Natural Remedies

Rash on Top of Lip Chronic Impetigo?

Posted by Isabella (UK) on 11/24/2022

Hi everyone,

About 7/8 months ago I woke up with a small rash on my top lip which has now spread and covers my whole top lip. The doctors have repeatedly told me it's impetigo and I've tried lots of different treatments (steroids, antibiotics, antibiotic creams). I've also tried grapefruit seed extract, tea tree oil, coconut oil etc..

I can't think of anything else I can try. Nothing has seemed to work. It was slightly better throughout summer but that's about it.

Please does anyone have any suggestions?!

Thank you!

Replied by Mama to Many

Dear Isabella,

Well, it could be impetigo, and it could be eczema that gets infected (so, impetigo on to of eczema.) It could even have a fungal component.

It is interesting that it seemed a little better in the summer. Perhaps you got more vitamin D and/or your immune system was stronger?

We have treated stubborn eczema and impetigo (and fungus! ) Here is what I would try:

Consume probiotics daily - one with L. Caseii in it. (Fage yogurt has this in it, for one.)

Take a vitamin D supplement

Take 4 nettle capsules daily

Take 4 turmeric capsules twice daily (Or use Qunol liquid turmeric -my new favorite - 2 teaspoons twice daily.)

Take 3 capsules of Borage Oil a day.

Avoid sugar and any dairy that isn't cultured.

If after 2 weeks you are seeing improvement, you will know you are on the right track. Please keep us posted!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Art
1578 posts


If your doctors are correct and it is impetigo, this is a link to images of impetigo to try and help confirm their diagnosis :

Impetigo is a bacterial infection. Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) is a potent antimicrobial, but you didn't say if you used a capsule or liquid version of GSE. If you have the liquid version, it might be worth trying topical application and oral consumption of properly diluted GSE liquid at the same time to try and attack the infection from inside out and from the outside in. If you have capsules, you might also consider getting the liquid version to use GSE directly on the skin at the same time.

GSE when applied topically should be kept wet for a lengthy period of time to allow it to work optimally. You can do this by wetting a folded cotton cloth possibly from an old white t-shirt that is at least 4 layers thick, fitted to the size of the infection area and wet with the GSE properly diluted per label directions.

Fix this wet cloth in place by wrapping an elastic ACE bandage around your head so as to hold the wet cloth in place and slow the drying process of the cloth. Leave on for 45 minutes and then remove. Repeat for a total of 3 times per day.

Keep us updated on your progress.


Replied by Hollyhock

I would try colloidal silver gel during the day, and at night iodine (the iodine will stain the skin but usually soaks in and fades by morning). Iodine can kill just about anything!

Replied by sara
the beaches

Perhaps if nothing is working topically you may want to try l-lysine and see if it is something more than what was told to you.

Replied by Rob

Try either Campho-Phenique or Colloidal Silver Solution Gel. Both are clear solutions and can be applied to the face so the healing properties will have a longer contact time with the infection with no staining or burning of the skin.

Campho-Phenique has been around for over 100 years and Colloidal Silver Gel is a new way to apply CS topically for skin infections.

If neither of those work, roll out the big guns and use Thieve's essential oil blend diluted down to 3% in coconut oil. It may sting a bit but works great at killing staphylococcus aureus and streptococcus pyogenes. I use it all the time against Cellulitis infections and works every time.


I had impetigo all over my body. The dr suggested using phisohex in the shower. Within 2 weeks it was practically gone. You can buy it in the chemist or supermarket and is not very expensive.

Replied by Yad
Sunny Somewhere
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Dear Isabella,

To improve the infection on your lip; please make a mixture of raw, wild, organic honey and 100 % pure single ingredient organic oils of clove bud, neem leaf, aloe vera, vitamin E, and black cumin seed. Add more honey until you enjoy the taste. Eat one tablespoon of mixture three times per day, upon waking, an hour after lunch and one hour before bed. Rub on your infected lip every 20 minutes.