The Ultimate Guide to Perioral Dermatitis

Perioral Dermatitis

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    What is Perioral Dermatitis?

    Picture this: you wake up one morning, ready to face the day with your usual confidence, only to find red, bumpy patches sprouting around your mouth. What in the world could this be? Enter perioral dermatitis (aka PD or POD) – a bit of a mouthful to say, but let's break it down.

    Perioral dermatitis is like an unwelcome guest that shows up uninvited around the mouth, leaving behind redness, tiny bumps, and sometimes even flaky skin. It's like your skin throwing a little temper tantrum, causing irritation and discomfort just when you least expect it.

    Now, you might be wondering, "What causes this sudden skin rebellion?" Well, the exact cause isn't always crystal clear, but we do have some suspects. It could be triggered by a variety of factors like using certain skincare products, especially those heavy on the oils or steroids, or even dental products like toothpaste. Sometimes, hormonal changes, environmental factors, or even stress can play a role in provoking this pesky condition.

    But fear not! While perioral dermatitis may seem daunting, it's definitely manageable. Treatment usually involves a gentle touch – think mild, fragrance-free skincare products and avoiding heavy makeup or creams that could exacerbate the irritation. The Naturopathic Doctors at Connected Health & Skin see patients with PD regularly and are here to help guide you through it and to help it clear up faster if it has been persistent.

    The good news? Perioral dermatitis isn't contagious, so you won't be passing it on to your friends or family. And with a bit of patience and TLC, those red bumps will likely bid farewell sooner rather than later.

    So, if you find yourself in the midst of a perioral dermatitis flare-up, remember: it's just a temporary bump in the road (pun intended), and with the right care, your skin will bounce back to its radiant self in no time.

    Symptoms of Perioral Dermatitis

    • Rash-like clusters of pink or red bumps around the mouth and chin (or nose and eyes) that just don't ever seem to go away
    • Whiteheads may appear on top of the rash
    • The skin may flake or peel
    • Discomfort - itching, burning, or stinging
    • There may be blisters, cracked skin, or bleeding
    • It may come and go - seemingly flaring up overnight
    Perioral Dermatitis

    What Causes Perioral Dermatitis?

    While the exact cause of perioral dermatitis is unknown there are certain triggers that it is associated with:

    • Hormonal fluctuations
    • Topical and nasal steroid use
    • Cosmetics and oil-heavy skincare products
    • Environmental factors such as wind and heat
    • Candida overgrowth
    • Fluoride or SLS (sodium lauryl sulphate) in toothpaste and other products
    Common causes of Perioral Dermatitis

    If you suspect that you have perioral dermatitis it's essential to consult a qualified healthcare provider for an accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plan. They can evaluate your symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle to determine the underlying cause of your dermatitis and recommend appropriate interventions.

    3 Healing Phases of Perioral Dermatitis

    Phase 1: Regression

    During the regression phase, the active inflammation gradually subsides, resulting in a reduction of redness, itching, and bumpy skin. This phase marks the initial healing process and brings relief to those who have been dealing with discomfort.

    Phase 2: Relocation

    The relocation phase involves a shift in the rash's appearance and location. The original area affected by perioral dermatitis may begin to heal while new areas, such as the cheeks or chin, may become affected. This phase can be disheartening, but it signifies progress in the healing journey.

    Phase 3: Oscillation

    The oscillation phase is characterized by periods of improvement and occasional flare-ups. The rash may temporarily recede, only to reappear later. This phase can be unpredictable and challenging to manage, requiring ongoing diligence and attention to triggers.

    Treatments at Connected for Perioral Dermatitis

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