Your dermatologist will first direct you to stop using any topical steroid creams, including non-prescription medications containing hydrocortisone, as well as facial creams. Removing other common triggers from your daily routine will also be discussed. While this may initially cause the perioral dermatitis to flare, most people see improvement within days to a few weeks. It is important not to continue the topical steroid while treating this condition as it will worsen the perioral dermatitis and make the condition much more difficult to manage. Your treatment may also include a prescription for oral antibiotics and a topical skin care regimen including prescription medications and antibacterial soaps to clean the skin.
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