Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Aloe Vera
- Anti-Candida Diet
- Antifungal Lotion
- Antifungal Regimen
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Calendula Cream
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Coconut Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Green Tea
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Homeopathy
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Hydrogen Peroxide
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Hydrogen Peroxide, Oregano Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Over the Counter
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Tea Tree Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Yogurt
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Yogurt, Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Arnica and Calendula Cream
- Avoid Makeup With Bismuth Oxychloride
- Avoid Pets Licking Face
- Borax, Hydrogen Peroxide
- Calendula Cream
- Calendula Cream, Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Calendula, Zinc
- Castor Oil, Neem Oil
- Check for Thyroid Issues
- Clay Masks With Oregano Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Colloidal Silver
- Dietary Changes
- Dietary Recommendations
- Digestive Enzymes
- Eliminate Tartar Control Toothpaste
- Emu Oil
- Face Products
- Fluoride Causing
- French Green Clay
- Fresh Water
- General Feedback
- Ginger Shampoo
- Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Green Tea
- Hemmorhoid Cream
- Honey, Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Ingredients to Avoid
- Ingredients to Avoid, Yogurt Facial
- Jock Itch Cream
- Lavender Oil
- Magnesium Oil
- Multiple Remedies
- Multiple Supplements
- Neem Oil
- Olive Oil and Powdered Sugar
- Omega 3
- Omega 3, 6 and 9 Oils
- Oregano Oil
- Ozonated Olive Oil, Zeolite
- Probiotics, Aloe, Coconut Oil
- Probiotics, Kefir
- Remedies Needed
- Sea Buckthorn Oil
- Shea Butter
- Tea Tree Oil
- Tea Tree Oil, Coconut Oil, Supplements
- Tea Tree Oil, Zinc, Apple Cider Vinegar
- Ted's Remedies
- Treating Children
- Vicks Vaporub
- Violet Extract
- Zinc Oxide
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Grapefruit Seed Extract for Dermatitis
Home Remedy Ingredients
- Grapefruit Seed Extract
Add 8-20 drops of grapefruit seed extract to 4 oz. of water and drink this tonic twice daily. You can also dab the mixture on the rash and then rinse the skin off after a few minutes.
[YEA] 04/05/2008: Rebekah from Melbourne, Australia: "After taking Grapefruit Seed Extract for two days my perioral dermatitis (that i have battled with for two years) disappeared.....and i mean gone !!! I almost couldn't believe it myself but i am keen to share this "miracle" cure with other people suffering similar skin conditions. Take orally in 250ml of water , 8-10 drops of the oil twice daily. I had no luck with the ACV for my skin but grapefruit seed extract did the trick !!!"
[YEA] 08/13/2008: Nalita from Hollywood, CA: "08.13.08: Just wanted to say thank you!! I've had this rash on my eye for over three months, just last night after searching the internet, I found out it was perioral dermatitis. Found this website, went and grabbed a green tea bag, made my tea and almost instantly my dermatitis went away. I had stopped using all eye gels, make up etc so it wasnt flared up but still I didnt know how to make it dissappear. I'm 31, so I am very thankful to find this cure out now with my first instance of it."
[YEA] 03/15/2008: Sherry from Vancouver, Washington: "I have been drinking grn tea for about 3 weeks now. I love the taste and feel energized when I drink it. The reason I started to drink it was actually for the tea bag itself. I put it on my face when my perioral dermititis flares up. Dries it up in a few days. I use the same tea bag all day long and just put it on my face whenever I have a minute."
[YEA] 10/18/2007: Shelley from Aurora, Illinois: "I have to tell you all I have had Perioral Dermatitis for over 10 years on and off and only able to get rid of it by use of antibotics. I have tried EVERYTHING trust me! I can finally say after all these years that Liann from Australia was right, Green Tea cured my Perioral Dermititis! I simply drank the green tea (Yogi brand is my favorite) and then would constantly put a wet tea bag on my face as much as possible 5 or so bags a day maybe 30-40 times on the face a day and after about 2-3 days I started to see improvement and after about 10 days it was gone completely! Anyone who has had this Perioral Dermititis knows how hard it is to rid, so I am just so happy about these results I had to share. One other thing I think that helps is to stay away from sugar & starches. Sugar is a killer on the immunity. Thank you Lianne!!!!"
