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Perioral dermatitis & Eczema

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.


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Jul. 12th, 2011 10:59 pm (UTC)
Follow-up post.
Well, the oil has continued to help some, but the rash on my face flared up a couple of times. I have started using the old stand by "Face Doctor Soap" on my face and a sulphur product that comes in two cakes. One for nighttime and one for daytime. I couldn't get an appointment with the derm till almost the end of July so I had to do something! I do a very careful regime with my face. Washing it first with the soap, then rinsing well and while it is still wet applying jojoba oil or the mixed oil I spoke of in the original post. While my face is still wet and oily I apply the sulphur cake by passing it quickly over my face just for a few seconds, then gently massaging it in. It was also recommended by the company who makes the sulphur cakes to try to keep my ph non-acidic. This isn't too hard.....mostly means eating more vegetables and little meat and no simple carbs. I had already altered my diet in that direction so this wasn't difficult. I am also taking pancreatic enzymes to help my digestion. Well, just to let you know I am delighted with my response to all this. I haven't had a flare-up of my rosacea or my eczema since! I'll let you know if it continues to work!
Aug. 3rd, 2011 07:59 pm (UTC)
Re:Update on my Perioral dermatitis
I have to tell you all I am so delighted! The skin on my face is better than it has been in my whole life! The treatment outlined above with the sulphur cakes and jojoba oil have totally healed my face and I haven't had any flare-ups for more than 2 weeks. I also had irritated eyelids that were alway swollen and itchy and that has cleared up also. It seems....at least for me that keeping my ph more on the alkaline side and using the minerals on my face is this answer!
Sep. 4th, 2014 03:38 pm (UTC)
Product Names
Could you please tell me the names of the products you use? I have perioral dermatitis as well!
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