So I thought I'd put my experiences out there because I didn't know what
this was until I paid a visit to a doctor. And I'd like to really save
anyone the trip.
I had started developing what I thought was eczema around my mouth
earlier this March/April after a really stressful breakup and school
period. In one corner of my mouth, this patch of skin was dry, flaking,
and had raised bumps that ranged from small to big. Sometimes some of
these small bumps would look like little acne pustules (zits). I noticed
that the bumps went down with direct applications of rubbing alcohol
and would come right the hell back days later. And I tried using some of
my steroid cream for my eczema and nothing seemed to happen and maybe
it would get worse later on.
Then I really looked for an appointment when within a month the dermatitis
started migrating to the other side of my mouth and right under my
I learned this is called Perioral Dermatitis
. A skin rash that
resides around the mouth area and is common in young women and some men.
Doctors think it comes from fluoride in toothpaste, taking medications
that have steroids, and having stress. I also have asthma and it's
companion eczema, which made me a perfect candidate as well.
Steroid creams like my eczema cream make it worse and will do the same for you as well if you try them on the rash.
So I went to the doc and she suggested Protopic, clindamycin, and
doxycycline. But as soon as I filled my prescription and got home I
googled the rash's name and got a home remedy that is working to kill
knocks this stuff out! And I hear some people have success with virgin coconut oil
by itself or following up with it after applying yogurt to the rash. I hear raw
(unpasteurized/with the mother in it) apple cider vinegar
can help as well.
So before you go to the doctor try just plain yogurt, coconut oil, or the raw apple cider vinegar.
If you think it matters, I used Chobani Plain Greek Yogurt (that was intending to eat).
These pics aren't me, and mine weren't this bad, but this is what it looks like.
This is the case study this pic comes from.
Edited by GoatGoatEtc. - Oct 15 2011 at 4:49am