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Dermatitis Treatment and Natural Remedies

Arnica Salve

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Posted by Lily (San Antonio, USA) on 08/18/2008

I have rosacea and was trying remedies on this website. The Borax soution mixed with peroxide and water applied to the face is working well so far. I also had dermatitus. I had dry skin around my nose and on my chin. It burned and left my skin very flaky. I didn't even know what it was until I saw others on this website who had the exact same symptoms I had. I had seen many others who had dermatitis try ACV. I tried it and it worked okay, it just stung so bad. What has really helped me is a facial cream called Pomada De ARNICA. I bought it at HEB> it is only 2.99, so i tried it and it soothed my skin. It is in the same aisle as all the spanish herbal creams, just further down from the more popular brands. it is a mixture of petrolueum jelly, eucalyptus oil, and other oils and minerals. It is like a balm, but the point is in two days the redness went down alot, and the flakiness is gone. I was so excited!!!!

Avoid Fluoride

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Posted by Ls (Stockbridge , Ma) on 10/22/2011

I developed PD for a short time in high school and my best friend had it as well. She went to the dermatologist and he told her to use fluoride free toothpaste. We both switched and we both had it clear right up.

I recently developed it again about two months ago. I was in Boston, (where they pump fluoride into their water, but I did not know this until later) I ran out of my usual fluoride free toothpaste and borrowed my roommate's (which contained fluoride) and had a huge break out.

I have been trying everything since, and although apple cider vinegar, yogurt and turmeric masks, a biotin pill and a probiotic made huge improvements on the PD, it was still not going away.

I did more research and found out that WINE contains high amounts of FLUORIDE! Even though I have read that you should give up alcohol to get rid of it, I figured one glass of wine here and there wouldn't hurt.

The second I stopped drinking wine completely it began to subside and now is almost gone.

After doing lots of research, it was such a relief to figure out why it wasn't going away. I also think it largely helped that I moved from a city with lots of fluoride in its water system to one without.

(I also found in addition to wine, that beer, soda, tea, processed cereals, juice, teflon pans and salt among many other foods and beverages contain high amounts of fluoride, so make sure to do your research and cut these things out.)

Replied by Af

So happy to have found this website. You truly have to be your own doctor if you have any type of chronic skin ailment. Derms simply send you home with useless topical drugs or worse, more harmful treatments like steroids. What exactly are they studying? Do any of them bother to log onto a site like this so they can actually give patients useful advice and remedies? Infuriating. Okay... I've had hypersensitive skin and atopic dermatitis for decades, I will post solutions I've found on more specific links on this site - this is specifically about water and topical skin reactions because I never hear anyone mention it. I travel constantly and have noticed for years that my skin "burns" at worst or gets very red/blotchy at the very least *AFTER* showering in certain cities... and "clears up" (looks white, calm and no make up needed) again only *AFTER* showering in other certain cities. As far as taking a scientific approach, I can definitely eliminate coincidence, because these reactions (skin flaring up or calming down) occurs reliably the same way in the same cities. I told my derm about this but despite being trained in both internal medicine and dermatology, he simply said "I've never heard that before". It's been obvious to me for years that something in the water is irritating my dermatitis. It's probably fluoride. I'm going to look into it further (check each cities' water content info) and find out if this holds up. If it's not fluoride, it's probably chlorine (my initial suspicion). People think water is water and air is air - only those with allergic skin or respiratory conditions unfortunately know differently. I did find out the city I live in, where the water doesn't bother my skin at all, does NOT add fluoride to their water... Does anyone else have this experience? You would have to travel around a bit to pick up on it but still... even one vacation might have revealed a change in your skin condition.

Avoid Moisturizers

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5 star (1) 

Posted by Laurenmichele1 (Carlsbad, Ca) on 08/02/2011

I wanted to let you know that I tried a long list of remedies for my PD including ACV, yogurt, violet extract, diaper rash cream.. Ugh! Anyway, what ended up working, finally, was stopping all moisturizers! I would simply wash my face with a mild soap from Trader Joe's that has tea tree oil (might have helped) and then use NOTHING! I continued to take a probiotic, but it cleared up within a week or two. I battled it for years!! Good luck to you!

