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Natural Remedies for Perioral Dermatitis

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

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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22 User Reviews | 5 YEA | 1 NAY | 1 BETTER BUT NOT CURED

Posted by Aarica (Venice, Ca) on 07/19/2013

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 :)

Replied by Jennifer
New Jersey
My son was diagnosed with POD last year. We've seem help:( So I finally started researching online. Happy to find this site, understand the frustration many of you are going through.

We started with his diet which is mainly very good, low sugar & starches, fresh fruits. No raisins, cinnamon or tomatoes (heard theyre high in fluoride). Didnt see an improvement but doing it for good measure. Hes taking a child Probiotic & using Spectro Jel for kids heard some good reviews. Its very mild, cleanses gently & has moisturizers that are not irritating. We made an ACV toner with 10% acv, some manuka honey & 90% spring water. Hes also is drinking & using spring water to wash his face. Wash at nite then use the toner I also use a little neem oil in the morning & after the toner cause of the drying. I'll let you know how it works we are going to keep using the toner for a while unless we see it get really bad.

This dermatitis is a pain the you know what but we are trying everything for our little guy. Oh I tried Calandula but didnt see an improvement took away the dryness but then got red & it spread a little. The Neem seems to keep it at bay as of now. Let me know if you have any tips:) I wish you all luck & like others say just hang in there and stay positive.

Replied by Jennifer
New Jersey
Forgot to add my son is eating organic plain yogurt everyday and we are waiting to receive Osmia Organics Black soap. Let you know how it works. I also found out that since California Baby has changed its Calendula cream formula many people have noticed burning, and not the same results with the prev. formula. Maybe that's why my son didn't have good results. I do notice though the days we have not moisturized it, me thinking I'm giving it a break from the oils let his own oils do their thing. The next flair ups are pretty bad.
Replied by Jennifer S
New Jersey
We stopped the ACV toner for now his POD is just too irritated but we plan to use it again when its calmed & a little more under control. I bought another Calendula cream, Nelsons, its only active ingredient is extract of calendula officinalis tincture unlike California baby..its working well. Also trying raw Shea butter for moisture. Tried Emu Oil didn't notice anything. The Neem was okay but needed something better. We are using Osmia Black Clay Soap and I think its helping. Says it can take up to a month to notice decent results so. Also advised to do 2 raw honey/manuka masks a week. I might try yogurt mask too. Oh & stay away from petroleum/petrolatum based ointments etc.

Here's a list of other options that people say have helped: Pure aloe Vera or gel even juice, Evening primrose supplements, Lavender oil, Magnesium oil, Grapefruit seed extract, Raw coconut oil, Oil of oregano made in Mediterranean (cavacrol), Castor oil, Arnica Montana, Psoriaflora/florasone, Dermaspray, Tericonazole, Lotrimin ultra, Hopes relief, Witch hazel, Peroxide, Flax seed oil, Green tea, Nixoderm, tea tree oil, garlic, Neem soap & Dr. Bronners mild/baby soap.

Replied by Jennifer
[YEA]   My son is much better. We used Black Clay soap once everyday. Then immediately moisturized with Raw shea butter. Still stay away from certain foods esp starches and sugar. Keeping up with healthy probiotics and drinking and washing with spring water. Most days it's not much of anything even totally clear, but some days he gets red in two areas under his nose & gets maybe 2 random derm spots look like tiny pimples. We think he will slowly get rid of it so patience is key but going Natural was everything! Gonna try a little GSE and ACV see if there's any difference. Thanks to all the advice he's looking great!

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.

