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Cure Your Perioral Dermatitis

Updated on May 18, 2011
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Natural Remedies for the Healing of Perioral Dermatitis

If you are facing Perioral Dermatitis, no matter how long you have been dealing with the condition, most likely you have wondered if anything will bring full healing? I wondered the same thing many times. You see, I was healed from Perioral Dermatitis (POD), and I am committed to declaring hope and offering practical solutions to others.

There are two main directions that I could take this article because I believe there are two main components to healing from POD. One is the physical side: your body and your skin. The other is in the unseen realm: your thinking and your emotions. I am not a doctor or a psychologist and yet I have years of experience with myself and others exploring the vast realms of health and well-being.

For the purpose of this article I am going to discuss solutions pertinent to your body and your skin.

I used the word “natural” in my title because I want to pass along information that stems from the organic world so to speak. Your doctor might have prescribed antibiotics and/or a topical gel or cream. You need to decide if that path is for you or a combination of natural remedies and the medicine.

Here are products that I used in my healing from Perioral Dermatitis and most I still use today for my overall health:

1. AKN Skin Care Supplement, by Nature’s way

Herbal blood detoxifier, comes in capsules.

2. Wash your face with Neem Soap

Neem is an oil from India that is wonderful for the skin and has great healing properties. You can find Neem soap at your local health food store.

3. Apply a combo of Lavender-Tea Tree Oil-Grapeseed Oil

Mix 10-15 drops each of Lavender and Tea Tree oil with 2 Tablespoons of Grapeseed Oil and apply 1-2 times a day to your skin.

4. Oregano Oil capsules

Oregano oil is known to be a potent antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiparasitic oil that can reduce pain and inflammation and effectively fight off infections.

5. Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar

Mix two Tablespoons of ACV with 16 oz of water and sip on it. Sometimes I add honey and sometimes I don’t. Apple Cider Vinegar is a powerful antioxidant as well as it balances pH levels thus reducing yeast in the body.

6. Tom’s of Maine SLS-Free Toothpaste

You want to eliminate Sodium Lauryl Sulfate from your toothpaste as well as Fluoride. For some people these are strong culprits behind Perioral Dermatitis.

Now that I am free of POD I can use products with SLS if I want to.

And nobody disputes the fact that SLS is a skin and eye irritant.

7. SLS-free shampoo, soap and lotion

Most likely you can find these products at your local chain grocery store or for sure at a health food store. Burt’s Bees claims that all their products are SLS-free.

I recommend taking a relaxed approach towards your healing as much as possible. That might sound crazy to many of you! I know I just wanted to be DONE with Perioral Dermatitis! My best friend kept encouraging me to “slow down” and “relax” because the anxiety I held towards my skin rash was only making matters worse.

So your assignment is this: Breathe, look into the mirror and be kind to your skin. You are not this disease! All of the products I mentioned are good for ALL of you, so try them out with a holistic mindset and not just to rid yourself of POD. I believe that mindset will actually support quicker healing coming your way. Here’s to your abundant health!

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Julie Gosh lives in Austin, Texas with her two sons. She is the co-owner of Generative Solutions, a transformational training and coaching company. She loves to write and speak and inspire the NEW in people’s lives. Check out her eBook and other articles at


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      Jules 18 months ago

      I suffered with perioral dermatitis for over 3 months. I went to the dermatologist 2x, tried 2 different Rx creams plus one other Rx cream I had leftover from another skin ailment. My skin was ANGRY and everything I did made it even worse. It started on my chin, traveled up the bridge of my nose onto my forehead! It was horrible! I would wear a ton of makeup to hide how bad my skin was getting.

      My genius dermatologist diagnosed me with Rosacea which this was clearly not. Once I started doing research, I knew my ex dermatologist was wrong and I will never go back there again! How can you be a doctor and not know the difference between the two?

      I saw a friend at a party and she suggested that I try lavender oil for my skin. So I figured that I would try an all natural approach and I started doing some research online and that is when I came across this article - Cure Your Perioral Dermatitis. I tried all of the things listed in this article except for steps 5, 6 and 7. Within 3 days my skin was clearing up and the perioral dermatitis was 100% gone within a week. I feel that it was the lavender - tea tree oil combo that did the trick. I swear by that stuff now! A big THANK YOU for posting this advice on how to naturally cure your perioral dermatitis.

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      juliegosh 20 months ago

      Hi Tee,

      It took a couple of months to heal using these combinations. It's been quite awhile now since writing this article. An update would be to remove all dairy and eat low fat, eating as much whole foods as you can, preferably in their raw state, ie fruits and vegetables. Get on a good detox as well, and be diligent to release stress and negativity about your skin. Speak peace and love to your skin and your body. When we stress over the condition we can exacerbate it. When we bring attention to something we don't like we can continue that very thing. Do your best to release and let go and think and feel positive, knowing you will heal. Best to you! And may your full healing come quickly.

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      Tee 20 months ago

      How long did this combination take to heal the pod?

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      Jane 3 years ago

      I assumed you use the oil from the oregano oil topically. When I applied it, it burned like crazy. Are you suppose to use it with a carrier oil or take as a supplement orally?

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      juliegosh 4 years ago

      Hi Emily,

      Good question. There are lots of good carrier oils that you can use. I like grapeseed because of its mild astringent and antiseptic properties. And really, it's just finding what works best with your skin. Jojoba, hempseed, and sweet almond oil are also good skin oils. If it were me I'd only apply to affected area. I wish you full healing!!

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      Emily 4 years ago

      Hello! Is another carrier oil fine as a substitute for grapeseed oil (along with the essential oils)? Or is it the best one? Do you apply that to only the affected area or over your whole face? Thank you!

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      julie gosh 6 years ago

      Hi emichael,

      Good to hear from you and thanks for writing. Great question. From what you describe I would definitely work from the inside out with a low sugar diet and taking the AKN Skin Care Supplement. I think it's a good idea for anyone to lower their flouride use and also eliminate a lot of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. If you just start with soap and shampoos for SLS elimination that should be good. I am a big fan of the essential oil combo that I mention too.....and would recommend that! Good luck, and if you want to really get into what might be behind your skin issues from an emotional standpoint, I discuss that in much more detail and in a real practical way in my eBook.

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      emichael 6 years ago from New Orleans

      Thanks for this. I've wondered for a while if this is what I deal with. I get very red, dry, and itchy skin on both sides of my nose. Sometimes it even spreads to my chin. I've been able to keep it under control with Eucerin products, but if I go even one day without using them, the flare up is awful. I've always felt that home remedies would be the best way to go. I'll definitely be giving these a try.

      Do you recommend trying out just a few at a time to see what works. Would all of these together be a bit much?

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      LaQuetha 6 years ago

      Great article.

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      Cynthia  6 years ago

      Great article and info on this problem. I love healing in a natural way. Great advice and insight.