Ask The Nutritionist – Spots Around The Mouth

Q, I am a 30 years old and recently the skin around my mouth is spotty a lot of the time. I have tried loads of things but nothing helps as they keep coming back. What could be causing this and what can I do to stop them? Macy Jones

A,Thank you for writing in, that is a really good question as so many people suffer from spots around the mouth.  It’s so common for women to break out around their mouth before menstruation that there is a name for it:

Perioral Acne.

In case you have it at other times of the month I have a few other suggestions: below as I can’t give a definitive answer without seeing you in person.

1. Your monthly cycle or Pregnancy can be a time when you find your spots most prominent. Although the Hormones Progesterone and Testosterone are part of the cause, it is the liver that would benefit from being detoxed as the liver orchestrates all of your hormones.

If your liver is not in a good state your skin will bear the brunt of it! Please feel free to call Nosh to discuss our award winning Liver Detox program.

Top Tip: use a Glycolic Scrub to battle the blemishes as it is an antioxidant and clears up acne pimple and helps to reduce any scarring. Use one that contains salicylic acid which works the best.

2. Perioral Dermatitis can also flare up because of alcohol, spicy foods and caffeine.

3. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, (SLS) as well as Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS) are the two other MAIN contributors to this skin affliction. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is what is added to soaps, shampoos, bubble baths, dish detergents etc… for the lather and suds. SLS is something most people appreciate. Without all the bubbles, a lot of people just don’t get that “clean” feeling. But its really not good for you.

4. Do also try out a toothpaste that does not contain fluoride. Some people can breakout and get those little skin colored bumps due to a reaction from the toothpaste and your saliva – especially at night if you drool.

Some of our clients have switched to a natural toothpaste and their spots improved by about 80%, which is a great result.


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