What are the best foods to avoid with perioral dermatitis? It’s easy to see why it can be difficult for people with this chronic skin condition to find an elimination diet that works for them. Not only is there no single “correct” elimination diet for every person with this condition, but even foods that don’t trigger the rash still don’t provide much benefit.
In this article, we’ll discuss a few foods that are bad in multiple forms and a couple of foods that really do help.
One of the biggest triggers for the formation of this skin disease is a particular kind of sweet. Among the most common ingredients in a typical home-style meal (especially those that involve cream-based sauces or foods with high concentrations of vegetable oil, vinegar, or spices) are a surprising number of artificial sweeteners. The most common, and highly marketed, is corn syrup, used for everything from cornbread to Maytag barbecue sauce. As the saying goes, the devil is in the details. While corn syrup may not cause the skin rash itself, it is a very bad trigger for other skin problems, including bacterial infections and eczema.
Bacteria and Fungi
Some of the ingredients commonly found in antifungal creams used for the treatment of dermatitis are mold spores, yeast and mold fungi. Unfortunately, these microscopic fungi are also found in our own intestines, which explains why our own bodies generate such a strong immune system to ward off invading bacteria and fungi. Unfortunately, a strong immune system isn’t enough to protect us from parasites and other opportunistic pathogens that feed off of our waste and tissue. A strong defense is necessary to successfully eliminate Candida overgrowth. An elimination diet that contains lots of fruits and vegetables can go a long way toward supporting this defense.
Fish and Shellfish
People with perioral dermatitis are also likely to develop a fungal infection at some point in their lives. While they’re usually able to avoid eating shellfish because of its strong toxin content, it can’t always be avoided due to pollution in our streams and rivers. In addition, the acidity and high sodium content of fish can also irritate inflamed skin. The good news is that while you’re trying to avoid food with a high sodium level, you should include plenty of fresh fish (preferably wild caught) and shellfish in your daily salad or side dish regimen. As a bonus, fish and shellfish contain natural antioxidants, which can help prevent free radical damage and help heal inflamed skin.
Most people normally eat at least two caffeinated drinks each day; these beverages can contain as much as 80mg of caffeine per serving. For the most part, experts agree that moderate caffeine consumption is perfectly safe, particularly for those who aren’t used to such high concentrations of the substance in foods. However, for those with weak immunity or who have undergone stress, a caffeinated beverage may trigger an adverse reaction. Caffeine triggers the body’s natural response to create adrenaline, which causes us to feel more alert and energetic. It can also cause nausea, fatigue, and other symptoms that make it difficult to maintain normal excretory functions.
Most processed foods come in boxes and packages that we open and eat right away. However, most of them contain high levels of sodium, preservatives, and other chemicals that can trigger excessive acid production in our bodies. High levels of acid in our bodies are associated with eczema outbreaks. Therefore, it is best to stay away from pre-packaged processed foods as much as possible. Instead, opt for locally made food that is closer to its natural state. In addition, it is best to avoid fast foods that normally eat a lot of fat, sugar, and salt.
Some topical ointments and creams for the treatment of dermatitis came in the form of oils or creams. Some experts recommend applying these types of products on a small portion of the affected area at least once a day, especially before bedtime. Although some experts recommend that topical ointments are applied for up to three months before expecting maximum results, the optimal time period has not been established.
It is important to note that topical products can only help heal superficial skin infections such as acne.