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How do I manage my perioral dermatitis on a daily basis?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
You can manage perioral dermatitis on a daily basis by following the treatment plan prescribed by your dermatologist. The plan may include using topical medications or oral antibiotics. Your dermatologist may advise you to stop using skin creams containing steroids.

As treatment of perioral dermatitis can take months, the key to successful management lies in patience and acceptance of the condition. Although the bumps and red areas caused by perioral dermatitis can be unsightly and resemble acne, you should not attempt to cover the affected areas with makeup, as this can worsen the condition. Likewise, do not try to scratch or "pop" the swollen bumps, as that would likely lead to infection.

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