[YEA] 07/11/2007: Lianne from Melbourne, Australia: "I have had perioral dermatitis on and off for 5 or more years. I find that topical application of green tea is amazing. I keep a tea bag in the fridge after wetting it, and apply it as often as permits. At night I apply it liberally. Obviously there are limitations as your face will look green after you put it on, but you can wash it off at any stage. The perioral dermatitis just dries up after a few days. It's not perfect but better than antibiotics."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 07/14/2009: Therese from Phoenix, AZ: "I am, unfortunately, one of those poor uneducated souls who smeared Flucinode ointment (a steroid) on the dermatitis for six months daily and then stopped it cold-turkey. The area surrounding my mouth, both eyes, the bridge of my nose and my entire right cheek swelled a nearly a half inch outward within three days of stopping and has been raging ever since. In desperation for ANY type of relief, I visited this site countless times searching for an alternative treatment for perioral dermatitis and tried just about everything that was suggested: apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, green tea bags, yogurt masks, manuka honey, ice (instead of a cold shower) and diaper rash cream. I experienced the most positive results with the ACV but it completely dried out my skin and caused pain of a different caliber.
My suffering has continued for a little over two weeks now but I have FINALLY stumbled upon something that is working!!!! When I looked at the corners of my swollen, itchy, red and drooping eyelids in the mirror this morning, I remembered a trick from my modeling career 25 years ago: hemorrhoidal cream smeared on the eyelids makes for a quick "eye tuck" refresher. I figured it couldn't hurt worse than anything else I've tried so . . . HALLELUJAH! I realize this treatment could lend itself as the butt of a few jokes (pun intended), but if you're as desperate as I have been, I recommend you give it a try: it shrinks tissue (dries), it moisturizes, and it addresses itching and pain. I put the cream on once this morning and didn't feel the desire to reapply until this evening, approximately 8 hours later, when the itching started up again. While I know this cream is not a cure, it certainly has given me relief throughout the day and my face looks so much better.
For a long term solution or cure, my dermatologist prescribed a strong antibiotic to be taken orally for 3 to 6 months (with no guarantee that it would alleviate the dermatitis for good). I refuse to participate in this kind of experimentation. Thus, within the last two weeks, I have started flooding my system with probiotics via supplements and foods. I have cut ALL caffeine, refined sugar and alcohol from my diet as well. I am not ready to give up fruit just yet but I'm certainly working toward embracing a whole foods diet after this very painful experience. I don't have outward skin symptoms of psiorisis, but I do have psioratic arthritis. For sure, this and perioral dermatitis are chronic conditions that will not magically disappear on their own. For the record, I am an otherwise healthy, 45 year old female, post menopausal (surgical) who regularly runs marathons. I definitely want to encourage anyone reading this to hang in there: change your diet, keep or start exercising, and by all means, try the hemorrhoidal cream!"
[YEA] 03/22/2009: BZ from Passaic, NJ: "I am going to first say how I got POD in case it will help anyone realize what is going on with them (so they can learn from my experience). Then, I will say what I did/ am currently doing to get rid of it (as of now, I am 95% better):
I used 2.5 % hydrocortisone cream on my face for a couple of months (to treat a minor eczema) and flared after stopping to use it. Unfortunatley, I did not know that the flaring was due to a "withdrawl reaction" that I now am aware of, and made an emergency appt. with a GP who gave me fluocinonide .05% to relieve the itching. First of all, if your doc gave you this, apparantly, you are NOT supposed to use it on your face (of course, I learned this too late as well). I used it for a couple of months (big no no, but I received no instructions from the doc) and my face flared into full blown perioral dermatitis (POD) after I stopped. The burning was so unbearable, I can't even describe it. Here is what I did that worked:
First, I weaned off steroid creams. I took 2.5% cortisone twice a day for a week, then reduced it to once a day in addition to 1% OTC Hydrocortisone cream (once a day) for a couple of days, until I used the 1% cream once a day and then ceased to take it alltogether. This made the withdrawl rection more bearable. Be kind to yourself and wean off. Do not stop cold turkey- I did that the first time and it was so unbearable, I can't even decribe it.
