Medications speed up the healing process, but there are natural remedies to help clear up perioral dermatitis. Below is a list of tried and tested solutions, with these options working for some but not others. It is encouraged that you try these alternatives, one at a time but to remain patient. In today’s environment where looks and beauty are constant pressures on women, it will take patience and commitment to find a solution that works for you.
Coconut Oil continues to be a common choice amongst adults as a choice for removing dirt and makeup from the skin. It has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that help to heal the skin. Coconut Oil can also be added to bath water for further cleansing. Coconut Oil acts as a natural moisturizer. So, applying it to dry or scaly skin is a good idea.
In addition to its healing components, Unrefined Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil has fatty acids that have strong disinfectant and antimicrobial properties. Some find coconut oil too greasy, but it is a recommend natural solution to reduce dryness, itchiness and peeling.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar contains anti-inflammatory ingredients. In doing so, it can relieve the sensitivities of rashes. It acts as an antibacterial, eliminating toxins on the skin. It also works to revitalize and heal the affected skin.
Dilute ACV (1 teaspoon ACV:2-3 teaspoons water) before applying on your face. There will be a mild burning sensation after dabbing this diluted mixture. Some have reported their perioral dermatitis has cleared up from drinking ACV.
Not the store bought gels, but the aloe vera juice from the plant. This has assisted with relieving the burning and itching feeling. Aloe vera is a natural anti-inflammatory ointment. It works to cool the skin and relieve the face from the burning and itch that accompanies the rash. It can also prevent redness from returning.
Perioral dermatitis can be triggered by a reaction to toothpastes containing fluoride.
Check your labels, does your shampoo contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). You might be having a reaction from the shampoo, and your hair touching your face.
Mainly used to treat eczema, dry skin or diaper rash, this has worked for some in reducing the inflammation.
Grapefruit Seed Extract
Grapefruit seed extract is similar to Apple Cider Vinegar in that it contains antibacterial properties, and is effective at clearing the skin of toxins, infections, and bacteria.
Taking a used Green Tea bag and laying it on the affected areas of the skin can accelerate the healing process. This is most commonly used when eyelids are affected.
Personally, I have tried all of the suggestions above in hopes to find a perioral dermatitis natural cure. However, for me it was prescribed medication that helped me clear up my perioral dermatitis, but I continue using these natural products to keep my skin smooth and healthy.
A change in diet has also helped reduce the inflammation for months now, as well as a host of other benefits (ie. improvement in fatigue, weight loss, etc).
If you are suffering from PD, I would love to hear your comments about what you have tried and what has worked, and what hasn’t!