Replied by Deanna
Calgary, Alberta Canada
Hi All, I too suffered from perioral dermatitis for about 6 years. After several rounds of tetracycline, I began to research possible causes. The main culprit appeared to be fluoridated toothpaste. About 2 weeks after switching to natural, fluoride-free toothpaste, the dermatitis went away. It was amazing. I started to suffer from it again after moving to another city only to realize the water was fluoridated. Switching to a fluoride-free water source ie)drinking bottled water, the dermatitis disappeared again. Be advised however that many foods contain high levels of fluoride such as grapes, raisins, tomatoes, beer and many many more. These should also be avoided if the condition persists after eliminating fluoridated toothpaste and water.
Replied by Sally
Portland, Oregon
i also suffer from this condition and i agree that using yogurt both topically and eating it works well, but i also think acv works amazingly well! if you dilute it with water it doesn't burn
Replied by Eve
Portland, Or
I keep reading, and have a question, what is acv? my daughter has keritosis polaris, anyone with any suggestions would appreciate it.
Replied by Herbalshakti
Oakland, Ca
"ACV" = Apple Cider Vinegar. Raw unflitered and that has not been pausteurized is best.
Replied by Lisa
Miami, Fl
[YEA]   Try taking an acidophilus pill along with a biotin pill. It has worked wonders for me. I dont even need makeup anymore! I have suffered from PD for over 10 years! I have finally found something that works without giving up flouride, sls products and all the other crazy things that dematologists claim to cause it. Really simple - 2 OTC vitamins Biotin and Acidophillus! See what it says on webmd for biotin deficiency.....

"There isn't a good laboratory test for detecting biotin deficiency, so this condition is usually identified by its symptoms, which include thinning of the hair (frequently with loss of hair color) and red scaly rash around the eyes, nose, and mouth. " (

Does this sound familiar to anyone? I suffer from occasional alopecia but somehow none of the three - yes 3 - dermatologists I have seen were able to figure this out. One dermatologist prescribed minocylline which I must admit completed cleared it but it is quite expensive and very difficult for insurance companies to approve. Also, it will return as it is not permanent. I have tried everything and this is the best my facial skin has looked in over 10 years! I am so happy that I had to share this with anyone who will read.... Good luck to you and I wish you the same success as me!!!

Replied by Alyson
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
I did a 7 day total body rapid cleanse bought from a natural foods store and during the 7days I noticed little bumps above the corner of my lip. The manager at the store told me this was normal as all the toxins in your body come out of your pores etc... This was 6 months ago, this condition continued to get worse and worse. I'm fed up and have been researching my condition. So like most of you, I believe I have Perioral Dermatitis. My whole life I had perfect skin, very rare did I get a blemish. It's amazing how this cleanse caused this awful face condition. I'm taking in all that you have suggested. I've been using the Apple Cider Vinegar and will buy the acidopholis capsules and perhaps biotin pills too. The greek yogurt sounds interesting so I'll buy that too (just seems a bit messy to sleep with).

My question is, can I still moisturize? The ACV is really drying out my skin and this is sooooo embarrassing considering I have to doll myself up at work every day so flaky nasty skin with makeup is a bad combination. I'm assuming I shouldn't be exfoliating either, because when I do, yes the flakes are gone- but then I'm breaking open the infection and that probably isn't helping. This condition sucks!!! I can't even imagine how some of you have lived years and years with this. I feel for you :(

Replied by Maria
Gippsland, Australia
Hi Alyson , Aloe Vera gel is very good for moisturizing the skin and it's long term use can help to heal skin issuses. Our skin does help get rid of toxins but when it does it to excess it is usually because your liver is over loaded. Which could easily be the case when an intense liver cleanse is done. I think it would be worth while giving your liver some support, there are a few suggestions on EC that could help. A good startng point is lemon juice in warm water first thing in the morning. Supplementing with milk thistle and also taking turmeric. Plus if your system is acidic (just do urine ph test) do one of the alkalizing remedies.

All the best.

Replied by Debbie
Melbourne, Australia
Alyson, any skin condition according to Ann Wigmore in her book Be Your Own Doctor is a Digestion issue.

Try probiotics and digestive enzymes. You may have a Leaky Gut so reasearch that. Read Natasha McBrides book.. Google "GAPS diet". There are some youtube videos on her.

As Maria suggested lemon water is good.

I would also buy liquid chlorophyl, spirulina and chlorella. Stay away from processed foods they all contain MSG). No "diet" anything as they contain Aspartame. Grow your own herbs. Add unrefined sea salt to your diet. No processed salt.

I would also buy a colloidal mineral solution and take that daily.

Replied by Peggy
Rutledge, Tn
This is an update on my original posting. I used the yogurt on my face if I get a bad break out, which began to happen more often lately. I also began using the ACV which worked for a little bit but then after about 6 months it was no longer helping. I returned to this website to see if anyone had any more answers. I don't use anything with SLS or flouride in it but still was having breakouts, mainly around the lower outer rim of my mouth. I tried Ted's remedy, slightly. In the USA borax is a laundry soap and I refuse to drink laundry soap. I did try mixing the borax and peroxide but that just dried out my skin.