Avoid Toothpaste With Fluoride

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Posted by Whitney (Denver, CO) on 12/09/2021

For months I've had a circular rash on my face. At one point it resembled ringworm so I used an anti fungal cream and nothing changed. Then I went to urgent care and got a steroid cream and the diagnosis for contact dermatitis. The rash somewhat went away when I first started using the cream but came back bigger than ever shortly thereafter. I told a friend about it and she told me the same thing happened to her because she is allergic to the fluoride in her toothpaste. I switched to fluoride free toothpaste and my rash was gone within 24 hours. I realized when I first started using the cream I was staying at a friend's house, using her toothpaste which could be why the steroid cream seemed to work at first. Just throwing this out there if anyone else is dealing with a rash on their face and treatments aren't really working.

Other symptoms I didn't correlate until now include: swollen eyes in the morning (I thought I might be allergic to my mascara) and sneezing (which isn't that unusual for me).

Berloque Dermatitis

Posted by Elaine (Thailand) on 09/16/2014

A couple of weeks ago my 11 year old daughter showed me a red patch on her thigh just above the knee. It was about 1.5 inches big and a very pale red color. I didn't think anything of it as it was not sore and the skin had not been grazed or broken, because we live in a tropical climate with lots of biting insects I wondered if she had been bitten, then 4 days ago we noticed that it had changed in color to a dark red/ brown color, we also saw small spot like patches on her lower arm and 2 fingers. I took her to our local hospital and the doctor immediately said it was Berloque Dermatitis and has prescribed Elomet cream which contains a steroid. He asked if she'd used bergamot oil or anything containing it, I've looked at the products in her bathroom and can't see anything that would contain it, except she has a facial wash made from natural products from a local supplier here which I suppose could contain bergamot, but she has only used it on her face, not her leg where the largest ""bruise"" is.

I wondered if anyone has experience of berloque and what causes it and help me treat it and speed up the healing time.


Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Elaine,

If I were dealing with this with one of my children, I would try extra virgin coconut oil topically a couple of times a day.

I would also try turmeric, internally as it is so helpful for skin problems. For an 11 year old I would try 1/2 teaspoon twice a day. It can be taken in capsules (2 would be about 1/2 teaspoon) or mixed in some yogurt, milk or applesauce. A bit of black pepper with it will help it to work even better.

Please let us know how it goes!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Elaine

Dear Mama to Many:

Thank you, I will try with your recommendations today and let you know our results, I would never have thought of using the Coconut Oil, but that must be better than a steroid cream. Thanks.

Borage Oil

1 User Review
5 star (1) 

Posted by Sandy (Tampa, FL) on 02/10/2009

Borage/flaxseed oil for Contact Dermatitis: I started taking flaxseed oil and in time realized that my dermatitis started to get better. At the time I also had bought a lotion with borage oil that said it was good for skin conditions. I looked up borage oil and found out that it has GLA and omegas which are good for inflammation and works against dermatitis, eczema etc. I realized that taking borage oil internally and putting on the lotion would probably be even better. I started doing this about a month and a half ago and my hands haven't looked this good in years. I think I've finally found a cure that works for me and I hope it works for you. I just take the pill once a day and put on the lotion as needed throughout the day. On the side--I realized that the reason for my dermatitis was harsh soaps so I have also started using Castille soap to wash my hands. It doesn't dry them out like other soaps do. I hope this helps someone out there. I had tried ACV/coconut oil and such before but while it did provide some relief it did not completely heal me as borage oil has.

Borax, Hydrogen Peroxide

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3 star (1) 

Posted by Kristy (Lansing, Michigan points) on 10/17/2007


Hi...I was just reading the Borax page to a friend of mine and saw something a little startling in the testimony by Julie from New York dated 10/12/07. She writes that she used 1/8 of a tablespoon. The dosages I've read have said 1/8 to 1/4 of a teaspoon. I don't know if it's enough of a difference to matter but I thought I should bring it to your attention so you could figure it out. Thanks!

EC: Thank you, Kristy! You are right -- the dosage is 1/8th teaspoon, not tablespoon!

