There are a number of things that could be the root cause of those rashes on your face. It could be something simple such as a skin sensitivity or an allergy to one of the ingredients. In some cases, it can be a symptom that something more serious is happening elsewhere in the body. Almost all people deal with a rash on their face in one form or another in their lifetime and it is a very common complaint.
The rash itself can differ in appearance from person to person and case to case. Depending on what is causing it, the severity of the rash can change with the intensity, and the location can change or spread too.
A rash on the face can be red, purple, pink, silver, white and even brown. It can change in texture too – bumpy, rough, scaly, raised or flat. In some cases the rash can comprise of lots of little spots or dots but in others, it could be patches of uneven and differently-colored sections.
What causes rashes on face?
There are many things that could cause a rash on the face. Dermatitis and acne are fairly common skin complaints as are allergic reactions and even inflammatory reactions or disorders. For the most part, the rash will go away on its own or with treatment such as topical medication. The skin normally goes back to normal once the rash has gone away as long as there no permanent scarring from picking or itching although it can be quite painful and sore whilst present.
If you have a stiff neck and / or fever-like symptoms alongside your facial rash, you should seek medical assistance immediately. These could be symptoms of bacterial meningitis and although this can be treated, medication will need to be administered quickly.
If you have other symptoms such as wheezing or shortness of breath, a tight chest, sweeping around your lips, tongue or anywhere else on your face, there is a chance you could be having a serious allergic reaction to something and in this case, you would need to seek urgent medical attention. Anaphylactic shock can be fatal when untreated.
How to get rid of rashes on face
There are a number of things you can do to help speed up the recovery process of rashes on face including over-the-counter products and even a few simple home remedies.
1 – Ice Pack / Compress
If you don’t have an ice pack or compress, use a bag of frozen vegetables or fries and wrap them up in a tea towel before applying directly to the affected area.
An ice pack can be used to treat rashes on face caused by insect bites and stings, allergic reactions, poison ivy, heat and others. The cool temperature provides immediate soothing relief from any pain, itching or tightness and it can also help to reduce inflammation.
2 – Over-the-Counter Products
There are a number of medicated treatments and lotions you can buy over-the-counter to soothe any rashes on the face and many of them offer some sort of pain relief for the worst affected cases.
Antihistamines can be used in the form of creams and oral medication to help with allergic reactions and other symptoms.
3 – Calamine Lotion
Containing zinc oxide, calamine lotion offers immediate soothing relief for a number of skin complaints including skin rashes and you can apply the lotion directly to the affected area using your fingers or cotton wool. You can reapply the lotion every couple of hours or as and when it is needed and it is also safe to use on babies.
The active ingredients (zinc oxide and other compounds) actively help to alleviate symptoms associated with blistering, sun damage, skin burns, insect bites, allergic reactions and is a handy thing to have in your medicine cabinet.
4 – Olive Oil
Many kitchens have olive oil and extra virgin olive oil is the best type to use. With powerful antioxidants and vitamin E, olive oil can be applied directly to the skin rash to reduce itching and irritation and also to soothe pain.
The ingredients will help to moisturize dry and cracked skin as well as adding hydration, and vitamin E assists cells with healing and rejuvenating.
There are a number of oils like olive oil you can use for rashes on the face – coconut oil, castor oil, and cod liver oil plus vitamin E mixed together.
5 – Baking Soda
Not suitable for sensitive skin, baking soda can be used to help dry out an oily skin rash but shouldn’t be used for prolonged periods of time. Baking soda is a natural cleanser but can be very harsh to skin.
Using a ratio of one part baking soda and three parts water (or less if you find it is too harsh on your skin), you should apply it as a paste to the troubled areas to help reduce any inflammation and to dry up any oil.
You could also add coconut oil and other oils to this paste to thicken it up and help with hydration.
6 – Oatmeal
There are both soothing and anti-inflammatory properties in oatmeal and for years people have been adding this ingredient to their bathwater to help exfoliate away old, damaged skin and help with the creation and nourishment of new ones.
If you have a rash causes by chicken pox, poison ivy, sunburn, allergies or even eczema, adding a cup of oatmeal to your bath could help to alleviate symptoms, soothing away any irritation and helping to nourish the skin to heal it quicker.
7 – Aloe Vera
Another must-have for your medicine cabinet, Aloe Vera has a whole list of beneficial properties to help with rashes on face. It helps to sooth the irritation and itching as well as reducing inflammation, reducing redness and healing the skin. It has antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties to help deal with dirt, grime and the bugs your skin comes into contact with on a daily basis.
You can buy Aloe Vera gel and it can be used directly on the skin or mixed with a base cream or lotion if it is too harsh in its neat form. Yogurt can be mixed with Aloe Vera for a face mask, or you could make a toner with cucumber and water. You can also add it to cocoa butter, coconut oil and even extra virgin olive oil for a facial hydrator.
8 – Apple Cider Vinegar
Organic and raw apple cider vinegar is acetic acid which helps to fight off infections caused by bacteria on the skin. Rashes are often caused by a bug or bacteria so this could work as an occasional facial cleanser for a preventative measure as well as a way to treat rashes on face.
Although it is ill-advised to use this regularly, diluting one part apple cider vinegar with three parts water will work as a great cleanser and for the worst of affected areas, you could use a cotton wool ball dipped in the vinegar to apply directly.
9 – Chamomile
There are so many properties in chamomile and all of them can help fight against facial rashes. Chamomile tea offers antiviral, anti-fungal, antibacterial, anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory properties so altogether, can clear up your rashes on face quickly and effectively.
Soak a cotton wall ball in cooled, steeped chamomile tea and use as a toner directly on the face. You could also soak a wash cloth in tea and use as a cold compress on your face if you have fifteen minutes or so to spare. Chamomile essential oil can also be used in a coconut oil base as a topical treatment.
10 – Neem
Another essential oil great to use for the rashes anywhere on your body, Neem oil offers all the benefits that chamomile can. Also known as margosa and Indian lilac, you can dilute the oil in a base such as cocoa butter or coconut oil to be used directly on the skin.