How to Heal a Face Rash

Written by laura bramble
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Facial rashes can flare up seemingly out of nowhere, causing self-consciousness and embarrassment. Rashes have a lot of different causes. Most are allergic reactions to food or to allergens that touch the skin in hair or skin-care products. Others are caused by conditions such as eczema and rosacea. In most cases, facial rashes are easy to cure once you figure out what the cause is. Those with fair skin, especially when teamed with light hair and eyes, are most susceptible to facial rashes because of sensitive skin, but this is not always the case. Some all-natural skin soothers you can apply to rashes include oatmeal, aloe and cucumber juice.

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Things you need

  • hydrocortisone
  • antihistamine
  • a certified dermatologist

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    How to Heal a Variety of Facial Rashes

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    Stop the redness, swelling and itching of contact dermatitis by thinking back over the previous few days and figuring out what new skin product or substance you exposed your face to. Discontinue use of that product or avoid facial skin exposure to the potential allergen. Apply over-the-counter hydrocortisone to the area once or twice a day and avoid any cosmetics, scrubs, acne treatments or face masks on the affected area.

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    Treat rosacea by avoiding temperature extremes and by using mild skin products on the face. Antibiotics as prescribed by a doctor may also help reduce the red flush across the cheeks and bridge of the nose that accompanies this skin problem. It is a chronic skin disease that can be controlled, but not eliminated.

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    Redness, swelling, hives and itching that cannot be attributed to a surface irritant may be caused by an allergy to a food item or medicine. Avoid eating or taking the allergen and try an over-the-counter antihistamine to calm your system.

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    See a doctor if you have extremely itchy, dry, red patches of skin, particularly if they exist in areas other than your face, or if the rash bubbles up and oozes. These are the signs of eczema, a reaction caused by overstimulation of the immune system. It can be complicated to treat effectively, since treatment varies according to the type of eczema and usually requires some type of prescription cream to treat.

Tips and warnings

  • Most rashes, once identified, should heal quickly and not return so long as you avoid the original irritant. If you have a rash that keeps returning or that continues for more than a week or two, see a dermatologist as it could be a sign of a more serious problem.
  • Ignoring a rash that doesn't heal or that continues to spread can lead to possible infection and scarring . Rosacea and eczema, in particular, need to be treated by a doctor promptly to minimise the effects.

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