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Dermatitis Treatment and Natural Remedies

Pigmented Purpuric Dermatitis Remedies
Posted by Sophie0627 (Palatine, Illinois, United States) on 03/30/2013

Hello, My name is Sophie and I am writing to you for some help. For many years I am battling Pigmented Purpuric Dermatitis or commonly called Schamberg Disease.

It usually comes at the bottom portion of my legs initially it is very itchy but mostly it is just annoying and looks ugly during summer since I can't expose my legs in sun and wear shorts and skirts, for a woman it is very frustrating. Not sure if this is hormonal or stress related but usually it comes out when my body is fatique. Please suggest something for me to try. Thank you in advance.

Green Tea, Tumeric and Buttermilk Mask
Posted by Cinna (Oakland, Ca) on 01/23/2013
4 out of 5 stars

I use 1 part each powdered green tea, turmeric, and buttermilk powder mixed with a little water as a daily face mask. I remove it with a warm microfiber wash cloth (nothing scratchy) and olive oil or a beeswax cleanser.

I have also used just the green tea and turmeric mixed directly into buttermilk or yogurt with similar results, but the dried buttermilk keeps in the cabinet more easily. I have no idea if water would work.

It took 2 weeks before I saw a notable reduction and 6 weeks before it went away. The redness came back about 4 months later so I started the process over again and it worked again!

I recommend using the mask as maintenance every week once it goes away.

EC: Hi Cinna, please let us know what condition you are referring to so we make sure to post it on the right page. Thanks!

Magnesium Chloride
Posted by Lauren (Chicago, Il) on 12/13/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Magnesium/ Calcium supplements! I had terrible dermatitus and a dermatologist suggested I switch to a fluoride free toothpaste. (I also tried just about everything listed on this site) I started doing my research and eliminating anything with fluoride from my diet. I was horrified to learn that it is EVERYWHERE! Not to mention most cities add it to their water systems. I then read somewhere that magnesium/ calcium supplements can keep fluoride from absorbing into your cells. I started taking a Calcium, Magnesium and Zinc supplement everyday and my dermatitus cleared up completely in a few days.

If I miss a day or two of taking the supplement I notice it start to flare up again. Do your research on fluoride, it may not be the cause for everyone, but it's worth a try!

Posted by Jupiter (Yuma, Arizona, Usa) on 11/14/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I am very grateful to everyone who has previously posted on this website. This is why now that I free of this terrible problem I come back to this site to help at least a person that is frustrated trying everything with not significant results. I have been suffering from perioral dermatitis for the past months and have changed many things in my daily routine. I did a little bit of everything posted in this site. However, the final and less expensive routine come from my kitchen. A little bit of Sodium Bicarbonate and ? of a Lemon. Clean the affected area with the lemon juice and the bicarbonate every night. For the first night (in my case 3 days) do not use nothing more than this paste to clean your face, no creams, lotions, fats, makeup nothing. I promise you that after a few days you will see results. My skin is not perfect as it is to be but it is free of POD and can use natural creams. Now once in a while when I feel that POD is starting to come out I just clean my face with this miracle paste and magically the rash disappears.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Don (Irving, Texas) on 10/05/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed reading some of these posts as I have struggled with seb dermatitis for years. Never really new what it was until one day the dermatologist matter of factly told me and gave me some gel for it.

To the point, about 4 months ago I had a food sensitivity test and found out I was mildly sensitive, not intolerant to gluten. I decided to cut it out altogether or at least not eat anything that obviously would contain any significant amounts of gluten. The psoriasis/dermatitis I had on my arm went away within a week of stopping eating gluten. I lost about and inch over my waist and my hair actually began to grow on my head in thinning places. No other reason I can figure for these changes since I had tried many things for months to get rid of the dermatitis, bloating and and the only change was eliminating the gluten. So, I believe that the gluten was most likely a big factor.

The dermatitis on my face which comes and goes but never really goes away totally for long even got better and went away in some areas. This is even with the use of Elidel cream twice daily. After reading these posts I decided to apply ACV to my face morning and night and within three days it has almost all disappeared. I also began taking biotin and probiotics even though I am not sure how much of a factor they have been.

