How does diet affect perioral dermatitis?
Perioral dermatitis is triggered by stress and especially by over-care of the skin. Doesn't sound like it has much to do with nutrition at first. However, diet almost always has an impact when something is out of whack with us.
In the early stages of perioral dermatitis, irritation around the mouth and nose can usually be seen. Later, perioral dermatitis can spread to the entire face. Since the cause is also skin care products, these usually do not help in the treatment. That's why it's important to do a zero therapy, in which you completely do without skin care and make-up for a certain period of time. The zero therapy is difficult to endure because intuition says: "You have to do something about it!". That's why we have an article for you with tips on how to get through the zero therapy more easily .
Maybe it will help you that you can do something for your body inside. Your skin is inflamed and anti-inflammatory foods can help. Incidentally, 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: you can do that in concrete terms
Reduce your sugar consumption. This does not mean cutting out sweets entirely. Again, the dose makes the poison. Enjoy your chocolate chip cookies when you feel like it.
If you think you've already replaced your table sugar with "healthy sugar", we probably have to disappoint you. Brown sugar, agave syrup, honey, dried fruit, coconut blossom sugar and co are also sugar. If you're 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 he's clever or not. It drives your insulin levels up. Be especially careful when substituting dried fruit, such as dates, for table sugar. 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 fruit, enjoy it. However, you should not use it to replace sugar. A healthy alternative to sugar is inulin. 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 gut microbiome. You will find out why this is good in the next section.
Perioral dermatitis: nutrition for a healthy gut
Do you 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) yoghurt contain good bacteria that strengthen the intestinal flora. In order for these good bacteria, which you ingest through food, to be able to multiply well, they need the right food. This is found in high-fiber vegetables, legumes and whole grain products. You can also add inulin to your diet. You can use it to sweeten yoghurt, for example, and your intestines get additional fiber.
Tip: Don't overdo it on fermented foods and fiber at first. The intestines have to get used to the change. At the beginning it can sometimes lead to flatulence. But that's not too bad.
But always remember, every person is individual. Your intestines can be as peculiar as your skin reacts. There are people who can never eat a raw salad in the evening because they have a sensitive gut or maybe inflammatory bowel disease. The goal is also not to eat as many raw vegetables as possible. Incidentally, raw food is not the healthiest diet for the intestines. Gentle cooking and steaming are ideal. In this way, the vitamins are preserved and your intestines are not overwhelmed by the extremely high-fiber raw food.
Perioral dermatitis diet with anti-inflammatory fats
What oils do you actually cook with?
Cooking 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 extra virgin olive oil get too hot. Steaming and gentle cooking is totally okay. From time to time you can use sunflower oil, safflower oil or coconut oil for frying. You can heat all of these oils to very high temperatures. But don't overdo it with the coconut oil. Again, the dose makes the poison.
Cold-pressed anti-inflammatory oils like walnut oil. Hemp oil and linseed oil can complement your diet wonderfully. Put a few drops of flaxseed oil in your yogurt or add 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 reduce inflammation throughout the body. A vegetable alternative is the 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 with the climate, it makes sense to look for the appropriate seal when buying fish.
Tip: our Phyto Clear tea contains many antioxidants and secondary plant substances. The nana mint has a hormone-balancing effect.
Memory aid: Eat anti-inflammatory
- reduce sugar
- Fermented foods: e.g. kimchi, fermented rice, kombucha or yoghurt
- High- fiber foods: e.g. vegetables, legumes, whole grain products or inulin
- Anti-inflammatory oils and fats: eg olive oil, walnut oil. hemp oil, linseed oil and fish
What can I expect from a healthy diet for perioral dermatitis?
Eating a healthy diet can reduce inflammation and support healing. However, don't expect that this will result in you being able to end your zero therapy quickly. It is important that you consistently go through the zero therapy and then continue with a mild skin care without fragrances and 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 diseases and deficiency symptoms. There is still a lot to say about nutrition. There are also a few articles and healthy quick recipes.