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Causes of Dry Skin around Mouth and lips : Perioral Dermatitis and others

Dry and scaly skin around the mouth and lips is a skin condition issue that can cause redness and mild to extreme discomfort. There are many conditions.

Dry skin around mouth and lips

what causes dry skin around mouth ?

Perioral dermatitis (= periorificial dermatitis ) 

It often contribute to a dry skin and irritation.


  • Red bumps around the mouth and lips
  • Flaky and dry skin
  • Clear fluid discharge
  • Perioral Inflammation
It can sometimes be accompanied by minor irritation or burning.
This condition can sometimes spread as far as the area around the eyes, and it appears to afflict women more than men or children.

This cause of dry skin occurs in adults female between the ages of 19 and 45 and children. This  is classified as a kind of rosacea by certain experts. Other experts, believe the two illnesses are distinct.

Causes of perioral D.

They are not well understood.
  1. Steroids: Use of topical steroids as well as steroids inhaled. Although, People commonly treat with topical.
  2. Recentely, covid infection
  3. Personal care products: The use of heavy creams and moisturizers, like:
  4. Paraffin and petroleum jelly
  5. Sunscreen with a high sun protection factor (SPF)
  6. Makeup products, including foundation
  7. Balm
  8. Cleansers and shampoos contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)
  9. Fluoride toothpaste
  10. Wind, humid and cold weather, air conditionnar


There is no test to diagnose . Based on your symptoms, your dermatologist can make a diagnosis.

Atopic Eczema 

Atopic eczema is likely to be caused by a combination of things. It's a hereditary and chronic disorder that lead to a skin dryness, dehydration and a trouble in protecting itself from allergens and irritants. Itching is the major symptom. The skin around is affected by this form of dry skin .
Apply coconut oil to damp skin once or twice a day to fact this disorder !

Allergic contact 

It is another possibility for dry skin. Allergies results in a red, itchy rash where your skin has come into contact with an allergenic chemical or substance.

A facial lotion, cream, or cleanser that you've used on your face is the most likely culprit around the mouth.
Diagnosis need patches test.

Irritant dermatitis

Zxamples of common skin irritants : water, soaps and chemicals. These abrasive and irritating products are can lead to:
  • Spots of red around the mouth and lips
  • Scaly, dry skin
  • Blisters
  • Burning or itching
  • Drooling or licking lip

Seborrheic dermatitis

It is a rash that typically appears around the nose, but also the mouth. It may cause flaking behind the ears and eyebrows .

Angular cheilitis

Anemia and dental problems can lead to dry inflammation and peeling at the mouth's corners.

Dermatitis of lip lickers

During the winter, children may suck their lower lips. As a result, region become dry and inflamed.

This is due to damage by saliva from repetitive licking.


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