Replied by Ted
(Bangkok, Thailand)
391 posts

Consider taking borax. Some people believed the demodex mites are responsible for rosacea. They may be right. But, there are others too that are not yet identified. I prefer to lump all these insect issues to just one category: nanoinsects. These insects have several weakness that you can kill them, or at least weaken them. One obvious ones is borax. The treatment can be broken down to two things;

1. Taken internally: Try 1/8 teaspoon to 1/4 teaspoon of borax in one liter of water/day. You just drink this water throughout the day. If it runs out then drink just normal water, with some magnesium added if possible. Magnesium is found in certain seeds such as sunflower. They seem to be synergistic with the vitamin D as vitamin D promotes calcium and the body needs to balance both magnesium and calcium to an ideal amount.

2. Used externally: Dog mange is confirmed demodex mites and the only treatment that effectively cured of dog mange is 1% hydrogen peroxide and borax saturated solution applied topically. Many people believe the demodex mites is the cause of rosacea. What I am sure about is it is an insect issue. The method of killing them is external application of 1% hydrogen peroxide with borax saturated solution to the face, unrinsed. It tends to cause drying. So you can apply appropriate lotions to prevent drying, such as jojoba oil, aloe vera or lavender oil.

Replied by Jenstacks

Hi Ted, I wanted to get your thoughts on Perivascular dermatitis, inflammation of the blood vessels. My sister is 57, never has had any rashes during her life and a couple months ago she developed a small rash under her bra strap. It soon covered her entire back. Very blistered, bumps, itchy. She lives on Oahu, has been there for 12 years. In reading many of the postings, I'm wondering if it's caused by yeast. She does not add salt to her healthy diet, she may also be deficient in iodine which could be feeding the yeast. Do you have any thoughts or suggestions to help her rid this type of dermatitis? Thank you so much!

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Jenstacks,

I am not Ted but thought I would suggest some things you could try since Ted is not able to reply right now.

If this were me, I would focus on remedies that reduce inflammation, alkalize the body, and support healthy skin.

Turmeric is a great anti-inflammatory and we have used it to heal a variety of dermatitis issues. 1/2 teaspoon in some milk a couple of times a day.

Epsom salt baths to supply the body with magnesium and heal skin. 1 cup in a warm bath several times a week.

Apple cider vinegar to alkalize the body and promote healing. 2 teaspoons in a glass of water a couple of times a day, during or between meals.

Borage Oil supplement to reduce inflammation. I have taken up to 3 large gelcaps of this daily for a chronic inflammation and it worked when nothing else did.

Gelatin added to smoothies, oatmeal, soups, etc. to promote healthy skin.

Vitamin C is needed for healthy skin and immune function. 1,000 grams 1-3 times a day in the sodium ascorbate form.

You could look in to Lugols or Iodoral as an Iodine supplement or take a kelp supplement. A selenium supplement helps the body to use the iodine better.

I would not add all of the remedies at once but try one every few days to make sure it suits. If you try too many at once you won't know which is causing issue.

Personally I would start with turmeric. It is my very favorite anti-inflammatory and we use it all the time for all kinds of stuff. I buy it by the pound from Mountain Rose Herbs. An Indian market would be a good source of bulk turmeric as well.

I hope you sister is able to find some remedies to bring relief. Please keep us posted.

~Mama to Many~

Burdock Root, Milk Thistle, Yellow Dock

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Posted by Caitlin (Stanfordville, Ny) on 12/14/2011

So I tried: probiotics, biotin in high doses, Apple Cider Vinegar internally and topically, coconut oil, tea tree oil, lavender oil, natural yeast treatments and the thing I found to work best is a combination of herbs found in a tincture- Milk Thistle, Yellow Dock. I am now taking milk thistle, yellow dock and burdock root (also in the above tincture) and I am like a new woman! These herbs have been described to me as "blood cleaners" and are all used for liver health. I looked like a dermatology pamphlet and now my skin is nearly flawless. Nothing else worked like this.

Replied by Venator
(Houston, Texas)

I would love to know the amount you took. Did you just follow the prescribed amount on the bottle? Also, do you take this forever or just until it clears the PD up?

Replied by Mary

Do you still have clear skin. Can you tell me what herb product you purchased to rid your PD for blood cleansing.

