Another very effective ingredient that can be used in the natural treatment of perioral dermatitis is turmeric.
It has anti-inflammatory compounds that work to reduce inflammation and itching associated with this skin condition. Being a natural antiseptic, it can also reduce the risk of infection and further eruption.
- Mix a little turmeric powder with some water or local honey to make a paste. Apply this paste on the affected skin for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse it off with cool water. Repeat 2 or 3 times a day.
- You can also drink warm turmeric milk twice daily to help your skin heal from the inside out. To prepare turmeric milk, boil 1 teaspoon of turmeric
10. Neem Oil
Neem has been used to treat various skin diseases since a long time in India. This traditional remedy was used to treat skin problems like leprosy, ulcers and rashes.
It is rich in anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-ulcer properties that help heal the condition. It also helps soothe itchy and irritated skin.
- Mix a few drops of organic neem oil in 1 tablespoon of carrier oil, like jojoba oil or olive oil. Apply it on the affected area. Leave it on for 30 minutes or more, then rinse it off. Do this once daily for a few weeks.
- Also, opt for soaps and skin care products containing neem to help soothe the skin.
- Apply zinc oxide cream on the affected area to help heal the rash.
- Take evening primrose oil in form of supplement after consulting your doctor. Its essential fatty acids help heal the condition.
- Do not use harsh facial scrubs or perfumed cleansers.
- Use only lukewarm water to wash your face during flare-ups.
- Stop using or reduce use of makeup, cosmetics and sunscreen.
- Regularly wash your pillowcases and towels in hot water.
- Limit consumption of overly salty or spicy foods, which can irritate the skin around the mouth.
- Limit the amount of time your skin is exposed to ultraviolet (UV) rays, heat and wind.
- Apply cool, wet compresses on your face to soothe your skin.
- Avoid rubbing and scratching the affected skin.
- Keep your skin moisturized with natural oil like jojoba oil or coconut oil (coconut oil may not suit some cases of perioral dermatitis, though) to reduce the severity of symptoms.