Today I am sharing how I healed my Perioral Dermatitis naturally.
I was just about to give up and get on antibiotics when miraculously I healed at a rapid pace. I cannot pinpoint any one thing, but there are many things that stand out as to why I healed.
While I believe that numbers 1-10 below were CRITICAL, I also believe that it was number 11 which truly ended up being the key factor.
Boils Down to a Leaky Gut
For the record, healing Perioral Dermatitis ultimately requires healing the gut.
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Below you’ll find the things worked for me. And if I can even give one person hope that something might work for them, then my job here is done.
How I Healed My Perioral Dermatitis Naturally
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I fully believe my healing was jump started when I went back (intensely) on GAPS. I’m not on GAPS right now, but I believe it was critical then.
Moringa is an amazing herb that I learned about while at the local Farmers’ Market this past summer. It has been used for many things, and while I initially started using it for digestion, I believe it (maybe indirectly) had positive impacts on the skin condition.
Hemp is powerful, internally and externally. In the beginning, I was using coconut oil on my face, until the condition seemed to be getting worse. I stopped that, and I started using hemp oil. I would topically apply about 1/2 of a dime-sized amount to the affected areas nightly before bedtime. Additionally, I began consuming a lot of hemp internally – the seed and oil. We eat it several times a week now in various ways. “Hemp is loaded with all 20 amino acids (including the 9 essential),” and I believe its dense nutrition helped. (Checkout one of my favorite hempseed recipes ever. And my Lemon-Garlic Basil Spaghetti Squash with Hemp is also incredible!)
It’s not that I love it, but rather that cod liver oil is highly anti-inflammatory and since Perioral Dermatitis is a form of inflammation, I needed to reduce inflammation as much as much as possible. (I also did this by eating wild fish more in general.) I took/still take 1 teaspoon Cod Liver Oil daily.
I returned to the consistent use of probiotics. Updated in 2019 to add: Use the Just Thrive one! I swear by it now, as do many others.
I have been starving my body from sleep, and in a million ways it manifested into so many unwanted things. I focused on 8+ hours a night. Some nights I could grab more, and some a little less, but the amount of sleep I’m getting overall has greatly increased. (Read also: Sleep and Gut Healing.)
Nipple Butter and Bottom Balm
You think it sounds crazy, but I swear by this stuff now (–> sorry I stole so much of yours, Samarah!) I just use a little, but it made a huge difference.
I’m still sprinkling it on/in things 1-2 times per day.
I never used traditional face wash while I was flaring. I kept it as minimal as possible. (Keep in mind also, though, that I’m pretty minimalistic when it comes to the amount of makeup I wear.)
This ONE thing can make a huge difference (click HERE to read about it). It did for me! I stopped using all traditional toothpaste as well, and never buy toothpaste with SLS and/or fluoride. It’s “Earthy,” but I enjoy it -> Earthpaste.
I have all but healed my Perioral Dermatitis, but it took months. There was no quick-fix-overnight scheme. I stayed consistent, and I did items 1-10 on a consistent basis.
Those are things I have done for how I healed my Perioral Dermatitis naturally. Questions? How about you?
Updated in 2019 to add: If my PD was this bad today or ever again, I would do all of the above, and for products, I would choose to use just the Beautycounter Cleansing Balm (as the face wash and moisturizer).
You will heal. I will help.