14th October 2012 02:50 AM
Thrilled to share my experience
So, I am yet another victim (and I donít use this term lightly) to steroids. I would assume it was tempting for MDs to prescribe the latter, due to my multi-faceted condition of rosacea, seb derm, and perioral derm. I was first given steroids by an MD (mind you, both oral and topical), when I was 20. Moreover, the cream which was prescribed was concocted in the pharmacy, so I had no idea what was in it. 18 months later, after having used the cream EVERY DAY, I stopped it altogether in hopes that my skin had cleared. All was well for about three days and then the nightmare began. My skin was so addicted to the steroids that all three conditions exploded in withdrawal. I was embarrassed to go outside and make up only made it worse, so I couldnít use that as a cover up. Antibiotics followed, along with metronidazole, the standard. Linola Fett (only available in Europe, but could be found online in the US) was a maintenance cream I used during the treatment and for 10 years after. All was well, no flare ups at all.
A couple of years ago, after 10 years of being in remission, my perioral dermatitis flared up out of nowhere, so I visited a well-known dermatologist for help. Yet another cream was made for me at the pharmacy. Content of ingredients unknown. You would think that if you have a history of topical steroid use and share the ramifications from them with your dr, he would likely not prescribe them to you AGAIN, especially for prolonged use. Well, this is what happened, which I didnít realize was the case until 2 years later.
Needless to say, I was outraged (and still am at the thought of it). The results of stopping them was the same, but this time no antibiotic would help. None of the rosacea, PD and SD would either. So, I decided I will not see another dermatologist again and started exploring natural options, determined to find a solution.
This is when the magic happened. After trying a few options, which included tea tree oil in jojoba base, I read about OIL OF OREGANO. I still cannot believe this oil saved me from ever using meds again. This is what worked for and for my three conditions: rosacea, seborrheic dermatitis, and perioral dermatitis:
25 drops of pure oil of oregano , mixed in 2 ounces of pure jojoba oil; apply to your face 3-4 times/ day in the first 2 weeks or until you see improvement (mine came 2 weeks in) and 2 times/ day thereafter. Slight feeling of burning on the skin in the first 5 mins after application are normal and will disappear completely as your skin heals. Please do not use oil of oregano on its own Ė it is highly potent and may burn your skin. Do not use around or close to your eyes. Yes, you will smell like a Greek salad, but it is worth it trust me.
It has been a year now since I have been symptom free and my skin is completely clear. I am still using the oil of oregano in jojoba oil once a day for maintenance. I use it in the pm and as a moisturizer in the am, I use raw coconut oil (raw is key, as it is unrefined and has live enzymes). It is a great moisturizer, with anti-fungal properties and the best part is, you can use it on your entire face and body, including the eye area. Sometimes seb derm flares up around the eyes and this is what has helped me (and you cannot use oil of oregano close to your eyes).
I have wanted to share my experience for a long time. I know how desperate you can feel, especially when these conditions are so hard to diagnose. It may not work for everyone, but it did for me and I hope it does for you.
14th October 2012 03:54 PM
Thanks for sharing your story, it may serve to help others who are trying to deal with this difficult situation. It nice to learn of people who have beaten this issue and remain symptom free.
Originally Posted by thethreeamigos
15th October 2012 01:11 AM
Additional products I used and keep using....
All, forgot to mention 2 amazing supplemental products I used thru the tough times and am now loyal to. The first one is the Calming Zinc Soap (aka Noble Zinc Soap), which I use twice a day. The other is the Buf Puf (extra gentle), which I use once a day with the zinc soap.
PS if you feel like the 25 drops of oil of oregano in 2 oz. of jojoba oil is too mild for you, you can double the amount of drops to 50. I did that in the very beginning for about 2 weeks.
15th October 2012 03:47 PM
Has anyone else on this site used Oil of Oregano on the skin, just curious. I've read some reports that it can kill demodex mites.
12th December 2012 11:19 PM
That is so fantastic! My daughter has had acne rosacea for years. Finally I had her use oil of oregano diluted in water as a toner and I see an improvement. It's been about a week. I only put 4 drops in a cup of water and have her use it with a cotton ball. Now I'm thinking of making it stronger. She also is taking a capsule a day internally. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!
13th December 2012 12:35 AM