The yogurt mask is good in the beginning during the "withdrawl reaction" period b/c it is cold and relieves the burning. It made my face dry and peel, but it made me feel better. I did not put on ANY coverup or moisturizer during this period. I did this mask every day for about 1.5 weeks and did nothing else. I'm not sure if it improved the POD, but it was relieving. I used ___ organic apple cider vinegar topically 2 times a day. It does make the area looked more red initially, but long term it helped me. It also burns like crazy. I took it a couple times internally (1 tsp in 8 oz) but not consistently. After two weeks of using the acv, I definately saw improvement, but I reached a point where the POD was not getting better or worse. I decided to start using manuka honey. I put it on every day for a couple of hours and/or slept with it on for about a week. It's uncofortable having honey on your face, but I really wanted it to go away. Currently, I am not 100% better yet, but I am about 95% improved (Thank G-d!). The combo of acv and manuka honey was good for me. Make sure to get the honey with at least 100mg/kg methylglyoxal, which is apparently the minimum amount of methylglyoxal necessary for antibacterial activity. (I read a lot about this manuka honey before getting it, so make sure to get a good one. _______). I'm still using the manuka honey every day and occasionally using acv topically. I also started taking acv (1 tsp in 8 oz) a couple days ago to get rid of it for good.
I was literally in tears from the pain of POD and couldn't take looking at myself in the mirror. I wish everyone suffering for this a speedy recovery, and hope you all can learn from my experience.
p.s. If you are currently on antibiotics, do not stop. You must finish your course of treatment or you will select for antibiotic resistant bacteria and then be in real trouble. I saw a lot of ppl. post that antibiotics didn't help them and immediately thought that I should just make sure ppl. know not to stop antibiotics if they are already on them.
Good luck and G-d Bless:)"
08/06/2009: Erica from Central, Ma replies: "Ive been researching the Manuka Honey and am very interested. I can buy it online for about $50 total but i found out Whole Foods carries one for $19.99 it says its active and from NZ but nothing else....i dont know if that is what i want, with the most antibacterial "stuff" in it as is reccommended. Any suggestions or advice??"
Honey, Grapefruit Seed Extract
[YEA] 06/21/2008: Erin from Phoenix, Arizona: "Raw Honey and Grapefruit seed extract is curing my Perioral Dermatitis. I had used steriod creams on my face for about one year not knowing it was causeng the problem. I had to cease the use of the cream and let my rash come out completely for about one week. I think this is the most important part of the healing process, I used no soaps or floride at this time, I did use the GFS ocasionaly as it helps with flaking. After one week I began using GFS 10 drops in 1 tablespoon topically twice daily, I also used yogurt toplically for about a week which really helped. I am now using raw salted honey at night. 1/4 tsp raw honey dash of salt and about 1/4 - 1/2 tsp of water. I leave the solution on my rash for a few hours then I add some water so it is not so sticky and leave it on overnight. This has worked greatly in the past two days, the honey is really getting rid of the redness. I am so excited I thought I was going to have to just deal with this forever. I will update if anything changes."Replies
08/02/2011: Shahin25 from Chicago, Il replies: "I started using ACV & now I added raw honey on my face all day long (b/c I never go out w/ this face). I have been using it for 5 days now & it is really helping with the redness. I now have pink outline though. I am really hoping it goes back to my regular skin tone. I'm going to start taking biotin (I heard it does wonders for the redness). I also have been waiting for manuka honey to come that is why I used the raw honey (just for the time being). If this doesn't go away I will use GSE maybe it will work well since my PD is not as severe anymore, but it still is pretty sturbborn."
