Spots, rashes, and lesions on your face can be highly distressing. If you notice rashes, spots or lesions in your facial area, please visit your doctor and they will examine, diagnose, and treat the problem accordingly.
Some common causes of rashes on the face are listed below.
- Acne ( a facial rash commonly occurring in adolescence and early mid-life and can appear as whiteheads, blackheads, bumps, with or without pus, and greasy skin )
- Rosacea ( a condition that primarily appears on the face, made worse by stress, and appears as facial flushing, bumps on the nose, forehead and cheeks, along with the appearance of fine blood vessels along eyelid margins)
- Eczema (itchy, red, scaly rashes, seen in all age groups)
- Autoimmune disorders ( Systemic Lupus Erythematosis, Scleroderma)
- Sarcoidosis ( causes a bluish red rash around the nose and ears)
- Perioral Dermatitis ( scaly, red , rashes occurring around the mouth, usually caused by topical steroids )
- Polymorphic Light Eruptions ( a rash commonly occurring in young women after prolonged exposure to sunlight)
- Dermatomyositis (causes a distinctive magenta colored rash around the eyes)
- Insect Bites
- Allergic reaction to a cosmetic
As you can see, the causes for facial rashes are specific, and due to their visible nature, can result in significant distress. An important point to remember is that many causes listed above can indicate a more generalized issue, so try to avoid self-diagnosis and treatment.
Your dermatologist or primary care doctor can closely examine the rash and find out what’s causing it.
If you notice an unusual rash on your face, don’t be alarmed, because the cause can be determined and proper treatment can be given to help reduce the symptoms.
A few helpful home care tips:
- My advice is try to avoid creams that contain alcohol, parabens, phalates, dairy by products, are preferably gluten and synthetic fragrance-free. Use as few products on the face as possible.
- Do not touch, scratch, or puncture the lesions or rash, since this will not only cause infection, but may lead to hyperpigmentation, and scarring.
- Try washing your face with a natural face wash.
- Do not wash your face with hot water.
- Avoid facials, laser treatments, microdermabrasion, peels, and other facial treatments since this may aggravate the condition.
- Avoid scrubbing your face.
- Try to use sun protection when possible, since some issues can worsen with exposure to sunlight.
- Avoid, hot, spicy, oily, and acidic foods, they may make the rash worse.
- If you suffer from food allergies, please avoid those foods.
- Try not to use over counter the medications, and ointments, self- treatment is not wise.
- If you want to conceal your rash, I suggest that you apply a non-toxic, mineral based foundation or concealer.
- Be vigilant, and if a rash appears on your face that doesn’t seem to go away, please see your physician.
- The best health care measure is awareness.
Team at Cuticonscious