Periorificial dermatitis

Periorificial (or perioral) dermatitis presents as small red bumps around the mouth, nose and/or eyes. It’s most common in women, and can develop in response to the use of topical or inhaled corticosteroids, occlusive skincare products and cosmetics, and some cosmeceuticals. In some cases, the cause is unknown.

Treatment involves the following:

  • ceasing any topical corticosteroids that may be being used 
  • avoiding occlusive makeup and skincare, as well as most cosmeceuticals 
  • using a gentle, SLS-free cleanser and a light, non-occlusive moisturiser
  • sometimes, topical or oral antibiotics, and/or a topical medication called a calcineurin inhibitor may be prescribed, usually to be used for a minimum of six weeks.




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Julia knows first-hand how overwhelming the skincare world can be, and that’s with over 10 years of experience practicing dermatology. Given that even she gets overwhelmed, she appreciates how hard it can be for those of you without a scientific background to make sense of all the information available, and choose products that are right for your skin…