I got hit with perioral dermatitis 5 months ago. It was just a small circle for about a month, but as soon as I tried to get rid of it it spread around my entire mouth and on to the edges of my nose. It looked like I had a red moustache. I have tried everything. Virgin Coconut Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar, Tumeric, Calendula Cream, Oregon Grape Seed extract. The dermatologist recommended 6 weeks of antibiotics and hardcore skin burning creams, although it was not a bacterial infection, but I declined. It seemed that being outside in the sun, wind, anything made it worse.
Last week I went to the lake and swam and my POD started clearing up immediately. It's been 5 days and it looks the best it's been - almost gone? I think it was the lake water. I have continued to use the sunscreen I was using that day just in case, although I have used this before and it didn't clear me up. (It's All natural Badger, spf 15. ) My skin has been peeling each day and the bumps are getting smaller and smaller. I almost look normal again! I hope to hit the lake again this weekend and hopefully finish the job. Just wanted to share in case this might help anyone else.
I suffered with Perioral Dermatitis for years. My dermatilogist gave me creams and antibiotics that would help the rash, but it always ended up reappearing. I found this site after researching dermatitis remedies. I tried applying greek yogurt, diaper rash cream, apple cider vinegar, violet extract and nothing helped! Finally, I decided to stop using everything on my face and just wash my face with water and apply no lotion. After a couple weeks, the dermatis was totally gone! My face would get so dry I used my son's really healthy lotion and my face broke out again! So I decided my dermatits was caused by something in lotion, healthy or not, and I have been dermatitis free since!
I can not stress how much Earth Clinic has helped my family. We now use molasses, ACV, raw honey, coconut oil, turmeric and a netti pot on a regular basis! Thank you Earth Clinic and everyone who has posted on this site. We are forever grateful!
I have to say I agree with learning about the toothpaste, face wash, shampoo, etc. I have always been fairly conscientious about the products I use (Dr Bronners mint wash for body, Organic Shamp/Cond, Cetaphil face wash) and I have used tea tree oil for years on blemishes. But I was appalled to find out how many products have SLS in them. I switched my shampoo, only use the Dr Bronners or soap on my body and have found that ZERO soap on the face did the trick. Just water. I had read this but was still using a zinc soap (I had read that it helped) every day.
We went camping last weekend and I used nothing but bottled water to rinse off my face. When we got back, my spots had dried up and were barely red at all.
I was thinking that my face would get worse so I hurried to go wash it when we got back and they actually got worse from the washing, than from leaving them alone! In short, I learned to give them a break, just rinse with water. I use a solution of ACV with epsom salts dissolved in them at night and then ACV and some tea tree oil in the morning.
Good luck everyone!!