In 2007 I made a visit to see my mom. She hugged me and then looked at my face and said “Eww! What happened to your face? You look like a chocolate-chip cookie!”
I had scars all over my face with a combination of fresh pimples and abrasions from scratching along with a waxy build-up of dry skin around the edges of my front hairline that was very noticeable. While my mom is being so raw with how she feels about my face, In the back of my mind I’m thinking “really mom?” I didn’t know any other way to respond other than to laugh it off as if it didn’t bother me.
My hair had been shedding dramatically and I looked like I had had a couple rounds of chemo. My hair and scalp had become dry and brittle and it hurt. When the dry flakes, redness, itching and waxy buildup developed, that’s when it spread to my face and destroyed my skin instantly. I was out in public, people started to stare and it was very embarrassing.
I didn’t know what was going on with my hair, scalp, and skin but what I did know was that I no longer wanted to be compared to a chocolate-chip cookie.I was determined to find out what was really going on. I tried everything from oils to creams. I even tried using Head and Shoulders shampoo to help relieve my pain and stop my hair from thinning and shedding. Nothing seemed to work.
It wasn’t until I decided that the issue was with my skin and only a dermatologist could tell me what was going on. I searched around town and found a dermatologist in my area and made an appointment. During my visit to see the dermatologist my skin and scalp was examined and I was diagnosed with Seborrheic Dermatitis.
According to my doctor, it’s common in African-American women who wear extensions like sew-ins and braids. Other symptoms are stress, yeast that lives on the skin, certain medical conditions & medicines and cold, dry weather. I was really surprised at this diagnosis since I wasn’t wearing any type of extensions and hadn’t for some time and the other symptoms just didn’t seem to match up to me as an individual. Either way, I was ready to begin the process of getting back to looking like my old self.
I was prescribed some medicated shampoo that I could use on my scalp and ointments and creams for my face. Once I began using the medications prescribed, I saw results and felt a sense of relief almost instantly.
What I learned from this experience is that you have got to take care of yourself in and make sure that you aren’t allowing yourself to be under a great amount of stress and make sure you are living a healthy lifestyle. Prolonging the situation by trying do-it-yourself regimens doesn’t always work. It’s always best to see a professional to get a proper diagnosis.
The fact of the matter is that when you look good, you feel good. As a hairstylist, I realize that people look at me and expect me to always exhibit a clean canvas of beauty. They expect me to have healthy hair and skin because I am in the business of beauty. If I don’t take care of myself, how can I be an example to others? Since I have had seborrheic dermatitis, I've made sure to be proactive about my skin and hair. If you are that person that is having problems like I mentioned earlier, take care of your self and work f hand in hand with a professional hair stylist to get you and your hair back on track
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