In a series of unfiltered Instagram photos, Single Kristina Schulman has revealed her experience with perioral dermatitis, a skin condition that she “has been treating quietly for years.”
“Raw, emotional and unfiltered,” Schulman captioned the photos. “This morning I woke up depressed, overwhelmed, sad and defeated. Over the past few days, I have stayed silent and off social media in hopes of reaching [a] mental state where I can share my skin + progress journey – this progress has not come … yet. ”
She went on to explain that she was privately managing her perioral dermatitis but now wanted to open up and share what was going on. “At the end of December 2020, many of you responded to my IG stories with your own personal struggles and what has helped you cope or treat the disease,” she said. “I listened, researched, and took the advice that seemed appropriate. To me.” Her photos show that there were ‘hopeful moments’ where her condition temporarily improved, but she did. hit an “all-time low” in April.
Perioral dermatitis is a type of rash that usually appears as small, red or flesh-colored bumps. The disease can also cause itching, burning, and dry or scaly skin. The rash usually appears around the mouth, eyes, and nose, but it can also affect the genitals, American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) explains.
Once diagnosed, treatment for perioral dermatitis will start with determining what might be irritating your skin, such as corticosteroid creams. From there, your dermatologist can prescribe an antibiotic, and he or she may also suggest that you change your skin care routine, favoring products that are gentle and respectful of sensitive skin.
However, perioral dermatitis is often confused with other similar skin conditions, such as acne and eczema. It is therefore crucial to get a correct diagnosis before trying to treat it yourself. And if you feel like you’ve tried to treat what appears to be eczema or acne with no success, see a dermatologist to make sure it’s not really something else, like perioral dermatitis.
For Schulman, her treatment process involved fine-tuning her makeup routine to remove potentially irritating products, sticking to an ultra-minimalist skincare routine, and switching to hypoallergenic laundry detergent. “But here we are, still struggling with random breakouts that hurt, itch, burn, feel very dry and tight,” she said. Although Schulman first had some success with his doctor’s treatment plan in 2019, it didn’t last more than a few months. Now she has another appointment to see her dermatologist and she is getting ready. “This time, I hope to be better prepared and to offer knowledge in return,” she said.
“Although I know I am not alone in this or with this condition (which is very difficult to deal with as the triggers are different for each individual),” Schulman wrote, “I hope we can build a community where we can openly share our journey and successes. “