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Natural Remedies for Perioral Dermatitis

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Grapefruit Seed Extract   9  0   

Posted by Caroline (Wellington, Somerset, England) on 12/12/2011

My daughter developed perioral dermatitis around her nose and mouth, she is eleven, and desperately embarrassed. I tried ACV first, it worked a bit, but not nearly as well as the grapefruit seed extract. The first time I used the gse I put it on full strengh - it stung and itched terribly, so I washed it off after 10 minutes, the second time I used about ten drops in a tablespoon of lukewarm water. I would put this solution on her face 3 times a day, and then before bed I put a little raw coconut oil on the worst patches.

This routine has worked brilliantly!! I am sooooo pleased, it has 95% gone in a week. I am continuing with the treatment until ALL those little bumps have gone, and even then I think I will do it once a day to hopefully prevent it coming back. I reckon this would work for anyone with perioral dermatitis, and its so much better than anything a doctor will do for you. Thank goodness for this wonderful site where we can all share what we have tried and what works best - I have no faith in doctors from past experiences. thanks for reading.

Replied by Daffodil
Seattle, Wa
[YEA]   I have had this POD for several months now, and I believe that it resulted from use of hydrocortisone creme. For awhile my skin was just very red, I was busy and mostly ignored it or covered it up with makeup. Then I got very stressed out... And the POD flared big time.

I believe that it became infected, and I went to the doctor. She put me on antibiotics (trimethoprim). It cleared things up, but as soon as the course was over, it started to come back. She then put me on doxyclycline. Again, it started to clear it, but then I started getting the red rash again while I was still taking the antibiotics.

Then I started taking GSE and it is almost totally clear in just a few days. I am taking about 4 tablets (125 mg each) daily. People keep saying that GSE tastes terrible, but with the tablets you don't taste it at all. I got a bottle of the liquid stuff but never even got a chance to use it topically as the POD cleared up after taking GSE orally.

I also went to the store and got blueberries, rasperries, carrots, red peppers, radishes, etc. Apparently when the body is too acidic it causes all sorts of problems, and to make it more alkaline you need to eat mostly (80%) fresh, raw fruits and vegetables (preferably green leafy stuff). It is hard to eat this way, but I was desperate, and I figured I had nothing to lose by eating fresh fruits and vegetables. I also cut out alcohol and sugar, which apparently also cause the body to be very acidic. Stress also causes the body to be acidic, but is not as easy to eliminate.

I also got rid of my fluoride toothpaste and all the unnatural soaps and lotions in my bathroom. I use shea butter to moisturize. I've also used an antiseptic healing creme with zinc oxide- I took a couple days off of work to sit at home with this white stuff on the rash. It's very soothing and promotes healing.

Thanks to all the other posters on here... I can leave the house now.

Posted by Suzanne (Austin, Texas) on 12/07/2011

[YEA]  My five-year-old has had Perioral Dermatitis for four months now. We removed all products which contained flouride and SLS as the dermatologist suggested this could be the cause. We simultaneously tried three different topical prescriptions, (including an oral antibiotic) which only caused the PD to worsen. When the PD started spreading rapidly to her eyelids, I knew I had to ditch the dermatologist.

First, I purchased kefer and a strong probiotic which she happily consumed. I tried the Apple Cider Vinegar, but unfortunately it made her PD bright red and painful. Afterwards to calm the skin down I put California Baby calendula cream on it, which really helped her skin a great deal; her perioral bumps were barely visible. I then decided to try the Grapefruit Seed Extract diluted in a 2tbsp of water. The first time I applied GSE to her face I only used 5 drops. The affect this had on her face made me so happy! I did this three times the first day of starting GSE. Her skin improved so much this first day. Once the diluted GSE dried upon her face, I slathered on calendula cream. The next morning I could not believe how much my daughter's skin had improved. It has been four days now since I started using the GSE, and her skin is now completely bump-free! Her skin does have a few tiny areas with dry patches, which I have been treating with Lorasone Cream (homeopathic), as I think it does a better job healing her skin than the calendula cream. She is still consuming probiotics, and kefer on a daily basis.

