Perioral dermatitis is another condition that may have a similar appearance to acne or rosacea, and is often reminiscent of an allergy. With this condition irritating itchy, burning red bumps appear, primarily around the mouth, and occasionally on other parts of the face. In German the condition is known as “Stewardessenkrankheit” or “stewardess disease” in reference to the fact that mainly young, appearance-conscious women are affected. In the majority of cases the cause is excessive skin care.
The main therapeutic principle with perioral dermatitis is the motto “less is more”. Sufferers need to completely stop using moisturising creams and make-up for a period of time. Medical fruit acid peels and antibiotic creams will help the condition to stabilise relatively quickly. Black tea compresses can be used as a gentle anti-inflammatory treatment. Once the symptoms have subsided, sufferers will need to cautiously develop a sustainable care regime with their medical practitioner to stabilise the success of their treatment over the longer term.