Perioral dermatitis

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Perioral dermatitis
Perioral dermatitis
ICD-10 L71.0
ICD-9 695.3
DiseasesDB 31371
MedlinePlus 001455
eMedicine derm/321 
MeSH D019557

Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Kiran Singh, M.D. [2]


Perioral dermatitis, a condition related to acne vulgaris, consists of red papules that may appear microvesicular that typically effect the nasolabial folds, perioral area or perioccular area. It usually affects women between the ages of 20 and 45.


It is commonly caused by the use of fluorinated topical glucocorticoid steroids (e.g. Clocortolone pivalate, Diflorasone)to this area.

Drug Induced


Physical Examination



It is treated in a similar manner to acne vulgaris with tetracycline antibiotics or erythromycin but, without the use of topical steroids.


  • "Perioral Dermatitis - Patient pamphlet". American Academy of Dermatology. 2006. Retrieved on 2006-04-03.
  • Hans J Kammler (2005-02-23). "Perioral Dermatitis". American Academy of Dermatology. Retrieved on 2006-04-03.

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