(Closed) Perioral Dermatitis presenting as acne?

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
609 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

I’ve had problems with perioral dermititis before. Boy it’s a real pain to get rid of! Mine didn’t go away until I went on accutane for the second time. 

I researched perioral dermititis like crazy trying to find a cure because as you’ve probably already discovered, topical creams can exacerbate the problem, and I felt curing myself from the “inside out” would be vastly more prudent. However, I found tons of conflicting information because perioral dermatitis is a vague dianogsis for anything from acne to a rash around the mouth area. It can be caused by so many things and people suffer from it differently.

Since I was dealing with awful hormonal acne as well, accutane was the best option for me at the time. Antibiotics didn’t work for me but because I’d tried them in the past for acne relief I think my body had developed somewhat of a resistance to them. Hopefully your experience will be different (and they won’t make you sick!)

For the past two years I’ve made a very serious effort to eliminate foods from my diet that can trigger my skin issues (sugar and dairy mostly) as well as started drinking multiple liters of water a day. These changes have been really helpful to me with keeping my skin happy. I can’t discount the effect of being on accutane twice (I’m sure its been substantial) but for sure I think watching what you eat may help get your dermatitis under control.

I’m sorry you’re dealing with this- it’s really difficult not stressing out when your skin is out of whack. If you need to vent about it or anything feel free to PM me. I totally get it, the struggle is real!

Post # 4
19 posts

MsElle:  I’ve struggled heaps with perioral dermatitis. The only thing that gets rid of an outbreak for me is antibiotics. Now I spend a lot of time trying to prevent getting them. I stopped using all harsh cleansers, thre out all the AHA’s, and now just use a gentle cleanser for sensitive skin, vitamin a cream, and sunscreen. It’s made a big difference.  

Post # 5
10650 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

A doctor just suggested treating my skin as if that’s what I had, not sure if it’s the right diagnosis.  It wasn’t really bad and a topical antibiotic is working enough for me to be happy – minus the eye stuff I’m also dealing with.

Stopping the acne creams, at least for a while is probably a good idea.  They really can make things worse.

Post # 6
207 posts
Helper bee

kahli:  would you mind sharing the cleanser and vitamin cream you are using? 

Post # 7
207 posts
Helper bee

MsElle:  how did the anitbiotics work for you? 

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