After suffering from eczema and Perioral dermatitis for many years I seem to have finally found the key (at least for me). I had a bad case of Perioral dermatitis a couple of weeks ago and of course couldn't get in to see a dermatologist for a month and a half. I finally talked my G.P. into prescribing Nystatin & Triamcinolone Acetonide cream. She didn't want to, as many seem to think this combo makes things worse in the long run. I used it very sparingly for just 5 days and the swelling and redness were gone. As it was healing I also started using a botanical skin oil with a variety of oils, apricot kernel, sesame, avocado, etc. One of the key ingredients I think was caprylic/capric triglyceride. If anyone is interested, I'll be glad to tell you the brand. I just want you to know I'm not advertising or recommending this product. I also have been very careful to clean my face morning and night with a natural cleanser containing G.S.E. (Grapefruit Seed Extract). Now that my face is completely cleared up, I have been applying the botanical oil morning and night after cleansing with the G.S.E. and using the oil anytime my face feels dry. My skin just seems to drink it up. At least for me it seems that my rash was mostly caused by a fungal infection. I have been using the oil on my hand eczema also and it is slowly going away. I'm thinking that all the years of using cortisone cream on my face and hands may have weakened my skin to fungal infections. My research has told me that G.S.E. and caprylic acid are both antifungal. By the way I also have gone on every diet known to man to try to get rid of this darn stuff and now I'm wondering if it hasn't been a problem with fungus right from the start. I have also taken allergy shots many times over the years to no avail (didn't help my hay fever either). By the way I have been battling with eczema for more than 50 years.
- Current Location:Olympia, WA
- Current Mood: relieved