Perioral Dermatitis
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Acidophilus for Perioral Dermatitis

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Acidophilus can be taken as a supplement as a natural treatment for perioral dermatitis with a fungal cause.

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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
5 out of 5 stars

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!

Replied by June

It is interesting that aloe vera is mentioned in this article because the cream I used for my perioral dermatitis was an eczema cream with aloe vera, geranium oil and manuka oil in it. It eradicated any signs of my condition. It was expensive but I bought it six months ago and there is still over half a tub left. I still use it to moisturize.

Posted by Nicola (Wexford, Ireland) on 05/23/2012
5 out of 5 stars

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 Tina
(Canton, Ohio)
0 out of 5 stars

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?

Posted by Lisa (Miami, Fl) on 06/20/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Try taking an acidophilus pill along with a biotin pill for perioral dermatitis. It has worked wonders for me. I don't even need makeup anymore! I have suffered from PD for over 10 years! I have finally found something that works without giving up fluoride, 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....

Posted by Peggy (Rutledge, TN) on 04/18/2009
5 out of 5 stars

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 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.

Posted by Holly (Boone, NC) on 05/20/2008
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Posted by B (Attica, IN) on 12/10/2006
5 out of 5 stars

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 Anne
(Yakima, Wa, Usa)
4 out of 5 stars

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!!!