Last Modified on Feb 02, 2016
What is Dermatitis?
Dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin that can be the result of any number of skin conditions, but usually stems from allergic reactions. Symptoms may vary between different forms of dermatitis, and they can range from rashes to blisters but always include red skin, swelling, itching, and sometimes lesions, oozing, and scarring. Eczema is another common type of dermatitis, known as atopic dermatitis; eczema is a chronic condition where dermatitis is typically temporary.
Along with allergies, dermatitis can be caused by skin irritations from soap, laundry detergents, and bleach. Typical allergens that cause dermatitis can be rubber, metal in jewelry, cosmetics, and perfumes. The necessary level of exposure needed to cause an allergic reaction may be brief or prolonged, it depends on the person's sensitivity to the substance.
NB: In eczema or atopic dermatitis, long-term use of steroid cream to treat dermatitis, while providing relief from symptoms, can actually exacerbate the condition; and discontinuing use of such creams can lead towards a cure.
Home Remedies for Dermatitis Treatment
This section of our folk medicine website includes cures for: Eczema, Discoid Dermatitis, Severe Contact Dermatitis, and Heat Rash. Each dermatitis cure is reported by our readers who have tried various home remedies and supplements to cure and find relief from these tricky skin conditions. Please send us your feedback about your own experiences with these home remedies for dermatitis!
Remedies for Dermatitis
[YEA] I have had PD for over 10 years now. The only prescription medicine that ever worked for me was the minocylline. It completely took it off. However, it will return and it is pretty expensive and most insurance companies have a hard time approving it for patients. Everything else that I have been told - stay away from fatty foods, flouride, sls products - has not worked at all and ACV w/green tea only slightly minimized it but caused itching. I have it pretty severe and I am really frustrated with it. I look at this site every so often and I finally took the advice of the gentleman who recommended acidophilus. He, however, removed flouride and sls products - I did not. I have maintained the same diet and I quickly felt results with the acidophilus pill.
However, I also suffer from occasional alopecia so I picked up a bottle of Biotin. I take one of each daily around noon as I also suffer from hypothyroidism and you cant really mix the medication for that with anything else for about 4 hours or so to be safe it doesnt stop the synthroid from working. I never write on these websites but this time I had to tell anyone who will listen and who suffers from PD that with me taking one pill of each acidophilus and biotin daily I must tell you that my PD has drastically been reduced. The biotin has also improved my facial skin that I dont need makeup anymore. I totally love my skin now and I am not embarrased anymore. I hated living my life with redness around my nose and mouth and noticed that it would worsen when I ovulated and the week before my menstrual cycle. (I know too much information but I think it is important to know because these are the times the flare ups would occur the worse and I have never read where anyone ever mentioned that. ) I have pink now... Pink - slight pink and hope that as I continue taking the vitamins it will slowly go away. Now, I must admit one thing, I dont know if it is the acidophilus or the biotin that is working these wonders but I did read the following on webmd for biotin deficiency symptoms:
"Symptoms of deficiency include thinning of the hair (often with loss of hair color), and red scaly rash around the eyes, nose, and mouth."
Does this sound familiar to anyone????? Isnt if amazing that after all the dermatologists we have visited, nobody has mentioned a possible biotin deficiency???? I have seen 3 different dermatologists and they all seem to blame it on the flouride and sls but will not confirm. Yet we trust them and do whatever it is they tell us to do. Flouride free toothpaste is not too cheap and sls free products arent either, yet we do it because nobody but us understands what it is like to live with this horrible redness in our face! Gosh it makes me so mad that all it took was some simple vitamins to rid myself of this PD that was harming my self esteem and ruining my pictures because of the redness. It only gets worse in extreme hot and cold weather too! If you suffer from PD and have tried everything like I have and have had no success, please give the acidophillus and biotin a shot. It cant hurt. I bought them right off the target pharmacy dept.... And to the people who recommended Acidophilus - THANK YOU.
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Elmwood Park, Il
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Charleston, Sc, Usa
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Started experiencing dermatitis (and maybe it's also heat rash) about 6 weeks ago. Just discovered this website and have started following some of the advice (ACV, Biotin). At night when the itching gets bad I discovered two things that help. 1) Sensitive Skin Aloe Vera, and 2) Ice Packs. Just wrapped them in a towel and laid them on the itching area. This gives great relief.
[YEA] A friend in the cosmetics field said the redness in the lines some people have from the nose to the corners of the mouth can be caused by mites. She recommended alcohol. Not having any on hand at the time I used Germ-X handwash, not the intended use for it, BUT it worked to stop the irritation and get rid of the redness and bumps. I noticed that IF MY DOG LICKED MY FACE I WOULD GET THE IRRITATION AGAIN! now I NEVER let my dog lick my face, ever! I'm sure I have him to thank for the mites I think I get. So Germ-X when needed, CLEAN BED LINENS OFTEN, AND NO DOG SLEEPING ON THE BED!!
