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Perioral Dermatitis Toothpaste

Written by Megan Kinder with information gathered information from a "Healthy Living Information" blog as well as several credible message boards to compile this article. [email protected]

Perioral dermatitis is a skin disorder that causes a rash in the form of red pimples to appear around the mouth. It is most common in women between the ages of 20 and 45, but can occur at any age. It is not contagious, but it can be very uncomfortable. It is important to see a doctor if you think you have perioral dermatitis, because it can be confused with other skin disorders such as acne, rosacea, or seborrheic dermatitis. 


Treatment for perioral dermatitis usually includes the use of a topical antibiotic or a steroid cream. In some cases, oral antibiotics may be necessary. If you have perioral dermatitis, it is important to avoid using cosmetics or other products that can irritate the skin around your mouth.

People throughout the internet are talking on message boards, about toothpaste aggravating perioral dermatitis. Some of the best suggestions about perioral dermatitis toothpaste included:

  • Try Aquafresh gel and stay away from pastes and products for tarter control.
  • Try children's toothpaste - bubble gum flavored, it is very mild.
  • Biotene is made for dry mouths, but it is very gentle. Cancer patients use it and they can have very sensitive skin.
  • Be sure to rinse your skin very well after brushing.

Doctor's Prescription for Perioral Dermatitis

Cinnamic aldehyde

The majority of doctors recommend Colgate's Simply White spearmint toothpaste to their patients who have an allergic reaction to cinnamic aldehyde in toothpaste, as it does not contain the sensibilizing component. The Colgate toothpaste product's elemental flavorants are levomenthol and spearmint oil. It is more widely usable than some antecedently available toothpaste that missed cinnamic aldehyde and was got only at health food stores.


Most of the patients who may have allergic reaction to toothpaste lack the full pattern of photoallergic contact dermatitis since they do not use fluoride free toothpaste. These patients may have perioral ACD even if they only utilize a lip cosmetic with sunscreen. Benzophenones also are commonly present in many products also in hair care products also, so patients may have dermatitis in regions of run-off exposed to the sun, such as the neck.

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