Facial rashes are common and distressing, causing embarrassment as well as discomfort. Such rashes may present as red itchy rashes, dry scaly patches, blisters, bleeding or hives. They may affect a small area or be spread over the whole face. The possible causes of facial rashes range from mild to extremely serious. It is important to see a trained dermatologist so that a thorough history and examination can be taken to ascertain the cause of your facial rashes. Investigations such as blood tests and a skin biopsy may sometimes be required.
POSSIBLE CAUSES INCLUDE:
- Eczema or Allergies – The itchy red patches of eczema commonly affects the face of children. In adults, facial eczema may sometimes be due to irritation or allergies to skincare products used or hair dye.
- Seborrheic dermatitis – The red scaly patches on the eyebrows, sides of the nose, back of the ears, coupled with scaling of the scalp are the tell-tale signs of this pesky condition that comes and goes.
- Rosacea – Intermittent flushing, red, hot cheeks sometimes associated with red spots and broken facial veins, is characteristic of this condition.
- Lupus erythematosus – May appear as a “butterfly rash” on the cheeks of young women or patches on the face and body. Rashes are often worse after sun exposure. These rashes can sometimes affect other internal organs.
TREATMENT & CARE FOR FACIAL RASHES
Your dermatologist can counsel you on the best treatment options after a diagnosis has been established. This may be in the form of creams or oral medicines.