Thanks to the folks here who posted about ACV. I have taken ACV before at times but never used as an astringent on the face. I don't know how long it will have an effect but hopefully I can cut down using it once a day and maybe longer as time goes on. My skin actually looks somewhat normal now. Wooohoo.

Magnesium Chloride
Posted by Katrina (Newcastle Upon Tyne, Uk) on 08/14/2012

I am very grateful to everyone who has previously posted on this website. I have been suffering from mild perioral dermatitis intermittently for the past year and have blamed many things from antibiotics to having my top lip waxed.

As a kinesiologist who couldn't cure herself I was getting very frustrated having tried many remedies. As I already had magnesium chloride oil in the house so decided to give it a try, that was on Sunday, I have wiped it over my top lip night and morning since then (it is Tuesday morning now) and it has made a dramatic difference.

It stings like mad at first then calms down which is when I apply my moisturiser. Concealer works very well I have found.

Thank you for all of the helpful information! :-)

Diaper Rash Ointment
Posted by Sasha (Seattle, Wa) on 05/04/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I had small bumps on my face and I'm not sure what caused it. Anyhow I was going to go to the store to buy the diaper rash oinment, I looked up the active ingredient in the diaper rash ointment which is no other than Zinc oxide, which I always have on had for summer sun put some on my face and it works!

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Piseth (Boston, Ma) on 04/07/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I've been reading everyone's post and am overwhelmed by the feeling of community here. You guys are great!

My PD started with a small rash on the side of my month that was slightly itchy. I didnt think much of it and left it alone.. Then it got worse. It spread around the right side of my mouth and near my chin. It was really scary because I couldnt figure out what it was until I did some research online.

A friend of mine is an esthetician and she recommended super milk thistle with a juice cleanse. I am allergic to ragweed so I couldnt do milk thistle since it can cause an allergice reaction if you have plant allergies.

I realized my PD started because I was not exercising as regulary as I do, drinking tap water which is high in flouride, & consuming 2-3 alcoholic beverages which compromised my gastrointestinal system & liver.

I switched to flouride free toothpaste, drank only bottled/filtered water, began excersing (sweating out the toxins), and drank 2-3 cups of ____ blended juice (organic). Today is the 3rd day and my face has changed dramatically. I highly recommend to go on a cleanse to help your liver and internal systems get rid of the toxins.

I hope this brings relief to anyone experiencing PD. It is awful but you all these post helped me with the psychological trauma that comes with this disfiguring illness.

Love to all of you!

Dandruff Shampoo
Posted by Lily (Ny, Usa) on 03/08/2012

Updating I'm my PD. I can happily say my face is 95% clear now. I am still washing my face with dandruff shampoo and applying antifungal cream 3 times a day. There are 2 area (each side of my nose) that still shows a litlle PD. So this morning I applyed an antifungal liquid call NO MORE FUNGUS (sally hansen brand) and wow 3 hours later big different! Please don't give up, keep trying this is what I did untill I found the remedy that worked for me and I am sharing it cuz maybe might work for someone else too. Thank u Earthclinic for this site! :)

Dandruff Shampoo
Posted by Lily (Ny, Usa) on 03/02/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I do have PD and try many things like most of u, from pills, creams and many home remedies, but this was what work for me. I started treating my PD as mites or fungal infection. I use dandruff shampoo (which is and anti-fungal shampoo, generic brand for head n shoulder because I have sensitive skin. The lady on this site recommended nizoral- too strong for my skin) to wash my face with it (the first time I letted sit in my face like for ten minutes and I saw a big differece right way) dry all the bumps, ichying was gone. After I rinsed my face and dry it well I applied an anti-fungul cream (oxistat 1% is RX but lotrimin is over the counter) 3 days later big improvement. Now that my condition is better I am going to put lanolin (lanolin is to help heal sore, cracked nipples, fos women that breastfeeding) to help the skin healing process faster (like I said nizoral was to strong for my skin so it buned my skin a little). I hope this help others. I will post later to let u all know how's going. thank u Earthclinic for this site.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Gemma (Bristol, England) on 02/28/2012

Just wanted to ask Francine from Boston, where I can get the ready made cream you use? I have had very bad pd since I became pregnant, very red and sore right from both nostrals and down around my mouth.