I can't say the PD is cured though, as I can still see the white ring of skin around her mouth that is visible on people who are afflicted with Perioral Dermatitis. Other than the white ring, the only sign of perioral dematitis she has left is a little bit of dry, pink skin. Although I believe the probiotics are definitely beneficial I truly feel the GSE and Lorasone are what brought the dermatitis under under control for her. By the way, I gradually increased the amount GSE I put in the water to blot her face with. I hope this helps someone!

Posted by Alex (San Francisco, California) on 10/26/2011

[YEA]  Hear ye, hear ye... GSE is it!!! Plus a few essential changes to one's daily routine and I guarantee little pain and optimal results. This is my first post of any kind on any website. I looked at this website for answers and am most grateful to those who have previously contributed. I had Peri Dermatitis for what seemed like forever (over 2 years) - the worst itchy, flaky, embarrassing flared skin all around my mouth, too the point where I didn't want to be seen in public. Now I am cured - so, down to the basics!!

Rules to follow:-

Everyone here probably already knows this but never ever take any form of steroid cream. It will make your life even more miserable.

Never use soap to wash your face as it strips away your natural oils that protect the skin (GSE shall now be your cleanser) You can combine this with another astringent ie. witch hazel, though the alcohol might burn a little.

Never wash face using hot (or even warm) water - this is also the cause of flaky scalps (just FYI)

Follow the instructions on the GSE bottle, dilute moreso if it feels uncomfortable. It is highly concentrated so a little goes a long way.

Use GSE as both a facial cleanser and take internally (most bacterias first form in your intestines, so you need to kill it there first and foremost). Get over the taste, it's better than flaky itchy skin.

Use coconut oil as a moisturiser

Be patient and stick with the program (will take around 2 weeks)

Try to avoid caffeine, spicy foods, hot showers, alcohol ... at least during the recovery period.

Do strive to eat better and exercise more. It can't hurt.

There...that's it in a nutshell. Pretty simple really. I wish you all well, wish I'd had this info in the beginning.

Posted by Liz (Idyllwild, California) on 04/28/2011

[YEA]  I would like to start off by saying thank you to everyone who posted about the grapefruit seed extract. I suffered with perioral dermatitis for over a year. I thought that I would never get rid of it! However today I am completely free of POD and couldn't be more relieved.

I tried everything I started off by going to a dermatoligist who told me what I had. He put me on doxycycline, which after a week of being on it I ended up with a severe yeast infection. At this point I decided to to get off of it and find a natural remedy to get rid of it. I ended up on this sight and started trying all kinds of remedies that I was reading. I tried ACV which only made it worse. I also tried french green clay and manuka honey. Neither of these things were helping at all. I finally read about gse and started myself on this. At this point my pod was so bad and hurt so much I was devastated. I didn't want to leave the house or do anything I was so depressed and embarrased about it. My skin had bumps and was flaming red and severly dry and flaking. It was horrible!!

I started using grapfruitseed extract (gse) I did exactly what I had read in other posts. I drank it 4x a day. 20 drops in 4oz of water. Let me warn you though it is the most horrible thing you probably ever will drink. You just have to do it quickly and bare through it. I also put about 1tbsp of water with 10 drops of gse in a little medicane cup (like the ones you get when you buy a bottle of cold medicane) then I put my hand over it (clean hand) and shook it up. I then applied it to the infected area and left it on for as long as I could stand. Be warned it burns like crazy and itches like hell. After I could not stand it anymore which was like 5 mins I washed it off. Yes it still itched and burned for a while after I washed it off this is normal. Initially it is even more red after you wash it off but that goes down after a few hours especially while you are sleeping at night. After about 4 days of doing it it got less itchy and less burning. After about a week I could tolerate it on my face for about an hour. After two weeks it no longer felt like anything was on my face when I applied it. I then would leave it on my face for hours before bed.

