On Perioral Dermatitis and Embracing an “Uncool” Skin-Care Routine

Finally, I use barely any skin-care products at all.

That’s right. In an age where “get ready with me” content dominates TikTok and influencers spout 30-step makeup routines, I’m down to using three products a day. Fewer, if my perioral dermatitis is particularly bad: CeraVe cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen. (“Gentle cleansers and/or a gentle glycolic or sulfur wash and gentle moisture from products with ceramides in them are great simple and gentle skin care regimens,” Stevenson says.) Each costs 12 to 15 dollars at CVS. So far, it’s the only routine that’s kept my face in a reasonably clear state.

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