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perioral dermatitis

What is Perioral Dermatitis?

Most people with perioral dermatitis come in to see me having no idea what has gone wrong with their skin. This skin problem is not that uncommon, but it is very confusing.

If you or someone you know has had a strange skin problem around their mouth (perioral!), around their nose, or even around their eyes, it may be this frustrating skin problem. In spite of the name, this rash does not discriminate which facial structure it likes to crop up around.

Most patients who come to see me about this itchy and stingy rash around the mouth, nose or eyes have no idea what it is. They have seen other physicians, tried numerous topical creams and medicines and the rash gets worse and worse. Some of these treatments can actually worsen the rash. It’s important to know about the diagnosis and get the right treatment or this dermatitis can actually leave scarring and post inflammatory pigmentation or erythema (brown or red marks that can last a long time).

This is one of the skin conditions that has a high likely hood to come back. Often after the rash is cleared up there is a long remission, but at some point, it is not uncommon to suffer from the problem again. Understanding perioral dermatitis, knowing what triggers it for your complexion and what gets rid of it are important.

The treatment is as surprising as the rash. We don’t know the exact cause of of this vexing skin problem, but there are ways to get rid of it.

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