After a week of using it I noticed huge improvement and after about two and a half weeks the bumps were gone it was just still red and EXTREMELY dry. I tried everything to help with the dryness and I mean everything. I finally found something that helped and it took all the dryness away. It is made by Eucerin and is called Aquaphor Healing ointment. It comes in a little tub and is like a vasoline consistency. You can get it at your local drugstore. This stuff is amazing and really helps the dryness. After using the gse for three and a half weeks I stopped applying it to my face because the bumps were gone it was just really dry and red. Dont stop using it if u still have bumps. So I just put the Eucerin on my face twice a day after stopping using the gse and after 5 days my face was back to normal. You can start the Eucerin right away I just found it recntly so I wasn't able to start it right away. I have not stopped drinking it though. I have taken it down to 3x a day and will keep reducing it until I only take it once a day.

GSE has so many benefits to it. I did tons of research on it. It is like taking a natural antibiotic. The reason why a dermatologist puts you on antibiotic for pod is to kill the overgrowth of bacteria in the body. Which then causes an overgrowth of bacteria on your face. So taking pod can only benefit you. I plan on drinking it once a day for the rest of my life to help rid my body of any bacteria that may cause the pod to come back. GSE also boosts your immune system and helps with acne. Along with many many other things. Too many to write about. I really hope this helps someone else suffering with pod. Just remember be patient its not gonna cure overnight. I am completely free of it and its been over a month of the treatment. Best of luck!!

Replied by Chelsea
Vancouver, British Columbia
Dear liz, I was curious to know if the bumps you got were on your cheeks too? because I think I have POD and I have these crusty red dry bumps starting from the top of my cheek and make their way to my jaw area/chin. I started getting this in august of 2010 and it is now july of 2011 and they keep getting worse and are spreading! How long will it take until I will see results by using gse?

Posted by Leki (Greenville, Sc, Usa) on 04/05/2010

[YEA]  I have had a moderate case of Perioral Dermatitis (PD) primarily around my nose and on my upper lips area for over 8 months. It began in early June of 2009 about half way through my third pregnancy. Not knowing what it was, I thought I just had dry irritated bumpy red skin around my nostrils and I began to keep it in check using lotion. This helped keep the redness down, but the bumps were still there - it also began to need increasing amounts of lotion to have an effect. I made the mistake of putting hydrocortisone on it about three months into the progression of the rash. As others have noted I saw immediate improvement, but it got worse ten fold as soon as I stopped the hydrocortisone.

I went in quest of a diagnosis and of course a cure. I immediately discovered that I had a textbook case of PD and that the hydrocortisone was the WORST thing I could have done. I read some of the posts on PD and began a treatment plan in early February. I quit ALL creams and lotions, cut out ALL Sodium Laurel Sulfates, Stopped using fluoride toothpaste and drinking fluoridated water (most city H2O is fluoridated). I read all about the Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) and began to try it topically and internally for three weeks. During this time my PD got progressively worse and I became depressed, feeling that I may never rid myself of this terrible skin condition. Around the beginning of March I decided to give up on the ACV and to try something else.

I continued to stay away from all SLS products and Fluoride, and I then tried the Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) remedy- which was a bit of a stretch as there are not many posts on GSE in the dermatitis section of this website, but I found extensive discussion on GSE in the Melasma threads. I started the treatment of 20 drops in a small glass of H2O (@ 4 oz.) 5 times daily 1 hour after eating and 1 hour before eating again - Yes, GSE tastes terrible, but I decided that I'd rather deal with a nasty taste for a few minutes a few times a day than to feel like I had to hide my face for the rest of my life. I just chug it down and drink a few glasses of water afterwards to wash my mouth out. I also started a topical application at the same time - 10 drops in 1 TBSP of H2O well shaken and then dabbed on with my fingertip. The 1 TBSP mix usually lasts about 4 -5 days. I would use a Q-tip to apply it to the inside of my nostrils as it seemed I had the same bumps up inside of my nose as well as around the base and on the skin between my nose and lips. I washed my face with only warm water and was very tender with touching the PD affected area. Within 2 days I saw enough improvement to feel comfortable going out in public again - I would say 50% back to normal. Within a week it was at a level that was really only noticeable to me - 80% to 90% gone.

