Perioral Dermatitis

Stewardess disease

Perioral Dermatitis

Perioral dermatitis, also known as stewardess’s disease (since it mostly affects young women), is a frequently occurring skin disease in the face that manifests itself with small, reddened papules or blisters around the mouth. The skin directly around the lips typically remains free. There may be itching, tension or no discomfort at all.

The main cause is an over-care of the skin, so that it is no longer able to maintain skin protection and thus becomes inflamed, dry and scaly. Also, a prolonged application of cortisone creams can lead to perioral dermatitis. This initially leads to an improvement, but then to a worsening of the skin.

Therapy of perioral dermatitis

Therapeutically it is recommended to stop all usual skin care products temporarily, so that the skin can recover on its own. This requires patience! Black tea compresses can bring additional relief.

Furthermore, various creams that have an anti-inflammatory effect but do not contain cortisone can be used. If the infestation is very severe, anti-inflammatory antibiotics are used in the first place, vitamin A tablets (isotretinoin) in the second place.

The Dermanence medical team will be happy to discuss the various therapy options with you and accompany you during the desired therapy.

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