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Can I use ponds cold cream for perioral dermatitis? Or what should I use to wash and moisturize?
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: May be lip eczema
Persistent dry or chapped skin near or on the lips may be lip eczema, which can be treated like skin eczema, using Hydrocortisone cream for a week, plus vaseline or aquaphor to retain moisture.
Lip sunscreen chemicals sometimes can cause an allergic reaction on lips. Other times, a person is a primary lip-licker (it is a habit). Once cracked, lips get irritated by routine foods, juices, & saliva.

In brief: May be lip eczema
Persistent dry or chapped skin near or on the lips may be lip eczema, which can be treated like skin eczema, using Hydrocortisone cream for a week, plus vaseline or aquaphor to retain moisture.
Lip sunscreen chemicals sometimes can cause an allergic reaction on lips. Other times, a person is a primary lip-licker (it is a habit). Once cracked, lips get irritated by routine foods, juices, & saliva.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Arthur Heller
Petroleum based lip balms can dty out the lips and aggravate. Avoid flavored lip balms and lip glosses- you just lick them off and make things worse.
Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine
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In brief: Depends
Perioral dermatitis can be allergic, infectious, fungal, or just irritative.
The treatment, therefore, depends on the cause. Cracked, dry lips (especially at the angles) can often be helped with vaseline alone. Allergic or irritative can usually be treated with a short course of steroid cream. If red, blistered, draining, or crusting, you should see a doctor for recommendations.

In brief: Depends
Perioral dermatitis can be allergic, infectious, fungal, or just irritative.
The treatment, therefore, depends on the cause. Cracked, dry lips (especially at the angles) can often be helped with vaseline alone. Allergic or irritative can usually be treated with a short course of steroid cream. If red, blistered, draining, or crusting, you should see a doctor for recommendations.
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