Facial Dermatitis Treatments


Dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin that comes in many forms. It can be the result of an allergy, irritant or stress. Dermatitis can appear on any area of the body including the face. Treatment can include medication, self-care strategies and natural therapies and will depend on the type you have. In most cases, it clears up in a few weeks and is not a contagious condition. Discuss natural supplementation with your doctor before using it.

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Conventional Therapy

Medication is the primary conventional treatment. The medication you use will depends on the form of dermatitis affecting your face.

If you have contact dermatitis, which is caused by an irritant or allergen coming into contact with your skin, a hydrocortisone cream can treat redness and itching. Your doctor will determine if an over-the-counter cream is appropriate or if you need a prescription-strength cream.

Atopic dermatitis, better known as eczema, is usually caused by allergies and can come and go throughout your life. A topical steroid creams can help ease inflammation and itching. If your itching is severe, an antihistamine might help. Using light therapy also can treat this condition and prevent occurrences. Your doctor can guide you in using this form of therapy. Immunomodulators might also be prescribed to control the allergic reaction.

Perioral dermatitis causes a red bumpy rash around the mouth and/or nose. A course of the antibiotic tetracycline is the standard treatment. You will need to take it for several months to prevent if from coming back. In the beginning of treatment, your doctor might prescribe a gentle steroid cream to treat the symptoms.

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Self-Care Suggestions

A few self-care measures can aid in healing your facial dermatitis as quickly as possible.

Apply calamine lotion to relieve itching. A cool, wet compress can relieve itchy skin. Wear smooth, cotton shirts that will not irritate your face as you put them over your head to get dressed. Wash towels, clothes and bedding in a gentle, unscented laundry detergent.

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Alternative Treatments

The University of Maryland Medical Center suggests the several topical treatments to relieve dermatitis on the face, including chamomile, calendula, licorice, witch hazel St. John’s wort, sarsaparilla and marshmallow. Use creams, lotions and salves as directed on the label.

Some supplements are popular homeopathic remedies that address the itching and burning associated with dermatitis. They include Antimonium crudum, Apis mellifica, Rhus toxicodendron, Sulphur and Urtica Urens. Use the chosen supplement as directed on the label.

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Dietary Suggestions

If you suffer from atopic dermatitis, reduce your consumption of saturated fats like those found in meat and other animal products. Consider getting tested for food allergies or sensitivities. The most common allergens include dairy, soy, citrus, peanuts, wheat, fish, eggs, corn and tomatoes.

Increase consumption of fresh vegetables, whole grains and good fats found in cold-water fish, nuts and seeds. These foods decrease inflammation associated with facial dermatitis.

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Nutritional Supplements

Nutritional supplements can address symptoms of facial dermatitis. You do not need to take every supplement listed as some offer similar benefits.

Borage oil contains GLA, a fatty acid known for its anti-inflammatory properties that treats inflammation and eases itching. Take 900 mg daily. Vitamin C acts as a natural antihistamine, which can relieve itching; take 1,000 mg two to four times a day. Bromelain reduces inflammation; take 250 mg twice a day. Flavonoids, a type of antioxidant found in certain plants has strong anti-inflammatory properties. They include catechins (150 mg three times a day), quercetin (250 mg three times a day) and rutin (250 mg three times a day).

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