09/28/2013: Izabela from Melbourne: "I have had perioral dermatitis since March 2013. I know that the root cause of it stemming from my digestive system. I've become allergic to almost all food. Leaky gut symptoms and so on. The POD comes and goes depending on how well I'm doing to with my digestion.
I have just started applying Hydrogen Peroxide to the bumps and I can say that within minutes, there is a difference. The bumps get smaller and less inflamed and the skin around them goes back to normal instead of being red. I use 3% from the supermarket. Is it a cure? I don't know. I have only had one application as described above. A cotton swab held on bump for a few minutes.
I am taking ACV internally and not externally because it just irritates my skin and smells bad.
I will be putting raw milk kefir onto the area later on in the day as a mask. Hopefully, I can report in a few days with some positive news."
Ingredients to Avoid
[YEA] 02/02/2011: Laurenmichele1 from Carlsbad, Ca, Us: "I suffered with Perioral Dermatitis for years. My dermatilogist gave me creams and antibiotics that would help the rash, but it always ended up reappearing. I found this site after researching dermatitis remedies. I tried applying greek yogurt, diaper rash cream, apple cider vinegar, violet extract and nothing helped! Finally, I decided to stop using everything on my face and just wash my face with water and apply no lotion. After a couple weeks, the dermatis was totally gone! My face would get so dry I used my son's really healthy lotion and my face broke out again! So I decided my dermatits was caused by something in lotion, healthy or not, and I have been dermatitis free since!
I can not stress how much Earth Clinic has helped my family. We now use molasses, ACV, raw honey, coconut oil, turmeric and a netti pot on a regular basis! Thank you Earth Clinic and everyone who has posted on this site. We are forever grateful!"Replies
05/13/2011: Ana from Seattle, Wa replies: "Hi there, I'm glad you got rid of the PD. Did you have any bumps or pimples? I've had PD for 5 years now and have tried everything recommended on the blogs. (thanks to everyone). But even though different treatments help some, for some others they don't help. I'm thinking maybe our conditions are different.
I have inflammation around my mouth and laugh lines but never had any bumps or pustules. So I was thinking of not putting anything on my face and see how that works. PD is believed to be a result of heavy creams/oils (sometimes) as well and natural products like Beeswax and jojoba oil, etc. Some people are sensitive to any products with these ingredients.
Anyway, please let me know if ''not putting anything on your face'' is still working. Thanks a million! :)
07/21/2011: Hellevi from Tallinn, Estonia replies: "Hey everyone, I've had PD since October 2010. It started off with tiny tiny pimples and red rash around one side of my nose. First I thought it's some kind of allergy so I just let it be in the hope that it would dissappear soon, but it didn't. So I went to the doctors and they gave me Cortisone cream (a cream that I would put on 3x a day) and Claritin (tablets for allergy). It helped. The rash was gone literally in 4 days. Then it reappeared and it was worse than before. Now I had red rash on both sides of my nose and I've had it since January. I've tried different diets, apple cider vinegar, grapefruit seed extract, zinc oxide (Dermilon Paste), and 2 other cosmetic creams that are meant to soothe the rash. Nothing has helped so far and its sooo frustrating.
Like Lauren, I've also noticed that if I use no creams and clean my face just with water, it gets better, but then I think I could speed the healing process up by applying cream and if I do that, it just gets worse. Maybe I should just let it be and hope and pray that it would go away. It's good to know though that I'm not alone in this. What scares me is that some people have said they've had it for years. Good luck everyone! Fingers crossed, hope we beat this annnnoying PD."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 11/12/2010: Rn123 from Calgary, Ab: "I have been afflicted with POD for about 6 yrs now. At the beginning I tried all the prescribed ointments & oral medication (eurethrmycin? and tetracycline), but these never quite cured it. I'd be ok until I went off the meds, then it would flare back up, but each time the meds became less effective and I started to notice severe stomach cramping (side effects) so I went cold turkey on all meds.
