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Remember last fall when I shared this post about struggling through a Perioral Dermatitis flare up? Well here’s a little backstory in case you don’t want to click back and read a really long post…
In 2015 I had my very first Perioral Dermatitis flare up and it was linked to steroid use (Flonase). I used a prescription cream, it cleared up super fast and that was that. I completely forgot about it, that dermatologist moved out of town and I never thought about it again.
Fast forward to the summer of 2018 and I noticed a rash around my nose. My allergies had been pretty bad all summer so I thought it was just from blowing my nose a lot. Well after dealing with a super red nose and a little acne (so I thought) I finally made an appointment with a new dermatologist in August and he thought it was just a little Contact Dermatitis from something at work I was exposed to, wrote me a prescription for Tacrolimus and Ketoconzaole Cream sent me home with a follow up appointment in three months.
By October the rash around my nose had spread to my mouth, down my chin on one side and up my nose on the other. It was awful. I’m talking break down in the Target parking lot sobbing like a baby awful.
So I made another appointment with my dermatologist where he decided it was Perioral Dermatitis instead of Contact (which I pretty much already knew) and told me to quit the Ketoconazole Cream, added Metronidazole Gel and put me on Doxycycline (oral antibiotic) for a month to see if that would help.
Well praise Jesus and HALLELUJAH it did!! After one month my face looked soooo much better!!! It was still a little red and scaly around my nose but the bumps were gone and it had already receded from my chin and up my nose.
So I went to my follow up appointment last week and my dermatologist was super happy with my face. He agreed that the course of action we took helped and to keep doing the Tacrolimus and Metronidazole creams daily (I use the Tacrolimus before bed because it’s super thick and has a Vaseline consistency and the Metronidazole in the AM because it’s a super light gel) and I could call him for a 10 day supply of Doxycycline is I had another flare up. Thank goodness!!
A lot of people have asked what I use as far as skincare and while I do plan on sharing my full skincare routine next week I can tell you that I completely overhauled what I use on my face. I cut out everything that had SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) in it and chose to use products that were pretty natural.
In the AM I use this cleanser, toner, eye cream, Metronidazole Gel, vitamin C serum and moisturizer. And in the PM is use this cleansing balm, cleanser, toner, eye cream, Tacrolimus, retinol serum and moisturizer.
I also don’t wear a full face of makeup on the daily and I honestly think that has helped a lot. Before August I was wearing a full face of makeup pretty much every day and these days I wear mascara and do my brows for my “everyday makeup”. I threw away most of my old makeup (in case it was causing the flare up) and scrubbed my brushes to rid them of any yucky stuff that was on them. And let’s face it ladies, skincare > makeup any day of the week because if your skin is clear why cover it up?? Am I right??
So if you are currently on the Perioral Dermatitis struggle bus then I really hope you can find what works for you!! Every person is different and our bodies/skin respond differently to different things so what worked for me may not work for you and that’s ok! You will find your perfect combo of things that work for your skin and you will rock it!! If you ever have any questions just want to talk about your Perioral Dermatitis journey feel free to email me!!! I am always here to listen and help if I can!!
You can also check out my Instagram and in my highlights I have a “PeriOralDerm” highlight and it has all of my stories from last summer and on and you can see in real time how much my face changed!!
I really hope I can help someone by sharing my struggle with Perioral Dermatitis!! I know when I had my first flare up there wasn’t much out there when I googled and that’s no fun! So here is my story and if I can help just one person that would be amazing…and by the number of emails, IG messages and Facebook messages I know I’ve helped a few already! YAY!!
Have you ever had Perioral Dermatitis??
If you have, what helped you the most??
Talk about a true testimonial about a product that works and works really well. Sounds like you have a great dermatologist as well. Looking wonderful.
I’m so glad it’s clearing up for you. That must be so uncomfortable. It also has to be very hard on your self-confidence. Facial things always are. Good luck!
Alli Smith says
I’m so glad your dermatologist found something that worked. I think you made the right call by tossing old makeup, washing those brushes and buying more natural products. Yay for you and your beautiful self!
It’s amazing how what we put both in and outside of our bodies can affect us. So glad that you found a solution!
Amber Myers says
Your skin looks awesome! I’m glad you found products that help. I get flare ups on my hands at times so I’ll have to head to the derm clinic to get special products to help.
Bless your heart!! That is horrible!! I’ve been blessed as I’ve never had any issues like that. I’m certainly glad your doctor did the right thing for you!!
It looks like a cream definitely helped. I have a friend that has the same problem as you but I don’t think she’s been diagnosed. I’m going to show her this post.
Cherri Megasko says
I think this might be what my daughter had. She was devastated. Whatever they gave her finally cleared hers up but it took a really long time. I’m glad yours is better, too, but you’re beautiful either way!
Wow! Your testimony is great for this product. It looks like it truly helped your situation.
That’s great that your dermatologist found a treatment course that works well for you! I know it can be tricky to figure these things out sometimes.
Sarah Bailey says
Oh wow what a difference, I am so glad you have found something that really helps your skin and I am so sure it is going to help other people.
That looks like it was really painful! I am glad that you got the right treatment and it seems to have cleared up!
Dennis Littley says
Thank you for sharing your success with this. It will be a big help to people who can relate and are looking for relief.
