About two years ago, I began to notice a dry flaky, scaly skin on my chin. It spread to all around my mouth and up to my upper lip. For a long time, I believed it to be rosacea or psoriasis ( both of these aliments run in my family so I thought this was a reasonable guess as to what I had.) Additionally, after borrowing some of my father’s psoriasis medication (which was just a powerful corticosteriod) it got much much better. But what I didn’t know at the time, was this was just about the worst thing I could have done for myself. What I actually had was perioral dermatitis, and steriods are the worst thing you can treat it wih. The rash would disappear for a little while, but then return with a vengeance.
After a trip to the dermatologist to get the correct diagnosis, I was told that the traditional treatment was 6 weeks of antibiotics. Well, besides the issue that my IBS does not do well with antibiotics, I was, at the time experiencing a nasty bout of vertigo ( this lasted 6 months and was only resolved with manual therapy to my head and ear). The primary side effect of the particular antibiotics that I was to be prescribed was … you guessed it, dizziness. So I went in search of a natural remedy.
I started researching possible causes of this perioral dermatitis and guess what.. I found the cause of this nasty little rash. SLS- Sodium Lauyel Sulfate. And this obnoxious chemical is in virtually every body product you use. Makeup ( huge contributor), shampoo, conditioners, soap, soap made specifically for your face, laundry detergent, chapstick,deodorant .. really the list goes on and on. So I threw out everything and this is how I cured my dermatitis:
- I quit putting anything on my face – I washed for two weeks with only a wet cloth, and then put jojoba oil on as a moisturizer
- I got rid of all of my makeup and started investigating what make ups didn’t have SLS derivatives in them.. Guess what – few don’t. I had used Bare Minerals in the past. Their original formula is SLS free and only has 4 ingredients.. this worked great for my face. To this day I only use my foundation and blush.. that’s it. But their eyeshadows also have no SLS so I can tolerate those as well.
- I got only SLS free shampoo and conditioner, soap, laundry soap, etc. this seems to have helped J’s Escema as well.
- I started using the Below DIY face cleanser
DIY Face Cleanser
I read in my research into natural remedy for Perioral Dermatitis that some individuals have effectively cleaned their faces for years with oils. So I tried a few concoctions and came up with this recipe which I LOVE!!!
2 tablespoons – Organic Coconut Oil
1 tsp – Organic apricot seed oil
1 tsp – Organic Jojoba oil
1 tsp – Avocado oil
8 -10 drop of Lavender oil ( Young Living)
8-10 drops of Frankincense ( Young Living)
Heat up water in a glass bowl, place 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in glass jar (I use a small mason jelly jar) and place in bowl of hot water to melt coconut oil. Once coconut oil is melted ( remove from jar for bowl at this time) add all other ingredients, stir till you feel that it is well mixed and place lid on jar… That’s it! I store jar on the side of my tub for use while I bath.
Note: it will harden somewhat sitting out- to like a jelly consistency, but is easily scooped out with a finger.
How to use:
During my bath I exfoliate my face with a clean washcloth. My secret here? I buy the cheapest white washcloths from Walmart because they are rougher than nice, more expensive towels and therefore works as a great scrubber! After exfoliating, I take about pea sized amount and rub it all over my face. As with any cleanser, I avoid right over my eyes. I then run my wash cloth under the hottest water I can stand and squeeze out the wash cloth. I place this over my face ( think of a hot towel during a facial) and let sit for about 1 minute. ( Breathe in those essential oils! They smell great and are good aroma therapy). I then gently use the cloth to wipe off any excess…and that is my cleansing routine. My face has never felt so soft and I rarely have dry skin ( which used to be a serious issue for me). I live in a very dry, cold climate and this cleanser works all year for me. Hope it works well for you too!!