Acne Mimickers — Perioral Dermatitis - Zel Skin & Laser Specialists - now Schweiger Dermatology Group & Laser Specialists
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Acne Mimickers — Perioral Dermatitis

There are many skin conditions that can look, sound and feel just like acne; however, sometimes our most tried and true treatments won’t improve the skin! Whenever this happens we have to consider other diagnoses and ‘acne mimickers’.

For ‘acne’ or red bumps and rash around the nose and mouth, perioral dermatitis is always high on our list of suspects! Perioral (or periorificial) Dermatitis commonly occurs as red bumps around the nose and mouth, associated with red skin and sometimes itching and sensitivity. Sometimes you may also see red bumps around the eyes.

Perioral dermatitis has numerous causes including contact with something you are allergic with, overuse of steroid cream or even stress. We treat this condition with prescription medications and removing any offending product that is causing the rash.

This rash tends to be a bit stubborn and may take several weeks or even months to heal completely. There are several options for treatment including oral pills, topical creams and face washes.

If you’ve been suffering from acne-like bumps around the nose or mouth, message us or call (952) 929-8888 to make an appointment.


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