I have kept up with this treatment for the last four weeks and I have seen continued improvement. I would say that within the last week I can finally claim that my PD is 100% GONE! I am so relieved and feel a heavy weight off of my shoulders. Part of the depressing aspect of this condition is the great mystery surrounding it - on all the Dermatology sites there is conflicting info on successful medical treatments and it seems that everyone deals with recurrence. I feel much more comfortable with natural remedies in general and especially as a nursing mother. I am confident that should I experience recurrence the GSE will again be able to put the PD into remission.

I have also abstained from alcohol during the last three weeks as well as spicy foods (Thai curries and mexican salsas etc.) as I felt that I had a bit of a relapse after the first week of treatment when I had a glass of wine and ate a Spicy curry dish. I will begin to add these back into my diet in a few weeks to see what type of effect they have on my PD once it has been cleared for an extended period. I'll write back to let everyone know my findings.

I have begun to taper off of the GSE and am now only doing the 20 drops in 4 oz. H20 four times a day and topical application twice daily. I plan to keep up the treatment over the next two months gradually decreasing to NO daily internal or external use of the GSE and see how that goes. As I have read more and more and fought with this condition over the past few months I have come to believe that for some cases such as mine there very well may be a nano-insect at fault as Ted from Bangkok suggests.

Right now I am pleased to say that my face looks completely NORMAL and the overall condition of my skin is better than it has been in ages. Thank you to Earth Clinic for having such a wonderful site with so much rich information being shared. And to everyone out there with PD - there is HOPE! Try Grapefruit Seed Extract! It has been my miracle cure!

Replied by Selena K
Manchester, England
hi I have a form of dermatitis particularly around my peri-oral area, and wish to try grape fruit seed extract. I am from england. is this the same as grape seed extract? thanks
Replied by Dennin
Temecula, Ca
I have had the peri-oral dermatitis on and off for 10 years or more. The dermatologist previously (twice, two different years) gave me an anti-fungal cream which usually ended it, for a moment! I have experienced it this past year once again. I use regular old baking soda to wash my body. Guess what, the darn stuff is GONE. I use only baking soda to cleanse my body and I have experienced lots of skin things disappear! I use baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and sodium chlorite (activated) for teeth cleansing & mouthwash too. I have also used the 3% hydrogen peroxide as an inhalant mist ( you want energy, do this stuff) and 35% mixture for lots of stuff. I try many, many alternative healing methods. I am about to tackle the TMJ again with Ted's protocol. I love this site. I follow healing methods for my cats also. This site is the bomb.

I'm looking for a glass bottle to store my Hydrogen peroxide in for my inhalant so it stays more stabilized and is purse size. Gonna start inhaling like crazy, want to clean out my lungs. I've even tried the intravenous hydrogen drip a few years ago. You guys write it up and if I find validity in the process I am going to try it. Natural healing is what the body understands.

God bless.

Posted by Laurel (Oakland, California, U.s.a) on 02/04/2010

[YEA]  I had a persistent case of perioral dermatitus ( health insurance). It was very painful and unsightly and I'm thrilled to report that Earth clinic saved the day! I washed my face with warm water and 5 drops of liquid grapefruit seed extract, morning and night for a week and my problem disappeared! It stings a bit but it was fast and effective. I've read that people have had negative experiences with the steroids and antibiotics that are often prescribed for this problem. GSE not only got the job done but at a bargain price!

Replied by Sherrinav
Wilmington, Nc, United States
[SIDE EFFECTS]   Did anyone experience stinging or itching from the gse even if you rinse it off? I've had PD for a few years. It started with a little noticeable redness around the crease of my nose. No one else really noticed. It also had the watery bumps occasionally. I didn't know it but I also have it around my chin area below the crease of my mouth, which the dermatologist pointed out with her magnification mirror. She prescribed tetracycline the first time, which really cleared it up nicely but made me gain weight and tired. So I stopped and it came back worse.

She then gave me doxycycline which also cleared it up nicely, but it had the same side effects. When I stopped taking it (because I'd rather have a little rash around my nose than be fat and lazy)it came back worse than ever. Now I can see it below my mouth and everwhere else, cheeks, forehead too.

