My last blog post I briefly discussed my latest skin issue …perioral dermatitis (POD). For sometime now I have had a small patch of redness with tiny bumps left of my mouth. I washed my face nightly and used spot acne treatment as needed. After awhile I noticed this patch slowly start getting larger. I asked around about dermatologist and made an appt. It nearly took 2 months for me to get in.
In the meantime, I started using a prescription cream which we give to my patients for a similar rash around the lips. I figured it would help. It actually worked like magic. However if I ever missed a day, the little angry patch would appear back again. I used it as much as I could remember and I was fine.
The day finally came to see the dermatologist and I was diagnosed with POD. She gave me several samples of emollients to use and gave me strict guidelines to STOP using the other cream because it had a steroid in it and will worsen the rash. I did as instructed and the rash worsened any how … It expanded to around my entire mouth, up to my nose and around my eyes. After using the sample creams for a few days I noticed the red was getting worse. Do I have a chemical burn now ? What . A. Nightmare.
Don and I have done a lot of research regarding POD to find out causes and treatments. I called my dermatologist and she has put me on minocycline (antibiotic) along with the emollients. Even though she has recommended continual use of the creams I have stopped using them. I found an alternative… A natural alternative….
Plain ole’ yogurt.
I am on day two of using plain yogurt as a mask on my face. I woke up this morning with the rash looking a little less red and a little smaller ( I hope it’s not my mind playing tricks) . I chose a plain yogurt with live cultures and the fewest ingredients I could, FAGE’. A majority of people who used this remedy had improvement and continued using the yogurt as a nightly mask . I only hope this food can double duty for me.
Happy 12-12-12 ! I should have chose this date to get married ;0)