Colloidal Silver: Is it Safe and Effective for Seborrheic Dermatitis and Dandruff?

Colloidal Silver: Is it Safe and Effective for Seborrheic Dermatitis and Dandruff?

You may have heard of colloidal silver before. Often, such conversations are riddled with debates and concerns about its safety.

This substance has been increasingly promoted as a popular dietary supplement in the holistic wellness space. But in the case of treating seborrheic dermatitis, you will not need to consume or ingest any form of colloidal silver at all.

Seborrheic dermatitis, also known as seborrheic eczema or seborrheic psoriasis, is one of the most common skin conditions. Its pesky cousin, dandruff, still takes the lead in prevalence. Cumulatively, both these skin disorders affect half of the adult population worldwide. [1]

People who have either condition find themselves battling symptoms such as an itchy scalp and flaky skin. If you have seborrheic dermatitis, you may also experience skin redness and inflammation. And sometimes, you'll notice skin rashes with greenish-yellow scales forming at regions rich in sebaceous glands, which are oil-secreting glands that produce natural oils called sebum. [2] This skin ailment may cause also hair loss or a secondary bacterial infection in severe cases.

Seborrheic eczema more frequently affects people with oily skin than those with dry skin. In children, this condition is more commonly known as cradle cap. Though the exact cause is unknown, one of the possible risk factors is changes in the growth of the Malassezia fungus on the skin.

Colloidal silver lies within the plethora of alternative treatment options available for dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis. However, what is the link between colloidal silver and seborrheic dermatitis, and is it safe and effective for treating these closely-related skin issues?

What Is Colloidal Silver?

Colloidal silver consists of minuscule silver ions and particles suspended in ultra-pure water or another liquid substance. This formulation is often marketed as a dietary supplement for oral intake. [3]

You may also find it in certain products, such as wound dressings, body lotions, creams, mouthwash, soap, shampoo, and eyedrops.

There are numerous claims surrounding the health benefits of this substance. In the past, it was said to boost the immune system and combat various medical conditions, including the common cold, cancer, HIV, and tuberculosis.

Nonetheless, research has not shown any benefit of consuming oral colloidal silver. The human body contains minimal amounts of this mineral, and it is not essential for the optimal functioning of your body. [4]

What Are The Topical Benefits Of Using Colloidal Silver?

Oral colloidal silver is not beneficial when consumed or ingested. But is this the case with topical colloidal silver applied to the skin?

The short answer is likely a no.

The Malassezia fungus is a fungal species that has garnered massive attention from dermatologists and researchers. It is a causative agent of various skin and scalp disorders, including dandruff and seborrheic eczema

Based on studies, colloidal silver nanoparticles (extremely tiny particles of silver) demonstrated excellent antifungal properties against the Malassezia fungus. Hence, researchers suggested its use as a cost-efficient antifungal agent in combatting these scalp problems as only a small amount is required for a positive effect. [5]

Additionally, when mixed with anti-dandruff shampoos, the presence of these nanoparticles further enhanced the efficacy of these products against fungal pathogens. [6]

According to research, colloidal silver may possess antifungal and antibacterial properties, and in wound healing, it has been shown to fight bacteria and reduce the risk of skin infections. [7]

In an animal model study, the anti-inflammatory effects of topical silver were also investigated. Based on the study results, researchers suggested that it may be used as a therapeutic agent to treat inflammatory skin diseases, such as contact dermatitis. [8]

In short, unlike oral colloidal silver, its topically used counterpart may give rise to several skin health benefits, as topical silver has displayed promising antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.

What Are The Concerns Of Colloidal Silver Use?

Ultimately, there is no evidence supporting the positive health effects of oral colloidal silver. In contrast, long-term consumption of these supplements is associated with some side effects, such as argyria, which is the bluish discoloration of the skin. [4]

Plus, the risk of adverse outcomes is heightened if you consume low-quality colloidal silver in large amounts for more extended periods.

Hence, oral consumption is not recommended to treat any condition, especially if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or taking any medications. Generally, ant internally ingested silver may interact with the medications you are currently taking.

However, applying a high-quality third-party tested source to the skin is safe. [9] In fact, the NIH notes that topical colloidal silver bears its own share of appropriate medical uses, including treating wounds, cuts, and skin infections. When used topically in appropriate amounts, it does not give rise to any bluish skin discoloration.

Topical Colloidal Silver For Seborrheic Dermatitis And Dandruff

The itch, flakes, and skin irritation that result from seborrheic eczema can get highly aggravating, especially during winter months when the climate is death-dry.

Topical colloidal silver may help tackle this condition as well as dandruff, improving your skin's appearance and scalp's condition. Nonetheless, always ensure you get it from a trusted, third-party tested source to ensure quality and safety.

The Calming Seborrheic Serum contains a holistic mix of high-quality ingredients, including colloidal silver.

This Calming Seborrheic Serum has been assembled with you (and us) in mind. The itch, flakes, irritation, and frustration—we've been there, too. 

This formula is third-party tested to ensure utmost quality and safety. All ingredients work synergistically to relieve itching, restore optimal skin barrier function, clear the fungus, and reduce flakes.

The Calming Seborrheic Serum works best as you massage it into your scalp, but it can also be used on other parts of your body, including your face and ears. For maximum effect, you can use this serum twice a day or even leave it on overnight before giving your hair a rinse. It's safe to use on a daily basis.

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