So I began to search for the cure naturally. I started taking probiotics and yogurt - on the face and eating it. The yogurt mask really calming and soothing and made my skin look pretty good considering, but didn't cure it. ACV agrevated it. I tried it for two weeks and it did not make it any better. I will probably continue yogurt mask every now and then just for the pleasure of it. It's been two days since I first used GSE. The first day I used 10 drops in a tablespoon of water dabbed on with fingertip. The second day (today)was the same solution dabbed on with cottonball - it stung a little but felt really itchy/crawly and turned fire red. I could see red spots I'd never seen before! So I rinsed it off with water and applied coconut oil which helped a tiny bit. It still felt itchy and "crawly" the rest of the day which I was imagining the GSE to be annoying and killing the nano-insect if there are any, lol. Anyone else have that sensation? It looks worse now than it ever has. I'm hoping it is the gets worse before better thing.

Replied by Nikaya
Aurora, Or
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   I have had subhorreic dermatitis for about a year on the back of my head and around the top of my left ear. I have used a couple different prescriptions that made the itching bareable and kept the oozing to a minimum (sorry that's gross, I know). A friend told me about GSE so I figured I'd give it a try on this as well as some atopic dermatitis on my legs. It did wonders for my head and helped my legs some too (though I didn't stick with it and it flared up again, time to get back to it I suppose). I also experienced the stinging/burning but I've found that dilluting a bit more can make a world of difference. I read that it's very powerful in small amounts so it doesn't need to be extremely concentrated to work. I just rinse my hands with water then put a few drops of GSE on my hands and rub them together. Then I just rub my damp hands over my legs or head. You can also put a dilluted solution in a spray bottle (worked nicely for my head). I'd recommend playing around with the concentration that feels good as you don't want to irritate the skin more than it is already. If it burns, water it down a bit (I've read you can diluted it in olive or coconut oil too but haven't tried that). If you don't feel anything, maybe add a couple more drops? I personally like to feel a little tingle but no burn. Good luck!
Replied by Leki
Greenville, Sc
You should both try taking the solution internally in combination with a topical application. And, YES - there is a "crawly" sensation on the skin when the diluted GSE is applied - it will abate within about 15 or so minutes. Just bear through it to get the full effect of the treatment - just like you have to bear through the bad taste when you drink it. I always tried to think of these minor issues in terms of a cost/benefit ratio. Well worth the end result in my mind. Best of luck to you in curing your PD!

Posted by Bonni (Mcminnville, OR) on 02/14/2009

[YEA]  grapefruit seed extract and shea butter: I have had pd for almost a year now. My doctor tries to prescribe me this erythromyacin topical which just dryes your skin to nothing. Finally I got grapefruit seed extract and followed the facial rinse directions behind the front label. I wash my face at night, do the grapefruit thing. then when my face is dry I apply this awesome shea butter called Karite gold for perioral dermatitis. Within two days my pd has gotten beautiful results. I recomend this gentle remedy for anyone. I also only wash my face with water and excercise regularly. Hope this can help you!

Replied by Karalynne
Dallas, Tx
Where can I find Karite Gold? I can't find any in the Dallas area. I am originally from Oregon, and was wondering where you got it....Thanks, K

Posted by Rebekah (Melbourne, Australia) on 04/05/2008

[YEA]  After taking Grapefruit Seed Extract for two days my perioral dermatitis (that i have battled with for two years) disappeared.....and i mean gone !!! I almost couldn't believe it myself but i am keen to share this "miracle" cure with other people suffering similar skin conditions. Take orally in 250ml of water , 8-10 drops of the oil twice daily. I had no luck with the ACV for my skin but grapefruit seed extract did the trick !!!

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Posted by Nicole (Canterbury, CT) on 08/27/2014

[YEA]  It's insane. I've dealt with this for about 2 yrs now and tried everything!!! All natural makeup, facewash, shampoo etc.... had people tell me olive oil too but within 5 mins of grapeseed oil my face wasn't dry or irritated!!! Humidity definitely starts mine up, but grapeseed oil was amazing for my chin arnd my nose with my dermatitis!