Thanks a bunch! Mary

Calendula and Witch Hazel Spray

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Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee) on 09/25/2017

My daughter had a rash on her cheeks. The bumps were not noticeable, as in, raised but not red; she suspected poison ivy, but she has sensitive skin. It could have been just dermatitis.

I had recently made a calendula tincture with witch hazel and suggested she try it.

Hours later she realized that the rash was pretty much gone.

Here is how to make Calendula Tincture:

  1. Fill small jar with dried calendula flowers.
  2. Cover with witch hazel.
  3. Let sit for 2 weeks.
  4. Strain out flowers.
  5. Put witch hazel tincture in spray bottle or use a cotton ball to apply.

Witch hazel tinctures do not last as long as alcohol based tinctures but they are worth making for the astringent benefit of witch hazel.

I think this is good for 3 - 6 months or so. Longer if kept in the refrigerator.

Calendula witch hazel spray would also be great for a face toner, poison ivy, hemorrhoids, bug and bug bites. I will let you know what else it ends up helping.

~Mama to Many~

Castor Oil

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Posted by sac (houston, tx) on 06/23/2009

I had problems for years with some type of dermatitis on my face. I'm not sure what type, but it was around my hairline, eyebrows, and around my nose. I applied castor oil several times per day for several days and it has been clear now for over a year.


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Posted by Andream7878 (Knoxville, Tn) on 12/30/2011

I found that chlorine helped- at least that is my best guess- as it was the hot-tub that cleared it up. I know it sounds strange, but mine went away within a month or so just by immersing the lower part of my face into the hot tub each day (sometimes every other day)... I had the POD for a few months- much to my embarrassment and had previously tried the ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar- organic) treatment, externally and internally, as well as eliminating as much of the SLS (Sodium Laurel Sulfates) from use as possible. Perhaps I just didn't get quick enough results, so when I noticed sitting in the hot-tub one time had such a profound effect (when I woke up the next day the whole area had flaked up and revealed improved skin when flakes removed), I just kept doing it. Now, it is completely gone... and the red area where the rash was, is starting to disappear as well.

Coal Tar

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Posted by Julie (Bendigo, Victoria Australia) on 11/27/2008

When I was in my teens I suffered terribly from dermatitis on my hands, mainly my palms, nothing would cure it, my life was disrupted by my problem. I went to many GPs with no results. Then a pharmacist gave me a mixture of coal tar ointment, told me to apply it at night and wrap my hands in clear platic wrap every night, for, I cant remember how long, a week maybe, it smells very strong, but I perservered. After applying this treatment, I have never suffered from dermatitis on my hands again, I am now in my fifties. Hope this may help someone.

Cocoa Butter

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Posted by Roger (Bristol, IN, USA) on 11/17/2008

I have had contact dermitittis for about 3 years now. My doctor prescribed antihistimines and Aveeno lotion. When it got worse I went to a Dermatologist and he gave me cortizone creams. I found the cortizone effective, but the rash spread and got worse. I tried ACV and it seemed to help but I eventually had the rash over most of my body.

Then I started using Palmers Cocoa Butter lotion. It is very inexpensive and works much better than any other lotion. My condition seems to be related to temperature so all summer I was dermittitis free by using the cocoa butter. Now that winter is coming I have slight breakouts, but I am sure that the cocoa butter will keep my skin from developing a severe condtion again.

I took ACV & coconut oil orally all last winter with little effect until I started using Palmers.

Coconut Oil

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Posted by Adria (Kennesaw, GA) on 05/30/2008

I have been taking coconut oil capsules (2000 mg twice daily) for 3 weeks today. It has completely cured the psoriasis I have had on my elbows for over 25 years now. I'll have to get back with you to let you know what else it has helped me with. But, so far, I LOVE IT!

Coconut Oil
Posted by Jill (MH, usa) on 07/04/2007

I have been taking coconut oil soft gels for 2 months now. It has tremendously took my dermatitis away. I have suffered from dermatitis for 5 years now. Used tons of creams and ointments. Yet still never got full relief. Since taking the pills I have been irritation free. I feel as good as before I developed it. It to me its just amazing.

Replied by Dustin
(Riverside, Ca)

Where can I get the soft gels

EC: Hi, if you do an internet search for 'Coconut Oil Softgels' you will find a number of brands for sale.

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