Before I got pregnant with my 1st daughter (but after my first 2 miscarriages), I started getting VERY rare incidences of perioral dermatitis. I didn't know what it was at the time, but I just developed this red rash-like stuff around my mouth, like a goatee. Ugh. Initially I found I'd get it after eating Italian-type foods like pizzas and garlic bread, etc. But other than that there was no definite trigger. I stopped getting it when not pregnant after I had my 1st daughter.
Then I had it off and on (more frequently than before) with my pregnancy with DD1. I stopped using fluoridated toothpaste because I had it almost constantly until I did (and later found out I have a major sensitivity- beyond it just being icky stuff- to fluoride anyway!). But I still dealt with it without understanding how to control it.
With my pregnancy with DD2 I had it as bad, if not worse. Again, I thought I could identify a few foods (mostly italian) that triggered it, but nothing consistent. My gentle lotion that I'd use on my face most days didn't seem to trigger it, either. I also never used any soaps on my face.
With DS's pregnancy it wasn't QUITE as frequent, and I read that ACV and coconut oil help. They certainly did at times, but I also ran into being able to eat things that I couldn't before and they wouldn't trigger it, and the it would just show up out of the blue sometimes. (I got it once after a meal of unseasoned roast, mashed potatoes, and green beans) And this time it started reaching clear up to above my eyes (common with POD), so I had the red "goatee" look as well as red "horns." UGH.
So, this time around and I'm not even halfway yet and already dealing with it a lot. I don't use anything on my face but coconut oil (I have to use SOMETHING because we get so dry here), and have tried ACV a few times but it doesn't seem to be working as well. (still no soaps, either) And as for triggers?? Well, I am CLUELESS. It is SO random, and sometimes it seems to appear "out of thin air" (like literally from something in the air in certain places). I feel like there is no way I can keep on top of it because of this!!!!
Has anyone else dealt with perioral dermatitis during pregnancy only?