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Rash on Face - Treatment, Causes, Pictures



Rashes on Face

Of all the skin rashes there are the rash on your face is the most annoying and irritating because it is a rash that you cannot hide. It can make a person feel as if everyone is staring at their face and the rash. Sometime when a person has rash on their face it will start on their face and forehead, then spreads slowly down towards your chest and neck. The rash does not always cover a large area either. It can be just a small area on your face. How severe the rash on a person’s face can be depends on what is causing the rash. In addition, the rash on your face is not always red but can some times appear white, silver, or purple in color. The texture of the rash can also differ and can be scaly, raised, smooth, or bumpy.


Many times the rash is because of something that you ate or because of some cosmetic you have put on your face but there are other causes such as:

  • Acne rosacea - this is red patches of papules or skin and can be caused by extreme heat, intestinal bacterial overgrowth, or anxiety
  • Seborrheic dermatitis - this is the medical terminology for dandruff and it affects not only your scalp but the sebum rich parts on your face causing your skin to become red and itchy.
  • Acne - this includes blackheads, pimples, and whiteheads that can cause an itching sensation that could lead to a rash on your face.
  • Eczema - this is usually found in children with allergies or asthma and the rash on the face is usually accompanied by an itching sensation that can be excessive.
  • Fungal infections - this rash is due to a fungal infection that takes on the form of round pink patches.
  • Medications - the itchy rash on your face could be the side effects of a medication that you are on.
  • Sun while skiing - the rays of the sun are reflected from the white snow which increases the intensity of the effect and burn your skin causing a rash on your face, almost like sunburn.
  • Sun on the beach - being exposed to the sun excessively on the beach can also result in a rash on your face.
  • Insect bites - being bit by an ant, bee, or other insects can sometimes cause a rash on your face. There are also red bumps that itch and usually go away in a few days.
  • Drinks and food - sometimes if a person is allergic to some ingredient in the food or drink can cause a rash on the face.
  • Dry skin in the wintertime - windy cold weather that is accompanied by excess room heating at home can result in a rash on your face because of the dry skin
  • Allergy to make-up - if you are trying new makeup you may develop a rash on your face because you are allergic to it.
  • Using too hot water to wash your face - if you are washing your face excessively with hot water can dry out your skin causing an itchy rash on your face.
  • Excessive sweat due to humidity and heat - if you do not wash your face often with lukewarm water you could develop a rash on your face.
  • Pregnancy - it is quite common to have a rash on your face when pregnant.
  • Chlorine - if there is too much chlorine in the swimming pool you can also get a rash that itches on your face.
  • Psoriasis - this is a medical condition that affects more than forty-six percent of the world population. When you have this condition it will affect the areas around your eyebrows and forehead, near the hairline, and above your upper lip in the form of an itchy rash, sometimes an open lesion and silvery scales.
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How the rash on your face is treated depends on what is causing the rash and how severe it is. There are many different natural home remedies that will help provide relief from the itch and can sometimes cure the rash. If the rash on your face appears to be serious and does not respond to any of these natural remedies you can try over-the-counter medications or see your physician or dermatologist for a prescription medication.

Some of the natural home remedies you can try include:

  • To help with the itching you can apply Aloe Vera or a mixture of baking soda and olive oil to the rash.
  • If the rash is from an allergy you can apply an ice pack to help relieve the itchy
  • For extreme itching try a face mask of cook oatmeal. Leave on ten minutes and then rinse off with cool to lukewarm water.
  • If you have psoriasis make sure they you keep your skin moist, get some sunlight, and avoid hot water. If you smoke, you need to stop. You can also put petroleum jelly or moisturizers on your face to help with the itchiness and the rash.
  • For dry skin do not wash your face with harsh soap and do not wash your face often. You can also apply a moisturizer to help soften your skin.


April on October 21, 2015:

Facial rashes can also be caused by lupus.

Stephanie from Texas on January 12, 2014:

My sister has had this "rash" off and on her entire life. Hers is usually caused by eating something that she's allergic to, more times than not it's from tomatoes.

Thanks for sharing this hub. Very informative!

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