Are you getting acne mainly around your mouth and can’t find a way to control it? Does your skin feel dry and tight predominantly around the mouth but at the same time you get spots? You might suffer with perioral dermatitis, also known as periorificial dermatitis. This condition can be localised around the nose or eyes too.
The cause of it isn’t understood and literature suggests a few factors that contribute to it such as: corticosteroids used on face or inhalers, different irritants, soap, predisposition for eczema, fluoridated toothpaste, cosmetic products, oral contraceptives, hormonal imbalance.
Perioral dermatitis manifests as clustered pus filled lesions on red skin around the mouth, nose, eyes or on chin. It can affect only one of these areas or all simultaneously. Sometimes there is eczema on the background too. Patients describe itch, burning and stinging.
If you experience any of the above symptoms then it’s better to ask for expert advice, because perioral dermatitis can resemble rosacea, seborrheic dermatitis, acne, contact dermatitis and treatment will be chosen accordingly. Perioral dermatitis is challenging to treat because skin is very reactive and sensitive that’s why you should wash it with gentle fragrance-free, soap free cleanser and limit the use of cosmetic products.
You should select carefully your cosmetic products making sure they are not clogging pores. The doctor will advise you on skin care regimen and treatment that would suit best your skin condition.