10 Feb Skin Health 3 – What Is Perioral Dermatitis Caused By
I am a year down the path to fixing my skin. It has been an interesting journey. I have tried everything, read everything and asked opinions of those I trust, yet I still haven’t quite nailed it!
It is much better, however it’s still not right and I know it will flair up with any wrong step.
Finding the cause of perioral dermatitis
If you have read my previous posts you would know that I didn’t want to fix this with antibiotics as this would only make it worse in a few years time. So it was essential for me to fix this problem at the root.
Something was wrong with my digestive health and I really needed to heal from the inside out if I was going to get rid of it for good. Here are my previous posts on the subject.
One of the products I am taking (which has had a huge impact on my health and skin) is the best quality blue ice fermented cod liver/butter oil blend. I take this daily. It has huge healing properties and seems to bring down inflammation over night when I take it. Then I also can’t recommend this product enough – Primal Defense Ultra Probiotics by Garden of life. This turned around my skin health also.
I also started oil cleansing my face, using castor oil, you can read up on this here – Oil cleansing for face
Then the next thing I did was look into the GAPS protocol, candida diet and paleo autoimmune protocol which are all about healing autoimmune and psychological disorders through diet. I studied up on these protocols, they each have valued points and I have tried them all over the last year but then started to find my own autoimmune approach that was a combination of them all.
The one that seemed to be what I was already doing naturally and working was the GAPS, lead by Dr Natasha McBride. I was already eating an incredibly healing diet, but something was missing so I had to make a few tweeks to it as I was showing signs of a lack of iron and zinc, yet consuming plenty of it. I had my thyroid hormone checked recently and this wasn’t looking too flash either. For some reason my body wasn’t absorbing any of the nutrients I was consuming and I was exhausted.
What my body was telling me is that it can’t absorb the nutrients because of inflammation, so I needed to eat a very strict healing diet for 2-5 days to allow it to heal and then slowly reintroduce certain low inflammation foods one at a time. Foods needed to be cooked well so as not to inflame my digestive system. These foods were based around broths, meats and veges.
Any time I get a flair up I go back to a few days of doing this then reintroduce new foods one at a time. The length of time that I can keep the perioral dermatitis away now is lengthening. However it is still ready to spark up if I was to let it, and when it does spark up, not only does my face flair up, my whole body gets exhausted. So even though I am fixing my skin, I know this is fixing something deeper by doing this. A flare up could be caused by a stressful day or a stressing food and sometimes I just had no idea which created the problem.
What exactly is perioral dermatitis?
You see perioral dermatitis is a linked to candida. Similar to thrush, athletes foot, eczema, dandruff etc. Some people put up with these things and just take drugs and creams. I wasn’t going to as I have in the past and all it did was make it worse the next time.
So this problem was stemming from my small intestine. PD feeds on sugars, carbs and junk food basically. Eating too much fruit, starchy carbs and sugar is problematic. These foods if not absorbed properly can ferment in the small intestine, turning into sugar and feeding the bacteria. That then causes toxins to be released and your whole body to begin to slow down. This is why when you have any sort of digestive issue you feel so rubbish and tired all the time.
When I ate more well cooked vegetables and easily digestible carbohydrates, they were absorbed instantly, leaving no food for candida to thrive on. As soon as I do this, I notice there is no redness around my nose and chin in the afternoons which usually turn up.
Remember this is an ongoing process and it may take a year or more to restore my digestive system. Research suggests that one dose of antibiotics can take 2 years for your gut health to come back to normal, so who knows how long mine will take. This doesn’t mean to say I want you all to go out and do this, this is what I needed to be doing to fix my perioral dermatitis and heal my digestive system.
Perioral Dermatitis is a candida overgrowth. So my goal is to get rid of the overgrowth which is throughout my digestive system, in particular the small intestine. This will then clear up the perioral dermatitis. I am getting there…
It has definitely healed and I don’t have the huge flair ups like I used to, nor is it on my chin any more, it is just around the edges of my nose but any wrong move and it will unleash. So I have to be incredibly careful.
What is perioral dermatitis caused by?
At some stage I have gotten some sort of gut infection. I don’t remember a time, but I do remember that for two winters I got chest infections with a cold/flu and had to go on antibiotics to clear it. I used to never get the flu in Dunedin, then when I moved to Tauranga I got whacked for two winters. You can get a gut infection from all sorts of things from the wrong foods, stress, drugs, alcohol, exposure to chemicals and so much more. So I may have had it a while and then at some point I have inflamed it by putting my body under more stress.
Everyone has candida and bad bacteria inside them, the goal is to not let these guys dominate your body. If you do, it leads to being susceptible to catching colds, flus, virus’ and autoimmune conditions. This is why paying attention to digestive health is so important. Pay attention to the colds and flus and understand your body. Perfect health is hard to come by, all we can do is pay attention and listen to our bodies and seek health and well being by making smart intelligent decisions that are right for you.
Why am I sharing this story with you?
I am sharing this story as I know there are a lot of people who suffer from similar issues, from acne, to dermatitis or other autoimmune issues. So hopefully my story can help you. I research things to death, so hopefully I have saved you some time and you can find this info useful :)
P.S Want to know more about my perioral Dermatitis journey, read my next post How Long Does It Take To Heal Perioral Dermatitis
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