Please don't take any of our suggestions as medical advice. They're only recommendations based on our knowledge of our products. If you need any specific medical advice you can speak with your doctor or dermatologist.
What is perioral dermatitis?
Perioral dermatitis is a facial rash that generally causes dryness and inflammation of the skin. It normally appears in areas around the mouth and sides of the nose but can also spread to around the eyes. It presents itself as small red and white bumps which have a dry, rough texture.
How is it caused?
The initial cause of perioral dermatitis is unknown, although some believe that that the condition generally occurs after strong topical steroids have been used on the skin, these may have been used to treat another issue. Products containing corticosteroids such as nasal sprays may be another contributing factor to the cause.
It is difficult to pinpoint exactly what the cause is for perioral dermatitis however we also know that the condition is mostly seen in young women (around 90% of cases) according to webmd.com. It is also believed that certain ingredients in cosmetics may cause perioral dermatitis, heavy skin creams that contain petrolatum or a paraffin base product could worsen the condition.
How it is treated?
Your doctor or general practitioner may recommend stopping the use of the topical steroid creams or nasal sprays containing steroids, if you are able to do so initially. However it is important to speak with your doctor before discontinuing any medications.
Other remedies to treat perioral dermatitis:
Another good tip to introduce into your skin care routine would be switching out some of your products to natural or organic products. Chemicals such as sulphates and parabens don’t always mix well with sensitive skin, they can inflame it even more. It is known that green beauty products tend to be much better for sensitive, inflamed skin. Here are some products that we would recommend from our product ranges.
This is completely free from SLS (sodium lauryl sulphate) which is common in face and body washes and can burn the skin. We would actually recommend washing the face sparingly and therefore go with the smaller bottle. It is great as it has its own foamer which makes it very light on the skin.
We would recommend our aloe vera and acai gel. Acai is known to be very cooling for the skin so this could help with any redness or irritation you're experiencing. This is amazing for any type of skin blemish and would be our first choice for anyone with perioral dermatitis. This is packed with aloe vera which has strong anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. We would imagine it would feel soothing on your skin.