So I tried just the peroxide. Within a week my face was totally clear. I use it at night and in the morning and have been doing so for a month now and still clear. I have had one small pimple similar to when I have a full fledge break out, put the peroxide on it and it is gone in a day or so. I also use a product from Mary Kay (I do not sell it, I just use it) that helps the skin stay nice and soft. I will keep everyone up to date as to if this continues to work. Unfortunately I think this is going to be an ongoing issue but if I can maintain it and keep it under control I am happy.

Replied by Cara
Marina, Ca, Usa
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   My PD was really bad about three months ago even though I was doing everything my dermatologist told me to. I was on 150mg of doxycycline and clindamycin and I wasn't wearing makeup or using anything on my face. I even got rid of all personal products with fluoride, SLS and petroleum. I was really sick of taking antibiotics without any sign of them working so I decided to try a new approach, stopped the antibiotics and gel and bought Epicuren Acidophilus Probiotic Facial Cream at the spa where I work. My product trainer said that it limits bacterial growth that causes acne by depositing good bacterias that inhibit them. I thought maybe it would do something similar as the gel but in a healthier way, cause we do need bacteria on our skin and shouldn't killing all of it be bad for you? It actually started working in about a week and seriously improved my PD in like two more. I started taking Acidophilus supplements to help it. It got to the point where it was only one red bump and no rashiness for awhile, but I switched up the routine and now it's all angry again. But I honestly believe using this stuff twice a day was what tamed mine.
Replied by Tina
Canton, Ohio
[SIDE EFFECTS]   I have recently self diagnosed myself with POD, after reading all the comments here I decided to try the Acidophilus and Biotin. I noticed my face was very red after taking these probiotics, is this normal? Does it take several doses before the redness stops appearing? Being that I just got this 3 weeks ago, what do you suggest I do first?
Replied by Hina
Phoenix, Az
Along with this treatment (which I believe is helping) try mixing Seasalt with a facial oil (I happened to have Aloette facial cleansing oil - I'm not promoting this product - I've had it for about 5 years and never used it until now - I think an organic olive oil would work as well). Rub it on the PD gently, leave on for a few minutes and wipe off. I did this 3 times a day, in the morning, after I got home from work & before I went to bed. During the evening treatments I wouldn't put anything on my face afterwards for about an hour - then I would put on an SLS free moisurizer. I started it on Sunday afternoon and its almost completely gone by Thursday. Hope this helps - I know how frustrating it is. It also makes your skin very smooth and soft.
Replied by Nicola
Wexford, Ireland
[YEA]   Thank You Sooooooooo Much. I was trying all sorts of creams and everything and nothing was working! I felt so disgusting and ugly that I didn't want to leave the house- it has lasted weeks and weeks!!

So I got natural goats yogurt, and opened an acidophilus tablet and mixed it in, and put a bit of it on my face as a face mask, and ate the rest. It dried in pretty well as I did a thin layer so I slept with it on- In the morning there was a notable difference!! I've done this for the last 3 days/ nights as often as I can- I'm still wearing make-up when I go out and in work etc. - but I wash my face as soon as I get home and put on my new face mask!
I'm also taking 3 x Acidophilus tablets (ie. swallowing) everyday and my digestion has massively improved, which is a big helper in getting rid/ detoxing this rash off my face.

I'm also taking the Biotin, which I read here.

I hadn't realised how bad my bowel movements had been (maybe every second day), but since I started the Acidophilus they are at least if not twice a day- sorry for TMI- but I think it's rather important for this rash- the digestive system seems to need to be in order from what I'm getting from the cures that are working.

When it's dry before I put on make-up I'm using raw coconut oil before my foundation (just in case theres any other women like me who can't leave house without make-up! )

The rash is almost gone completely! Thank You Earth Clinic & contributors!!! I LOVE you!

