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If you have perioral dermatitis...

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SweetPeaPods Mon 30-Jan-17 11:37:04

If you have or know of perioral dermatitis what cleanser/face wash and moisturiser would you recommend?
Before I spend a small fortune on dermalogica please help!

PenguinRoar Mon 30-Jan-17 11:43:07

I'm using a simple face wash, la Roche Posey cc cream and nip and fab extreme glycolic pads (these only when there is no cracked skin).

Steroid face creams made it worse and thinned my skin badly. I also erupt in spots from thick night creams/ moisturisers, so the above combo is working for now.

Good luck - it's very painful.

outnumbered38 Mon 30-Jan-17 11:49:49

I had it and tried using absolutely nothing on it for weeks with no success. In the end a 2 month course of antibiotics got rid of it.

knowler Mon 30-Jan-17 14:14:19

I have had this since very early teens. I'm now 38. I used to live in Brussels where I saw a dermatologist who managed to shift it with a massive course of antibiotics and a cream that he wrote the prescription for and had to be individually mixed for me.

Since then (15 years ago) I haven't really found anything that works. It comes and goes and nothing I do or don't do seems to make a difference. It's so frustrating.

All I can do is try to use relatively simple/mild cleansers and moisturiser that isn't too thick. I've recently tried la roche posay cicaplast baume b5 which was recommended for perioral dermatitis, but it hasn't done anything for me.

Sorry I can't be of any help but I do sympathise.

SweetPeaPods Mon 30-Jan-17 19:17:08

Ahh doesn't sound like a perfect combination then.
I've been prescribed a 2 week course of antibiotics which seem to have reduce some redness and skin isn't as sore. I am getting low on moisturiser and face wash so need to buy some but didn't want to make it worse.

FrustratedFrugal Mon 30-Jan-17 19:28:14

I got rid of perioral using castile soap and stopping all cosmetics and skincare for a couple of weeks (except zinc based nappy cream for the really sore areas). La Roche Posay Effaclar Foaming Face Washmay have made it worse, so I'd steer clear of anything SLS laced just to be sure. After my skin healed, I was gradually able to reintroduce products and I have had no recurrences.

Lovelybangers Mon 30-Jan-17 19:37:29

I had this for years - starting during pregnancy.

My GP didn't know what it was and would prescribe me 2 week courses of anti biotics. Eventually I was referred to a consultant Dermatologist who prescribed a 4 month course of antiobiotics. Tetralysal (Lymecycline).

It worked.

I seem to get it every 18 months/2 years now -I can feel it start to tingle - often in the same place as the previous time - just below my lower lip. Or it can be on my top lip. If I start the antibiotics as quickly as I can then it can be isolated to just the one blemish - which will clear in about a week or so. The redness can take a little longer to disappear.

When I go away on holiday I always take a few days worth of these antibiotics with me , just in case.

I try and use as little as possible on my skin. Wash with cetaphil or a gentle soap, moisturise only when necessary. I try not to wear make up too. I do suffer from an oily skin which can breakout (even at 48!) so am always pretty conscious of my skin anyway.

Lovelybangers Mon 30-Jan-17 19:38:29

I will say that in the early days of getting the spots I was prescribed steroid creams. This makes it worse. So be careful if your GP does prescribe these for you.

CocoLoco87 Mon 30-Jan-17 19:56:24

Google Maddie Moate (stunning cbeebies presenter) she's done a video about how it affects her life and she holds up a cream she uses. I think it's a steroid cream.
Good luck x

perfectlybroken Mon 30-Jan-17 20:02:37

I've just got this for the first time. I'm trying the natural route so made a toner from green tea and apple cider vinegar, and wear in make up only when I really need to. I also thought I might try anti dandruff shampoo as a face wash. All this from Dr. Google!

perfectlybroken Mon 30-Jan-17 20:04:06

Anti dandruff shampoo contains zinc.

BabyAlexander Mon 30-Jan-17 20:07:34

I have suffered majorly from this. I had antibiotics for 6 months and now have an ointment for outbreaks.