I have tried eliminating all SLS, flouride, and ive tried topical ACV, yogurt and taking acidophilus... nothing is helping at all....

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Francine (Boston, United States) on 02/22/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I suffered with PD since after giving birth to my son. I use a ready made natural cream with calendula, lavender oil, tea tree oil and east cape manuka oil. It is amazing for clearing away all of the PD around my face (used to look like a muzzle and was horrible). I still get minor outbreaks in small patches but after using my cream it clears away again.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Honeybee (Fresno, Ca, United States) on 01/18/2012

I agree with others who have posted about the benefits of using Tea Tree Oil. For the past 6 months or so my skin has been breaking out. My skin is normally very clear so I thought it would go away on its own, but after several months it became apparent I needed to do something. At first I tried all my normal OTC products but nothing seemed to work. In fact, everything I tried seemed to make my skin worse and more irritated. I finally tried Zinc cream in addition to taking milk thistle capsules and drinking dandelion, pau d'arco and burdock tea. I also payed careful attention to my diet, eating vegetables with vitamin A. After several weeks my skin cleared, and I thought I was ok but then it still flared up occasionally.

That is when I finally turned to Tea Tree Oil. I had read about it before but put off using it because I thought it would be too harsh for my skin. I finally decided to give it a shot and bought some Tea Tree Soap. I've been using it for two days and my skin is 90% clear! I'm also taking a multivitamin, eating tons of fruits and veggies, and drinking echinacea tea (I ran out of all my other herbal teas).

My skin is much too sensitive to try the ACV, but the TTO soap is mild enough for my skin. I've been using it about 4 times a day and my skin feels baby soft. For those with really sensitive skin I recommend trying it. It's working so well, I've even stopped using the zinc. I just wash, and pat dry.

Burdock Root, Milk Thistle, Yellow Dock
Posted by Venator (Houston, Texas) on 01/15/2012

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?

Ingredients to Avoid
Posted by Anne (Phil., Cebu) on 01/10/2012

I tried probiotics, antibiotics and yogurt in the face but it doesn't have any immediate effects.

I avoided sls in any products that I used. It works. It really helps to lessen the pd. Maybe because of the consistent use of hypo allergenic products that I used I get the results gradually. Hope it will work for the better. I'll keep track of you guys for the betterment of this endeavour.

Posted by Kate (Boston, Mass) on 01/04/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Hello, I've had p/o dermatitis for about five years now, the only thing other than prescription that has worked for me is fresh squeezed lemon juice, it takes just as long as the prescription "ery" pads but works just the same. I use it twice a day all over my face w/ a cotton ball and have been free of my dermatitis and eczema for over a year.

Posted by Andream7878 (Knoxville, Tn) on 12/30/2011
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Acidophilus, Biotin
Posted by L.b. (Lexington, Ohio/usa) on 12/15/2011

I just wanted to responed to the person who is only using water to wash and still has trouble. I did all those things you did also and would still have trouble in patches on my face. From reading this site it has really helped. I take a good brand of vitamin b complex it helps and so does the acidophilus, but when I washed my face with manuca honey only and tried the vinegar rinse it burn to much. So I deluted the vinegar to 50/50 with water and still to much. I came up with an idea to try because I was wondering if the tap water was maybe some of my problem? I put 1 cup of distilled water in an empty bottle, 1 tsp of manuka honey, 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar with the mother. I shake it up and at morning and night I use a cotton ball to wash my face with it. Afterwards I put a small amount of Grapeseed oil on my face. It really has made a huge difference. I use the grapeseed oil on my arms when they flare up and it helps them very much too. I hope this will help someone else.

Burdock Root, Milk Thistle, Yellow Dock
Posted by Caitlin (Stanfordville, Ny) on 12/14/2011
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Zinc Oxide
Posted by Farmer Rose (Athens, Ga, Usa) on 12/06/2011

Oh & I forgot to say I stopped using Fluoride toothpaste as well!! That was several years ago & I haven't been sick since. Goodbye Dermatitis & Goodbye Govt. Regulated poisonous chemicals!! I'm done!

