I first discovered I had perioral dermititst in elementary school. I noticed these pimply looking bumps on face. My mom had decided it would be best to wait it out and see if it went away. That turned out to be a terrible idea and the red bumps eventually covered my whole face until we could get me to a doctor. I was prescribed some sort of pill and ointment and thankfully it disappeared after a few weeks. It wasn't until my junior year of high school, when my family fell upon hard times, that the rash returned. My mom believes that all my stress may have caused it to return. Unfortunately we could not remember what ointment I used, but we believed it may have been hydrocortisone. So we used that and it was gone for a while. It recently returned about two months ago and although I'm using the hydrocortisone, it's not getting rid of it. The ointment seems to just be containing the rash. It's only a small area on my chin, and Im thankful its not my whole face this time, but I'm afraid it's never going to go away and it can be difficult to hide. What I need to know is the most effective way to get rid of it, what are the main causes, does stress play a part in it, and how do I finally kill this for good?
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on June 28, 2013
at 12:49 PM
I struggled with PD too for several years and tried various supplements, often resorting to covering it up with makeup when it flared up. The one thing that I found to work like a charm is topical grapefruit seed extract. It can burn, so be careful when applying it. At the first sign of the PD popping back up, I start using it twice a day. Splash water on your face, then put two drops of GFS extract on your finger tips. Rub on the affected area, letting the water dilute it. Leave on for at least 10 minutes and if it starts to burn, rinse your face well. Otherwise you can leave it on. This works like magic for me. The other thing is I don't ever wash my face. Just rinse it in the shower and apply a Tropical Traditions face cream.
I think (and this could be wrong) PD is supposed to be caused by a fungus and exacerbated by stress, like some other types of dermatitis.