Replied by Alana_marie3
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
I have been battling POD under my eyes since March 2012 (but was unaware it was POD)... And just this month (June 11), I was diagnosed by a Dermatologist with POD. Like everyone else, I had been using steroid creams prior (to treat eyelid exzema) as well as using it to treat what I now know is POD for the last 4 months, as per my GP's recommendations :(

It has been almost 3 weeks now since I discontinued the steroid cream. 2 weeks after discontinuation, I had a horrible breakout. I was dead set on taking the Minocycline prescibed to me, although I was soooo against it. I held off. I cut out coffee and alcohol as much as possible. Starting drinking green tea. Cut out the steroid cream. Starting taking strong probiotics. I have to make note that I do have IBS which has been really bad lately, and I noticed a HUGE difference in my stomach problems within ONE day of taking this probiotic. ITS AMAZING! I was recommended this probiotic by my cousin who cured his horrible acne with this, as well as a very strict diet. From his experience & determination, I have alot of faith in curing these things naturally.

I believe the cause of my POD is a combination of steroid cream, stress, and liquor intake. My horrible rebound breakout 2 weeks after the steroid cream discontinuation was last Monday. The week since, my POD has gone down DRAMATICALLY. I do have Minocycline antibiotic on hand if I become too distressed with another horrible breakout, but if I can keep the POD tame with a few lifestyle changes and supplement additions, I will be so greatful. I am terrified of antibiotics, and will do anything I can to avoid them.

These are the following things by list that I have done to help my POD:

1) Stopped coffee, I now drink green tea every morning (for the past 3 weeks)

2) Limiting alcohol intake & sugar.

3) Started a probiotic which has already fixed my stomach problems, which may be an additional cause to my POD.

4) Yogurt mask every night for 30 min, plain organic yogurt with live cultures.

5) Following the yogurt mask, I apply a mix of pure calendula oil and coconut oil to the rash. By morning, the inflammation is greatly reduced.

6) I am taking oil of oregano every day internally and sometimes applying it with the calendula and coconut oil topically. It does burn a bit, so I don't use it topically all the time as the eye area is so sensative. However it is antibacterial so it believe it may help.

7) I take Omega 3, 6, 9 supplements along with Primrose oil supplements.. all of which are supposed to improve skin health.

8) For my eyelid eczema, which I also needed to cure in order to cut out the steroid cream.. I have found a miracle lotion via my Dermatologist --> La roche pose toleriane intense smoothing lotion. It does not work instantly but I have been applying it numerous times a day along with pure calendula oil (to reduce itching) and it has been a miracle. I will continue to apply it through the days as long as I have to. It is also very gentle, and not loaded with nasty ingredients. NO MORE STEROID CREAMS FOR ME!

Those are my tips, and they have helped keep my rash calm. And I hope with my new routine and determination to fix up my internal health and digestion system, that my skin will heal itself. Antibiotics are my last resort and I pray that I don't have to use them, but I do feel lucky that they are at least an option.

Replied by Gilbertmom
Gilbert, Az, Usa
Peggy, did your perioral dermatitis ever return after getting rid of it with the yogurt masks and taking probiotics? I am trying what you recommended to clear up mine. Thanks!!
Replied by Beliner
St. Louis, Mo
Does anyone know the dosage for acidophilus & biotin for perioral dermatitis?
Replied by Michelle
New York
All of this info. has been so..helpful, thank you....was at my wit's help from doctors...time to be the greatest advocate for thing I do have to add to the plethora of ideas here is my years of experience working with macrobiotic counselors, is that the lips and mouth area, face in general with the idea that the skin never almost all entirely comprised in this area as trouble with liver, kidneys, and lungs.... mouth issues comprising the entire digestive tract; ie.stomach and intestines and upper lip being upper part...bottom lip being intestines, colon, etc. the thinner the lips the tighter the hold and constriction on such ...and the chin in particular being reproductive organs...which is probably why it affects more women than men and particularly in the 20-45 yr men it is a sign of active prostrate....leading to being more sexually active...the cheeks being the lungs..remember there is a connection between the lungs and the digestive is between the head and heart....look it up. Macrobiotics...the face never lies....<3..enjoy your will lead you to the truth.

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.