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St. Pete, Fl
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Ten Mile, Tn Usa
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St. Pete, Fl
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Apple Cider Vinegar
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[YEA] I have eczema on my buttocks since I was 7 years old. I've tried ointments and creams but it was not cured. I read from a post in Earth Clinic that ACV can treat eczema topically. I followed the procedure of wetting cotton with ACV and applying directly to the buttocks. I got immediate relief from the itchiness after a few minutes. The itch did not occur since then. I decided to continue application until the skin condition is fully healed.
[YEA] I have a 1 year old boy who suffers from ectopic dermatitis. the doctor has recommended cetaphil lotion and cleanser but didn't work well with him. So I tried ACV when his taking a bath. but it didn't give much effect when you rinse it. So what I did I had an empty spray diluted 50/50 of water and ACV, then everytime he feels like scratching the skin, I would just spray some of the diluted ACV. After a day or two the redness is gone but still has to keep his skin hydrated so I put a lil petroleum gel.
[YEA] I have my eczema for about 8years. After trying all the recommended meds by professional not even single meds works for me. But one day when I diluted 50/50 vinegar and tap water and apply into affected area just for two times application day and night then using virgin oil day and night my eczema has been gone.
Acv for eczema or dermatitis: I am applying a 50/50 concentration of apple cider vinegar and water to eczema on my face and then rinse off after a while. I do this twice a day. I have followed this regime for a week.
My questions are:
1. How long should it take before I see progress?
2. the little bumps are still very itchy and not clearing. Is this normal? Should it not have gotten better by now?
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] I've been doing the Candida Diet (gnarly detoxing along with probiotics, ACV and yoghurt masks) for over a week and have experienced huge improvements, the only issue I'm troubled by is the spread of the dermatitis to the skin around my eyes. When I put the ACV near my eyes I can feel them respond and so I never put it too close, can I? Is the yoghurt mask making it worsen in this area? Are there any other solutions out there?
Preemptive thanks for helping cure my zombie eyes! I sincerely appreciate any advice and wish everyone the best with their health quests.
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I have been struggling with POD for four years now... But it has gotten progressively worse. I thought it was acne for a long while since it started during my first pregnancy, but once the pustules became unmanageable, I saw the dermatologist and was officially diagnosed with POD.
This summer has been the worst. My POD goes crazy in hot and humid temperatures and the bumps and pustules goes dormant during the colder seasons--leaving just a red patch on my skin and little bumps under the surface. Anyways, after going on four different rounds of antibiotics and two different creams, I felt defeated. Then I found Earth Clinic and began reading everyone's posts and got renewed confidence that I could beat this thing.
This thing (I think) is just a symptom of having systemic yeast overgrowth in my body (or Candida overgrowth). Based on a lot of others' advice on here, I began using organic AVC on my face (not diluted, but I'm thinking about changing that because it gets so red from it) and it helped dry out 75% of the pustules--a huge relief since that was what I was most conscious about. Then I began a Candida-free diet last week and began taking Caprylic Acid (anti-fungal) supplements. I began experiencing stomach flu-like symtoms from the dying yeast (also known as yeast-die-off) so I began backing off on the Caprylic Acid supplements. I don't need more toxins in my body than what's already there!
My face seemed much happier on the Candida-free diet even without the antifungal supplment. Then my daughter had her birthday and I totally messed up my diet. And what do you know? The next day my POD flared back up with a vengance!
That convinced me that my POD is yeast related and the only way to truly fix it is to fix what's going on inside me. I bought some high quality probiotics (billions of those buggers in each pill, not millions) from my health store and a Yeast-Be-Gone supplement that is supposed to eliminate the yeast-die-off symptoms. I have also got back on the Candida diet and have been faithful for four days now and my skin is getting much better. What I think is helping a lot too is I open one of the probiotic pills, I add a little water, and I apply that to my face as a sort of sticky cream. I am also doing some organic greek yogurt masks, which has helped with the redness of my skin.
However, I am starting to lose hope again. The Candida diet is crazy hard to maintain. Today I woke up feeling sick and shaky. This may be a yeast-die-off symptom (again), but still, I can't imagine eating this way for six months.
Today I found a website that sells a probiotic system/supplements that is supposed to rid you of Candida... But here's the catch... It also allows you to eat what you want to eat. AKA--no Candida diet.
The website is: www.candidasupport.org. Has anyone ever used ThreeLac probiotics before and had good results?
Thanks so much! This site has really helped me mentally and physically fight this skin condition!
