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Perioral Dermatitis

From the Colorado Dermatology Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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Video Transcript:

So here’s another “Daily Do” from your friendly local dermatologist.

Okay, perioral dermatitis. Sounds complicated, and sometimes figuring out the root cause of it is, but it’s a very simple topic. Perioral and then your skin gets irritated. So it’s it’s an irritation or a rash that happens around your mouth. Now a lot of times, this is a cousin of rosacea. So that red, irritated, blotchy that flares with different things. It’s kind of a cousin of rosacea.

Things That Can Trigger Perioral Dermatitis

But it has some different triggers. You know, most rosacea is caused by stress or sunlight or extremes of temperature. Perioral, sometimes we just can’t figure out the cause. But a lot of times it happens when people start chewing a different type of mint gum. So cinnamon, spearmint, wintergreen. So if you chew a lot of those, get those out of your diet for about two weeks and see what happens. But also look at your toothpaste. See if you have a new brand of toothpaste or if the toothpaste that you’re using is also a form of wintergreen or spearmint or one of those type of mints.

Keep a Food Journal!

Also, keep a food journal. Guys, I can’t tell you how important this is, because often times things like rosacea or perioral dermatitis, you can find the cause of it by simply using a pen, a piece of paper and a little self-discipline to write down absolutely everything that you consume. Whether that’s tea, and write down hot or cold tea, whether that’s a carrot or whatever you’re consuming, okay? And on the other side of the page write down the time that the perioral dermatitis flares or the rosacea flares. Because often times you can find the root cause and never have to come in to see the dermatologist.

Now if you’ve exhausted everything, you’ve gotten rid of the mint, you’ve looked at the toothpaste, you’ve gone through a food journal, talk to your local dermatologist. We can often and very easily take care of it with either an oral pill or a topical cream. 

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