Prerioral dermatitis is just what its name suggests. Perioral means around the mouth and dermatitis means inflammation of skin. Perioral dermatitis occurs around the lips, chin and lower part of the cheeks. It generally affects women. Men and children are rarely affected by this skin condition. 

Interestingly the skin that borders lips doesn’t get affected. However occasionally areas around eyes, nose and cheeks can get affected.

Skin usually gets inflamed and red with some red bumps, puss bumps and mild peelings. Like in any dermatitis conditions some times itching and burning sensation can be felt.

The causes of perioral dermatitis are not known. There are evidences of some cosmetics and strong steroids creams (strong corticosteroid) causing it in some cases. Interestingly steroid based creams are used to treat perioral dermatitis but sometimes this same ointment used to treat some other condition can cause perioral dermatitis.

Some dermatologists feel that perioral dermatitis is a form of rosacea or sunlight-worsened seborrheic dermatitis.

There are really no diagnostic test done to determine perioral dermatitis as it is clearly identified through physical examination.

The natural method of curing it begins with stopping use of all cosmetics, facial creams, sun screens and other facial ointments particularly those with corticosteroids on the face. If you were using corticosteroids based creams to cure it then stopping it will worsen the condition before becoming better.

Don’t scrub the face. Wash and rinse frequently with warm water. Don’t use soap- you can use non soap based cleansers.

If the condition doesn’t improve within 2-3 weeks then medical attention may be required. Dermatologist may prescribe oral antibiotics for 2-3 weaks in decreasing potencies.

How to prevent perioral dermatitis? Well! There is no guaranteed way to prevent it. Probabilities can significantly be reduced of getting it by taking precautions on use of certain cosmetics on the face and by avoiding use of strong corticosteroids.


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