Over the past handful of months, I’ve noticed a change in my facial skin. Specifically around the mouth/chin area and now a bit around the “laugh lines” too. I had believed it was winter weather and stress, so I was piling on E45 and such, only to see it not clear one bit. I had looked up rosacea and eczema, but neither fit. I dug deeper with very general googling (red patchy skin around my mouth, and other long-winded search terms) and finally hit on something during a bout of insomnia last night.
Perioral dermatitis. It’s a mild case on me, but it is so good to finally know what I’m dealing with (and was incorrectly treating, I might add).
To make a long story short, this blog category helped enormously, as did a few medical websites with photos. Perioral dermatitis (for me) is just enough of a nagging, rashy, dry skin thing to make me a little self-conscious, but is quite a problem for others, sometimes requiring antibiotics. I’m going the skincare change route and have just ordered a couple of the baby products off of the UK Dr Bronner site. I’m also getting a bottle of Thayers Unscented Witch Hazel toner. I’m hoping that a little care with the cosmetics and chemicals that I put on my face will clear things up. Most days, I don’t wear makeup at all (and never wear foundation), but I do wash and moisturise twice a day, so there will be tweaks to that routine.
We’ll see how it goes…
UPDATE: photo of my perioral dermatitis on a good, no makeup, morning: