I have been battling perioral derm. on and off for about 2 years. It started after a crazy vacation in San Francisco where I partied a lot and had really bad allergies (I believe to some kind of pollen I had never been exposed to). I only had one large "pimple" on the side of my mouth. No dermatologist could figure out what it was exactly- fungal or bacterial.
When I came back to the East coast I suddenly had terrible reactions to various foods- most severe were to corn, gluten, and anything fermented. I did some research and figured I had a leaky gut, Yeast Overgrowth and the food allergies that often come with it- I also suspected gluten intolerance. I had chronic hives which affected my feet, hands and wrists. An allergist would only give me antihistamines which I eventually stopped.
I became so sick that I had an endoscopy and colonoscopy but I had not eaten gluten so who knows if they results were accurate for a Celiac diagnosis. I refused the antacids the gastro dr. offered and went on my way.
I finally found a doctor to prescribe me Nystatin and have been on that for 6 months- with 6 more months to go. I went off birth control and at first the perioral derm started to clear. I did food allergy testing through Metametrix- found out I was SEVERELY allergic to casein, milk, egg white and yolk, and moderately allergic to navy and pinto beans, and mustard. I cut these foods out and seemed to improve even more. By stickign to a strict diet I have been able to clear the PD completely but it always comes back!
Everytime I eat beef (even local organic, grass-fed), corn, nuts or anything with the tiniest bit of gluten I become violently ill and after a few days the PD rears its ugly head. It's a vicious cycle with a very particular pattern. Today I gave blood for ALCAT food testing as my Dr. thinks I have more hidden food allergies/ sensitivities.
At this point all I know is that my PD is linked to the reactions I have to certain foods and maybe some sort of hormonal link? At this point I don't think it's fungal in nature but an actual immune reaction. I only eat whole, organic foods at this point (and nothing with refined sugar, agave, maple or honey) and it is trying at times. The only packaged food I can eat are from Namaste as they are corn, dairy, casein, nut and gluten free.
I have bought a bottle of the violet extract and hope that it will calm down the bumps I have on each of my smile lines. I am hopeful that I can unravel this mystery and regain my health. Feel free to contact me.