Perioral (periorificial) dermatitis is a red rash that circles your mouth. Your skin can be scaly, dry and flaky with swollen, inflamed bumps called papules. It is one of many types of dermatitis. Perioral dermatitis can look like acne and is often mistaken for it.
Periorial dermatitis is not contagious. It can be caused by long-term use of:
- 🧴 topical steroid creams
- 🐡 some inhaled asthma medications
- 🌤 heavy moisturisers or sunscreens
- 🪥 fluorinated toothpaste
- 🍬 chewing gum, dental fillings
- 💄 combination of certain foundations, moisturisers as well as physical sunscreen.
There are a few things our doctors recommend for you to help reduce your risk of retinoid dermatitis including:
- 🥪 Use the ‘Sandwich Technique’ Apply a moisturiser 10 minutes before and 10 minutes after applying the Software formula
- 📈 Introduce your formula to your skin slowly & listen to your skin We recommend starting with a thin layer, every 3-4 days. If your skin is irritated then drop back to every 7 days to give your skin a break, before slowly increasing again.
- 🌙 Trial “short-contact” therapy Apply the Software treatment at night, and use a gentle cleanser to wash it off after an hour. ****This allows your skin to adjust to the treatment & helps reduce the incidence of redness, irritation, stinging and tingling.
- ⛔️ Avoid applying your treatment to the areas around nose, eyes and mouth We recommend placing a nourishing cream (such as our Ceramide Repair Balm) on those areas before your treatment
- 🙅♀️ Avoid applying a thick cream or ointment frequently Occlusive products such as Vaseline can precipitate symptoms of perioral dermatitis
- ❌ Avoid active ingredients when first starting treatment
- 🦷 Consider non-fluoride toothpaste options
If you are concerned about your symptoms, and think it may be perioral dermatitis:
- ⛔️ Please withhold your treatment Trial a simple skincare routine, non-comedogenic moisturiser, gentle cleanser, and a nourishing cream such as our Software Ceramide Balm.
- 📧 Reach out to our medical team. Our Medical Support Team is comprised of nurses and pharmacists who can provide you with medical assistance promptly. You can do this by please submitting a request through the link in the top right hand corner and our team will be in touch shortly after that.
- 🩺 Review with your treating doctor Your treating doctor will be able to help further assess your symptoms based on your skin tracker photos. If your photos are not up to date, please upload photos of the irritated area to your skin tracker.
- 👩⚕️ See your local GP Your treating doctor may suggest to see your local GP for treatment options and referral as perioral dermatitis requires a face to face consultation.