Perioral dermatitis is a skin disorder characterized by tiny red papules (bumps) around the mouth that most commonly affects young women. While the exact cause is unknown, it may appear after topical steroids are applied to the face to treat other conditions. Some types of makeup, moisturizers, and dental products may be partially responsible. Perioral dermatitis is usually characterized by an uncomfortable burning sensation around the mouth. Itching is not a common symptom. Most often, patients are primarily concerned with the cosmetic appearance of skin lesions. Rarely, a similar rash may appear around the eyes, nose, or forehead.

How is Perioral Dermatitis treated?

Perioral dermatitis is a difficult condition to treat effectively, often requiring several months of treatment to prevent recurrence. An oral antibiotic is the most common treatment for perioral dermatitis. Occasionally a topical anti-inflammatory cream is recommended just for a short time to help your appearance while the antibiotics are working.