My skin isn’t perfect and like most people, I get breakouts often. However, my breakouts aren’t always the standard pimple. Hailey Bieber recently opened up about her struggle with perioral dermatitis and it really hit home. I’m joining her and opening up about my own experience with this skin condition and how it’s affected me in the past.
What is Perioral Dermatitis?
Perioral dermatitis is a condition that causes red bumps and/or pus pimples around your nose, mouth, and even your eyes. It kind of resembles rosacea and it’s typically caused by an inflammation in your skin that can be a result of using certain cortisone creams, harsh skin care products, and more.
Hailey Bieber and Perioral Dermatitis
Like all regular people, even celebrities like Hailey Bieber have skin problems. She recently revealed to her Instagram followers that she’s been diagnosed with perioral dermatitis. Hailey even shared photos of some of her flare-ups. She mentioned that she’s been dealing with this skin issue for a few years now and that it’s triggered by many different things. Hailey typically flares up around her mouth, cheeks, and even under her eyes.
For Hailey, perioral dermatitis is often triggered by trying new products or ones that are too harsh, the weather, certain SPFs, and even masks. She mentioned that this is the reason why she typically chooses gentle anti-inflammatory products in order to help soothe her skin and not trigger the perioral dermatitis breakout. In some cases, Hailey has to get a prescription cream in order to help calm it down.
Really Hitting Home
When I saw that Hailey Bieber was opening up about this specific skin condition, it really hit home. Back in 2014, I got perioral dermatitis for the first time. While even Hailey said that self-diagnosing is a big no-no, I actually did and I wasn’t wrong.
(Side note: I actually self-diagnose myself a lot and I’m typically always right, but I don’t recommend it).
I got perioral dermatitis mainly around my nose and the top of my mouth. I also had a bit under my eye. In my case, perioral dermatitis can show up in about a day or two, but it takes months for it to completely go away which is the devastating part. What makes it even worse is that I can’t quite figure out what makes it flare up.
Ever since then, I’ve made sure to follow a strict skincare routine and only use cleaners/face products for sensitive skin. Over the years, I’ve noticed it comes back as the seasons change in the spring and fall or when I change climates as I travel.
Skin Problems Are Normal
Skin problems, like perioral dermatitis, are completely normal. Celebrities, like Hailey Bieber, get them and it’s nothing to be ashamed about. If you suffer from perioral dermatitis, I recommend not using cortisone creams, anti-itch creams, or cleaners that may be harsh on your skin. If the problem gets worse or isn’t going away, I highly-recommend seeing a dermatologist.
Don’t be afraid to tell them what you think it is – that’s how I found out I was right about my self-diagnosis.