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Posted by Nalita (Hollywood, CA) on 08/13/2008

[YEA]  08.13.08: Just wanted to say thank you!! I've had this rash on my eye for over three months, just last night after searching the internet, I found out it was perioral dermatitis. Found this website, went and grabbed a green tea bag, made my tea and almost instantly my dermatitis went away. I had stopped using all eye gels, make up etc so it wasnt flared up but still I didnt know how to make it dissappear. I'm 31, so I am very thankful to find this cure out now with my first instance of it.

Posted by Sherry (Vancouver, Washington) on 03/15/2008

[YEA]  I have been drinking grn tea for about 3 weeks now. I love the taste and feel energized when I drink it. The reason I started to drink it was actually for the tea bag itself. I put it on my face when my perioral dermititis flares up. Dries it up in a few days. I use the same tea bag all day long and just put it on my face whenever I have a minute.

Posted by Shelley (Aurora, Illinois) on 10/18/2007

[YEA]  I have to tell you all I have had Perioral Dermatitis for over 10 years on and off and only able to get rid of it by use of antibotics. I have tried EVERYTHING trust me! I can finally say after all these years that Liann from Australia was right, Green Tea cured my Perioral Dermititis! I simply drank the green tea (Yogi brand is my favorite) and then would constantly put a wet tea bag on my face as much as possible 5 or so bags a day maybe 30-40 times on the face a day and after about 2-3 days I started to see improvement and after about 10 days it was gone completely! Anyone who has had this Perioral Dermititis knows how hard it is to rid, so I am just so happy about these results I had to share. One other thing I think that helps is to stay away from sugar & starches. Sugar is a killer on the immunity. Thank you Lianne!!!!

Replied by Andie
[YEA]   WOW! Green tea works!!! I've had this horrific red rash on my t-zone for two months. Steroid creams made it worse. Went to fam doc first then derm and same thing... Doxycycline, metro gel, desonide.... Nothing worked! I desperately looked online and found your thread. I feel like I won the lottery, seriously. I drank two cups of green tea and then dabbed the bags on my face e ery chance I got and within hours the redness and itching went away! This am I just looked and it looks better than it has in 2 months!!! I'm a believer in the power of green tea! Many, many Thanks and Hugs!

Posted by Lianne (Melbourne, Australia) on 07/11/2007

[YEA]  I have had perioral dermatitis on and off for 5 or more years. I find that topical application of green tea is amazing. I keep a tea bag in the fridge after wetting it, and apply it as often as permits. At night I apply it liberally. Obviously there are limitations as your face will look green after you put it on, but you can wash it off at any stage. The perioral dermatitis just dries up after a few days. It's not perfect but better than antibiotics.

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Posted by Therese (Phoenix, AZ) on 07/14/2009

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I am, unfortunately, one of those poor uneducated souls who smeared Flucinode ointment (a steroid) on the dermatitis for six months daily and then stopped it cold-turkey. The area surrounding my mouth, both eyes, the bridge of my nose and my entire right cheek swelled a nearly a half inch outward within three days of stopping and has been raging ever since. In desperation for ANY type of relief, I visited this site countless times searching for an alternative treatment for perioral dermatitis and tried just about everything that was suggested: apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, green tea bags, yogurt masks, manuka honey, ice (instead of a cold shower) and diaper rash cream. I experienced the most positive results with the ACV but it completely dried out my skin and caused pain of a different caliber.

My suffering has continued for a little over two weeks now but I have FINALLY stumbled upon something that is working!!!! When I looked at the corners of my swollen, itchy, red and drooping eyelids in the mirror this morning, I remembered a trick from my modeling career 25 years ago: hemorrhoidal cream smeared on the eyelids makes for a quick "eye tuck" refresher. I figured it couldn't hurt worse than anything else I've tried so . . . HALLELUJAH! I realize this treatment could lend itself as the butt of a few jokes (pun intended), but if you're as desperate as I have been, I recommend you give it a try: it shrinks tissue (dries), it moisturizes, and it addresses itching and pain. I put the cream on once this morning and didn't feel the desire to reapply until this evening, approximately 8 hours later, when the itching started up again. While I know this cream is not a cure, it certainly has given me relief throughout the day and my face looks so much better.

