Before I go any further… yes! I have found what works for me after 10 years of this ugly superficial misleading skin disorder. A NIGHTMARE! In the picture is my face but, not my armpit. There are different types of yeast that affect in different ways.7lovejohnson-candida-yeast-fungus-perioral-dermatitis-

xo Candida     xo– Skin

What is it…

Perioral dermatitis (PD) is a very common condition of the facial skin (perioral = around the mouth), especially in women of menstruating age. It is frequently undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, and acts like a cross between acne and eczema. The fact that these two diseases behave very differently may in part, explain why it is so poorly understood, and so troublesome to treat.  With continued research and after talking to many people who suffer with the condition. I actually believe that PD is an endpoint that arises from a unique, fluctuating set of circumstances and predispositions in each patient.   Is not a yeast infection, it’s a the aggregation of your triggers which for me is the acid of coffee and stress. Dr’s will tell you that it’s from overuse of creams, steroid facial creams and cosmetics which is why 90% case is woman. Dr are convince they have no clue about this issue other than that theory… but after many years of this, i’ve learned yes it’s part true but, there are triggers and the triggers cause inflammation which in this case is “Ta Daaa” Candida‬. In some cases, it is clear cut, and directly linked to to a particular cause.  But in most patients, the causes are multiple, uniquely combined  and ever-changing  (making it even more difficult to treat!).

It varies in severity. In mild cases, it consists of patches of slightly bumpy, red or irritated looking skin, often with some mild flaking of the skin around the mouth, chin, and nose. (Some women experience symptoms near the outer corners of the eyes as well, though this is a less common location.) In more severe cases, the skin becomes very inflamed and angry looking in those areas, with flakes or scabs that can bleed or become infected.


There are many theories about the cause of perioral dermatitis, none of which are definitive. The most commonly proposed cause is the use of steroid facial creams, which are prescribed ubiquitously by western dermatologists. But I’ve learned that it’s a canOther possible causes include fluoride toothpaste and sodium laureth sulfate. Exacerbating factors may include heavy creams or oils, cinnamon flavor/scent, and exposure to cold and sun.  I think we will probably learn in the future that there is a large hormonal component to the condition, as well.  It tends to resolve on its own as we age; it is fairly rare to see it over age 50, when our hormones simmer down and even out a bit.

Since there may be different triggers for PD in different people, there is no one solution.  But a good place to start is to eliminate common triggers.  Eliminate topical and nasal steroids, fluoride, SLS*, isopropyl myristate**, and petrolatum/paraffin based products.  Try to eliminate ALL sources of these ingredients, not just from the obvious things like face cleanser and toothpaste.  Your shampoo may get on your face, and anything you touch can spread around.  Minimize exposure to UV light, wind and heat.  Oral contraceptives and gastrointestinal issues may also be at the root of the problem for some.  Whenever I see skin issues, the first things I think about are hormonal and digestive system imbalances.  I’m not going to try to cover those aspects in this post, but look at those possibilities if topical treatments don’t help you.


Many people are prescribed antibiotics and/or antifungals for perioral dermatitis, and they seem to work for a while, though the problem typically returns.  As I was reading about a potential fungal problem in PD, I immediately thought of my go-tos for yeast issues: dilute apple cider vinegar and coconut oil***.  Turns out there are people out there using these successfully.  I know what some of you are thinking – I’ve heard it advised not to use oils on PD, so perhaps it’s not the solution for everyone.  Some people don’t like the ACV, but prefer a yogurt mask.  Based on what I’ve read, if I had PD I’d be trying to eliminate the common triggers I mentioned above, eating healthy unprocessed foods and anti-inflammatory herbs/spices like turmeric and ginger, and experimenting with these topical treatments: I Love all of these…

  • ACV (experiment with the dilution, try something like 1 part ACV to 2-3 parts water)- love it!
  • Coconut oil (unrefined and organic if possible)- love it!
  • Evening Primrose- love it!
  • Oregano oil-  love it!
  • Calendula oil
  • Neem soap-  love it!
  • Colloidal silver
  • Zinc soap (that may also contains calendula)- love it! I actually used a homemade zinc mask (dissolved raw zinc Vit)
  • Yogurt, Probiotic, Turmeric, Lemon mask (leave on 15-20 minutes once or twice per day)-  love it!
  • Acidophilus-  love it!
  • Biotin- love it!
  • Tea tree oil- love it!
  • Sandalwood oil-  love it!
  • Lavender oil-  love it!

1. Stop all face creams, lotions, cosmetics, and sunscreens being used.

2. Wash the face with warm water alone while the rash is present.

3. Avoid using any topical steroids on your face.

4. Wash with warm water alone until the rash improves.

5. Minimize the use of moisturizers, cosmetics should be oil-free or water based.

6. Stop any dental products with fluoride and anti-tartar ingredients until the rash has resolved.

by Seven Johnson

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