Acne or Skin Problems Around Your Mouth? It Could Be Peri-Oral Dermatitis

I don’t get acne often but when I do, they tend to be either on my chin or above my upper lip. Sometimes, there’s quite a bit of them. Sometimes, they’re cystic — large, red, inflamed and/or infected. My dermatologist told me about peri-oral dermatitis. What Is Peri-Oral Dermatitis? Acne, rashes, sensitivity, hyperpigmenation around the mouth, chin …

IODINE: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

IODINE: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Not an Allergen (but problematic). Iodine A naturally-occurring trace element in our bodies that is important for the production of our thyroid hormones, an iodine “allergy” is considered impossible to occur. Irritant reactions to iodine and some medical substances (like radiology contrast media) with iodine can be common, but as these do not tend to …

CHLORINE: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

CHLORINE: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Not an Allergen (sort of). Chlorine This is a little complicated. This common disinfectant is a strong irritant that is known to cause several skin problems, from rashes to acne, and is present in ingredients that are published allergens, such as chlorinated hydrocarbons like triclosan … but “chlorine” itself is not published in common allergen lists. Chlorine is also …