Perioral dermatitis: That's why too much facial care is dangerous!

 


Here a serum, there a toner, there a cream - but be careful! If small nodules form around your mouth and nose, you may be suffering from perioral dermatitis! 
What is perioral dermatitis?
Perioral dermatitis (also known as erysipelas or stewardess disease) is a non-contagious skin disease that manifests itself as a rash on the face and is often mistaken for acne, especially in the early stages. It can be triggered by excessive care of the facial skin. Perioral dermatitis primarily affects the psyche and is primarily an aesthetic problem.

Perioral dermatitis: symptoms
Typical perioral dermatitis is a rash on the face, which occurs mainly around the mouth and nose. Less frequently, the chin and cheeks as well as the forehead and eyelids are affected. Small inflammatory nodules (papules) or blisters (pustules) about two millimeters in size form, which may be filled with pus. The affected areas are usually red, dry and scaly, burning and tense. A narrow strip of skin around the lips, about two millimeters in size, remains asymptomatic.

There is a similarity to acne, although no blackheads are found in perioral dermatitis.

Perioral dermatitis: Causes
The skin condition is triggered by excessive use of skin care products (creams and cleansers). The complexion reacts to the multitude of different cosmetic products and the ingredients contained therein with a disturbed protective function. Moisture can escape and important lipids are no longer produced. Dry skin, flaky skin or itchy skin are initially the result. If skin care products continue to be added to the skin in order to get the skin problems under control, irritations such as papules and inflammatory reactions around the mouth and nose occur. The vicious cycle of perioral dermatitis has begun.

Other causes of perioral dermatitis include:

Fluctuations in hormone levels
Stress
Infections (e.g. yeast fungi)
Gastrointestinal diseases
Perioral dermatitis: treatment
The visit to the doctor is indispensable. Only he can determine whether it is really perioral dermatitis or not rosacea or couperose and initiate a subsequent therapy with medication.

In order to reduce the symptoms of the disease, it is immensely important to discontinue all cosmetic products for a while - even if this may worsen the skin rash.


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