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Allergy Snapshot: Perioral Dermatitis

It's been a while since my last allergy snapshot, but I've recently spoken to some customers who have perioral dermatitis and it seems to be a condition about which it is there is a lot of confusion

What is perioral dermatitis?

Perioral dermatitis is a rash that is usually characterized by small, raised, red bumps that develop around the mouth and nose.

It can get dry and itchy, and some people report a burning sensation.

Approximately 90% of cases of perioral dermatitis occur in young women, but there is little explanation for why this is so – if anyone can shed light on this, please let me know !

There is a limited amount of knowledge about the disease and therefore it can often be misdiagnosed as eczema or acne.

What causes it?

As with many skin diseases, there is no definitive cause, but there is evidence that perioral dermatitis is associated with steroid creams.

If this were true, it would trigger a vicious circle for those who were misdiagnosed as having eczema and prescribed steroid creams for treatment.

Other reported triggers are detergents such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), extreme weather conditions, fluctuating hormones, pH imbalances in the skin and even hot water.

How can it be treated?

While doctors often prescribe an antibiotic course, no “cure” for perioral dermatitis is known.

As with many skin allergies, the key is to identify your triggers and avoid them to treat the disease rather than eradicate it.

Perioral dermatitis is an inflammatory disease, so it is important to soothe the skin from the inside out. Increasing your EFA intake and eating a healthy, slightly alkaline diet could help reduce inflammation.

Detergents (SLS or Cocamidopropyl Betaine) are common irritants for allergy sufferers who are worth avoiding. Instead, stick to a gentle cream cleaner like our Camellia & Rose Cleanser.

Remember that you can email at any time for more detailed advice and product recommendations from our team of skin care experts.

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