Perioral Dermatitis

Perioral dermatitis is a common acne-like, scaly rash that occurs around the mouth, nose, and sometimes under or on the eyelids. It is more common in adult females than males; though in children the difference between female and male is less prominent.

The cause of perioral dermatitis is unknown. Triggers include: harsh soaps, scrubbing, make-up, some fragrances, and occasionally fluorinated or mint toothpaste. Cortisone creams, while initially causing a slight improvement, will eventually flare the rash and cause it to be more entrenched. Typically the rash gets worse for 7-14 days after stopping the cortisone. But by doing this and starting the appropriate treatment the rash should clear.

Photo Credit:
American Academy of Dermatology