Replied by Lenni
Juneau, Alaska
What kind of yougurt did you put on your face? & Has it ever came back yet?
Replied by Holly
Boone, NC
Lenni, It does come back if I do not stay on top of the use of probiotics which my main source os from fermented foods. I must say the yogurt, which I use plain goats milk but any plain should do, make my skin feel so good that I use it several times a week.
Replied by Hope
Fresno, Ca
hi! so im trying the yogurt mask and i was wondering if anyone can tell me how long do i leave the mask on? thanks soo much
Replied by Kelly
Washington, Dc
Hello, I hope I can get some answers from this site. I use to suffer from cold sores as a teenager, but in my twenties they stopped. Then in the last 2 years I have been suffering from what I believe is perioral dermatatis. I keep getting breakouts every couple/few months in which start with a tingling feeling (thats how I know it is coming) right under my nose (mustache area) then the bumps come, and they last for about 1 week. They itch in the first 3-4 days and then I guess the healing time starts and within 10 days it has cleared up. The blisters are clearish in color and have clear pus in them. After they dry up the scar healing process usually leaves a pink scar which fades within months. I don't know what to try. I know they are not cold sores or herpes, they only come to 1 spot on my face, which is right under my nose, above my lip (mustache area). I don't get them anywhere else. I do drink alcohol pretty frequently, and I read that is one of the signs of biotin deficiency. I use Dove sensitive bar for washing my face and coco butter for moisturizer. Please advice on me what it can be and any remedies. Thanks.
Replied by Andoy
Boise, Id
Looks like you have acidic body. Suggest you go to and search the site. Then ask Moreless for suggestions.
Replied by Sharon
Philadelphia, Pa
This is to Kelly from Washington DC. DO NOT PANIC!! It sounds to me like you have a form of herpes (Cold sore type NOT STD). By the way, 80% of the human population has this virus. The best way to find out for sure is to have a Dr. culture a lesion when you begin to blister. If this is what you have it is best to know. The virus can travel to other parts of your face and possibly cause blindness if it gets in your eye. You must take precautions to keep it from spreading or transferring to someone else.

Here is a webpage with some more information:

I am in no way associated with the site, I just googled homeopathy & herpes.

Replied by Dawn
Springfield, Ohio
[NAY]   I don't think it's herpes. I have the EXACT same symptoms and I've tried typical herpes treatments (before I was diagnosed with POD. ) I will say my face itches more than most people report. And no, acidophilus and yogurt masks have not worked for me. I even bought Kefir which has 10 different types of live bacteria in it. I used it twice daily for a couple days and it's only getting worse. I've tried everything and I'm starting to lose hope :(
Replied by Leslie
New Castle, Pa
Try Nixoderm. I bought it online through ebay for a couple dollars. I put it on at night.
Replied by Carlene
Boise, Id
Such a difficult thing to get a handle on. I am post-menopausal and thought the skin issues were a thing of the past, then wham - last year about this time I started with this horrible itching, redness and scales. Started under my nose, spread to below my lower lip on my chin, and eventually even spread up to my eyebrows. What I found that finally cleared mine up was a zinc soap by Cynthia Bailey - no moisturizers - even coconut oil flared mine up, a couple of rounds with Gaia's Oregano Oil. Also started a B-complex and vitamin C. Totally agree with healing the gut. Kill the bad bacteria (Oregano Oil), replenish the good bacteria with a good probiotic after about two weeks on the Oregano Oil, eliminating any toxic chemicals from personal care products (got pretty good at making my own cleaning and personal care products using essential oils), eliminating fluoride in toothpaste and foods, and being very vigilant in eliminating wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, corn, sugar, chocolate, coffee, cinnamon, and peppers. I'm happy to report that the POD is now a memory - but it did take probably 4-5 months to resolve.

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.

