How to get rid of a red rash on the face

Updated February 21, 2017

A red rash on the face may be caused by an allergic reaction, psoriasis or infection. Your rash may be smooth or raised, and it may itch. Medications may also cause a red facial rash, as can irritation from hair removal products and shaving. You need to determine the cause and get treatment for your facial rash, because if you do not, you may risk permanent scarring of your skin. There are steps you can take to get rid of a red rash on the face.

See your doctor. Your doctor will need to visually inspect your rash to determine what is causing it. He may send you to a dermatologist, a doctor specialising in conditions of the skin. Your doctor will recommend treatment based on his examination findings.

Wash with mild soap. According to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, you should cleanse your face with mild soap such as Dove or other facial cleanser such as Cetaphil. Gently wash your face, and avoid scrubbing.

Take antibiotics. Certain facial rashes caused by bacteria may respond to antibiotics. Antibiotics are only available with a doctor's prescription. Make sure you take all your antibiotics or else your infection and rash may recur.

Go natural. Do not wear make-up until your rash subsides. Many cosmetics contain facial irritants that will worsen your red facial rash. When your rash is healed, you may start wearing make-up. Use hypoallergenic make-up to avoid the risk of an allergic rash.

Use corticosteroid cream. According to the Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, topical corticosteroid creams are effective in treating rashes. You can get these creams over the counter, but always read the label before using them.


Try an antihistamine. An over-the-counter antihistamine will reduce redness and itching of your facial rash. Do not drive when taking antihistamines because they cause drowsiness.


If the red rash on your face is accompanied by fever, drainage or severe itching, call your doctor. You may have a severe infection or medical condition that requires timely treatment.

Things You'll Need

  • Mild facial soap
  • Antibiotics
  • Corticosteroid cream
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Meadow Milano has been a registered nurse for over 20 years, with extensive experience in emergency nursing, labor and delivery and general medicine. She has written numerous articles for nursing publications pertaining to health and medicine, and enjoys teaching in the clinical setting.