Perioral Dermatitis Causes

What Causes Perioral Dermatitis ?

In short, the cause of perioral dermatitis is unknown. What is proven is that most of those afflicted with perioral dermatitis have an increased skin sensitization to certain medicines (ie. corticosteroid creams).

The most common product that can cause it is prolonged, or overuse, of topical steroid creams. In some cases, a rash may be caused by one or more of the following factors:

  • Excessive use of cosmetic products
  • Sensitive skin
  • Fluoride, most commonly found in toothpaste and denture related products
  • Hormonal imbalance related to gynecological disorders
  • A change in environmental conditions
  • Excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation
  • Elevated sensitivity to bacterial or fungal allergens
  • Gastrointestinal tract issues
  • Yeast (Candida) overgrowth
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Nervous system, Endocrine system disfunctions
  • Certain infections in the body

Perioral Dermatitis Causes


What Cosmetics Cause Perioral Dermatitis?

If cosmetics are part of the cause, then you should look at the ingredients and discontinue use of any creams or lotions that include any of the following:

  • Paraffin
  • Cinnamon Flavorings
  • Isopropyl Myristat
  • Vaseline

Fluoride is a common trigger often found in toothpaste or hair products. Fluoride is known as a skin irritant, and when fluoride comes in contact with the mouth it can produce a reaction resulting in a breakout of tiny red bumps. Many suffers notice a reduction in their condition when they switch to a fluoride-free toothpaste. SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) is also a known as a skin irritant. SLS is a cleaning agent, and often found in shampoos, toothpastes, soaps, body wash and laundry detergents. SLS can also be found in skin care and cosmetic products.

Although there is no clear reason on what causes perioral dermatitis, there are solutions to clear the inflammation and heal your skin naturally.

It is encouraged, when you experience a mild-severe breakout to visit your doctor. Quite often, perioral dermatitis is mistaken for acne, and treated the wrong way. Everyone is different, and responds differently to prescribed medication and natural remedies.

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