Perioral Dermatitis

We asked every week about “Perioral Dermatitis” and didn’t know how common it is!

Seems it appears more in women in their 20’s and 30’s, usually around the mouth and in the folds of skin around the nose.

No matter where it is, perioral dermatitis might start in a pretty localised spot, like the corners of your lips, then spread from there.

While the bumps in your perioral dermatitis rash may be filled with fluid or pus, they typically don’t come to a ready-to-burst head the way acne often does. Instead, if the bumps contain any liquid, the fluid is more likely to be evenly spread throughout, the blister;

Symptoms may be triggered by:

• Moisturisers – hypersensitivity reactions perhaps to sodium lauryl sulphate or an emollient ingredient.

• Sunscreens and Cosmetics.

• Topical steroids – especially potent products and can thin your skin.

• Inhaled or intranasal topical steroids.

• Inadequate face-washing.

• Pregnancy or other hormonal change. ;


A skincare regimen is extremely important during this time—the last thing you want is to smother your healing skin in harsh chemicals. 

We recommend you switch to a mild, fragrance-free cleanser if you’re not using one already, and be extra gentle when you wash your face. 

Avoid oil-based facial creams use gentle, fragrance-free skincare, water-based make-up and sunscreen.

Whatever you do, avoid potentially irritating ingredients like sodium laureth sulfate and sodium laurel sulfate and harsh exfoliants.

Unfortunately, Perioral Dermatitis doesn’t just go away overnight, even with treatment instead, it usually clears slowly and can take a few weeks, up to a few months to completely go away. 

In most cases, as long as you avoid whatever caused your Perioral Dermatitis, the red rash around your mouth should be gone for good.

If you don’t see results visit your dermatologist or GP who will likely prescribe an oral antibiotic!