Replied by Colleen
Virginia Beach, VA
I was wondering what probiotics helped the skin rash.
Replied by Violet
St. Pete, Fl
I have perioral dermatitis also and have been unsuccessful with several topicals I've tried. (castor, VCO & neem). I am starting now with the probiotics so I hope I will see some results with this route.
Replied by Anne
Yakima, Wa, Usa
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   I can't tell you how happy I am to have found this site! I have suffered from Perioral Dermitits for about 6 years and could not figure out what it was or how to get rid of it! My doctor told me what it was after the normal acne treatments didn't work. I have what start out as small bumps, and at times stay small bumps, or they become larger and larger each day and are almost like a blister. Itching, burning, the whole thing. I was using Physician's Formula makeup thinking it was good for me, and Oil of Olay Anti-wrinkle cream. To cleanse I used either Neutrogena Acne Wash or Dove soap. My dermatologist told me I had "ultra sensitive" skin and needed to change everything, my shampoo, soap, laundry detergent, all of it. I changed to a sulfate free shampoo and my head stopped itching, and I no longer get the bumps on the back of my neck at the hairline. And here all this time I thought they were ingrown hairs! I changed my makeup back to Cover Girl for sensitive skin and immediately noticed a difference. I still had issues but it was better. A friend of mine who had bad acne scarring and rosacea said she was using Murad and Aveeno Calming Cream moisturizer and her face looked amazing so I tried those. I immediately started seeing results, a few times my face was almost totally clear but it would always come back, but instead of lasting upwards of 6 weeks it would only last 2, so much better! This last month I had quite a breakout and here I am 6 weeks later and it's just now healing. However, a few days ago I found this site, and I read the posts about using ACV, yogurt masks, and the acidopholis. I also read somewhere about sunscreen and Aveeno having chemicals even though it's labeled "naturel. " That did it... No more Aveeno! I went to the health food store the next day and bought some natural skin cleanser, toner, moisturizer (Earth Science brand), acidopholis capsules, and organic greek yogurt. I have been using these produsts for only 4 days and my skin looks AMAZING! I felt and noticed a difference the very next day! I am hooked on the yogurt mask, and right now I'm using once a day for 20 minutes. I do still use the Murad system only in the morning, and may stop all together to see what happens. I am hoping this does the trick! I'm thinking the sunscreen in the moisturizer may have been what was causing me to still have breakouts. I was using a Neutrogena face powder with sunscreen in it when this all started.... The speed in which my face began to heal these last few days just amazes me! Keeping my fingers crossed, I like what I see so far!!!
Replied by Jackie
Syracuse, New York
I have had PD for about 4 months now. It started with a small bump in the corner of my mouth that slowly spread. My mother told me to try to put a little bit of her topical steroid cream on it and it worked and cleared it up. When it started to come back again it would go away after I spent a few days out in the sun so I didn't use the cream again. Once the winter months started to hit and I wasn't spending time outside anymore the rash slowly got worse. I started putting the topical steriod onto it more frequently and it progressively got worse, and then came to find out about 5 weeks ago that PD is caused by topical steroids!

I immediately quit putting the steroids on my face and had an awful angry flare up that was hideous and so embarrassing. Then it got a little better but was still all red and crusty and embarrassing. So I looked and found this website about 2 weeks ago. I bought organic ACV with "the mother", plain organic yogurt for masks, and started eating probiotic yogurt daily. I saw a huge improvement with the masks, but just the past two days after upping my ACV treatments to 4-5xday undiluted my PD got super angry and irritated. It does get worse during my menstrual cycle but it has been bad this time.

For me, I'm thinking the ACV has actually made it worse. Starting today I'm stopping the ACV all together and doing 20min yogurt masks in the am and pm since that has seemed to work before. I went out and bought acidiophilus pills today and started taking them. I am also considering buying organic coconut oil to apply after my yogurt masks since some people have had success with that. I do want to try to avoid taking antibiotics if I don't have to. I will post later to give an update on if this new refined treatments have improved my condition or not. I feel for everyone who has this disease, I dread going to work at my hospital because everyone thinks I have some weird disease and the harsh flourescent lights make it look just awful :(

Replied by Rachel
Kansas City, Missouri
[YEA]   I have been struggling with PD off and on for years, not knowing the official name of the ailment until this year when it got so bad that I consulted a determatologist who prescribed doxicycline. After two months of antibiotics I saw little improvement and decided to conduct research on the internet.

The worst for me was feeling new bumps grow, the itching and burning, and not being able to stop it. Hydrogen Peroxide would stop the itch and allow the bumps to crust, but at the same time it would destroy good skin and make the condition worse in the long run.

This site recommended yogurt (plain, organic) and acidophilus, and the results were amazing! I have been using both for two weeks now, and as of today I only have two little bumps left. I know that my PD perhaps is not "cured" but I now know how to fight it.

