Are you noticing a red and bumpy rash around your mouth? This inflammatory facial rash could be a sign of perioral dermatitis. A common skin condition that generally appears more often in women than men, perioral dermatitis can be safely treated with the help of some natural skin care products and the healing powers of zinc oxide. Read on to learn more about this skin condition and the benefits of using zinc oxide for perioral dermatitis.
What is Perioral Dermatitis?
Perioral dermatitis is a facial rash that develops around the mouth. While it may look similar to rosacea and acne, it is a very different condition. The exact cause of perioral dermatitis is unknown.
That being said, some researchers believe it is linked to the use of topical steroids. Others believe it might have something to do with hormonal imbalances or the use of birth control pills which is why it’s more likely to affect women between 16 and 45 years old. It can also be caused by exposure to UV light, strong winds, sunscreen, constant drooling, and an allergic reaction to a skin care product.
Symptoms of Perioral Dermatitis
Perioral dermatitis looks like a red rash around the mouth. It’s possible that the rash will extend to the nose, eyes, and forehead area. The rash may appear inflamed, with the surrounding skin appearing pink or red. Depending on the severity, people with perioral dermatitis may experience a burning or stinging sensation around the mouth. If small bumps form, they may discharge a clear fluid.
What is Zinc Oxide?
Zinc oxide (ZnO) is oxidized zinc. This means it’s an inorganic compound, different from Zinc (Zn) which is a metal. A natural mineral, it offers many therapeutic benefits to the human body and even provides safe and effective protection against the sun’s harmful UV rays. In addition, it can help soothe irritation, calm inflammation, and alleviate itching. Because it is safe for babies, you can even use zinc oxide to treat diaper rash. Zinc oxide also supports the functioning of the immune system and the metabolism. Best of all, because it is very rare to be allergic to zinc oxide and because there are little to no side effects of applying it topically, zinc oxide makes a great natural remedy for those with sensitive skin in delicate areas like the mouth.
The Best Zinc Oxide for Perioral Dermatitis Treatment
Because of the soothing relief it offers, zinc oxide is great for treating an inflammatory rash like perioral dermatitis. Its antibacterial properties help reduce the risk of infection which is great news if scratching the skin to crack or bleed. It also creates a protective layer on top of the skin which allows the skin to better retain moisture. This is perfect for those suffering from a dry skin condition like perioral dermatitis.
To benefit from zinc oxide and treat perioral dermatitis, we recommend you check out our Remedywear™ balaclava for adults and kids. The unique combination of super-soft TENCEL and zinc fibers allows it to not only protect the skin from scratching, but also speed up the healing process. Featuring moisture-wicking sweat control, it’s the perfect facial eczema treatment. Pull it over the mouth to treat perioral dermatitis and soothe irritation around the lips. It’s comfortable to wear all night long as a dry or wet wrap treatment.
Sensitive skin around the mouth will also love our Remedywear™ 3 Ply Face Mask Softer than silk and smoother than cotton,it’s embedded with antibacterial and antimicrobial zinc to fight germs and bacterial growth that can build up on both the inside and outside of the mask. The snug yet comfortable fit ensures it can be worn for up to hours at a time. Say goodbye to ‘maskne’, chafing, and any sweaty irritation!