Generally, skin creams containing steroids should not be used to treat perioral dermatitis. Your health care provider may choose to treat the bumps with other topical (applied directly to the skin) medications, such as metronidazole, erythromycin, benzoyl peroxide, tacrolimus, clindamycin, or pimecrolimus.
In more severe cases, oral antibiotics (such as tetracycline, doxycycline, minocycline, or erythromycin) may be required.
Perioral dermatitis is a difficult condition to treat effectively. It often requires several months of treatment.
It is not unusual for the bumps to return, particularly if skin creams containing steroids are reapplied to the face.
Call your health care provider if you notice persistent red bumps around your mouth.
© 2011 University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). All rights reserved.
UMMC is a member of the University of Maryland Medical System,
22 S. Greene Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. TDD: 1-800-735-2258 or 1.866.408.6885