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Perioral Dermatitis Diet: Eat Anti-Inflammatory

Posted by Lara Schimweg on
Periorale Dermatitis Ernährung: Entzündungshemmend essen

What influence does diet have on perioral dermatitis?

Perioral dermatitis is caused by stress and especially by over-care of the skin. At first it doesn't sound like it has much to do with nutrition. However, nutrition almost always has an influence when something is out of balance with us.

In the early stages of perioral dermatitis, irritation is usually seen around the mouth and nose. Later, perioral dermatitis can spread to the entire face. Since skin care products are also the cause, they usually do not help in treatment. That's why it's important to do zero therapy, in which you completely avoid skin care and make-up for a certain period of time. Zero therapy is difficult to maintain because intuition says, “You have to do something about it!” That's why we also have an article for you with tips on how to stick to zero therapy more easily .

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A sign of perioral dermatitis is a bright visible triangle that appears between the nose and mouth.

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Maybe it will help you that you can do something internally for your body. Your skin is inflamed and anti-inflammatory foods can help. By the way, this is not only useful during perioral dermatitis. A healthy, varied, balanced diet is not only good for the skin, but for the entire body.

Perioral dermatitis diet: This is what you can do specifically

Reduce sugar

Reduce your sugar consumption. This doesn't mean cutting out sweets completely. Here too, the dose makes the poison. Enjoy your chocolate chip cookies if you feel like it.

If you think that you have already replaced your table sugar with “healthy sugar”, we will probably have to disappoint you. Brown sugar, agave syrup, honey, dried fruits, coconut blossom sugar and the like are also sugar. If you feel more comfortable with brown cane sugar or coconut blossom sugar, that's totally fine. But it is and remains sugar for the body. It doesn't matter if it's sophisticated or not. It drives up your insulin levels. Be especially careful if you want to replace table sugar with dried fruits like dates. They contain a lot of fructose. This could lead to fatty degeneration of the liver. The consequence could be diabetes. If you ever enjoy some dried fruits, enjoy it. However, you shouldn't replace sugar with it. Inulin is a healthy alternative to sugar. Inulin is obtained from chicory and does not cause insulin levels to rise because it contains a lot of fiber. And best of all: inulin is good for your intestinal microbiome. You'll find out why this is good in the next section.

Perioral dermatitis: nutrition for a healthy gut

Do you actually eat (vegan) yoghurt and fermented foods regularly?

If you haven't tried it yet, now you have a reason to start. Kimchi, fermented rice, kombucha and (vegan) yogurt contain good bacteria that strengthen the intestinal flora. In order for these good bacteria that you get from your food to multiply, they need the right food. This is found in fiber-rich vegetables, legumes and whole grain products. You can also add inulin to your diet. You can use this to sweeten yogurt, for example, and your intestines get additional fiber.

Tip: Don't overdo it with fermented foods and fiber at the beginning. The intestines have to get used to the change. At the beginning it can sometimes lead to flatulence. But that's not a bad thing.

But always remember, every person is individual. Your intestines can be just as unique as your skin reacts. There are people who can never eat a raw vegetable salad in the evening because they have a sensitive intestine or perhaps inflammatory bowel disease. The goal is also not to eat as many raw vegetables as possible. By the way, raw food is not the healthiest diet for the intestines. Gentle cooking and steaming are ideal. This way the vitamins are preserved and your intestines are not overwhelmed by the extremely fiber-rich raw food.

Perioral dermatitis diet with anti-inflammatory fats

What oils do you actually cook with?

Frying oils like sunflower oil and safflower oil are not the best oils. It is much healthier to heat food with olive oil. However, never let the cold-pressed olive oil get too hot. Steaming and gentle cooking are totally okay. You can occasionally use sunflower oil, safflower oil or even coconut oil for frying. You can heat all of these oils to very high temperatures. But don't overdo it with the coconut oil. Here too, the dose makes the poison.

Cold-pressed anti-inflammatory oils such as walnut oil. Hemp oil and linseed oil can be wonderful additions to your diet. Try adding a few drops of linseed oil to your yogurt or adding a little walnut oil to savory dishes. However, you should never heat these oils. They are ideal for cold dishes.

If you eat fish, you can benefit from the omega-3 fats it contains. These inhibit inflammation everywhere in the body. A plant-based alternative is linseed oil. However, plant-based omega-3 cannot be absorbed by the body as well as wild fish. However, this is a question of ethics. If you are primarily concerned about the climate, it makes sense to look for appropriate seals when buying fish.

Tea for the skin

Our Phyto Clear tea contains many antioxidants and secondary plant substances. Nana mint has a hormone-balancing effect.

Remember: Eat anti-inflammatory foods

  • Reduce sugar
  • Fermented foods: e.g. kimchi, fermented rice, kombucha or yogurt
  • Foods rich in fiber: e.g. vegetables, legumes, whole grain products or inulin
  • Anti-inflammatory oils and fats: e.g. olive oil, walnut oil. Hemp oil, linseed oil and fish

What can I expect from a healthy diet for perioral dermatitis?

A healthy diet can reduce inflammation and support healing. However, don't expect this to mean that you can stop your zero therapy quickly. It is important that you consistently follow the zero therapy and then continue with a mild skin care routine without fragrances or irritating ingredients and avoid irritating products.

Of course, a healthy diet will not only help you with your perioral dermatitis. First and foremost, you will feel fitter and prevent illnesses and nutritional deficiencies. There is still a lot to say about nutrition. There are also a few articles and quick, healthy recipes.

Lara Schimweg

Lara Schimweg

Lara is the founder of Xeno and develops the skin care products. She studied sports science and health research and is a trained health and nursing nurse. Lara mixed her first cream 20 years ago and is involved in skin care and ingredients . Lara has rosacea and very sensitive skin.

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