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Article: Back to Basics With Perioral Dermatitis

Back to Basics With Perioral Dermatitis

Back to Basics With Perioral Dermatitis

Perioral Dermatitis is like that stubborn guest at a party—common, annoying, and triggered by a long list of things.

What is Perioral Dermatitis?

Perioral Dermatitis is characterised by small, inflamed bumps that tend to form around the mouth, nose, and chin, often bringing flaky skin with it. The irritation can cause an itching and burning sensation. Anyone who has experienced this condition understands that it can be stubborn and easily triggered.

It can resemble acne or rosacea. So, what exactly causes it, and how do you treat it?

Perioral Dermatitis: Causes, Symptoms, and Triggers

Common Triggers:

  • Topical steroids
  • Thick skin creams containing petroleum jelly or a paraffin base
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate
  • Bacterial or fungal infections
  • Toothpaste with fluoride
  • Birth control pills

Does Perioral Dermatitis Flare Up in Winter?

Winter can be particularly harsh for those with Perioral Dermatitis due to several factors:

  • Dry and cold air: Low humidity and cold temperatures can cause dryness, leading to increased skin sensitivity and irritation.
  • Heavy skincare products: Rich creams and occlusive moisturisers can clog pores and contribute to perioral dermatitis flare-ups.
  • Irritating fabrics: Woollen scarves, turtlenecks, or rough materials can further irritate the affected skin.

How to Treat Perioral Dermatitis Naturally

Our advice? Strip back your skincare routine and opt for natural products that are gentle on the skin. Follow the bellow clear skin tips:

  • Use gentle cleansers: Opt for mild, fragrance-free cleansers that do not strip the skin's natural oils.
  • Moisturise appropriately: Choose lightweight, non-comedogenic moisturisers to avoid clogging pores.
  • Avoid heavy makeup: Opt for minimal or no makeup during flare-ups to allow the skin to breathe.
  • Wear soft fabrics: Opt for soft, breathable fabrics like cotton or silk to minimise skin irritation.
  • Avoid active skincare ingredients: Steer clear of serums and creams that include active ingredients, such as vitamin A, vitamin C, AHA, and BHA acids.
  • Avoid fluorinated toothpaste: This can often trigger a flare-up. Opt for fluoride-free toothpaste, which can be found at your local health food stores.
  • Avoid harsh face scrubs or perfumed cleansers.
  • Avoid steroid creams, even non-prescription hydrocortisone.
  • Frequently wash your pillowcases and towels in hot water.

Treating Perioral Dermatitis with Our Natural Skincare Range

Our range of products soothes and protects the skin while delivering clinical results that compete with synthetic brands.

Petitgrain pH Balancing Cream Cleanser: Enriched with nourishing Shea Butter, this cleanser soothes the skin and clarifies pores. It balances the pH of your skin, leaving it hydrated, clean, and protected.

Rose & Calendula Moisture+ Face Cream: This luxurious, velvety face cream utilises natural A-list ingredients to deliver deep moisture and soothing effects while also reducing redness. There's no need to layer on products—this will only irritate your skin. A nourishing moisturiser is all you need.

Intensive Dermal Repair Moisture Balm: Formulated with organic ingredients such as Calendula, Chamomile, Shea Butter, Evening Primrose, and Rosehip oil, it provides deep relief and acts like a first-aid kit for the skin.

Follow this advice and stick to a basic skincare routine for a few weeks to naturally cure your perioral dermatitis. You may need the help of a dermatologist if your rash doesn’t disappear.