Finally I self diagnosed the root of the problem and it was the vaseline I was using as a lip balm for years. Within a week of switching to an organic olive oil based lip balm, I was back to normal and haven't had a problem until now, 2 yrs later. I've continued to use an organic lip balm, but have perhaps developed an allergy to one of these 3 ingredients (olive oil, castor oil & beeswax). Has anyone experienced a problem with these ingredients as well?
Also, my POD is not as severe as before, but this time my lips are actually blistering and so tight & dry that I can hardly open my mouth to eat anymore, and smiling/laughing are out of the question! I would love any help I can get!"
12/19/2010: Tracy from Fort Worth, Texas replies: "I have also found that the beeswax is a problem for me. My lips would swell and become even more dry and sore after using it."
02/28/2012: Jessie from Vacaville, Ca replies: "Hi there. I discovered castor oil makes my PoD break out. I was trying a new facial cleansing method with oilve oil and castor oil and the next morning I was all red and bumpy again. I use oilve oil as a moisturizer all the time, so it had to be the castor oil. Coconut oil also makes the bumps bigger and more sore. I can use it on the rest of my body and be fine, but can't get a drop of it on my face. I was using tea tree oil and it seems to dry it up but it's been weeks and I'm still not clear. So now I'm gonna try the ACV and yogurt."
[YEA] 07/02/2010: Melissa from Kirkland, Wa: "My second outbreak of Perioral Dermatitis began in Dec. 2009. I visited a dermatologist in January who confirmed the Perioral Dermatitis diagnosis and prescribed oral antibiotics as well as a topical steroid cream (same treatment used in my first outbreak seven years earlier). After completion of a one month round of oral antibiotics the Perioral Dermatitis seemed to come back with a vengeance. Being an individual opposed to taking antibiotics unless absolutely necessary I began researching alternative therapies for said diagnosis. I read on this website...earth clinic...that sometimes the chemical Sodium Laureth Sulfate can be responsible for said Perioral Dermatitis breakouts and by simply removing products containing this chemical from ones daily routine the issue will clear itself. This sounded simple enough until I realized that Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS) is a common ingredient in many, many personal hygiene products. However...persistence and a desire to cure this condition without the use of antibiotics and/or steroid creams paid off. There are many natural products...especially for babies/children...which are SLS free. I managed to replace everything from my shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothpaste etc. with SLS free products. I began to notice a reduction in the redness and flaking within 7 to 10 days and now 45 days out from the elimination of my SLS containing hygiene products my Perioral Dermatitis is completely gone! I am absolutely ecstatic to have a clear, flake free complexion without sacrificing my body to unnecessary antibiotics and steroidal creams. I would highly recommend to anyone who is/has suffered from Perioral Dermatitis to try this treatment. I am convinced SLS was the cause of my Perioral Dermatitis and will continue to be a supporter and user of SLS free products from now on."Replies
12/19/2010: Tracy from Fort Worth, Texas replies: "Would you mind compiling a list of certain products you switched to and where one could find them? I am in the midst of the absolute worst break out in my life. I have suffered off and on for 8 years and now it is beyond out of control :(
I look unsightly and can't even finish my Christmas shopping because of all the stares, not to mention my face is in so much pain, cracking, flaking. My husband doesn't quite get how severe this is emotionally and lolligags in going out to get treatment for me. I am starting to get depressed."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 12/22/2010: Brendan from Adelaide, South Australia replies: "Hey Tracy, My name is Brendan and I know exactly what your going through, I too have dermatitis all over my face and no matter what I do it seems to get worse. I hate going out and only really ever go out to the organic shop to get my vege's. It's ruining my life and I am so scared that I have to go back to uni in feb and endure the staring again. I have found stress is a major cause too as I am doing architecture which is full on and as the semester goes on it gets worse and worse. I never believed it before but I know stress is a major factor as when I went to Fiji this year for my bros wedding, my face cleared up in a couple of days, it was like magic. Im convinced the mud bath I went to when I was there had a healing effect but you cant bring the mud back so theres no way of proving that. After I got home to Adelaide and back to uni it progressively got worse and is now worse than its ever been. I've tried every remedy, natural or not, I could find and every med my dermatologist has ever reccomended which is a lot but im done with that now because I figure everything he's given me has only ever made it worse.
