If it’s red, bumpy, and itches like a mother, chances are it is a rash. Rashes can occur anywhere on the body, but the most dreadful place is on the face because no matter how small it is someone will notice it. Who wants to walk around with the burning desire to maul their face or the embarrassment of having red, flakey skin? My guess is no one, so I am here to share some simple ways to get rid of rashes on the face for good.
What does a rash look like?
Before treating your concern the diagnosis for it should be irrefutable; there is nothing worse than misdiagnosing yourself and spending money on medications that are ineffective. Typical rashes will be red, but they may also be accompanied by a bumpy skin texture, dryness and other irritations. Most rashes aren’t very serious so going to your primary care physician wouldn’t be the ideal nor the most economical route. Those that are unsure if their lesion is a rash should try visiting their local pharmacist for some expert advice.
Where do Rashes Come From?
Rash is such a general term, they can be caused by a ton of things, for example Contact Dermatitis is caused simply by touching. Reactions can develop from items like:
- Makeup/Skin Care- Cosmetics are often loaded with irritating chemicals, especially if you purchase mass produced or discounted items. Many manufactures add in ingredients that may irritate the skin especially alcohol and perfume.
- Soap/Laundry Soap- Sulfates are the ingredient that makes soap lather. Unfortunately, using too much of the element can cause the skin to become dry, red, and textured. A rash around the neck or close to the chin might indicate that your laundry soap is the catalyst.
- Hair dye/Clothing dye-Dye contains loads of chemicals that are bound to cause a rash, most companies instruct you to ensure your skin is completely covered before using their product. Natural dyes do exist so opt for those if your skin is too sensitive for traditional dyes.
- Certain Chemicals/Irritants- Anything can contain an ingredient that your skin doesn’t agree with and when this happens a rash is bound to occur.
- Poison ivy or other plants- If you’ve never come in contact with poison ivy you have been blessed. Poisonous plants can cause some of the most severe rashes, so be cautious when exploring an unfamiliar place.
- Heat- Developing a rash from high temperatures is generally seen in babies, but not always. Using certain products can make your skin sun sensitive causing patches or miniature bumps to form on the face and neck.
You don’t have to come in contact with an irritant for a rash to form, you could also have a disorder that causes them. Some common skin illnesses include:
- Chicken Pox
- Scarlet Fever
- Chronic Dandruff
DIY Rash Treatments
There are several ingredients available in the average home that could help get rid of rashes.
Oatmeal is one food that is commonly used to battle irritated skin. This tasty breakfast item removes dryness, hydrates the skin, and relieves itchiness. Make the oatmeal like you normally would but there is no need to use boiling water. Once you’ve mixed it, put the mixture on your rash and let it dry. Finally, rinse it from your skin. This mask can be applied once per day.
- Olive and vitamin E oil are also great at soothing irritation. The oil will sink into your pores and provide some much needed hydration.
- Lavender and chamomile teas have been used for centuries to help calm and soothe the body. To use tea as a treatment, you may press the wet bag on your face, or soak a cloth into some tea water.
- Witch-hazel has seems to be a remedy for everything, at least my grandmother thinks so. Its anti-bacterial properties will ensure that no bacteria forms during the healing process.
Other natural ingredients you may use include:
- Egg whites
- Lime juice
- Aloe Vera
- Baking soda
Additional Rash Treatments
Hydrocortisone cream is the most common over the counter treatment for rashes because it helps fight itching, swelling and redness. Depending on the type you choose you may be responsible for applying it anywhere from 1-3 times per day. Be sure your hands are clean when applying topical creams so that you don’t further irritate the skin.
Calamine lotion can be used to soothe the fiery itch that rashes can cause. This is the same pink lotion you used as a kid to soothe the chicken pox.
You Must Take Action Immediately
If you have a rash, there are a few things you can do to ensure it doesn’t get worse:
- Toss or return any new products you’ve purchased. This means any and all makeup, skin care, and any personal care products you’ve used on your face. If your rash is new and you recently switched to a different item it is probably to blame.
- Up your vitamin C intake, it helps prevent the body from contracting infections.
- It may be tough, but you must stop scratching in order to get rid of the rash on your face. Digging your nails into itchy skin can make it itch more and may cause more irritation.
- Avoid harsh soaps and cleaners, they will only make your rash worse.
- Start washing the area with warm water, hot water may cause your rash to become red and raised.
- Find gentle product that will keep your skin hydrated.
- Handle your rash with care, never vigorously rub the area even when you’re drying it, instead soak up any moisture by pressing as an alternative to sweeping your towel/tissue.
- If your rash causes pain you may take a Tylenol or a similar pain medication.
- There is no need to cover your rash with a band aid or wrap, let your skin absorb some fresh air.
- Apply sunscreen on your rashes so they aren’t irritated by the ultraviolet light.