Perioral dermatitis is a persistent and distressing condition which is characterised by pustules and inflammation around the mouth.
Here are some natural remedies which people have found helpful:
- Rosehip oil (nutritious, balancing, regenerative)
- Shea butter (nourishing and calming)
- Tea tree oil (antimicrobial)
- Hemp seed oil (very nutritious for depleted skin)
- Borage oil (highly nutritious)
- Aloe vera (antioxidant and hydrating)
- Diluted raw, unfiltered cider vinegar (antimicrobial and balancing)
As far as what you shouldn't put on your skin goes, there are a few basic tips for managing perioral dermatitis:
- Avoid perfumes and other synthetic ingredients which can irritate the skin
- Avoid comedogenic oils (such as coconut) which can clog pores
- Avoid highly alkaline soap or SLS which can strip the skin of its vital natural fats and swap for a natural, unscented wash instead
- Avoid fluoride: swap your toothpaste for fluoride-free variety
- Minimise what you’re putting on your face! The simpler your routine, the better.
- Remember to patch test any new ingredient or product before widespread use! Check out our article Why Do I Need To Do A Patch Test Before Trying New Skincare? for more information about why patch testing is so important for sensitive skin.
- Keep a food diary and if necessary an elimination diet to see if anything you’re eating is triggering flare-ups
- Reduce stress: take your well-being very seriously as stress is a major trigger for perioral dermatitis
There are many ways you can help manage flare-ups of perioral dermatitis at home, but remember if it doesn’t improve or is worsening, your doctor can prescribe medication.
Balmonds Scalp Oil with tea tree, borage and hemp, £14.99 for 50ml
Balmonds Natural Shampoo & Body Wash with calendula & nettle, £19 for 200ml
Balmonds Cooling Cream with lavender, menthol and aloe, £19 for 100ml
Balmonds Intensive Facial Oil with lavender, rosehip & chamomile, £22 for 30ml
If you require medical advice we recommend you always contact your healthcare professional.
If you or someone you are caring for seems very unwell, is getting worse or you think there's something seriously wrong, call for emergency services straight away. For general medical advice, please contact your healthcare professional, this article does not contain or replace medical advice.
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