Perioral Dermatitis

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As you might know I like to keep it short, and let pictures do the talking for me. But not this time.

This blog entry, I’m writing about a topic that really got to me and actually makes me uncomfortable, but hopefully will help one of you some day.
All started with a rash around my face some years ago. Little red dots around my mouth
I had no idea what was going on, I’m usually blessed with a pretty clear skin, but things like that can just happen I guess?
So I tried to wash my face extra often, put some cream on. Everything you normaly do in situations like that – That was a mistake! It only got worse.

So I’m off to the doctor – with basicially no explanation I just got a cream (on prescription) “put that on, It will be better” well yes, the cream helped – Happy days, but the rush came back after some time.

Back to the Doc. When I asked what I actually had and what I can do to make sure I never see this rash again. I got the very unsatisfying answer: “Just relax, go on vacation, this is stress caused”. Well, so I should just take vacation whenever I feel stressed? – we all know how unrealistic that suggestion is.

Thanks for nothing Doc.

4 weeks ago “IT” came back – the worst rash i had so far. of course I tried to fight it down with Kortison cream (Not knowing that YOU SHOULD NOT DO THAT! It helped a bit at the start but then went completely out of hand.)

While waiting for a Doctors appointment, I decided to take matters into my own hands and just google what this rash was (I sometimes really don’t know what I would do without the Internet)

Perioral Dermatitis

to my surprise it was not at all hard to find that out.
There are hundrets of Women writing about this, posting Youtube videos and talking about their experience.
Thank God! finally I knew what was going on – and I was not alone.
If you ever had this, you know how devastating this can be.

So what is this Perioral Dermatitis exactly and where does it come from?

If you click on that link above you will get to one (of many sides) that can tell you all the details + pictures (ugh, Im thankful I didn’t looked that horrible)

Here are my “Highlights” about Perioral Dermatitis

Perioral Dermatitis is a common skin rash that mainly affects women inbetween the ages 20-40.
The rash affects the skin around the mouth. It’s not contagious. (Just looks horrible)

In many cases the rash seems to be triggered by one or more of the following:

Steroid creams (Kortison) and ointments are a main trigger.
Make-up, cleansers and cosmetics applied to the area affected on the face.
It may be that certain ingredients of cosmetics may act as the trigger.
For example, one study found that make-up foundation seemed to be a particular provoking factor.
Physical factors such as strong winds and ultraviolet (UV) light.
Fluorinated toothpaste has been suggested as a possible trigger.

Let’s think this through…

Do I use heavy make up? – No not really, but of course I use a tinted mousturizer with SPF15, bad?
Did I used Kortison in my face before…. – hmmm yes, last time I had that stupid rash while beeing abroad in Australia, with no chance to see a doctor.
Uv-light? – No, I’m a Redhead – no Sun for me.
Fluorinated Toothpaste? – Yes, mine says in big, bold letters that it had extra much Fluorid in it…bad?
Overuse of heavy face creams? – Well I do have Daycream + Nightcream + eyecream and in general enjoy to apply creams to my face and body, It’s a routine, I thought I do something nice for myself, build a base for a healthy skin. Not good? what exactly does overuse mean?

I got help from a Doctor now. The right mediciation and my face starts to look like my face again.
But the cream I got is only available with a doctors prescription (so you need to see a Dermatologist!)
There is really no way around this – I’m sorry to tell you so.
Ah and most important


No face wash, soap, no make up, no concealer, no nothing!
Youre skin needs to breath! – water! – that’s it.

But maybe more important is the question HOW CAN I MAKE SURE THAT IT WILL NEVER, NEVER come back again?
I will write more about that in my next blog post.

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