Perioral dermatitis


  • 90% female (increasing in males)


  • Topical or inhaled corticosteroids
  • use of cosmetics
  • physical (UVB, heat, wind)
  • microbiological (fusiform spirilla, candida)
  • hormonal factors (premenstrual deterioration, use of oral contraceptives)
  • GI tract abnormalities (malabsorption)
  • Emotional stress

Dermatitis Types

Clinical Features

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  • papular, vesiculopapular and papulopustular lesions on erythematous base (Acneiform)
    • confluent aspect, follicular
  • location perioral, limited to skin
    • typically respects rim around and 3-5 mm under lower lip, circular

Differential Diagnosis

Oral rashes and lesions


  • Usually clinical


  • Discontinue suspected topicals
  • Rebound reaction
  • Corticosteroid dependence - psychological follow up
  • Suppression of follicular bacterial infection
  • Antipruritics containing no corticosteroids


  • Disfiguring scars - emotional
  • Rebound effect, chronic course
  • Lupus-like PD - dermal infiltrate, scarring
    • Yellowish discoloration after diascopy

See Also


  • Ljubojević et al. "Perioral dermatitis" Acta Dermatovenerol Croat. 2008;16(2):96-100