Acne isn’t something that we all leave behind in our teens. In fact, more and more women are complaining of a less-than-perfect complexion well into their 30s, 40s, 50s and even later. And if you tend to break out around your chin and mouth, perioral dermatitis could be at work.
Perioral dermatitis typically affects women in their 20s, but is not restricted to just this age. “It’s grouped, tiny superficial papules that appears perioral around the mouth and under the nose areas,” says Tinton Falls, NJ, dermatologist Glenn Kolansky, MD. “It appears as groups of follicular reddish papules and can also occur on the nasolabial folds and lateral eyelid areas.” He says another characteristic of perioral dermatitis is the sensation of burning and tension where it appears.
While the exact cause of it is unknown, those with a history of topical cortisone use or inhaled steroids tend to be affected by perioral dermatitis the most. Makeup, moisturizers, oral contraceptives and even fluorinated toothpastes can also cause it.
Typically, it’s treated with topical or oral antibiotics for one to two months, or until it clears up on its own. It’s just one form acne and can be identified by visiting a board certified dermatologist near you.
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