You try to take care of your skin, but even if you apply sunscreen, keep your skin clean and moisturize regularly, you might still notice that you have a rash around your mouth. As far as skin conditions go, MedlinePlus notes that rashes around the mouth are most likely to affect young women and children, but can ultimately affect anyone. It's a condition called perioral dermatitis, and its causes might surprise you. By understanding what it is and how to treat it, you can soothe your rash to have healthy, glowing skin once again.
Rash Around Mouth Causes
Those with sensitive skin are most likely to suffer from perioral dermatitis because it's usually associated with topical products. That means the very products you use to keep your skin and mouth healthy could be causing you to break out in a rash. Here are some of the most common causes of the condition:
- Topical steroid creams
- Inhaled steroids
- Poor skin hygiene, such as failing to wash your face regularly
- Using too many irritating topical products
- Fluoridated toothpaste
- Changes to your hormones or taking oral contraceptives
- A bacterial infection
Different individuals may experience the symptoms of perioral dermatitis differently, but in general, it manifests as red, flaky skin around the mouth, a burning sensation, bumps and even an accompanying rash on the nose, forehead and cheeks.
Typically, perioral dermatitis can be addressed by a dermatologist, but your treatment plan will vary depending on the cause of your rash. MedlinePlus suggests stopping the use of any products that might be irritating your skin, including new makeup, harsh cleansers (such as those containing ingredients like benzoyl peroxide) or sunscreen. Instead, swap your usual cleanser out for warm water and, with your doctor's permission, a mild soap. You can also talk to your doctor about any steroid medications you may be taking or applying and adjust your dosage to account for your rash.
For stubborn cases, the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology suggests stopping the use of fluoridated toothpaste. If your dermatologist thinks that your rash may be due to using fluoridated toothpaste, consider using a fluoride-free toothpaste, like Colgate My First Fluoride-Free toothpaste. It's unlikely that you'll have to swap out your toothpaste forever, since the condition can resolve itself with changes to hygiene, habits and even hormones.
Your dermatologist may also be able to give you antibiotics to help clear up your skin and get rid of the embarrassing and often painful rash around your mouth. Together, you can come up with a treatment plan to help soothe your skin and balance out your complexion.
Even if you're doing everything right for your skin, a rash around your mouth can break out and make you feel like your favorite products and makeup are suddenly working against you. The good news is that once you isolate the issue, you can work with your dermatologist and dentist to come up with treatments and products that help keep your skin calm, clear and rash-free.