Q&A: How Do You Treat Eczema & Acne Together?

woman with acneQ: Seborrheic eczema and acne are taking over my face. What can I do? – M. Robinson
A: Hygiene issues play a key role in controlling seborrheic dermatitis. Frequent cleansing with soap removes oils from affected areas and improves seborrhea.

Whether it is acne or eczema, most skin disorders have one thing in common: inflammation.

Inflammation can be triggered in one area of the body and show up somewhere else. So far, research tells us that this phenomenon has to do with two factors:

  • The immune system
  • The microorganisms living throughout the body. As it turns out, the microorganisms on the skin play a more important role in the body’s inflammatory signaling than we ever expected.


Once you clear the seborrhea in your scalp your face will probably clear up. Salicylic acid is something you can use on your face. I would suggest you see a dermatologist and get prescription shampoo and ointment for the face.

In addition to natural topical creams, the best way to support your overall wellbeing and your immune system is to focus on a healthy inside. This means choosing a diet that is full of fermented foods.

It is essential to eat fermented foods each and every day. This is because these foods are full of beneficial bacteria, or probiotics, that go straight to the gut. The beneficial bacteria available in these foods have been found to support the body beyond digestion. This means that multiple systems benefit, including the skin.

Because the microbes found on the skin are just as valuable to the immune system as those lining the walls of the digestive tract, it is important to also nourish a healthy microbial community on the skin itself.

A few ounces a day of coconut water, fermented coconut meat, or a probiotic beverage will help. Many incorporate these into their favorite face mask or face wash.
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