The Beginner’s Guide To Perioral Dermatitis: A blog on how to treat perioral dermatitis.
If you are reading this, the chances are that you were recently diagnosed with perioral dermatitis, or perhaps you just landed on this page because you were searching for more information about it.
In any case, I want to welcome you and I want to tell you that I am happy that you are here!
My name is Tricia, and I am a 27 year old who has been suffering from perioral dermatitis for roughly 5 years now. It started out as a tiny little rash on my chin that would flare up once in awhile. Then it spread around my mouth area, eventually leading to the skin around my eyes becoming red and irritated as well.
Over the course of these years I have learned so much about this condition through trial and error, by reading countless articles on the internet, by talking to many different doctors and by reaching out to other people who struggle with this condition as well.
I have gone through all kinds of treatments, including topical antibiotics (erythromycin gel), oral antibiotics (doxycycline), steroids (triamcinolone cream), anti-fungal cre
It’s hard to believe it when you first hear it, but it is true: the best treatment for perioral dermatitis is not a cream or a wash or a pill. The best treatment for perioral dermatitis is to avoid using topical steroids in the first place.
No matter how bad your case of perioral dermatitis, no matter how many times it comes back, there are only two ways to get rid of it:
1. Stop using topical steroids.
2. Allow the skin to heal on its own, over time.
That’s right — there is no magical cure. No magical creams, no magical washes, no magical pills. No matter what anyone tells you, this is the truth. Perioral dermatitis is essentially a reaction to topical steroids and will not go away until they are stopped and the skin is allowed to heal on its own.
How long does perioral dermatitis take to heal?
Nobody knows! Some people find that their PD clears up over a few weeks without any additional treatment beyond stopping steroids and washing their face with gentle cleansers such as Cetaphil or Cerave (I don’t recommend those brands). Other people find that it takes months for
Perioral dermatitis or PD is a skin condition that affects mostly women and children. What happens is that the skin around the mouth becomes inflamed and irritated. It usually only affects one side of your face but I’ve seen it on both sides. Over time, the rash can spread to other areas of the face such as the eyes, nose and forehead.
At first PD looks like acne but over time it moves away from the chin and up towards your nose. The rash can be red, flaky, itchy, dry and sometimes painful to touch. In severe cases some people have reported pus-filled blisters forming.
Perioral dermatitis is often misdiagnosed as acne or rosacea but if you look closely at your skin you will notice that it is not acne at all. Acne tends to have a more yellowish colour whereas perioral dermatitis has a more pinkish colour and tends to affect only one side of the face.
Researchers aren’t sure what causes perioral dermatitis but it seems to flare up after using steroid creams on the face or around the mouth area. Doctors will often prescribe these steroid creams for flare-ups of eczema or psoriasis – which may
Perioral dermatitis is a non-contagious skin condition characterized by clusters of small red bumps or papules, which may be scaly or crusted. It usually occurs around the mouth and sometimes around the eyes and nose. The most common symptoms are burning, stinging, itching and dryness. Perioral dermatitis can affect patients of all ages but 70% of cases occur in women between the ages of 20 and 45. The cause of perioral dermatitis is not known. There have been links made between perioral dermatitis and oral contraceptives, topical corticosteroid use, fluoride use in toothpaste and tooth gels, as well as antibiotics.
The first line of treatment for perioral dermatitis includes topical antibiotics such as erythromycin and clindamycin. Oral antibiotics have also been used successfully to treat perioral dermatitis but many patients experience relapses once treatment has stopped. Other treatments include anti-inflammatory creams such as pimecrolimus (Elidel) or tacrolimus (Protopic). These creams should not be used if you are pregnant or breast feeding because there is not enough evidence to show that they are safe during pregnancy or breast feeding. Other treatments that have
I have had perioral dermatitis (PD) since May 2015 and have tried many different ways to heal it. I have found that the most effective way to treat PD is to use a combination of natural remedies and prescription treatments until it clears up.
Here are a few things that I’ve learned along the way:**
Perioral dermatitis is a rash around the mouth that affects both men and women. However, it tends to affect women more than it does men. The rash can be particularly embarrassing during outbreaks, as it is almost always accompanied by a burning sensation, itchiness, dryness and peeling of the skin. It may also lead to the formation of small sores around the mouth.
Perioral dermatitis is not contagious but it can be difficult to treat because it keeps coming back even after treatment. If you are suffering from perioral dermatitis, here is what you need to know about managing this skin condition.
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