I decided to make this page for anyone who googles perioral dermatitis or who comes across my blog and has the same skin condition as me. I want to share my journey through trying to treat my perioral dermatitis and hopefully coming up with a solution to the skin problem.
I have had perioral dermatitis since January 2012, however I only got an official diagnosis in May. I suffer from atopic eczema across my body and face, so I thought it was just a case of eczema. However my eczema is usually treated with doublebase cream and usually goes away within a few weeks. But I found that this was not going away and I had tight red flaky skin around my mouth. This became a problem and deeply effected my social life and self confidence. When going to uni people would think that I had been licking my lips too much (as it looked like the red mark children get around their lips) and makeup wouldn’t cover it as it was too dry. When I did put makeup on it it was really irritated and sore. I finally went to the doctors and was diagnosed with perioral dermatitis and told not to use anything on my face except when washing with water. I did this for 4 weeks, in the first week my skin was like going cold turkey and my lips cracked and were bleeding and my skin was so sore. They gradually got better but at the end of the 3rd week I went back to the doctors to find another treatment. I was prescribed with Erythromycin (a treatment for acne). I am currently on the last day of taking the tablets but there hasn’t been much improvement.
I have tried all the natural remedies such as Apple cider vinegar (oral and topical), natural yoghurt, lemon juice and green tea. I have also been using calendula cream, this does really soothe my skin but it is still flaky. I have ordered California Baby Calendula Cream as this is meant to work! I have also cut out Sodium Lauryl Sulphate and fluoride and using an Aloe Toothpaste. I think the cause of my perioral dermatitis was from using steroid creams on my face (which I would never ever do again). But for now I’m just trying to treat this for good. My perioral is different to the pictures I have seen as I don’t get the little spots, mine is just dry skin and a red colouring. This picture below doesn’t look so severe. This is when the dry skin has peeled off leaving away the tender red skin:

I have managed to be free from perioral dermatitis for over 18 months now! I can honestly say I hope it never ever comes back. I believe that it was the combination of Nelsons Graphites and Calendula cream that helped clear it up.  You can order these from amazon and for a few months this is all I ever put around my mouth, not even vaseline or lip gloss. It’s hard and you don’t see results instantly. I also found that I found it stung when you first put it on and I really wanted to itch but don’t because this makes it so much worse. It was a long process but I got there in the end and now my skin is back to normal!
At present I am still wary about what I use near my lips. I don’t use any Vaseline at all!! I try to use natural products like the Burts Bees lipbalms and when I wear lip products I make sure I remove them with a micellar solution. I also don’t put any steroid creams on or near my face!! I’m so happy to be free from perioral dermatitis but I know it still affects many. If you have or know anyone with perioral dermatitis get in touch and hopefully we can share our stories.


  1. July 25, 2012 / 9:54 pm

    Such a good idea to share your journey, and so brave too 🙂
    really admire you girl! X

    • July 25, 2012 / 10:12 pm

      Thank you so much 🙂 that means a lot to me xxx

  2. November 2, 2012 / 1:28 pm

    I get such dry skin around my mouth too and i use steroid cremas on my face excema, is that what has caused it do ya reckon? xx

    • November 2, 2012 / 1:46 pm

      Hi hun oh what type of steroid cream are you using? I think it could be the cause of it, the best thing to do which I did is stop using steroid creams on it. I use Nelsons calendula cream on my skin around my mouth now I got it from Amazon for around £7 it works wonders now my skin is so much better. I hope it improves for you xx

    • November 2, 2012 / 2:16 pm

      ah thanks hun, i've just ordered some from amazon! had to get the massive pot though so fingers crossed it helps. I use eumovate on my cheeks so i'm guessing that could be the cause? do you find your lips get a bit itchy too? xx

    • November 2, 2012 / 2:21 pm

      You're welcome I've had it since January and tried so many different creams but calendula cream really does work for me. Yeah if you put it on your cheeks then be sure to only put it there and not around your mouth and wash your hands after using steroid creams anywhere on your body. Yeah mine used to be super itchy and went red but this was because of the creams I was using. If I ever get a flare up now calendula cream really soothes it, its all natural so doesn't irritate. I use it everyday it's my saviour haha xxx

    • November 2, 2012 / 2:33 pm

      Cant wait to try it now! Thanks for your help – i only found your blog as you followed me 🙂 xxx

    • November 2, 2012 / 2:42 pm

      You're welcome, let me know how it goes for you xxx

  3. March 15, 2014 / 9:39 pm

    I love how honest you are in this post, congrats on the graduation and the job!

  4. November 24, 2014 / 3:08 am

    I just bought Calendula cream so hopefully it works for me too. Thanks!

    • February 19, 2017 / 9:03 pm

      I hope it works for you xx

    • February 19, 2017 / 9:03 pm

      Yes, i've found calendula and coconut to be amazing x

  5. January 9, 2017 / 5:36 pm

    Thanks so much for posting! I've struggled with this since as long as I can remember. Ordered both creams on amazon, hoping they work! Xoxo

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