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Church Hill, Tn, Usa
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Green Bay, Wi, United States
I have just been diagnosed with PD. Like others I started getting a few spots last year which quickly spread into really sore angry spots across my chin. I felt so self conscious. Doctor prescribed antibiotics for 2 months but they weren't working quickly enough for me so I went to a herbal chinese doctor who gave me a herbal cream and concotion of herbs to make tea to drink three times a day and herbal tablets. He said I had too much heat in my blood and recommended laying off spicy foods, lamb, etc. This definitely helped and when I finshed the course I only had some flare ups of small spots and redness but.... Problem was I then in my wisdom tackled the break outs by dabbing on a steroid... And well you all the problem with that. So I spent a good time thinking I was clearing it up when I've made it worse. I finally saw a dermatologist last week and I now have antibiotics again for 2 months, and an emulsifying ointment to wash with and use as a moisturiser too. No cosmetics, creams etc. I am also waiting for a further appointment to get patch testing done to establish if it is any of my regular products which are contributing to this. Of course I am now dealing with the big flare up following stopping using steroid, so had a couple of miserable days. The emulsifying ointment really softens the skin though making it feel more comfortable but it's pretty unsightly. I found this site last night so am off out this morning to get vitamins to try, buy non flouride toothpaste and I put ACV on it last night too.
There seems to be mixed comments though on how long the flare up lasts following stopping steroid - any views? Also some people seem to say it stops altogether and for other it comes and goes - can it disappear altogether? Finally I live in the UK but are there any brands of make up without SLS I could try? I know it's maybe vain but I work in a really public facing job and sometimes a bit of cover up just makes you feel better! Thanks
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Samlesbury, Lancs Uk
[YEA] Hi everyone. This site has been really helpful. I had horrible dermatitis all around my nose, chin, and side of mouth area. Nothing seemed to help. It's almost gone now after a few months of trial and error, and here's what did it: Apple Cider Vinegar was great as an astringent on my face and in water every day. About 1 tablespoon daily. I also took acidophilus and biotin, though those didn't seem to make a massive difference, I definitely do think they helped some. Then I bought Nixoderm and I use that morning and night. It's great. Then my friend who specialized in natural food remedies told me to start eating lots of cucumbers and cut out dairy. Wow. In just a few days the redness was going away, I had more energy, no more bumps, it's almost completely gone!! I HIGHLY recommend the cucumbers and no dairy combo. The skin of cucumbers is very good for your skin. Lastly - take a look at the stress in your life. Is there something that's bothering you nonstop? I found resolving a stressful situation in my life definitely dimished the bad outbreaks. Good luck!!
I would like to thank everyone who posted, I have had POD for a few years now and I have gotten steroids and creams for doctors and nothing has worked. I am using cortisone cream and it has made it worse and spread to the rest of my face. I have bought ACV and I am going to try putting it directly on the rash as well as ingesting it. Hopefully this works.
I am so glad that I found this site as my mother told me to go back to the dermatologist. From what everyone has said I no longer feel alone in thinking that those doctors have no idea what they are talking about. Everything that I have tried from them has made it worse. It is frustrating that these people go to school for this and it seems that they have "screwed" a few people over with their prescriptions. Anways enough with my rant, I am going to try this and hopefully it works and if not there are lots of great suggestions here! Thanks to everyone!
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Lake Forest, Ca
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Vancouver, Bc, Canada
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Hi all, I have been dealing with PD for 3 months now (Not nearly as long as some of you, I was so sorry to hear that some of you have been dealing for so long. ) My story sounds similar to many of you... Thought it was acne, went to a dermatologist and was perscribed Metronidazole and Protopic. I used both for about a week and didn't see any improvement, however the PD didn't seem to get worse either.
I found this blog and have started to use the ACV (ingesting & topically), yogurt and acidophilus (it's been two days). I have also eliminated products that contain SLS. I would like to say that I think the PD is improving, but that could all just be in my head too.
My question is... How much of the ACV should you drink? How often? How often should you apply the ACV topically? When should you apply the yogurt? Immediately after the ACV? How often? I have stopped using the Metronidazole, was that a good idea? Should I use it again in conjunction with the natural items? Finally... When should I expect to see dramatic results (i. E. Feeling like I can go out in public with out a bunch of red spots all over my face)?
Any advice/suggestions would be a great help! I appreciate what I've read so far and look forward to being PD free soon!
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Cincinnati, Ohio, Usa
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New Castle, Pa
I am taking Apple Cider Vinegar for dermatitis. My question is, do I have to stop taking it two days a week as Ted suggested? If so, can I still keep cleaning my body with it on the two resting days?
[WORKED TEMPORARILY] I think I may have spoken too soon. My face was completely clear of the POD on sunday after a week of using the ACV and now it is back- not as bad but still very red and dry. I started right back up with the ACV but diluted. I stopped using the ACV for maybe 2 days after my skin was normal, do I still need to use it even after my skin is clear? Or has my skin become immune to the vinegar? Has anyone had this happen to them? Also I'm using virgin olive oil after I put on the ACV to moisturize now, I hope this doesn't complicate things anymore.. I was so relieved and happy and now its back again. Ugh!
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Toronto, Ont, Canada
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Toronto, Ont, Canada
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