Apple Cider Vinegar Plus
Posted by Farmer Rose (Athens, Ga, Usa) on 12/06/2011

I got rid of my perioral dermatitis thanks to finding & reading this site!!! My skin doctor gave me a cortizone cream for a rash on my body & a few monhs later the rash was gone but a new one had started on my face!! I started drinking ACV regularly, & I used a mixture topically of first, Calendula gel, then Home Health's Rose Almond Oil and topped it off with a layer of Balmex, which is basically zinc oxide. The doctor told me it could take a year to heal and I was healed in 2 months. After a year or so using the Balmex I started to break out in a little acne. That was my skin telling me, your pores are fixed, you don't need to clog them anymore with this heavy zinc cream... So now I only use the Balmex when my skin feels very dry or chapped. Thank you so much earth clinic!! I'll never go to a skin doctor again! You changed my life!!

Dietary Changes
Posted by Martin (Melbourne, Vic) on 12/03/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I stumbled across this page as I was also looking for natural remedies for dermatitis as an alternative to the mometesone furoate that I've been applying for years.

What I immediately noticed is that everyone talks about how to control the symptoms, but none of you seem to delve into why it is that you have this condition. I was much the same for many years, as GPs and dermatologists all just kept prescribing corticosteroids and telling me that I will have this the rest of my life, and the best I could do was manage it.

It wasn't until I decided this wasn't acceptable, and did my own research and testing. What I found was that if I overindulged for a series of days, i.e., ate heaps of sweets, junk food and drank alcohol, I would flare up more the usual.

I suspected dairy was my issue, so eliminated it from my diet. Lo and behold, no more dermatitis! I then went to a naturopath who specialises in digestion, and she informed me I had leaky gut and put me on a gut repair program. I also did an igE blood test which tested me against 99 different foods. The results showed I had a strong dairy allergy, followed by yeast, and a few other mild ones. For 6 months I followed a strict elimination diet, and I didn't have a single breakout. I also slimmed down as I was always prone to bloating as a result of the intolerances.

Since then I do lapse occasionally as I suffer from a sweet tooth! And when I do flare up (it takes weeks now to show, instead of days as before) I've been using the mometesone. I wish to stop all together, as I suspect it has affected my fertility - that's a whole other story!

Anyway, I want to share my story, as the more I learn about digestive issues and related intolerances the more I'm fascinated to learn how many effects can be related.

P. S. I also stop snoring if I eliminate the foods I'm intolerant to, which my wife enjoys most of all! :)

Posted by Cara (Marina, Ca, Usa) on 11/23/2011
4 out of 5 stars

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.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Anna Maria (Heidelberg, Germany) on 11/21/2011

Hi, Funny that I am also from Heideberg - :) I have to say, when I was living in Poland I had the most beautiful skin ever- the water in my city is very soft. Here in Heidelberg the water is hard which is bad enough. I have stoped using the water on my face, I did get some filter ( even 2! ) for the shower.

I got PD one year ago, but I thought that the skin is just dry and I try to apply some face masks- it didnt help so I went to dr and he said it is from the all cosmetics that I use and I should stop it. I did but it didnt work. So I refuse to go there for second time and found this site. I apply yoghurt, today I did ACV.. (let's see). I take Vitamin C, Omega 3 E, Zinc, and B complex. Today I will get some probiotic as well. I think ( I hope) in my case is the fluorid toothpaste - I used Elmex - the orange one (night one) that Fluorid content is 1400 ppm but the blue ( for the day) has only 1000 ppm! I did use only the orange one since I didnt like the taste of the blue one! Plus, I did use the Elmex INTENSE more often that I should. I just didn't care that they wrote: " use every other day" - but the Fluorid content is the same as the orange = 1400 ppm!

I went to organic shop " Alnatura" and got some baby toothpaste, so lets see. Since it's only one week.

The other thing is that I have read in some dr forum that Fluorid is probably the cause since one dr claming that 60 % of his female patients didnt got any PD symptoms since using olny non-fluoride toothpaste. And people right-handed have a bigger rush on the left side ( like me! My rush is actually on the left side of my mouth! ) - maybe we tend to brush more intesne or longer on the left side- but of course I never thought about it.

