Last Modified on Apr 12, 2016
Treatment of perioral dermatitis ranges from avoiding inflammatory agents and ingredients to taking and using effective natural ingredients to offer relief. Avoiding makeup with allergens as well as certain foods is important for treating the condition. Additionally, certain topical and internal treatments can be utilized to manage the rash.
What is Perioral Dermatitis?
A facial rash, perioral dermatitis is characterized by bumps that develop on the face and are concentrated around the mouth. Additional symptoms of the condition include rash around the eyes, nose and forehead as well as an uncomfortable, burning sensation near the rash. The exact cause of the condition is unknown.
Natural Remedies for Facial Rash
The facial skin is extremely sensitive and requires appropriate treatment for preventing and relieving rashes. Avoiding makeup with bismuth oxychloride and other inflammatory agents is crucial for preventing and eliminating perioral dermatitis. Additional treatment options include apple cider vinegar, grapefruit seed extract and aloe vera.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has natural anti-inflammatory properties, which make it an effective treatment for relieving dermatitis. The compound is also antibacterial, so it also works to eliminate infection-causing toxins in and on the skin. Apple cider vinegar also contains a high concentration of necessary vitamins and minerals that replenish the health and vitality of the skin.
Grapefruit Seed Extract
Grapefruit seed extract is an effective treatment options for a variety of purposes. The extract works as an effective skin cleanser, removing toxins and bacteria from the face. The oil is also antibacterial, so it eliminates infection from the skin and body and treats the condition from the inside out.
Aloe vera is a natural anti-inflammatory compound. As such, aloe vera works to calm and soothe the skin. When used daily, aloe vera relieves the skin and prevents additional redness.
Perioral dermatitis is a condition of the face that involves redness, rash and inflammation. Effective natural treatments relieve the condition and prevent permanent damage that may result from the condition.
Continue reading to see what our readers have used to treat their perioral dermatitis. Have you tried one of these remedies or do you have one of your own to add? Send us your feedback!
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Thank goodness I found this page! I started taking acidophilus, biotin and evening primrose supplements. My condition has almost completely cleared in week. So happy! I'll be able to wear eye make up again soon :)
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Posted by Peggy (Rutledge, TN) on 04/18/2009
[YEA] I looked at the options available from this site and thought I would try the yogurt versus the acv. Mainly I couldn't understand burning your face as a natural treatment. I have dealt with this off and on for three years, usually in the winter months. However, this year I could not get rid of it. I have perioral dermatitis and the lesions just kept reappearing even though I had followed my previous solutions, such as removing SLS products from usage, washing with only dove soap, not using makeup on my face. I refuse to take tetracycline and a natural product was my only option. I tried the yogurt and acidopholis and within 2 days there had been an amazing transformation. You can hardly see the lesions, the redness is totally gone, the dry flakiness is non existent and you really have to look to see any remnants of the dermatitis. I highly recommend this and would recommend it to anyone. Why burn your face (which by the way is causing further damage to your skin) when you can get a nice cool mask, is fairly cheap, and you can pick the product up at your local grocery store. Just be sure you choose the organic plain yogurt.
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Posted by Holly (Boone, NC) on 05/20/2008
[YEA] I have struggled with perioral dermatitis until I heard about it being possibly a yeast infection and to use yogurt on the face. Of all the remedies I tried this worked the best completely getting rid of the PD. I simply put a "yogurt mask" on my face once a day and within two weeks the PD was gone. I also consumed more probiotics through supplements and fermented foods. Thought I would pass it on.
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Posted by B (Attica, IN) on 12/10/2006
[YEA] After being diagnosed with IBS and perioral dermatitis I knew I had to make a change. I did my research and talked to a few people at the health food stores and then added probiotic acidophilus to my diet. The first week I took 2 times the recommended amount, the second week I cut it down the recommended amount and then have stayed on that amount rather well the past 10 years. It has fixed all the problems with my skin as well as my digestinal tract. All the diseases of the body start in the stomach and colon, the acidophilus either in capsule form or yogurt help correct this imbalance. By fixing the imbalance, everything else falls in line. My skin is beautiful now. I would recommend this to any one suffering from any skin lesions and digestive problems.
