The Saga of Perioral Dermatitis

//The Saga of Perioral Dermatitis

The Saga of Perioral Dermatitis

Sounds exotic, doesn’t it? (Or slightly dirty) It really just refers to a red, bumpy, non-itchy, otherwise unexplainable rash around the mouth and lower part of the face.


It started happening back in July, and at the time I thought that I was having an allergic reaction to something. I am allergic to both benzoyl peroxide (found in some acne medications) and Sensodyne toothpaste, but I was definitely not using those. I could not figure out what in the world was causing it, but the coconut oil/baking soda cleaner I was using as a face wash seemed to make it worse, so I stopped using that. I quit using Oil of Olay and any makeup, too.

The rash persisted.

I thought that using some of Jamieson’s prescription eczema cream might help — and it totally did! But as soon as I stopped, it came right back.

Then I did the smart thing and went to a dermatologist, who told me to cut it the hell out with the steroid cream, as that would only make it FAR worse over time. She prescribed an antibiotic/anti-inflammatory as well as a $200 tube of cream. Ouch.

So 3 weeks later I am almost back to normal. THANK GOODNESS. My skin still feels slightly bumpy, but at least the redness is gone.

I’m still using the 5 gram sample tube of cream they gave me — it doesn’t take much. So it looks like the 60 gram hella expensive tube is going to last a good long while. Again, THANK GOODNESS.

The doctor said that it was very likely that this would go away for good after treatment. Flareups happen, but they’re not particularly common.

By | 2014-11-23T22:15:24+00:00 November 23rd, 2014|Health|2 Comments

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  1. Nan keene March 8, 2016 at 2:06 am - Reply

    Did your rash come on quickly and spread?  My 23yr old daughter has had 5 episodes where her face starts off clear then a small patch of bumps appears on chin then BOOM within 12 hours the rash is all-over bottom 1/2 face. Weepy & crusty. Did yours come on quickly??

    • Katy March 9, 2016 at 10:56 am - Reply

      Hi Nan – yes it came on quickly. Luckily with the cream I got from my doctor, and the antibiotics, it went away and hasn’t come back. Good luck to your daughter!

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