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Can perioral dermatitis be prevented?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Since the exact cause of perioral dermatitis is unknown, there is no reliable way to prevent it. Still, some dermatologists recommend avoiding the use of skin creams containing steroids to prevent this skin condition.

With the precise cause of perioral dermatitis still unknown, it can't be said for certain what can be done to prevent it. However, certain precautions would seem to at least lower potential risk factors. For example, as steroids aggravate existing cases of perioral dermatitis, you should limit or avoid the use of any face cream containing steroids. Fluoridated toothpaste and cosmetic makeup has also been linked to the condition, and you might think about limiting your use of these products as well if you feel you might be at risk for developing perioral dermatitis.

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