Treatment for Perioral Dermatitis

Topical and oral antibiotics are usually the most effective treatment for perioral dermatitis. People who suffer from perioral dermatitis should be careful not to touch or scratch the affected area, as this can make the disorder worse.

With treatment, most POD patients experience complete clearing. However, this process may take 2 or 3 months. Even among those who do not experience a cure, most have only mild recurrences.

Perioral Dermatitis Prevention

People predisposed to POD should avoid using corticosteroids on the face or use lower concentrations. Physicians should be judicious in prescribing corticosteroids, especially for long-term treatment using potent formulations.

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 01 Sep 2000

Last Modified: 23 Dec 2014