Posted by Erinrebecca (Fennville, Michigan, USA) on 01/27/2013
[YEA] Hi. I have been using Earth Clinic for about a year now, but just became a member because I had to share my experience with curing my POD [perioral dermatitis]. I first had POD about 11 years ago, at that time I was treated by a derm with a course of antibiotics. It went away, but I have had occasional "chin spots" crop up throughout the years. They were never anything horrible, I just used cover up and eventually they would fade and go away.
About 3 months ago, I had a chin flare, plus my skin was just looking horrible, spotting, redish, a little acne, DRY, etc. I had some tazorac cream from a few years past that I had used for acne, and it worked beautifully then. So, I started the treatment, which is intense (it's basically topical Accutane. ) Over the last 3 months of using Tazorac, my POD gradually got worse and worse. By the day. It spread from my chin, to my nasal folds, up my cheeks, too the outer edges of my eyelids... Typical POD locations. It hurt, burned, was dry, was red and bumpy, WAS AWFUL.
I will add here, that I have been cleansing my face for about 15 years with Cetaphil, and washing my hair daily with Suave clarifying shampoo. Both have SLS as their 2nd ingredient...
4 days ago, it flared HORRIBLE. I immediately stopped the Tazorac treatment and started searching the internet for a (non-antibiotic) cure.
I researched... And went to my favorite health store and bought... Grapefruit Seed Extract (bought both liquid and pill form) Rosehip Seed Oil, Vitamin E oil, and a sulfate free shampoo. I already had coconut oil, tea tree oil, and a carrier oil BLEND of grapeseed, sweet almond, apricot kernal with aromatic essentail oils added...
So, on night 1, I stopped washing with Cetaphil. I cleansed my face with plain water and gently rubbed with a washcloth. I washed my hair with the new shampoo and shaved my legs with pure coconut oil instead of body wash or shaving cream.
On night one, the POD was worse than ever... Bright red spots, dry flaky areas, my eyes lids were affected, my face looked like hamburger. After my shower, I slathered straight GSE all over my face. Immediately, I felt nothing, but after about 2 minutes it began to burn. I wanted this to work, I left it on... Over the course of about 20 minutes, my face was burning, itchy and I felt like I wanted to scratch it off. It felt like fire. I finally rinsed off the GSE, gently rubbed in some coconut oil. My face was FIRE red at this point. I went to sleep.
When I woke the next morning, (day 2) the POD had IMPROVED by at LEAST 50%!!! I was thrilled. I could see, however, that I had actually burned my skin with the straight GSE. But, I didn't care, the POD was *maybe* going away!
Day 2. morning before shower. treated face with melted coconut oil with a few drops of GSE added. The coconut was soothing, and I could feel the GSE tingling a little, but nothing compared to the night before. In the shower, I exfoliated gently with plain water and a washcloth. Out of the shower, I moisturized with coconut oil. Day 2 night, I treated face with the same coconut oil/GSE mix. Rinsed off after about 20 mins, and went to sleep.
Next morning, skin was SOOO dry, flaky, but the POD spots were less red and less raised, overall another improvement from before, lets say I was 60% better.
Day 3. repeat all of day 2.
Morning of day 4. Face is 75% better! there is less flakiness, the red spots are still fading, and the bumps are less pronounced.
Day 4. Before shower, I used the diluted GSE and coconut oil. Then, I wanted to wash my face with something more soothing than plain water, so I made a oil and sugar scrub. (I know, apparently sugar is bad for POD, but I have used the scrub in the past and loved it. ) It has my carrier oil blend, white sugar, baking soda, and lemon juice. It felt good to wash with this, and when I got out of the shower, my face seemed glowy. Then, I treated my face with some drops of Rosehip seed oil and 3 drops of tea tree oil. This had an odd burning/cooling affect and my face got a *little* red in the moments after I used this. I was so afraid I had undone all the healing. But, after a few minutes (basically when the Tea Tree smell had faded) my face calmed down... And LOOKED GREAT. I put my normal makeup on, and I looked good. Now, if you look close at my skin, you will still see some small bumps and quite a few flakes, but the redness of the POD is 85% gone!
Oh, I have also started on ACV. 4tsp mixed in a 16oz glass of water, once a day... I know the benefits of ACV, and try to take it daily, but now I will be religious with it, if it helps keep the POD away.
I hope this post helps someone with POD. It's a horribly humiliating rash, painful, and stubborn...