Perioral Dermatitis….it all comes back to the gut, but this time there are several things I am doing to heal the PD and continue healing the gut, namely replacing my personal care products. So today I wanted to share with you all about replacing my personal care products and how I will heal Perioral Dermatitis naturally.
(One thing to make note of with Perioral Dermatitis is that it is very difficult to treat and can last for months. Furthermore, it tends to return time-and-time again. I have my work cut out for me.)
Yesterday I showed you many possible Perioral Dermatitis triggers.
I am addressing several today.
Updated in 2017: By using all the methods below, I’ve continued healing. Additionally, I have switched my skincare routine and products 100% to Beautycounter. And it has been absolutely incredible. Read more HERE, and join my quest for ultimate skincare health.
Replacing My Personal Care Products and How I Will Heal Perioral Dermatitis Naturally
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But first, this is embarrassing –> here are most of the personal care products I was using. I threw them all in our bath tub and trashed them ALL….yes, even if they were full! I’m the queen of never letting anything go to waste. Exceptions were made.
I believe stress was my trigger this time. The PD came back around mid-to-end February when the A Loving Spoon website became a nightmare for me (more on this at a different time). Between my business and trying to balance mommy hood and a million other things, stress caught up to me.
“Stress” is the main piece of my life that I am working to address and deal with. Ryan and I discussed this piece to my PD last night for a long time. I could do an entire series on it (and I may), but for today, I am at least admitting that I have not been dealing with stress appropriately, but that this needs to change – immediately.
Fluoride in Toothpaste
I have always used junk kinds of toothpaste, and they have always contained fluoride. I never understood what was so wrong with fluoride, until I saw the correlation between it and PD and began investigating. After all, didn’t my dentist always say, “Make sure you get a toothpaste with fluoride?” In addition to Perioral Dermatitis, just look at all these other dangers using fluoride.
Earthpaste. Read THIS POST and make the switch ASAP.
You could also try making your own, which I have done in the past.
- 1 tsp. baking soda (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
- 1/2 tsp. coconut oil
- 2-3 drops dōTERRA® Lemon Essential Oil
- a few drops of water
* This will make enough for a couple brushings.
Facial Creams, Cleansers, Makeups, etc.
In addition to the connection between PD and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), our facial creams, cleansers, and makeups are just plain rotten. Just look at all of these chemicals in cosmetics. Need a specific study and number? Tests find cancer-causing chemical in 98 personal care products. This is not right. For me, the amount of these chemicals seeping into my body must stop.
I have never been the girl to wear much makeup. I’ve never been into it, and I enjoy a more natural look. I love the Beautycounter makeup line, and the first two makeup products I ever tried and loved were the Dew Skin Moisturizing Coverage #2 and the Hibiscus Cream Blush.
For a facial cream, I have been using the Nourishing Day Cream.
I started using something new as an overall body cleanser: Alaffia’s African Black Soap, based on the recommendation of my friend Marci. I got it at Whole Foods, and the jumbo bottle was on sale for just $12.99. I got it for the primary uses of shampoo + facial cleanser, but there are many other things you can use it for as well.
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Finally, I am experimenting with a whole host of uses for my Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Baby-Mild Castile Liquid Soap. Lisa Bronner shares so many ideas on her blog, and I can’t wait to create my own.
Why do so many conditions always have to come back to coffee and cutting/limiting it? Coffee is my favorite thing. It’s a part of my morning routine. I am frustrated to know that coffee can keep symptoms lingering.
I’m not giving it up for good. I’ve given up so dang much and truthfully, I feel like it would just add more stress to my life. That said, for now, I’m minimizing the amount I drink. Since the moment we got Samarah, I have been consuming much more than perhaps my body should be having. I’m going to cut back to 2 cups or less per day, still heavily diluted with coconut milk. (Updated in 2017: I have cut coffee down even more.)
When I was at Natural Food Expo West, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum and Dr. Jonny Bowden. Dr. Jacob took one look at my nose and agreed that yes, in fact, it has everything to do with my gut, a hormonal imbalance, and candida (again, candida is more than just food)!
I am still sifting through the things Dr. Jacob recommended for me, and I’m saving those for another day.
I am confident that by replacing my personal care products and staying consistent with all of the above, I will heal this Perioral Dermatitis naturally.
All of this adds a whole new element to A Gutsy Girl, and I hope to be able to share with you as much as possible.
Remember, being Gutsy isn’t just about living with IBS or IBD. It’s about investigating and truly understanding all the pieces that make up our lives – the pieces that ensure we are thriving vs. merely surviving.
Being Gutsy means that we never stop seeking answers.
I never have. I never will.
p.s. If you have Perioral Dermatitis and have not yet given up dairy, sugar, and gluten, you might first want to think about that. My friend Pilar Gerasimo wrote a great article on this a long time ago. Take a peek, “Doing Something Rash.” If you don’t know where to start, The Gutsy Girl’s Bible: an approach to healing the gut is your dairy, sugar, gluten-free (and more) roadmap.
You will heal. I will help.