Differentiation of mouth/face rashes is important because the treatments for allergic contact dermatitis, acne, rosacea, or eczema can make perioral dermatitis worse.
Perioral dermatitis is a non-contagious skin condition that occurs mostly in women (typically ages 16 to 45) and sometimes in children.
Our most widely-read post on this blog is about a rash I had around my mouth and how I discovered what triggered it and how I finally healed it.That particular rash was the result of an allergic reaction to propolis.Eczema/AD can be asymmetrical, while perioral dermatitis is typically symmetrical.Blood tests for Ig E levels can be helpful to determine if it is eczema/AD.They all claim to have had no contact with steroid creams and they appear to wear minimal amounts of makeup (if any).
Perhaps there is a common chemical or cleanser they are coming into contact with that is triggering this? In each of these cases, the rash improves on days when the patient is not at work or when they are on vacation and it reappears or gets noticeably worse when they return to work.
Whether or not internal treatments are sought, the following must be considered: Do you have or think you have perioral dermatitis? I would really love to hear from health care providers to see if there is any link to those work environments and and the development of this condition.
Diana Hermann is a licensed acupuncturist and board certified in Chinese Herbal Medicine.
Tiny papules (small bumps) and small vesicles (bumps filled with a small amount of clear fluid) will appear on an erythematous (red) base. The skin may feel tight and dry with occasional mild itching or burning.
Most of the time the rash will be symmetrical – appearing on both sides of the face.
In the last few months I have had 8 new patients contact me regarding perioral dermatitis.