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Perioral dermatitis (or periorificial dermatitis) is a skin disorder that typically affects the area around the mouth. People with perioral dermatitis develop a facial rash that closely resembles acne.  For example, someone with perioral dermatitis may have red bumps, inflammation, pustules, and/or burning and itching. It is most common in women aged 19-40, and children aged 7 months to 13 years.

Firstly, researchers found that perioral dermatitis in children may eventually form rosacea in adults.  Rosacea is more common than perioral dermatitis and affects 3 million individuals in the US per year.  Rosacea more commonly affects the nose and cheeks of middle-aged women.  Therefore, it’s important for you to treat perioral dermatitis early.

However, if your child has flaking behind the ears or in the eyebrows, they may have seborrheic dermatitis or seborrheic eczema. Children with seborrheic dermatitis will have flaking skin on the scalp, behind ears, or on the face.

Be sure to visit your pediatric healthcare practitioner to rule out some bacterial infections. Skin ailments can be very different, so it’s important to get an expert opinion.  Your pediatric healthcare provider can refer to a dermatologist that can better determine what’s going on with your kid’s skin.

Potential Causes of Perioral Dermatitis

The exact cause of perioral dermatitis is unknown. Although, it has been suggested that topical, oral or nasal steroids could cause perioral dermatitis. Studies have also shown that cosmetics, sunscreen, fluorinated toothpaste, hormonal changes and unclean skin could also be a cause for perioral dermatitis. Check with your pediatrician or physician to find out more.

Best Treatments For Perioral Dermatitis

Although these treatments may take several weeks to work, it is best to stop using topical steroids/creams and switch to a milder topical treatment like using mild soap, or using only water to wash your skin. Do not scrub the skin as it may irritate it even more. If needed, there are oral medications that will also help clear up perioral dermatitis, like Azithromycin, Erythromycin or Metro Gel, just to name a few. Talk to your pediatrician or physician today to figure out your best treatment plan or check out our suggested natural remedies below to see if they work for you.

Natural Remedies for Perioral Dermatitis

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has natural anti-inflammatory properties, which make it an effective treatment for relieving dermatitis. The compound is also antibacterial, so it also works to eliminate infection-causing toxins in and on the skin. Apple cider vinegar also contains a high concentration of necessary vitamins and minerals that replenish the health and vitality of the skin.

Mix apple cider vinegar with water and apply to the face.  Leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse with water.

Grapefruit Seed Extract

The grapefruit seed extract is an effective treatment option for a variety of purposes. For instance, the extract works as an effective skin cleanser, removing toxins and bacteria from the face. The oil is also antibacterial, so it eliminates the infection from the skin and body and treats the condition from the inside out.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a natural anti-inflammatory compound. As such, aloe vera works to calm and soothe the skin. When used daily, aloe vera relieves the skin and prevents additional redness.


As with skincare and life in general, it’s important for you to teach your little ones good habits. Treat your skin well by eating well, drinking lots of water, using good products and eliminating bad ones with harsh chemicals. In conclusion, for questions or comments, respond to this blog or contact us.