My seborrheic dermatitis dates back well over 40 years. Throughout all that time, the only treatment offered by any of the dermatologists is a corticosteroid cream.
It is effective and I hate using it. The side effects are as bad (or worse) than the seborrhea.
The side effects that I ended up with include small pimples and raised bumps (puss). They are not only itchy, but sore as well. I also ended up with some redness in and around the area of the small growths as well as more generally around the hairline.
Acne and rosacea are two known side effects of steroid creams . Other side effects include:
- burning (or stinging) when applied
- worsening of pre-existing skin infection
- inflammed hair follicles
- unwanted hair growth where the steroid is applied
- thinning of the skin
- stretch marks and visible blood veins
- changes in hair growth
- and, contact dermatitis
There may be more side effects, but these are the main ones.
Since the steroid cream I was prescribed is the only treatment that works, I use it sparingly when I absolutely have to. That means when my skin is bright red like a neon sign and the scaling/flaking is at its worst. Then, and only then, do I use the steroid cream.
I've long looked for alternatives and found several. You can read about those in other articles in my blog ... this particular article is about one of those alternatives: Yiganerjing cream.
I ordered a bunch of these Chinese treatments. It works as well as the steroid cream, and just as fast (perhaps even faster). Countless others declare it as effective too. Many with psoriasis see this as one of the few natural treatments that works. It reduces the redness, scaling, and flaking – quickly. For some folks, it completely clears the skin and restores a natural look. For others, the symptoms are reduced significantly.
If you follow the posts on social media and forums, though, there are a lot of questions about the ingredients. The batch that I ordered came with an information sheet that listed the ingredients: cortex pseudolaricis, sophora, common cnidium fruit, belvedere fruit, white moss skin, cortex phellodendri, honeylocust thorn, unicorn lotus, radix stemonae, glabrous greenbrier rhizome, seven swords, iron Holly, white petroleum jelly, menthol, purified water, chlohexidine acetate, etc. Note at the end "etc" ... along with trying to figure out what some of these ingredients "mean", this "etc" adds to the concerns.
I've been using Yiganerjing now for about two months. Since I started using it, my symptoms have all gone away. That is mainly to my face, though. The symptoms of seborrhea are not usually in my scalp usually (in the hairline a bit). When I started to get the scaling and flaking in my scalp, I used a bit of the Yiganerjing cream and spread it through to my scalp using my finger tips. And, it worked. So, every time I wash my hair I use a bit of the Yiganerjing cream on my scalp.
Since I have started to apply this to my scalp, the same acne started up ... identical to when I was using the steroid cream. Same locations, same look and feel to the acne. That leads me to believe that the "etc" in the Yiganerjing ingredient list is a mild to moderate amount of steroids. The acne happens only when I am using steroids to control the seborrheic dermatitis. Unlike the steroid cream, though, the acne only manifests when I apply the Yiganerjing cream to my scalp. (PS. I will not be applying this to my scalp again).
Seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis are horrible diseases. The symptoms often keep sufferers house-bound and introverted. It may well be a reasonable trade off to accept moderate acne in exchange for relief from the itching, scaling, and flaking ... but it is up to the sufferer to make that call – either on their own or in consultation with their medical providers.
It is completely unacceptable that the side effects are caused by an unlisted or undefined ingredient – completely unacceptable.
There are many people choosing Yiganerjing because it is a natural supplement. All of the ingredients that I read on the info sheet that came with my shipment are natural ingredients – except one. "White Petroleum Jelly" is listed, and is not a natural ingredient. Although I view it as innocuous, it is still a by-product of the oil production process. One commercial product all will recognize, Vaseline, is refined petroleum jelly. There are some that claim petroleum jelly is cancer causing, the Environmental Working Group rates it as a "1" on the toxicity scale.
The greater concern is for those that purchase Yiganerjing with the intent of using it on children and youth. I would suggest using it with the same concern as any steroid cream ... sparingly and only if absolutely necessary.
I will be more cautious when I use Yiganerjing. I will not be using it on my scalp again unless absolutely necessary (the same critereia I used when deciding to apply steroid cream).
And, a postscript. I have read many posts where users have no idea how to apply Yiganerjing. Even if this is a natural product, use sparingly. I use about 0.5 gram on my face, and 0.5 gram on my scalp. I will continue to use 0.5 g on my face. If you are using this as a psoriasis, use as little as possible – after you remove the scales and flakes with warm water and sea salt (or epsom salt). If you want to dilute the Yiganerjing a bit, you can do what I do. Put a dab in one hand, wet the other and shake the water off – just enough moisture on one hand to "cut" the Yiganerjing a bit.
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