For a long term solution or cure, my dermatologist prescribed a strong antibiotic to be taken orally for 3 to 6 months (with no guarantee that it would alleviate the dermatitis for good). I refuse to participate in this kind of experimentation. Thus, within the last two weeks, I have started flooding my system with probiotics via supplements and foods. I have cut ALL caffeine, refined sugar and alcohol from my diet as well. I am not ready to give up fruit just yet but I'm certainly working toward embracing a whole foods diet after this very painful experience. I don't have outward skin symptoms of psiorisis, but I do have psioratic arthritis. For sure, this and perioral dermatitis are chronic conditions that will not magically disappear on their own. For the record, I am an otherwise healthy, 45 year old female, post menopausal (surgical) who regularly runs marathons. I definitely want to encourage anyone reading this to hang in there: change your diet, keep or start exercising, and by all means, try the hemorrhoidal cream!

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Posted by BZ (Passaic, NJ) on 03/22/2009

[YEA]  I am going to first say how I got POD in case it will help anyone realize what is going on with them (so they can learn from my experience). Then, I will say what I did/ am currently doing to get rid of it (as of now, I am 95% better):

I used 2.5 % hydrocortisone cream on my face for a couple of months (to treat a minor eczema) and flared after stopping to use it. Unfortunatley, I did not know that the flaring was due to a "withdrawl reaction" that I now am aware of, and made an emergency appt. with a GP who gave me fluocinonide .05% to relieve the itching. First of all, if your doc gave you this, apparantly, you are NOT supposed to use it on your face (of course, I learned this too late as well). I used it for a couple of months (big no no, but I received no instructions from the doc) and my face flared into full blown perioral dermatitis (POD) after I stopped. The burning was so unbearable, I can't even describe it. Here is what I did that worked:

First, I weaned off steroid creams. I took 2.5% cortisone twice a day for a week, then reduced it to once a day in addition to 1% OTC Hydrocortisone cream (once a day) for a couple of days, until I used the 1% cream once a day and then ceased to take it alltogether. This made the withdrawl rection more bearable. Be kind to yourself and wean off. Do not stop cold turkey- I did that the first time and it was so unbearable, I can't even decribe it.

The yogurt mask is good in the beginning during the "withdrawl reaction" period b/c it is cold and relieves the burning. It made my face dry and peel, but it made me feel better. I did not put on ANY coverup or moisturizer during this period. I did this mask every day for about 1.5 weeks and did nothing else. I'm not sure if it improved the POD, but it was relieving. I used ___ organic apple cider vinegar topically 2 times a day. It does make the area looked more red initially, but long term it helped me. It also burns like crazy. I took it a couple times internally (1 tsp in 8 oz) but not consistently. After two weeks of using the acv, I definately saw improvement, but I reached a point where the POD was not getting better or worse. I decided to start using manuka honey. I put it on every day for a couple of hours and/or slept with it on for about a week. It's uncofortable having honey on your face, but I really wanted it to go away. Currently, I am not 100% better yet, but I am about 95% improved (Thank G-d!). The combo of acv and manuka honey was good for me. Make sure to get the honey with at least 100mg/kg methylglyoxal, which is apparently the minimum amount of methylglyoxal necessary for antibacterial activity. (I read a lot about this manuka honey before getting it, so make sure to get a good one. _______). I'm still using the manuka honey every day and occasionally using acv topically. I also started taking acv (1 tsp in 8 oz) a couple days ago to get rid of it for good.

I was literally in tears from the pain of POD and couldn't take looking at myself in the mirror. I wish everyone suffering for this a speedy recovery, and hope you all can learn from my experience.

p.s. If you are currently on antibiotics, do not stop. You must finish your course of treatment or you will select for antibiotic resistant bacteria and then be in real trouble. I saw a lot of ppl. post that antibiotics didn't help them and immediately thought that I should just make sure ppl. know not to stop antibiotics if they are already on them.

Good luck and G-d Bless:)

Replied by Erica
Central, Ma
Ive been researching the Manuka Honey and am very interested. I can buy it online for about $50 total but i found out Whole Foods carries one for $19.99 it says its active and from NZ but nothing else....i dont know if that is what i want, with the most antibacterial "stuff" in it as is reccommended. Any suggestions or advice??

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