Forget what you think you know and have Googled about Perioral Dermatitis. Like most inflammatory skin conditions, you may not get proper answers or successful protocols from western physicians, which is probably what brings you here.

An unexplained rash around the nose, lips, chin and corners of the mouth that may be constant or “flair up” is known as “Perioral Dermatitis”. It may be all or only some of the areas mentioned and is an inflammatory expression of the skin making it VERY sensitive, red, painful and sometimes itchy.

It can look like a rash and sometimes has a red bumpy appearance. It can also come and go with flair ups that may or may not correlate to foods or stress.  

Traditional Chinese Medicine has understood the body for thousands of years – which they categorize into “Systems” (Fire, Earth, Metal/Air, Water and Wood). Each system represents certain organs, tissues, and processes in the body and how they relate to one another. 

Perioral Dermatitis is the result of too much heat building up in your Fire System (your heart, small intestine and blood vessels), which then affects your Metal Air System (large intestine, lung and skin).

Different areas of the face are actually vectored to specific internal organs. The “Fire Organs” are represented above the Upper lip, below the lower lip on the chin and from the corners of the mouth down the chin. These organs include the heart, small intestine, sex organs and pericardium.

The “Metal / Air” zones on the face are represented on the sides of the nose and down the laugh lines to the corners of the lips. These areas can even extend up the cheek and affect right below the eye and can go as high as your forehead. These organs are the lungs, large intestine, thymus and skin.

All areas affected by perioral dermatitis are represented on the face in the Fire and Metal/Air zones and therefore show an imbalance in those specific organs/systems in the body. Again, these are the heart, large and small intestine, lung and skin. 

So how does “heat” build up in these systems?

Heat can be looked at in a couple of ways – the first being the build up of inflammation. Remember – inflammation isn’t your enemy, its your friend.

Inflammation is the bodies RESPONSE to removing something that should not be there like a toxin for example. We can also look at heat as an overt manifestation of energy – simply put the body is working harder than usual to do its job and the energy is getting stuck rather than flowing. Either way – were looking at an imbalance that needs to be corrected in these two systems (Fire & Metal/Air). 

Natural Protocols that may benefit Perioral Dermatitis and unexplained skin rash. Healing this skin condition will be a process consisting of the following steps over a MINIMUM of 90 days to reduce the symptoms with another several months on a maintenance protocol. 

  • Cleanse/detox the skin and internal organs.
  • Using “cooling” herbal blends from both Chinese and Western herbology, targeted at the specific body systems.  
  • Remove inflammatory foods from the diet (this includes wheat/gluten, dairy, sugar, corn, and soy) a proper food elimination diet can be implemented to determine exactly which foods are negatively affecting you.
  • Reset the gut (this is a very particular protocol that takes place over the first 90 days).
  • Reduce inflammation and itching with histamine-reducing herbs.
  • Build the skin’s barrier function with a specific blend of vitamins and minerals.
  • Find an ORGANIC topical anti-itch healing salve. NEVER use topical steroids on this condition.

Following the Skin Naturopathics protocol may help to reduce the symptoms of this rash. This is NOT a medical claim.

We recommend the following protocol for skin rashes:

First 30 Days: Step One: Cleanse + Digestive Kit + XMA Kit.

2nd Month: Digestive Kit + XMA Kit + Step 2 Balance Kit.

3rd Month: Repeat Second Month Protocol.

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