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Perioral dermatitis

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Perioral dermatitis is a chronic erythematous eruption composed of small papules and papulopustules seen primarily around the mouth with a narrow zone of sparing around the vermilion border of the lips (1,2).

The condition is thought to have an increased incidence in the developed countries:

  • mostly affects adult women between 18 and 50 years (around 90%)
  • rare in men and children
  • in children, girls and boys are affected equally and is seen around the prepubertal period (3)
  • seen mostly in Western Europe, Scandinavia, North America, and Australia (2)


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