Perioral Dermatitis. It all is starting to make sense, but yet I’m having a really hard time grasping it all. Read on, and you’ll see why.
Yesterday I told you about my nose rash, the same nose rash that has plagued me off-and-on since I was just 13 years old.
Today I promised to tell you what this nose rash is and some likely culprits I’ve already identified and thus banned from my life.
What is Perioral Dermatitis?
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Each time I was diagnosed by doctors, my nose rash was something different but never was it the very thing that it in fact is….Perioral Dermatitis (PD).
(also called periorifical dermatitis), is skin disease characterised by multiple small (1 – 2 mm) papules, pustules and vesicles which are localised to the perioral skin (around the mouth), nasolabial folds (around the nostrils), or perioccular area (around the eyes). It most commonly affects women between the ages of 20 and 45 years, but may also affect children, men and the elderly. It is not uncommon, and has a tendency to recur in individuals who have had it once.
I am 1,001% confident that this is what it is (You can see several pictures of it here.) The kicker in all of this? If you dig deep, you’ll find that the root cause of this is, you guessed it, THE GUT.
I suspected this, and after Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum saw my nose, he nodded and agreed that I was likely correct. (<–oh my gosh, I have so much information to share with y’all)! But PLEASE know that problems in the gut and an overgrowth are not only caused by food – there are so many external factors that can contribute, and Dr. Jacob agreed with me that the way I eat was likely not the culprit. (And hence, my further devotion to holistic healing.)
My first goal was to seek out information around things that make it worse and/or things that trigger its return.
Perioral Dermatitis Triggers
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There are many theories and ideas around what causes Perioral Dermatitis and/or triggers it to come back.
I believe many of these are personal culprits.
Healing this naturally means I have to start somewhere, so I’ll be talking about this more tomorrow.
Banned from My Life
I’ll share two things quickly with you today that I’ve already banned from my life.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
I immediately started investigating this ingredient upon learning about Perioral Dermatitis.
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Fluoride via Toothpaste
You can read all about it here, and you will also make note of the association between fluoride and PD.
Tomorrow I’m going to show you what I’ve already done, what I will be doing and methods and products I’m currently trying (or will be trying).
I am having a hard time grasping all of this. I’ve been the queen detective of food ingredients for 5+ years, and now I’m having to deal with a whole new behemoth of an ingredient situation that I was not prepared to dive into.
I have been reflecting on what awful timing this is.
And then I remembered that the good Lord doesn’t give us anything we cannot handle. The good Lord perhaps knows my passion, knows my commitment and knows that by putting this here for me to face now might mean that ONE OF YOU will not have to go years living with it.
See you tomorrow.
Updated in 2017: It took me three years to find a skin and body care company that worked with PD, but I did it. Check out the Never List, read my story, and then shop! For Perioral Dermatitis in particular, you might want to check out the Countercontrol line. You will never regret it.
You will heal. I will help.