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YEA (1) 100%Posted by Erica (Germantown, Md Maryland, United States) on 03/04/2013
[YEA] I recently had an outbreak of perioral dermatitis for the first time in 10 years. I tried a few different suggestions from this site including ACV and clendula cream, but the inflammation continued to get worse and it continued gradually spreading from the right corner of my mouth up to my eye and to the left side of my mouth. I finally stumbled on an article online linking the condition to cinnamon/cinnamon flavored foods. I thought about it and realized I had started taking a cod liver oil/butter supplement that was cinnamon flavored right around the time the dermatitis re-emerged. I have been off the cod liver liver oil for one week now and had dramatic improvement in the rash! So this is something to consider for those of you dealing with this painful and unsightly condition. Good luck to you all!
Posted by Rose (Sydney, Australia) on 01/23/2013
Hi to all, I'm from Sydney Australia and I have had a horrific outbreak (my first) of perioral dermatitis around my nose and chin area. Obviously did the wrong thing with using cortorsone cream thinking it would work which it didn't, however I got onto this website and read all the different blogs regarding which creams and ideas worked the best. So in the end I purchased Apple Cider Vinegar, which I put on evey 2 hours, this really stung and made my face very red yet it did dry it out which is what I wanted. I then purchased an aloe vera plant, cut the leaf in half and applied the gel straight from the leaf every hour. OMG, this is the goods. This is the best remedy I could possibly recommend. It takes the red out, dries the area and soothes it completely. I must say that the affected area is nearly clear after 3 days of using the leaf. If I was to recommend one product use Aloe Vera. Be aware, get the plant not the gel from the chemist, the reason being you need to apply the gel from the middle of the plant as it is the best and strongest. The outside of the gel closest to the leaf has a protective toxin so you don't want to use this only the middle gel. Good luck to all.
YEA (1) 100%Posted by Bridgette (Nyc) on 02/22/2014
[YEA] Let me just start off by apologizing for the length of this post and also saying that this is not going to be easy. I first got "perioral dermatitis" in March of 2012. I ended up going to four different dermatologist. I was put on harsh antibiotics which never seemed to fully clear up my skin. I was depressed and looking for that one miracle thing that would make it disappear. I read every post on earth clinic and bought every supplement that people recommended. In the long run, I spent hundreds of dollars on natural oils and supplements. I was really determined to cure it naturally. It's accurate to say that I did indeed try everything. Fast forward to December of 2013 and I will let you know what actually worked.
At the beginning of December, I got a cold and I was very sick for about 5 days. In this time, I couldn't eat anything aside from a little chicken soup. My face started really clearing up. The minute I got better and started eating normal food it freaked out once again. Something just clicked for me then and there so I started researching rashes and found that facial yeast infections and perioral dermatitis look identical. I then started reading everything I could on yeast overgrowths and how to cure it with diet.
I decided to wait until after Christmas to begin. I started what is called the Candida Diet on December 30th 2013. This Diet is very restrictive. Basically yeast thrives on sugar. Carbohydrates once ingested turn into sugar so you can't have those. No dairy, No Fruit. You can google the diet and it will give you all the details. Because it is so restrictive I decided to do the diet Monday through Friday. I would then treat myself on the weekends. During the week, I would eat chicken, eggs, and non-starchy vegetables and that was pretty much it. On the weekend, I would eat whatever I pleased.
My facial routine is quite specific but I believe that it played a huge part in the recovery of my skin. I wash my face twice a day with a soy facial cleanser. I then pat it dry and I would use a q-tip to apply tea tree oil to the entire rash. I would let the tea tree oil rest on my face for one minute and then pat the excess off. I would then spray thermal spring water on my face and let sit for one minute. I would then pat dry again and follow with a pea size amount of creme ancienne moisturizer patted into my skin. The moisturizer is expensive but worth every penny. You need a moisturizer like this to repair the skin especially because you will be drying it out with the tea tree oil. If you don't get hydration locked into your skin a couple minutes after using the tea tree oil you will only cause damage. The moisturizer is $280 but will last you a year so it boils down to about $23 a month. I did this facial regimen twice a day. When I wake up, I also chug two tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar everyday and I take a supplement called yeast cleanse (six capsules a day). I'm sure I could have cleared up my face a lot faster had I not had cheated on weekends but I needed them for my sanity.
