|Perioral dermatitis or hormonal acne?|
Definitely not dermatologists. I'm not convinced that physicians know what-the-eff they are doing when they diagnose someone with the condition. At its definition, perioral dermatitis means 'around the mouth'. So, my doctor took one look at the pattern of my acne (which was a horrible, bumpy and inflamed mess of a rash around my mouth), prescribed tetracycline and finacea cream, but said nothing more about it. He began treating the symptoms, but had no idea why I had it, how to treat the cause, or how to prevent this from happening with subsequent pregnancies. And he didn't mention any products/chemicals I should stay away from.
[Cue the beginning of my disdain for the way conventional medicine treats skin conditions].
However, I do strongly believe that the following can help soothe your skin, especially if what is causing you pain and embarrassment are bumps, rashes and acne around your mouth. So throw out the antibiotics and prescription creams and begin healing yourself naturally (by 'throw out', I mean dispose of responsibly at a pharmacy :).
|8 months later - naturally clear skin and feeling great!|
Stop obsessively washing your face and switch to a natural and gentle cleanser without Sodium Lauryl Sulfates. Wash once a day, or even less.
Throw out your conventional moisturizer.
Consider not putting ANYTHING on your skin for awhile.
Look into the type of tap or bottled water you're drinking. Use a toothpaste without fluoride.
Consider doing a candida cleanse to help heal your gut and begin taking anti-fungals.
Nourish your skin from within with a healthy skin diet.
What's been working for you to clear your perioral dermatitis? Have you tried any of the above and found them helpful?