Natural Remedies

Dermatitis Treatment and Natural Remedies

Dietary Changes
Posted by Don (Irving, Texas) on 10/05/2012
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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.

Dandruff Shampoo
Posted by Lily (Ny, Usa) on 03/02/2012
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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.

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! :)

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 Joanna (Phoenix, Or) on 05/20/2013

Where did you get this ready made natural cream? What is used as the base? Jojoba? Olive oil, etc? Thanks for posting that!

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 Andream7878 (Knoxville, Tn) on 12/30/2011
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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.

Burdock Root, Milk Thistle, Yellow Dock
Posted by Caitlin (Stanfordville, Ny) on 12/14/2011
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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.

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?

Burdock Root, Milk Thistle, Yellow Dock
Posted by Mary (Georgia) on 06/07/2014

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

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
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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 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 .

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.

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!

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 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 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, Calendula Cream
Posted by Sally (Perth, Wa Australia) on 10/29/2011
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I'm in my early 30's and always had clear skin, much to my shock after several months on lots of antibiotics(had a severe pneumonia), I broke out with a rash around my mouth, just under my bipap mask which I wear 24/7. Anyway went to dr, told it was dermatitis and was prescribed topical steroids which I took for 10 days like everyone else it made it worse. Thankfully I found this site stopped the steroids (however I am on a low dose orally which I need for my breathing), and started the apple cider, which did give me relief. I used it topically twice a day, drank it twice a day and I started taking a probiotic. Within 10 days it was better then what it was, but my face was still very red and dry, I tried coconut oil, then I tried paw paw ointment and both made me break out. So I had read on here that calendular ointment was really good as its antifungal, antiviral antibacterial and anti inflammatory. I decided to stop using the ACV topically and I bought the pure calendula ointment and to my surprise 24 hrs later I could see a improvement, 10 days later it is nearly all gone. I put it on very regularly(every 60-90 min if I remember)and it really soothes the skin etc

Things might have cleared up if I had used the mother ACV but I couldn't get any in stock at the time, also having a mask over my dermatitis did not help as I never got any fresh air on it.

However if you don't get perfect results with the ACV I recommend the calendula ointment, thank you to whoever posted that initially, it has really helped :)

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

Multiple Remedies
Posted by John (Westlake, Oh) on 10/10/2011
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After much trial and error I have found that the most simple is the most effective in treating this frustrating and annoying condition. I take probiotics 2x a day, plus Vitamin A and E and C. I don't use soap or lotion on it. I wash the area with water. I use Squiggle toothpaste. ( a little pricey, but let's be real, no amount is too much to spend to get rid of this right? ) The most effective change that I made was to stop chewing any kind of gum. I have been rash and itch free for a month now. Oh and don't touch your face! I hope this helps and I want to thank everyone who posts on this sight. So helpful!!

Oatmeal Paste Topically
Posted by Lori (Newport, Ri) on 09/29/2011
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This has always been my standby for quick relief of contact dermatitis, especially those lttle bumps on the face: Using a mortar and pestle, grind plain old fashioned oats to a fine powder; Mix with enough very warm filterd water to form a paste and apply gently to damp skin that has been washed in a mild fragrance -free cleanser. (Apply after rinsing). Let dry for about a half an hour. Rinse with tepid then cool water and pat dry. Use a mild moisturizer only around eyes and lip balm. At bedtime, rinse with warm then cool water and apply light, fragrance-free moisturizer. Never use a facecloth and soap on face or dry with a towel that has had fabric softener added. Good luck.

Natural Makeup
Posted by Shahin25 (Chicago, Illinois, Usa ) on 08/04/2011

Any makeup suggestions for PD? My friends have suggested Lush products any suggestions?

Natural Makeup
Posted by Alicia (Marshall, Tx) on 09/08/2011

Arbonne products are great. They have hair and skin care for face and body. Also makeup. All natural, botanical based.

Natural Makeup
Posted by Jo Ann (Usa) on 10/16/2016

I have contact dermatitis, I'm allergic to fragrance and fragrance mix.. cinnamon, citrus vanilla, cloves..propolis and tea tree oil.latex..

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

Apple Cider Vinegar, Eczema Cream
Posted by Earthgirl (Brisbane, Qld, Australia) on 07/06/2011
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I have suffered with dermatitis in various places on an off for years. It seems to be more common in the cooler months for me. Currently I have an outbreak on my lower abdomen. I am using ACV dabbed on to the area, followed by Eczema & Psoriasis Cream by Moogoo (all natural ingredients). The cream feels soothing & cool, and keeps the skin from drying out. It has only been a couple of days but it's definitely improving.

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