It took 7 weeks for my face to completely clear up 100%. Now it is the best it's looked in years. It wasn't easy at all though. Some days I would really want to break the diet but I never did because each week I could see improvement. So, I held out till the weekends and never cheated during the week. I am so Thankful that this is what cured me. I am a different person now. Even though I am not on the diet anymore I eat a ton of vegetables and get my sugar mostly from a little fruit here and there. I do not eat like I used to nor do I desire to. I really feel like it was a message from God that I needed to cleanse my body from the inside out. If you go on a strict Candida Diet, I am certain that you can cure your rash. Hang in there. There's light at the end of the tunnel.
BETTER BUT NOT CURED (1) 100%Posted by Whydoibother (Spruce Creek, Pa) on 08/24/2012
I have been reading everyone's posts for 8 months and I swear I have tried EVERYTHING listed here-ACV, yogurt, probiotics, manuka honey, aloe, alcohol & peroxide, cutting out all sls, flouride, cinammon, spicy foods, pristine oral health, oregano oil, coconut oil.... NOTHING worked. Some things soothed it, but nothing made it go away. My dermatologist told me I had PD and of course gave me steriods and antibiotics- I read not to use steriods because they ultimately make it worse and the antibiotic cream did nothing- oral antibiotics gave me a whole body rash. For 8 long frustrating months I battled this "dermatitis" around my mouth and nostrils. It even traveled to my eyelid at one point. It finally just dawned on me that maybe it wasn't dermatitis at all, and that's why none of the remedies were working. I swear I don't know why I even bother going to the doctor anymore. I realized he hadn't even tested the rash in the first place, just was sure it was PD. If he had simply done a test to find out what was present on the skin, I wouldn't have struggled through 8 months of my life!!! I was reading something about athletes foot and it sounded much like the scales on my face- so I thought perhaps it was fungal. I applied Lotrimin Ultra and a perscription anti-fungal-ketoconazole cream 2% - that I had leftover from something else. I applied both to the affected area before bed, and by morning there was a marked improvement!!! I was thrilled. I applied am and pm for a week and it is TOTALLY GONE!!!!! TOTALLY GONE. So if nothing is working for you, perhaps it's not dermatitis at all. It is a FUNGUS growing in your skin- just like athlete's foot.
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Posted by Michelle (Santa Barbara, Ca) on 04/18/2011
Hello, I want to share a remedy that worked for me:
I was suffering from perioal dermatitis for 4-5 months. It moved to my nose area towards the end. I tried using ACV and I believe it helped a bit. But what really worked for me was the Antifungal Lotion. In about 2 weeks of applying the lotion twice a day I'm now finally free of the dermatitis.
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YEA (1) 50% BETTER BUT NOT CURED (1) 50%Posted by Rvazna (London) on 07/22/2013
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] Hi everyone. I never normally post on forums of any kind but I just want to say what a big help earth clinic has been in helping me get my POD under control.
I have had POD for nearly a year now... And it all started when I started University. After a lot of research I now strongly believe that POD is caused by a yeast overgrowth. My rubbish student diet, coupled with a lot of alcohol, hardly any sleep and exam stress resulted in a yeast imbalance in my system. For other people this can show up as rashes on arms/legs, or oral thrush, but for me it showed up as this horrendous rash which nobody knows enough about!
It started as a tiny bit of redness around one side of my nose, and spread to the other side of my nose. Thankfully, mine never got as bad as some of the pictures I have seen on the internet. When I was in University the rash remained as the tiniest bits of redness with no obvious papules/pustules around my nose, which I could easily cover with makeup. However, whenever I returned home the rash would spread. The first time I returned home the rash spread to the corner of my mouth, then when I returned to University it retreated back to my nose without me changing anything. The second time I returned home for 3 months at summer, the rash spread further from my nose down my naso-labial folds, some pustules and papules again on my chin and at the corner of my mouth, and this time I started seeing flaky skin on my eyes! At first I thought it must be a fluoride issue and a difference in fluoride content in the water supply between home and University. So I bought fluoride-free toothpaste, didn't use mouthwash etc... And nothing changed. I then checked the fluoride content of both of my homes and realised that at University my water was artifically fluoridated as was moderately hard... And at home my water was soft with naturally low fluoride. Surely if this is a fluoride problem then it should get worse at University????
