Perioral Dermatitis: My story

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Perioral Dermatitis: My story

As a teenager I always remember having acne breakouts around my nose and chin area. In 2003 I broke out with my first Perioral Dermatitis breakout, but of course at the time I didn’t know it was PD. This was exactly 3 months after I had stopped taking the contraceptive pill. It began with what I thought was a spot or blemish on my right nostril. I went to a Dermatologist, he told me I had fungal eczema gave me a cream and antibiotics and told me I had to let the rash run its course. The breakout was so bad and red raw I called it my ‘red beard’. This is where I can sympathise with anyone suffering with a intense PD breakout and unless you’ve had to deal with severe breakouts on your face you cant fully understand what effect it can have on your self esteem. I remember being so ashamed to go out in public, I remember crying in my pillow a few times or refusing to go out as the breakout was so angry. When I began to wear makeup again it just emphasized the bumpy scaly skin underneath.

In November 2013 I was correctly diagnosed with PD. So for 10 years I was wrongly diagnosed by doctors telling me I had “Adult Acne” or “fungal eczema” they would give me creams and antibiotics to treat the acne but nothing worked. 9/10 times the cream and face wash they would prescribe would just burn and anger my skin. The point I am trying to make is GP’s are not specialised in skin, mostly, they are skilled in many area’s but not skin conditions. If you have broken out with a rash or continue to have breakouts seek out a Dermatologist. You will have to get a referral from your doctor and many times they don’t want to give it, but push for it. I used to blog and vlog alot about Perioral Dermatitis and I often spoke to other girls suffering with skin rashes. Most had PD but there had been times where they reported back after their first trip to a dermatologist and they had Rosacea or Eczema which needs to be treated differently to PD. The advice I give here is my own experience and many years of reading forums and researching online and my own trial and error. It is always best to consult a professional. Please note that it was not a dermatologist that diagnosed me but in fact a doctor specialising in dermatology. My doctor refused to give me a referral to see a derm.