I am now just trying my very hardest to just eat as healthy as possible and supplement what I think could help, all I eat is basically raw organic veges and a bit of organic chicken as well as gluten free cereal in the morning with organic rice milk. Actually tonight I went crazy for the first time in months and had some green and blacks organic dark choc. It's my christmas gift to myself. I figure youve got to give your body the best chance to heal itself so feeding it well is the first step. Anyway, enough about me, I could go on all day about what ive done so far. All I really wanted to say was that ive found something a few days ago which has helped me somewhat, the first thing in ages which has had a positive effect. Its called Aveeno, daily moisturising lotion or theres another Aveeno skin relief moisturising lotion but that has menthol in it which may aggrivate your skin as it did to mine a little. It's made by johnson and johnson and im sure youll be able to find it in the states. If your like me you will read the ingredients and think "oh I dont know about this" as it contains things like alchohol and other chem sounding stuff which I would usually steer away from but Seriously it is the only thing in ages which has actually kept my skin moisturised for a decent amount of time, like overnight. My skin is still red but less so, it is more a pinky colour but still stands out as I am fair skinned irish australian. It still looks pretty bad but it is no longer so dry and tight and is a lot less flakey, almost not at all actually. I can now crinkle my forehead without it feeling tight and dry.
Anyway it is a step in the right direction, and has given me some glimps of hope for my condition. I know everyones skin is different but I thought it's definately worth mentioning and maybe you can do a test patch first before you go and use it full on. I would love to have a decent chat with you and maybe discuss things further as I have not found anyone with the same problem as me in all my searching and I think ive blabbered on for long enough on here, I tend to babble on a bit lol. My email is austmade(at)live(dot)com(dot)au Email me anytime for a chat. Dont give up, I know its so hard and I know exactly how alone you feel as nobody knows what it's like to have this constant burden on your mind. But I know there is a cure out there somewhere and I will not stop till I find it. It's so discouraging when doctor say "there is no cure" but all that means is they dont have it and they'd rather give you there bs meds which prolong your suffering and keep you poor. The way I figure it, the answer is something we need to find ourselves. The big pharm cos are making billions of dollars a year on skin condition meds which dont work so why would they cure us, that means less profit for them, somehow I doubt theyre gonna do it. They are afterall a buisness. Sorry, for going on and on. Try to have a merry xmas. Hope to hear from you soon, Brendan."
01/09/2011: Melissa from Kirkland, Wa replies: "Hi Tracy from Fort Worth... Sorry for such a slow response I have not checked back on this website in quite some time... As far as SLS free brands I have been using either California Baby Products or Burt's Bees Products. I am able to find both brands at Target stores in my area also both brandsÂ have websites where one may purchase said products. Â As far as my Perioral Dermatitis it continues to remain a thing of the past. Â I feel blessed to have been able to cure this problem with such simple small changes and wish you the best of luck."
[YEA] 03/24/2010: Miriam from Los Angeles, Ca: "When I was first diagnosed with perioral dermatitis about 6 years ago, the dermatologist advised that there were 5 primary provoking agents - cinnamon, vanilla, mint, fluoride and whitening agents in toothpaste. He had no explanation why these provoked outbreaks but suggested the elimination of all from my diet. His suggestion was validated by a second dermatologist.