Then I started looking deeper into earth clinic and did some research. And BINGO! What are the most popular cures on Earth clinic for POD? ACV (Apple cider vinegar), Grapefruit seed extract, oregano oil, genetian violet. Some people have even used Vicks vaporub, acidophilus etc. ALL OF THESE THINGS ARE USED TO TREAT YEAST/FUNGAL INFECTIONS! Apple cider vinegar, GSE and oregano oil are popular treatments for candida. Genetian violet has been used historically to treat fungal infections from babies wearing diapers. Vicks vaporub contains thyme and camphor - know antifungal ingredients and further research has shown people using Vaporub to treat toenail fungal infection and athlete's foot. That's when I began to realise that this was most likely what causes POD if fluoride/changing to SLS-free products hasn't worked for you.
After coming to the conclusion of yeast causing this my theory between my rash spreading at home and University is partly to do with water. Soft water (home) is acidic, hard water (University) is alkaline. Yeast thrives in an acidic environment, so thrives in my home water. Also, I believe that when I was at home with a healthier diet and no alcohol, the yeast was beginning to die. When yeast dies it releases toxins, often making symptoms appear worse - called "die off". I interpreted this as just my POD getting worse. POD is a symptom - not the CAUSE. There is something bigger going on with our bodies!
The reason why mostly women get this? We have naturally more yeast in our body compared to men due to yeast naturally inhabiting the vagina.
I then found a very helpful post on earth clinic by Nolan (link here: http://www.earthclinic.com/cures/perioral-dermatitis6.html#GF) which has confirmed all of my suspicions and I highly recommend anyone suffering from POD reads it.
So now I am treating myself for yeast. I am on a low sugar diet (but nothing as extreme as the anti-candida diet which says no sugar in any form), I am just not eating anything processed or high-carb, eating lots of veg, taking probiotics. I am also drinking ACV and oregano oil, eating garlic and applying oregano oil topically. When I am back in University and cooking for myself I will be going on a paleo diet - no grains, which I hope can help to heal my gut further after the abuse I have put my body through with a poor diet and alcohol consumption. My theory is that your skin is your body's largest organ and so your body is trying to rid itself of yeast through the skin - in the form of POD.
After only trying this regime for the past week (and my ACV has only just arrived today) my POD seems to be clearing - it is definitely less red, papules are getting flaky and drying up, no longer anything on my chin and no sign of anything spreading anywhere further. I am going to do an update after following the regime for a while, but please, if ridding youself of fluoride and SLS products hasn't done anything- - take a look at your lifestyle and see if you are a candidate for yeast overgrowth.
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Apple cider vinegar is the top cure for perioral dermatitis at Earth Clinic. Many of our readers have found healing for this tenacious health problem with a remedy that is already in many kitchen cupboards!
YEA (1) 100%Posted by Amy (Toronto, On) on 05/05/2015
[YEA] I have had perioral dermatitis come up twice. The first time I had it for a year before I realized what I needed to do, and the second time I knew what to do! Both times ACV, probiotics (100 billion enteric coated capsule each night before bed) and aerobic exercise cured it. Twice a day I put 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup of ACV in the bottom of a 1L jar and fill the rest with water. I drink as much as possible immediately at this strength and then fill it up with water again to dilute it. I sip on the rest as my thirst dictates. As for exercise, I started running approximately 5k 3x a week at a high intensity. Getting as much oxygen in as possible is the key. It really helps your body to flush out the toxins. I've always had a pretty good diet: minimal gluten, minimal dairy, but I love chocolate (sugar + candida prone) so I am sure my overindulgence sparked candidiasis and brought my POD back. Never again! Not only is my POD gone again but the eczema on my hands is gone and my skin is baby soft!
YEA (1) 100%Posted by Sherry (Vancouver, Wa) on 03/15/2008
[YEA] I found this site while looking for natural remedies for my perioral dermatitis that I have been battling w. for around 7 years. Before that time I never had any kind of rash before. I have taken oral and topical antibiotics many of times of the years with no or little relief from it. I was never told it could be allergies of any kind.....although now reading through some of the other testimonies am beginning to think this. I have been using ACV 1x daily on the affected area before bed. It definently burned and turned red..when I awoke the next morning the bumps had scabbed over and were indeed healing themselves. Also...just to note that I have been putting Yogi green tea bags on my rash 1-2x's a week and also washing w/ baking soda before bed about 4x's a week. Have noticed dramatic changes in skin. My skin tone is great and my pore size has changed as well. Small wrinkles on forehead have even become less noticeable. Not sure which product is responsible for such changes...perhaps it is the combo. I am loving it though...my check book is loving it too!!
