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Are there alternative treatments for perioral dermatitis?

There are currently no recognized effective non-medical treatments for perioral dermatitis. However, efforts are under way to develop alternate systems of treatment that do not make use of antibiotics or steroids, as some people with perioral dermatitis, such as children and pregnant women, should not be prescribed those treatments. A 2006 study showed positive results from using photodynamic therapy, for example. With a 92% success rate among the study group, photodynamic therapy could prove a viable alternative to long courses of antibiotics.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Alternative treatments for perioral dermatitis include avoiding the use of certain toothpastes, moisturizers, and cosmetics. Although it is not proven, some research suggests that these products may play a role in causing perioral dermatitis. Your dermatologist may advise you to use oil-based or water-based cosmetics. A cover-up can be used to mask the red bumps, though this may slow down the response of your treatment.

Talk with your doctor about alternative treatments for perioral dermatitis. 

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