Artenie Claudia-Adelina MD
Prolife Iasi, Arcadia Hospital’s Center for Dermatology and Aesthetics
Perioral dermatitis – why and how we can treat
Author: Claudia Artenie
Perioral dermatitis is a common acneiform facial eruption , periorificial consisting of small inflammatory papules and pustules or pink, scaly patches ussually around the mouth , found in both adults and children. The etiology of perioral dermatitis remains unknown, but topical corticosteroid use on the face commonly precedes the manifestation of this condition. Other causes important for the occurrence of the disease include various skin irritants(fluorinated toothpaste , some cosmetics), as well as other physical and hormonal factors, which all share the epidermal barrier dysfunction as an underlying main pathogenic factor. The vast majority of patients with perioral dermatitis are diagnosed clinically.Differential diagnosis is made with rosacea, acne , seborrheic dermatitis, sarcoidosis. Treatment ussually include topically ans systemic antibiotics.Therapeutic approach should be individually addressed, depending on the severity of clinical presentation and patient’s age, with special attention to patient’s education .