is perioral dermatitis?
Perioral dermatitis is a very common skin disorder
presenting with red, itchy and burning bumps in
the face. It occurs around the mouth, but often
also around the eyes and nose. Perioral dermatitis
is more often seen in women than in men.
of perioral dermatitis
It consists of groups of small red bumps around
the mouth. It typically spares the skin bordering
the red of the lips. Sometimes little pustules may
appear in the affected skin area. Often, the skin
also has a dry and rough surface. Itch and a
burning sensation are common symptoms.
is the cause?
The cause of perioral dermatitis is still unclear.
Some factors are known triggering factors of
perioral dermatitis. The use of topical steroids
in the face is the most important factor. The more
potent the steroid cream is, the more severe the
perioral dermatitis will be. In some individuals,
the use of all kinds of lotions, sunscreens and
cosmetics may provoke perioral dermatitis.
It is important to stop using all creams and other
cosmetics. Wash the skin gently
with luke-warm water and avoid using soapes or
cleansers. Your doctor may prescribe a course of
antibiotics such as tetracycline or doxycycline.
Topical antibiotics such as clindamycin may have
an additional effect.