In all honestly it never fully goes away. My chin is particularly bad at the moment.

I don't use any products with SLS in it, shampoo, shower gel and even toothpaste.

La Roche posay made my skin worse. I stick to simple products and keep my fingers crossed.

Oldieandgoldie Mon 30-Jan-17 20:11:44

I use Simple cleanser, never ever any soap or water, and was prescribed Protopic cream (?) by a dermatologist. No drinking, no sunlight while using it... but well worth while.

KatharinaRosalie Mon 30-Jan-17 20:36:14

Do not use steroid cream for perioral dermatitis, it will go away but return with vengeance.
I got rid of mine with antibiotic cream (metronidazole) and it's under control with Dr Hauscka sensitive skin products, plus their cleansing cream. Haven't had an outbreak for years.

SweetPeaPods Sat 04-Feb-17 20:08:06

Oh will have a look at dr hauscka thanks

Peopleplease Sat 04-Feb-17 21:42:28

I have seborrhoeic dermatitis and swear by the brand moo goo. I use the oil face wash & goats milk soap and the moisturiser. It's briliant.

MissBeehiving Sun 05-Feb-17 07:02:22

Tetralysal, avoiding SLSs and Salcura works for mine.

RoganJosh Sun 05-Feb-17 07:05:46

Anything with salicylic acid helps mine.

I was using the clearasil wash.

I've now swapped to micellar water (Nivea or simple) followed by the Olay anti ageing toner for the acid

I also use sls free shampoo and sls and fluoride free toothpaste.

fishesgirl Sun 05-Feb-17 08:34:29

Cider apple vinegar worked for me-dabbed it on the affected areas with cotton wool a couple of times a day, cleared within a week.

ItMustBeBedtimeSurely Sun 05-Feb-17 10:14:57

Mine went with a two month course of antibiotics.

I have vv minor outbreaks occasionally, and i find calendula cream works well. But these are tiny outbreaks- nothing but the antibiotics worked on it when it was full blown.

ScarletForYa Sun 05-Feb-17 10:19:22

I think I have this on my chin. It's either that or eczema.

I melted about half a teaspoon of coconut oil and dropped a few drops of tea tree oil into it. It seems too calm it, only been using it for a few days though.

kindfriend Sun 12-Feb-17 09:45:24

I've just had amazing success in clearing up a nasty case of perioral dermatitis with the Lumie Clear light, which is designed to treat acne but works by killing bacteria and reducing inflammation. I bought a 2nd hand one on eBay for £30 - a week later, I've had no new lesions / spots since I started using it and the old ones are almost gone. Just a hint of redness left now from where I keep picking the scabs.
I'm pretty sure my case started following using a strong steroid cream for DS' eczema. I didn't always take great care to wash my hand after applying the cream, and have a habit of touching my face, so pretty sure the steroid caused the PD.

jendog1 Sat 02-Dec-17 19:05:25

After suffering with PD forva long time i researched it and cut out all sls products and it worked and cleared up i then relaxed a bit with products and its back and a new little area beside my nose is also flarimg going back to basics again..iv started taking zinc supplements,iv heard they help..i swear by Liz Earl cleaner and moisturizer.... if anyone has tips for good make up/concealer id appreciate it?

jendog1 Sat 02-Dec-17 19:06:44

Also do any of you think sunbeds would help the way it helps with psoriasis..

Amelia85 Sat 02-Dec-17 21:11:01

Weleda Calendula Weather Protection Cream cured my (bad) perioral dermatitis in about a week.

This was after a dermatologist told me that the condition would be never really go away, and after a summer of antibiotics and Metrogel made it slightly better, but not really clear. I spent a lot of late nights scouring the web for cures, and read a lot about calendula as being helpful. The Weleda range is natural and I trust it, and that's the one thing that finally worked. (apparently the Weleda Calendula Nappy Cream also cures perioral dermatitis, but I didn't try that one).

I now use the Weleda Calendula Weather Protection Cream (which is actually more like a non-oily salve) as a moisturiser.

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