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What increases my risk for perioral dermatitis?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Being a young woman increases your risk for developing perioral dermatitis, a skin condition that involves tiny red bumps (papules) around the mouth. Although its exact cause is unknown, perioral dermatitis can develop when using skin creams containing steroids to treat other skin conditions.

Talk with your doctor about perioral dermatitis.

Use of moisturizers or creams containing steroids appears to significantly increase the risk of developing perioral dermatitis. Oily makeup also seems to increase the risk, as the condition mostly affects women between ages 20 and 60. Use of moisturizers can also make the disorder's symptoms worse.

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