Perioral Dermatitis: Rashes and red spots around the mouth

Hi Mads

I am really plagued with a lot of red bumps on and around the mouth. It almost looks like a rash that I have on the lips.

I am reasonably certain that it is not acne. I don’t experience the problem in other parts of the face. It is only around the mouth, I have these red bumps.

I have tried to google it a little and I think I have found out that it might be Perioral Dermatitis. Maybe you know it?

Anyway, I really like to hear if you have any advice for me, so I can avoid those red bumps around the mouth. Do you know of any treatment for rashes and red bumps around the mouth? I would be very grateful if you could help me to get rid of Perioral Dermatitis and to get a nice skin once again.

I am 32 years and I have otherwise a very nice skin. I exercise regularly and I’m always biking to and for work and I’m eating healthy.

Hope you can help ūüėÄ

Thank you, Mia

Hello Mia

Perioral dermatitis is a skin disease that gives small red bumps around the mouth. In a very few situations – here we are talking really rare cases – the red buds can also appear around the eyes and nostrils. But in general the Perioral Dermatitis only occurs around the mouth as small red bumps.

Or as you also describe the rash around the mouth. The buds are not particularly high and is quite tough. In many ways, Perioral Dermatitis has reminiscent of a burn from the sun.

It is usually women who are affected by the skin disorder Perioral Dermatitis. And usually women aged 20 to 45 years suffer from Perioral Dermatitis, but Perioral Dermatitis can also affect children, men or older people.

The disease Perioral Dermatitis is completely harmless, but it is of course fairly irritating. There is hardly anyone who likes to walk around with eczema-like skin around the mouth – or a lot of small red bumps around the mouth.

REASONS FOR RED BUDS ON AND AROUND THE MOUTH

The reason why you suddenly get red bumps on your mouth – Perioral Dermatitis – is unknown. And it’s not an area that has been researched very much in. The reason there is not a lot of research about Perioral Dermatitis is probably that it is a purely cosmetic problem – the skin disorder is really completely harmless. Very few people are troubled by it and other then skin problems like tender, red and irritated skin, then Perioral Dermatitis is relatively easy to cover with makeup.

Although the cause of Perioral Dermatitis is not known, there are signs that many are experiencing outbreaks after using face creams and drugs with corticosteroids. But It is not the only factor that can cause red bumps on your mouth.

Cosmetics, sunlight, hormonal imbalance are also known factors that may be influential.

SYMPTOMS OF PERIORAL DERMATITIS

The symptoms of Perioral Dermatitis is rash around the mouth with small red bumps of about 1-2 mm. So really small buds. The more buds, the more similar Perioral Dermatitis looks like rash and eczema. But it is not! Perioral dermatitis are just small red bumps.

Many mistakenly believe that Perioral Dermatitis is just small pimples and confuse common acne with Perioral Dermatitis. The buds can also be easily confused with a pimple. Especially whiteheads and blackheads might resemble these small red bumps that are Perioral Dermatitis.

But where pimples usually is found in the face and elsewhere on the body, Perioral Dermatitis only occurs around the mouth.

If you have Perioral Dermatitis the skin is often very dry and tight. Many also experience a slight burning sensation in the skin, but most people does not feel the skin disorder at all – they are only able to see the many small buds.

HOW TO DIAGNOSE PERIORAL DERMATITIS

A doctor will be able to diagnose the disease by simply taking a look at the skin. Therefore, I would definitely recommend you to consult your doctor and get 100% establish that your case is Perioral dermatitis.

Alternatively, you are also very welcome to send me a photo of the skin around your mouth. Please take the picture in natural daylight, so I can clearly see the red buds. Then I can also quickly determine whether its a case of acne or Perioral Dermatitis.

Depending on whether it is acne or Perioral Dermatitis treatments is different, which brings us to the next point. And what you actually asked about, how do you treat Perioral Dermatitis.

TREATMENT OF RED BUDS AND ECZEMA AROUND THE MOUTH?

Depending on how serious you are plagued by Perioral Dermatitis, then there are various treatment methods. Much can be done at home, to reduce the red buds. Other treatments of Perioral Dermatitis requires you to go to a doctor and have prescription drugs and antibiotics, which can help to remove the red pimple-like bumps around your mouth.

However, it is only in the really severe cases, that you should start on medication and antibiotics. The vast majority of Perioral Dermatitis cases can be easily treated at home, with the right knowledge.

In relation to the treatment of Perioral Dermatitis and removal of red bumps on your mouth, then you should first and foremost avoid using cosmetics, harsh cleansers and products with adrenocortical hormone.

Another good advice is to make sure to minimize all forms of skin irritation. Always avoid getting toothpaste on the skin when you brush your teeth. Avoid oily skin care products. Avoid perfumes in lip balms, shampoos and sprays of perfume in and near the face. Avoid smoking.

Generally be really aware of not getting something on the skin around the mouth, which can cause skin irritation.

For mild symptoms may only it to avoid irritation of the skin be enough to remove the red buds of the mouth.

In some more serious cases of Perioral Dermatitis it can be necessarily for a period to get local treatment of the area at the mouth with mentronidazole cream.

Further, it may be a good idea, to treat the skin with salicylic acid (also known as Beta Hydroxy Acid / BHA) because salicylic acid is soothing to the skin. Exactly like salicylic acid will help to deep clean the skin and remove the bacteria that create these red bumps.

– Get Smooth Skin Treatment with salicylic acid. And remove Perioral Dermatitis

If the above treatment is not sufficient, then you need to seek help from your doctor and be treated with antibiotics. Treatment will usually be with Tetracycline in tablet form in 2-6 months.

However, it is very few cases of Perioral Dermatitis, which requires antibiotics. Most cases can be easily treated with Salicylic acid and by removing everything that is irritating the skin. And a very good product with salicylic acid is precisely Smooth Skin Treatment, which quickly remove red bumps on your mouth.

The vast majority Рthe more common cases of Perioral Dermatitis Рis experiencing a really good improvement in their skin within just a few weeks of use with Smooth Skin Treatment.

Unfortunately, the skin disorder Perioral Dermatitis will generally return. This can be avoided with a daily use of Smooth Skin Treatment Рand of course, if you continue to avoid irritating the skin on your face.

A good advice to avoid relapse is to change your makeup brand, avoid all kinds of products with corticosteroids and always treat the skin with gentle skin care products without perfumes, no dyes and other skin irritating ingredients.

Hope it was the answer to your question. And I hope you can use my guide, so you can quickly get rid of these frustrating red bumps around your mouth.


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