Here is what I have learned during my fight:

1. White crust does not mean healing, somehow the bacteria seems to hide under the crust, and the best is to remove it and treat it with yogurt. Once the spots turn red and stay red (no crust) they are actually healing.

2. Anti-biotic creams only angered my PD, and steroid creams appeared to feed it.

3. I kept yogurt handy and applied a thin layer even at work if I felt an itching, new bump growing sensation.

4. My kids renamed me "yogurt face" so expect a certain amount of ridicule from the family - but totally worth it.

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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!

Aloe Vera  

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.

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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.

Antifungal Lotion  
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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.

Replied by Carmen
Chicago, Il
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   Thank you for posting this! I thought I had correctly self-diagnosed myself with perioral dermatitis, as my story was very similar to everyone else on these boards (whole life of perfect skin, then recurring outbreaks around the mouth to create a 'muzzle' effect with increasing frequency) and it became so bad at one point that the moisturizer and makeup I put on top of the rash became a staph infection. So I had to take antibiotics for the infection, then I had a severe alllergic reaction which caused my face to swell up to alarming proportions. So then I was put on a 6 day steroid pack, which worked wonders for both the rash and the swelling, but a few days after I finished the pack, my face rash symptoms came back. On the verge of despair, I saw this post and decided to try some clotrimazole on the affected areas. While the effect wasn't amazingly immediate, the areas did feel less itchy and irritated than they had before, so I continued putting the cream on several times throughout the day. Now, 2 1/2 days later, the rash is about 85 percent better and I'm hoping that by tomorrow I will be fully (or almost) better again. So I encourage you to try the antifungal cream, especially if, like me, your symptoms were less papule-oriented and more dry/flaky/red.

Thanks again!

Replied by Gilbertmom
Gilbert, Az
Did the rash ever come back again? I am wanting to try the antifungal cream also, but I just learned that Lotrimin has a steroroid (hydrocortisone) in it. So I am wondering if it ever came back worse? Thanks!!

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.

Replied by Leslie
New Castle, Pa
What is the name of the antifungal lotion you used to get rid of your perioral dermatitis? Please email me at lklinehamer(at)

Thank you!

Replied by Kyle
Scottsdale, Az, United States
What was the antifungal you were using? I tried ketonazole 2% but it doesnt seem to be working... PLEASE HELP!
Replied by Maria
Rogers, Arkansas
Glad to hear that the antifungus worked for you, could it be possible for you to pass on the name of the lotion. Much appreciatit... take care. Maria T.
Replied by Kellie
Nanaimo, Bc, Canada
Can you also send me the name of the lotion I am having a awful time with this and have been to 6 doctors and a naturopath I am about at my witts end and my daughters wedding is in a month. kellandrick(at)

Antifungal Regimen  
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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: 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.

Replied by Charmaine
California, US
I was diagnosed with Perioral Dermatitis by a dermatologist and have had it for five months now. It is not severe as it seems to be with others, but there is noticeable redness and small bumps that flake, located around my mouth on the chin and between the chin and nose, as well as between my eyes and under my eyes near the outer corners. I work in a people-oriented job full time (Human Resources) and this condition is embarrassing. Thank goodness I have a wonderful partner who is accepting and supportive.

I was first prescribed antibiotic gel and cortisone cream. This lessened the symptoms some but did not clear it. I was then prescribed an antifungal and told to use all three creams. No change. I have tried non-fluoridated toothpaste, my shampoo and conditioner are SLS free, I've switched to all natural makeup. No change. I tried ACV and calendula cream. No change. I tried grapefruit seed oil. No change. I then changed my diet to no sugar, processed foods, or starchy foods. I did eat some grains like flax seed or quinoa. I used unsweetened coconut milk instead of cow's milk and I used xylitol in my coffee (I didn't give this morning ritual up or an occasional beer or glass of dry red wine in the evening).

I've cheated some on the diet in other ways, too. Legumes give you so many more protein options, and it is hard to not even try fruit from my own garden! I'm taking grapefruit seed extract capsules, and continue to apply the prescription antifungal cream morning and night and I supplement it with a facial mask of plain greek yogurt with cinnamon and turmeric, followed by pure aloe vera gel at midday approximately three times a week. Sometimes I apply coconut oil and leave it overnight. After two weeks, there was a little improvement, but it still did not clear. I felt disappointed and splurged a little the last couple of days, eating some bread, some rice, some fruit, a dish with a tomato sauce base and had a glass of white wine night before last. I really miss certain foods! I love to eat and have always enjoyed lots of different kinds of foods.

