in my life. The internet is full of horrible information, scams, unproven claims and snake-oil salesmen. Putting critical thinking to the side, I continued along this path. I was like a drug addict searching for his fix.
The biggest issue seems to be that when you have a skin condition on your face, you become extremely eager to fix it. This eagerness can easily be taken advantage off. Particularly online, where anyone can be anyone.
After trying hundreds of different approaches and spending thousands of dollars on supplements, creams, and soaps my seborrheic dermatitis remained. Well actually, it didn’t just remain. It seemed to have gotten worse at that point.
The Turning Point
At this point I was broken. Feeling betrayed by both the medical community and the internet that I had come to trust, I went inwards. It was definitely one of the lowest point in my life.
However, this was a critical turning point. It really was a point of no return. I made myself a promise to stop searching through Google and this was the most beneficial point of my recovery.
Being free from new information it seemed the information I had obtained to that point had a chance to settle in and organize itself in my brain. Things started to become much clearer, and seborrheic dermatitis finally started to make sense.
At the writing of this book I’ve been sharing my experience through a website and have helped hundreds of people in their fight against seborrheic dermatitis. This book aims to be a simple and easy-to-read guide for anyone faced with seborrheic dermatitis in their life.
Who This Book Is For
This book is aimed mainly at adults who have encountered issues with seborrheic dermatitis. Some of these principles and ideas may apply to children as well, but everything discussed is based on my own experience with adult seborrheic dermatitis.
Sources of Information
The only real resource of information I had during my search was the internet and access to academic journals through my university. Dermatologist and doctor visits were often quite void of information.
The majority of this book will focus on academic literature and scholarly research papers, due to lack of positive results from information found through forums and blogs.
A Little About Me
I’m not a doctor or any sort of health care practitioner. I’m simply a person who has suffered with seborrheic dermatitis for several years and has decided to provide my knowledge to others who may be going down the same path.
I am actually a fourth year finance student and this is how I was able to obtain much of the medical literature described in this book.
My overall health has been good throughout and I’ve never really experienced skin problems prior to SD. Even going through puberty, I was able to avoid teenage acne. So, when seborrheic dermatitis entered my life I was truly blown away by the psychological depression that came along with it.
My experience with seborrheic dermatitis lasted roughly 3 years. The main affected areas were my face, scalp and ears. Luckily I did not have issues with any other parts of my body.
Since I am not a medical professional none of the information in this book should be used as medical advice. You should always consult with your doctor before attempting any medical treatments, diets, or supplements.
This book is simply me sharing my own understanding of seborrheic dermatitis. Any recommendations made are simply speculative and are based on my own personal experiences and research. (then something like…) I do hope, however, that the quality of this work will rise above the various blogs and forums online that did little/next to nothing to help me. (Otherwise, if you feel the disclaimer should be more strictly disclaimer-ish, then consider adding it after your story about the snake-oil salesmen above. That is the point, right? To share your non-professional information that you (and I) believe is better than what is available right now on the internet.)