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.

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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.

2 Comments

  1. Nan keene

    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??

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