Understanding the 3 Healing Phases of Perioral Dermatitis

Understanding the 3 Healing Phases of Perioral Dermatitis

Woman wearing a pink jacket smiling and holding a cup of coffee - happy that her perioral dermatitis has healed

Perioral dermatitis is a common skin condition characterized by red, bumpy rashes around the mouth, nose, and sometimes the eyes. It primarily affects women between the ages of 20 and 45, but men and children can also develop this condition. Dealing with perioral dermatitis can be frustrating, as it can cause discomfort and self-consciousness. However, understanding the healing process and the three phases it involves can provide valuable insights into managing this condition effectively. In this blog post, we will explore the three healing phases of perioral dermatitis and provide tips for navigating each stage.

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.

Tips for managing the Regression Phase:

  • Follow medical advice: It is essential to consult a qualified and experience Naturopathic Doctor or Dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis and a personalized treatment plan.
  • Gentle skincare routine: Use a mild, non-fragrant cleanser to wash your face daily. Opt for non-comedogenic, fragrance-free, oil-free moisturizers to maintain hydration without clogging the pores.
  • Avoid irritants: Steer clear of topical steroids, heavy oil-laden moisturizers, and harsh facial cleansers, as these can aggravate the condition.
  • Identify triggers: Pay attention to potential triggers such as certain foods, fluoride-containing toothpaste, or cosmetics. Avoiding these triggers can aid in preventing flare-ups during the healing process.
  • Medication: Depending on the severity, your Dermatologist may prescribe topical or oral antibiotics, anti-inflammatory creams, or immunosuppressive creams to reduce inflammation. Working with a Naturopathic Doctor you may be prescribed topical anti-microbials like hypochlorous acid and barrier repair products containing ceramides, beta-glucans and allantoin.

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.

Tips for managing the Relocation Phase:

  • Stay consistent with treatment: Continue following your prescribed treatment plan and skincare routine. Consistency is key during this phase to ensure continued healing and prevent further spread of the rash.
  • Gentle care for new areas: Extend your skincare routine to the newly affected areas, being cautious not to exacerbate the condition. Use the same gentle cleanser and moisturizers on these areas as well.
  • Avoid picking or scratching: It's crucial to resist the urge to pick at or scratch the affected areas, as this can lead to further irritation, inflammation, and potential scarring.
  • Patience and resilience: Healing is a process that takes time. It's important to be patient throughout the relocation phase, knowing that progress is being made, even if it may not be immediately visible.

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.

Tips for managing the Oscillation Phase:

  • Maintain a proactive skincare routine: Continue with a gentle skincare routine, ensuring you cleanse, moisturize, and protect your skin regularly.
  • Track triggers: Keep a journal to identify patterns or triggers that may be contributing to flare-ups. Common triggers include stress, certain foods, skincare products, or environmental factors.
  • Stress management: Stress can exacerbate perioral dermatitis symptoms. Incorporate stress-reducing activities into your daily routine, such as meditation, exercise, or engaging in hobbies you enjoy.
  • Regular follow-ups with your Naturopathic Doctor or Dermatologist: Schedule regular check-ups with your practitioner to assess progress, discuss any concerns and adjust treatment plan as needed.

Managing perioral dermatitis can be a challenging journey, but with knowledge about the three phases of healing—regression, relocation, and oscillation—you can navigate through this condition with confidence. Remember, you don't have to face it alone.

At Connected Health & Skin, our team of experienced Naturopathic Doctors is dedicated to helping you achieve optimal skin health. We understand the unique challenges that perioral dermatitis presents and offer individualized treatment plans tailored to your specific needs.

If you're ready to take control of your skin and embark on a path towards healing, we invite you to book a complimentary discovery consult with one of our Naturopathic Doctors. During this consultation, we will listen to your concerns, assess your condition, and provide personalized recommendations to guide you on your healing journey.

Don't let perioral dermatitis hold you back from feeling confident and comfortable in your skin. Take the first step towards healing by scheduling your complimentary discovery consult with Connected Health & Skin today. Together, we can uncover the best approach to managing perioral dermatitis and help you achieve the healthy, radiant skin you deserve.

Book your complimentary discovery consult now and embark on a transformative journey towards skin health and wellness with Connected Health & Skin! Visit our website at www.connectedhealthandskin.com or call us at 416-477-7546 to schedule a consultation with one of our expert skin therapists or Naturopathic Doctors.

Medical Disclaimer:

The information presented in this blog post is for educational purposes and should not be interpreted as medical advice. If you are seeking medical advice, treatment or a diagnosis, consult with a medical professional such as one suggested on this website. Connected Health & Skin Ltd and the author of this page are not liable for the associated risks of using or acting upon the information contained in this article.

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