CONDITIONS
PERIORAL OR PERIORIFICIAL DERMATITIS
EXAMPLE

WHAT IS IT:

A red rash or spots, which can look like acne, that form around facial orifices, usually the mouth. 

The rash is red, tender and can itch or burn.  It often coexists with other skin conditions such as acne, rosacea and seborrheic dermatitis. It is also a psychodermatologic disorder, potentially significantly affected by stress.  

TRIGGERS:

  • Steroid or cortisone use

  • Cosmetics and suncreams

  • Toothpaste with fluoride

  • Hormone treatments or disturbance

  • Inflammation

  • Bacterial or fungal overgrowth

  • Abnormal oil production

  • Breakdown of the skins Barrier Function 

  • Disruption or changes to the local microbiate

TREATMENT OPTIONS: 

Oral or topical medical treatment are usually required. In-clinic treatments that are anti-inflammatory and improve barrier function can be helpful, as is identifying the underlying causes. 

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