Perioral Dermatitis. It all is starting to make sense, but yet I’m having a really hard time grasping it all. Read on, and you’ll see why.
Yesterday I told you about my nose rash, the same nose rash that has plagued me off-and-on since I was just 13 years old.
Today I promised to tell you what this nose rash is and some likely culprits I’ve already identified and thus banned from my life.
What My Nose Rash Is: Perioral Dermatitis
Each time I was diagnosed by doctors, my nose rash was something different but never was it the very thing that it in fact is….Perioral Dermatitis (PD).
(also called periorifical dermatitis), is skin disease characterised by multiple small (1 – 2 mm) papules, pustules and vesicles which are localised to the perioral skin (around the mouth), nasolabial folds (around the nostrils), or perioccular area (around the eyes). It most commonly affects women between the ages of 20 and 45 years, but may also affect children, men and the elderly. It is not uncommon, and has a tendency to recur in individuals who have had it once.
I am 1,001% confident that this is what it is (You can see several pictures of it here. Unlike my big, bloated tummy I used to get, I didn’t want to take pictures of my nose:) ). The kicker in all of this? If you dig deep, you’ll find that the root cause of this is, you guessed it, THE GUT. And if you dig deeper, you’ll find that it’s associated with candida overgrowth.
I suspected this, and after Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum saw my nose, he nodded and agreed that I was likely correct. (<–oh my gosh, I have so much information to share with y’all)! But PLEASE know that problems in the gut and candida overgrowth are not only caused by food – there are so many external factors that can contribute, and Dr. Jacob agreed with me that the way I eat was likely not the culprit. (And hence, my further devotion to holistic healing.)
My first goal was to seek out information around things that make it worse and/or things that trigger its return.
Perioral Dermatitis Triggers
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There are many theories and ideas around what causes Perioral Dermatitis and/or triggers it to come back.
The arrows indicate what I believe my personal culprits are. I could be right, but I also could be wrong.
Healing this naturally means I have to start somewhere, so I’ll be talking about the arrows more tomorrow.
Banned from My Life
I’ll share two things quickly with you today that I’ve already banned from my life.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
It’s one of the arrows. I immediately started investigating this ingredient upon learning about Perioral Dermatitis.
Basic facts on Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
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Fluoride via Toothpaste
You can read all about it here, and you will also make note of the association between fluoride and PD.
Tomorrow I’m going to show you what I’ve already done, what I will be doing and methods and products I’m currently trying (or will be trying).
I am having a hard time grasping all of this. I’ve been the queen detective of food ingredients for 5+ years, and now I’m having to deal with a whole new behemoth of an ingredient situation that I was not prepared to dive into.
I have been reflecting on what awful timing this is.
And then I remembered that the good Lord doesn’t give us anything we cannot handle. The good Lord perhaps knows my passion, knows my commitment and knows that by putting this here for me to face now might mean that ONE OF YOU will not have to go years living with it.
I’m taken back to my mantra today,
When gravel roads are all you’ve ever known, you learn to find beauty in the dust.
See you tomorrow.