Finding a rash on face is never fun. Rashes as we all know can hurt, itch, burn and just generally be terribly uncomfortable and even if they feel just fine, they can still result in reasonable psychological distress. No one likes a rash and the stigma associated with them makes them even harder to deal with. Even more unfortunate is the fact that rashes are so general It can be difficult to figure out exactly what the causes are and so management generally boils down to a few shots in the dark, until it starts to bother you enough to ask your doctor. Here we’ll go over some of the most common causes of facial rashes (and rashes in general, since they’re usually similar), and ways you can expect to treat them.
Rashes have a handful of common general causes. The first of these that we’ll consider are the fungal ones.
Rashes belonging to this class tend to be caused by yeasts, most of which live on the skin naturally but under certain circumstances can become a problem. The most common rashes you’ll see in these cases are caused by yeasts of the genus Malasezzia which cause the common skin condition tinea versicolor. While tinea versicolor tends to affect the body as a whole it can also cause rashes specifically on the face. These tend to manifest as pale, tan or whitish rashes that can look like groups of oval or amoeboid spots, which can merge with one another over time to form a single large patch.
Rashes are sometimes caused by allergic reactions, as well. These usually look red and are caused by the autoimmune reaction that we refer to as hives. Usually these go away after exposure to the allergen and don’t last for very long. They can be itchy though and are never pleasant to experience.
Heat rashes are red or pink areas of skin that present what look to be pimples and occur when sweat ducts are blocked. While this usually happens in areas covered with clothing it can occur on the face if one neglects to wash frequently or suffers from severe acne. In this case the heat rash can persist until the sweat ducts clear and will often itch or occasionally, present as somewhat painful.
Treating Rash on Face
Treatment of facial rashes depends of course on the cause of the rash on face. If it’s fungal the most common treatments are topical. This means you’ll be applying a cream, lotion or shampoo to the affected area in order to kill the fungus. The most common over the counter solution here is Selsun Extra Strength a 2.5% selenium sulfide solution that is often effective in treating tinea versicolor infections. Sometimes it can take a few months before discoloration disappears even if the root cause of the fungal rash has been eliminated so be patient. Other options for fungal rashes include oral antifungals which your doctor will prescribe if he or she deems it necessary.
As mentioned above rashes in response to allergens tend to disappear right after the allergen is removed. If this is the case there’s not much one can do to treat other than avoid the allergen in the first place or remove it if present.
Heat rashes are pretty easy to treat. If they occur on the face just make sure to keep the face clean with calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream. At that point it’s just a matter of keeping the skin dry and letting the area stay cool and dry so the rash can take care of itself.
The easiest preventative measures you can take here are to avoid allergens this at least eliminates at least one of these rashes.
The other two rashes have something in common, they occur when the skin is dirty, sweaty and hot. To minimize your risk of developing either heat rashes or fungal rashes make sure you regularly clean the skin, shower after exercises, wear loose clothing whenever you can and try to make sure you shower immediately after sweating a lot. This makes your skin a less friendly environment for yeast to grow on and thus reduces the risk of a rash on face.