The POD seems to be a little worse now. Others on this site say it cleared for them in a few days when they treated POD with remedies like what I tried. I'm wondering if mine is just more tenacious and if I should give it more time, or maybe I should be stricter with the diet? Any thoughts or suggestions are welcome!

Replied by Marybeth
Montana, Usa
Hi Charmaine, 2 recent posts that come to mind that I read on Earth Clinic on this subject are to change your shampoo to one without gluten and the other is to try lugol's iodine topically on the area for at least 1 week. Hope that helps!
Replied by Sp
New Jersey, US

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Hi Charmaine, see if you can get an antifungal without cortisone or any steroid in it. If you are sensitive to corticosteroids that could be adding to your problem and making things worse. Do a little searching and go to to read up about the corticosteroids. Good luck.
Replied by Rosanne
Toronto, CA
Charmaine, when you say you tried various things, how long did you try them for? (specifically the Apple Cider Vinegar and Grapefruit Seed Extract). I'm wondering if you just need to be a little more patient. Personally, I wonder about the people who say they were cured in just a matter of days. I wonder if it really happened, or if the condition ever recurred.

My own story is here.

Replied by Charmaine
California, US
Thank you, Marybeth. I'll look into that.

I don't think the antifungal has cortisone since cortisone was prescribed as a separate cream (that I'm no longer using), but I'll double check.

Rosanne, you make a good point about how long I tried them. I typically am not very patient. I guess I was expecting results in just a few days I.e. 3-4 days, so this is how long I tried the ACV and other topicals I mentioned. The diet I did for a couple weeks and after splurging some this last weekend I have resumed it.

One interesting thing I heard from my father, who has diabetes, is that when his blood sugar is elevated he gets athlete's foot. I've never checked my blood sugar levels as I feel pretty healthy, but I have made an appointment to look into this, since it does run in my family, and because of the correlation between sugar and yeast.

Replied by Ash B
Yardley, Pa
[YEA]   Apple Cider Vinegar helped a lot (I used the mother kind - have a bottle in the kitchen and bottle in bathroom), but it's how you use it and not abuse it! For one, I read how some people were using it like crazy. I understand because you want to get rid of this on your face. Apple Cider Vinegar burning feeling - if it starts to burn - stop. Anything that is burning your face, you're going too far. It's helping killing the bacteria - and I highly stress the word bacteria.

The reason why to point this out is because POD can be either bacterial or VIRAL. If you do not find a cure the way other people do is because yours may be viral - that's why some people do not respond to to antibiotics because antibiotics do not cure viruses. Alas, I've used the antibiotics in the past with much success, but there is a point in time a person just does not want to live like that.

I use the apple cider vinegar with a quick swipe like a toner and spot treatment for anything that resembles a zit. If you over do it, you will dry out your skin day to day. Don't do that.

I carefully went out into the world and looked for calendula products like Herb Pharm Whole Flower Calendula Oil. I rub a few drops into my face - intended for food - you can buy the tea. I don't drink the tea and I don't put it into my water because I have no way to establish that variable as working. But I rub that in without any harm. I got this at the health food store. I then had a few choices from Boiron for calendula products, but I settled on Calendula lotion because it had the least amount of ingredients that troubled me (as many of you know, it's hard to pick). I had a lot of success with this combination. But it was not perfect. I finally found my finishing balance with unrefined coconut oil - my face needed a little moisturizing from all the products and drying out.

I am still going to search for a zinc soap to wash my face with day to day, but I did not want to write until my face was cleared AND remained cleared for a month. I still get a little 'zit' we know I cannot just use zit cream. I have to tone with ACV and use these select products. But I feel in control, and I credit this board for giving me a million ideas. I wanted to say thank you.

Apple Cider Vinegar  
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Apple Cider Vinegar, Aerobic Exercise  
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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!

Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda  
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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 check book is loving it too!!

Apple Cider Vinegar, Calendula Cream  
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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 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.