Perioral Dermatitis is a skin disorder which causes an redness of the skin, red bumps (called papules and pustules), and scaling. As the name infers, the most common locations of Perioral Dermatitis include around the mouth, on the chin, cheeks, and next to the nose. It can also occur around the eyes or on the eyelids, which is referred to as Periocular Dermatitis.
The exact cause of perioral dermatitis is not known and is only a recently recognized condition. In our clinic, we often see patients that the condition developed after a period of stress, use of a topical cream or steroid, or associated with a digestive problem. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are effective at treating perioral dermatitis.