I am also not using any SLS products. Hope for the best. I think this is just a rush and there is cure for this out there!

ps I just read here today that nail polish could be reason as well ( strange! ) but I did remove it immediately! :P

Posted by Jason (Sydney, Australia) on 11/20/2011

Hi, I also have discoid dermatitis and recently I have found that manuka honey worked for me.

I had the red marks all over my forehead and after applying the honey overnight and moisturising cream for the day time this has cured it fairly quickly as opposed to when I was using a cortisone ointment.

I hope this helps others! I used Active Manuka honey 5 .

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Bunnylebowski (Seward, Ne) on 11/12/2011

It's me again... 7 or so months later and still no PD! Try the prosacea stuff! The active ingredient is sulfur.

Contact Dermatitis
Posted by Debbie (Melbourne, Australia ) on 11/06/2011

Donnalsm, some good ideas to help prevent the symptoms of ezcema and dermatitis but I believe you need to get to the root problem in the first place rather than just treating the symptoms.

I believe that dermatitis and ezcema and many other skin rashes/conditions are caused by Candida/yeast infections. If you only treat the symptoms, the underlying cause is still there. Often antibiotics are the cuprit for getting candida/yeast infections.

Iodine is one of the best ways to cure candida/yeast/fungal infections. If you are lacking in iodine the yeast will take over your body and cause many problems throughout the body. Dr. Orian Truss in 1953 used an Iodine Protocol on many people with many disease problems and cured them. He found that other problems that had plagued them including depression were cured after he gave them iodine. Google him.

Contact Dermatitis
Posted by Donnalsm (Subang, Selangor, Malaysia) on 11/05/2011

I have an ongoing problem with contact dermatitis for a number of years now. When prescribed medicine doesn't work, the best remedy for relieving my eczema symptoms so far would be:

1. Use pH balanced products for washing.

i.e. shampoo, body wash, household cleaning agents and such.

- try organic soaps or castille soaps. these are made of chemical free, all natural ingredients.

2. Avoid using products with Sodium Lauryl Sulfate which can cause skin irritation.

- check product contents on the label before you buy soaps, shampoos, detergents, etc.

3. Avoid washing the affected area too often.

- washing too often will cause your skin to lose its natural moisture. Dry skin will crack easily and can become sore and itchy. so, seriously reduce the frequency of washing your affected skin.

- I have tried using rubber and latex (surgical type) gloves, but it made my skin worse. It might had something to do with the layer of powder lined inside the gloves which irritates my skin.

4. Keep your skin moisturized at all times.

- I use pH5 Handcreme by Eucerin which contains enzymes that help to repair dry and damaged skin cells.

5. Higher amount of non-acidic Vitamin C.

- a daily intake of high strength 1000mg tabs of acid free vitamin C . Any brand is fine, as long as the base ingredient is CALCIUM ASCORBATE and not Ascorbic Acid.

- this has helped my skin to recover very quickly from cracks and flare ups before they could get any worse.

That's about it. Hope you'll find this information useful.

Zinc Oxide
Posted by Debbie (Melbourne, Australia ) on 11/03/2011

If the dermatitis is in fact yeast growing on the outside of the skin, no doubt your body is infested with candida and the dermatitis is the yeast escaping through the skin. You need to kill the candida. Coconut oil will help (as will probiotics and raw garlic) but you really need iodine because it is a deficiency of iodine that causes the yeast to be able to spread undeterred. If your body has enough iodine the yeast won't be able to spread in the first place.

Zinc Oxide
Posted by Tom (Arlington, Tx, Usa) on 11/03/2011

Camille, relief is on the way, just get you some virgin coconut oil and take at least 3 tablespoons per day & then use some to massage into you skin, this way you attack the problem from both sides. if you do this it will work and quickly I imagine. Let me know, Tom

Zinc Oxide
Posted by Shaun (York, Uk) on 11/03/2011

Don't suffer with the remaining 30%. Just apply 'Milk of Magnesia'. You will literally be amazed at the results!

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