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.
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Balmonds Cooling Cream with lavender, menthol and aloe, £19 for 100ml
Balmonds Intensive Facial Oil with lavender, rosehip & chamomile, £22 for 30ml