YEA (3) 100%Posted by Shelly (Canada) on 03/16/2016
[YEA] As many people have stated before, this is my first post on a forum like this but PD has affected me so deeply I wanted to share my journey. I hope at least one person will find the hope and positive effects that I received from reading other members posts about this embarrassing condition.
My PD actually started about a year ago as a small red bumpy rash on my chin near the corner of my mouth. I have sensitive skin so just chalked it up to a winter rash of some kind. I was at my family doctor for a different reason and mentioned the rash and was prescribed a steroid cream to treat it. Worked like a charm. It was my little skin care army cream that I would use anytime something would pop up . Then one day it just stopped working. I had clearly abused the cream and was now paying the price.
I have been dealing with a bad, angry flare up for the past three months. It spread from a small patch near the corner of my mouth to all the way around my chin and then up around my nose. I googled the heck out of the rash to try and find natural cures. Nothing seemed to be working - not even my cream. Then I found this website. I immediately cut out the cream (and people are right - you do get worse before you get better). The rash looked angrier than ever and even spread up around and on top of my eyes.
My Regime - this is what I found worked for me.
The first week I cut out the cream and any face wash. I was using coconut oil to remove my makeup. I would then apply undiluted apple cider vinegar (with the mother) on a cotton ball directly to the affected areas. I would suggest doing this process over a weekend as the rash really got red and inflamed. I would then apply a Calendula salve to the area without washing my face after the ACV application. I did this about 4-5 times a day. During the week I would only do it 2-3 times a day. After week one not much difference. In hind sight I think I might have been detoxing from the steroid cream still.
Week two - I began applying diluted ACV letting it dry and then applying a coconut oil to moisturize my chapped skin. I do ACV twice a day and moisturize about 3-4. I am still in week two, but the PD has gone down significantly. My main issue is now the dry skin and not the redness or bumpiness from the PD! It should also be noted that I cut out all SLS and have been using just baking soda to brush my teeth.
I hope that my post might help at least one person out there. The embarrassment that this condition caused me was unfair. It robbed me of my social life for quite a while as even make up couldn't fully hide my PD. Just stay committed and be disciplined and you will see success! Good luck on your journey!
Posted by Cristy (Nashville ) on 09/14/2015
[YEA] I got perioral dermatitis from using topical steroids and nasal steroids. I went to the dermatologist and she confirmed my diagnosis. She prescribed me another topical solution but I decided not to use it and go the natural route. The two main things that helped reduce the inflammation for me were ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) diluted then calendula oil.
I also thought this condition could've been linked to my hormones since I am 43 and have used nasal steroids for years and never had this problem. So I also cut out sugar, coffee and ate cleaner (although I already was eating clean) and started drinking more green tea and bone broth. I believe the bone broth truly helped too. It balances hormones. My PD cleared up in less than a week. I didn't wear much makeup and only used zinc oxide mineral sunscreen. I will now wait and see and hope the PD stays away.
Posted by Green (Cape Town, South Africa) on 05/24/2011
[YEA] I would like to share my positive feedback and advice with others, suffering with Perioral Dermatitis. After using cortisone cream on my face for months and suffering with facial eczema, I decided to stop the cortisone cream and try a natural remedy to cure my POD. This past week I had the worst POD breakout of my life. It was pure hell and it was hard not to go back to the easy fix, the cortisone cream.
I discovered your website and read more about the Apple cider Vinegar treatment and Calendula cream. For the last 5 days I've been following this regime. The first 2 days, my skin became red and dry but I just kept using the Apple Cider Vinegar internally and externally. I also used pure organic Calendula cream, and this soothed my skin a lot. My eczema improved, but it wasn't cured, until I discovered products online. The HONEY&PROPOLIS cream saved my skin. I promise you, after 2 hours of application, my skin is 95% cured. These products are available on the website www.faithful-to-nature.co.za They specialize in organic skin care and products and they have products specifically for eczema/dermatitis. I bought the Calendula soap, the Honey&Propolis cream and the pure Calendula oil. Please do yourself a favor and see if you can get hold of these products, because it saved my skin. Thank you Earth Clinic for your help in educating & supporting people in choosing a healthier way of healing.