I did so and have been remarkably successful in preventing further outbreaks. My dentist uses pumice as a cleaning agent as all the manufactured products have one of the offending agents. Plain dental floss. Non fluoride, non whitening, non mint toothpaste can be found at health food stores. Allspice can be substituted for cinnamon in baked goods and coffee can be substituted in some baked goods for vanilla."
02/22/2011: Anne Moss from Midlothian, Va replies: "I kept reading things on this website and then I saw the reference to cinnamon. I regularly eat saigon cinnamon with no issues but got a new type of cinnamon and that's when I got my serious breakout. It was when I saw this post that it hit me. Usually, if I break out or have a reaction it's due to something new or different in my diet. Thank you! Itchy eyes are gone.
To treat, I combined coconut oil, tea tree oil (5 drops per tsp or so of coconut oil) and a bit of neosporin. I also took coconut oil melted in water. It worked!"
[YEA] 09/08/2009: Melissa from Shelby, Mi Usa: "perioral dermatitis and nail polish
I had perioral dermatitis for a little over a year and a half. I was so angry because I could not find a cure. Anytime the rash would go away it would just return within a few days. Medical websites were no help and of course they have no idea what causes the rash. I came across a discussion where a girl stated that her doctor told her that the perioral dermatitis was caused by nail polish. I immediatly went in the bathroom and took of my finger and toe polish and the next day the rash was gone. I was so excited that this was a simple answer. However, confused at how nail polish could cause such a rash. After a while I forgot and painted my toes...sure enough the rash came back and I took the polish off once again and the next morning the rash was gone. I just wanted to share this and see if anyone else had the same amazing results."
[YEA] 05/04/2009: Carmen from Boston, MA: "I struggled for years with perioral dermatitis, not knowing what it was. It first erupted about five years ago -- in my late twenties -- but in small patches. I would get what I thought were recurring tiny pimples, clustered around the same spot, for months at a time, and then they would go away as fast as they came. About six months ago, they came around my left nostril and the right corner of my mouth and not only stayed -- they started to spread up the sides of my nose, into my nose, and down towards my chin. It was awful!
My doctor diagnosed it as POD and gave me metronidizol, which made it worse, so I stopped using it. I eliminated soaps with Sodium Laurel Sulfates and parabens, started using organic baby products, and tried all of the "natural cures" in the following order: Apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil, diaper rash cream, hydrogen peroxide. All of them seemed to irritate my skin further, and led to new outbreaks. Finally, I stopped using *all* face and tooth products. That's right: No soap, no lotion, no makeup, no toothpaste, no chapstick, nothing. I splashed my face with water, did goatsmilk yogurt masks at night, and brushed my teeth with hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. When my lips felt chapped, I used olive oil. My skin started to heal, although I did continue to get smaller, localized outbreaks, much closer to the ones I experienced over the last several years. I read about Violet Extract and tried applying it to these areas, and it seemed to have no effect. I revisited my dermatologist, who gave me erythromycin gel for the skin around my mouth and muciprin ointment for the areas with active outbreaks. They went away! (I am actually scared to declare this out of fear that I will jinx myself and bring them back, but it has been over a month now of clear skin!)
My regimen these days is super simple. I wash my face with water at night, use ACV to tone my skin afterwards (it now seems to be handling ACV, which helps control the oil factor) and, occasionally, I apply goatsmilk yogurt masks -- that's it! No soap, no lotion, nothing. My skin has not looked this healthy in years! I actually used new mineral makeup the other day for an event and, the very next afternoon, had a small outbreak under my nose. That made things pretty clear to me. The only drawback to not being able to put product on my face is that I have to be really careful about staying out of the sun as I can no longer use sunblock...
So, for those of you who, like I did, feel like you are doomed to eternity to live with a seriously unsightly rash, keep up hope! I know it's hard to go without makeup when you feel ugly and rashy, or not to use soap and lotion, but it's essential! Once your skin gets used to living without products, and you notice the results, you really won't miss them at all... And air travel is hassle-free (no more plastic baggies)."