It looks like it’s getting so much better! I’m glad you found something that works!
I am so glad that you found the right medicine for your problem. I know that sometimes it takes a while before you find the right one!
Chubskulit Rose says
What a big difference this ointment makes. Glad it worked out best for your skin flare.
I am so glad to hear that this worked for you! I cannot imagine trying to deal with it, it looks painful when it first was all broken out? Glad you shared this, my skin gets super dry in the winter, not as bad as yours, but it gets itchy and milder red around the nose. :(
Claudia Krusch says
Your skin looks awesome! I’m glad you found products that help. I’ve had that before, a lot milder, but looking at your pics, I think I had the same thing you had.
Beverly Harrison says
I Had the same thing from using an Advair disc breather for asthma and the Flonase nasal spray. I had to stop using both. It’s good to hear that if it is necessary to start using the advair again I will have a med to control the breaking out.
So I decided that laying in bed at midnight would be a great time to google “how to cure PD” lol. Thankfully I came across your post :) I’m going to my doc and asking for an oral antibiotic tomorrow yay! Fingers crossed! My PD appeared out of no where and I have no idea what could have caused it… I could really relate to you when you mentioned ugly crying in the target parking lot lol!!!
Oh no! I am so sorry you are going through this!! Fingers crossed you get it figured out and are on your way to clear skin soon!!
Just got on Pinterest tonight as well looking for help as i have joined this club. I’m currently only on the metronidazole cream and Read that it will Get worse before it gets better. That is where I’m at right now. Thinking about adding the doxycycline antibiotic but hate to be on something for that long if it doesn’t work for me. You do make me hopeful that it will help clear things up though.
Did your Metrogel help after it got worse?
Yes, combined with the antibiotics.
Lisa Arp says
Hi, Ricci: Just wanted to say that I struggled with the same back in Jr. High and high school. I am now 57. Anyhow, I believe it is a totally antiquated protocol, but I used to receive “x-ray treatment” i.e., radiation for it and I wanted to say just in case NEVER to do that because twenty years later I presented with a very rare skin cancer which required surgery and (ironically) more radiation to eradicate.
I’m glad that you have found relief because I totally feel you about the associated embarrassment!
I’m so sorry you went through all of that!! I a so glad that medicine has come such a long way and we now have ways to treat people that will minimize harm!!
I have PD too I’m waiting for my Dermatologist appointment but now with your post I feel more confident, mean while I don’t wear makeup and clean my face with just water and just using natural
Products, I start taking biotin too and zinc, change my toothpaste to one that doesn’t have fluoride and let’s see what happens.
Good luck to you! Feel free to email me if you have any questions!!
Hi, I have diagnosed myself with perioral dermatitis and would like to know what your doxycycline prescription was. How many mg how many times a day? I live in Costa Rica and will go to a pharmacy here to try to treat this… Thanks for any help.
Hi! I don’t have the prescription anymore, this post was written over a year ago. Sorry!
I’m so glad I found your posting! I’ve been dealing with a rash on my face for months. It took me over a month to get a dermatologist appointment and it was just cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak. My rash looks JUST like yours, but also is up along my nose and into my eyebrows. I already have Tacrolimus because of eczema and I used some last night. My face already looks better! I’m going to call my PCP and see if they can give me anything else without an appointment. Thank you!!!
You’re welcome!! I’m glad I could help!!
I am thinking I have this too. I was on Doxycyline for years and now I am on : tretinion 0.025% for acne around my cheeks and spironolactone 50 mg by mouth for hormonal acne then my birth control pill apri. Wondering if we will switch anything up when I see her.
Thank you for your post about this! I started getting a rash around my nose/upper lip area in mid-March. I just assumed it was a stress response due to all of the COVID-19 chaos and thought it would be gone in a matter of days. It hasn’t improved and is starting to hurt from my skin being irritated for so long. I finally caved and did a telehealth visit. The provider prescribed metronidazole. I found your post by Googling whether or not it was effective for this!
Hi!! I wanted to ask you a question. How long did your perioral dermatitis last?? I’m currently dealing with this issue. I’ve had it since march. I got rid of my flare up but it’s still red around my mouth. Did you do anything else or just went with the prescriptions given. This is so devastating.
It lasted for months until I decided to go to the doctor and get on the proper meds. It lasted for 6 weeks after I started my meds and hasn’t come back yet and this post was originally written in January 2019.
I have been dealing with something that looks just like your pictures for the past 5-6 years but it has also crept up to my eye lids (periorificial dermatitis???). Weirdly enough, when I use a steroid cream and get plenty of sunshine it seems to help. Realistically, know I need to go see the dermatologist and get an official diagnosis. So my big questions for you are:
Do you have food or environmental allergies?
What kind of hair products do you use?
What kind of laundry soap do you use?
Did you have cyclical flair ups in relation to your menstrual cycle?
Hi Ricci, I have had to use doxy and tacrolimus a couple times now. I am on my second round with it. Do you still use it the 2 creams/ointments every day? Has it kept away flare ups? I am hoping to find a way going forward to keep it away for good. Was yours caused by nasal spray? If so, have you continued to use the nasal spray as well?
Hi! Thank you for this post! I was recently diagnosed with PD and have just started my treatment. Im currently in the “it gets worse before it gets better” phase. How long did you PD get worse for before it began healing?