Peri-oral Dermatitis: Treatment with Chinese Medicine

Peri-oral dermatitis commonly shows up as micro-papular and pustular lesions forming around the mouth and chin area. This type of presentation primarily affects females of childbearing age.

This condition may present together with rosacea (characterized more by flushing and telangiectasia), but should not be confused with acne, because there will not be any black/white heads, nodules, cysts and scarring.

Its presentation is slightly different than facial seborrheic dermatitis (characterized more by a macular, scaly and greasy presentation). Perioral dermatitis responds well to Chinese herbs, and if appearing as part of a facial dermatitis presentation, may also respond well to acupuncture.