A Look At Different Types of Face Rashes

There are quite a number of different types of face rashes. They vary from mild and barely visible to severe to the point they can cause deformation. Some face rashes are symptoms of serious disease, other are symptoms of diseases not terribly serious but nevertheless difficult to treat. Still other face rashes may be temporary occurrences which do not require treatment. One thing that sets face rashes apart however is that we notice them, and other people usually do as well. We don't like having face rashes, and even if they are not serious in nature, they can definitely have a psychological impact.

While not all face rashes are necessarily preventable, some kinds are, especially those that are due to the presence of an irritant or allergen that can be avoided. Some people have very sensitive skin and have to be careful about the cosmetics they use and even the cleansing agents they use. Others have what could be considered tough skin, seemingly able to handle a great deal of abuse.

Some types of face rashes require either a topical or oral medication to be effectively treated. Over the counter medications are often not potent enough, and in many instances prescription medications may be called for. In some instances, applying a moisturizer such as aloe vera gel or olive oil may clear things up. Proper diet can also be a help at times, especially a diet rich in vitamin C or vitamin E. Proper diet and soothing gels or lotions may be of little help however in those instances where face rashes are caused by an allergic reaction.

The problem with some face rashes such as acne, psoriasis, or eczema, is that they often are rooted in responses to allergens by the immune system, and even if the allergens are known, how the immune system works is in many instances imperfectly understood, and a given condition may not be curable or easily treatable.

What To Avoid - Areas in which steps can be taken to avoid face rashes have to do with our choice of cosmetics, hair dyes, some kinds of jewelry, especially earrings, and the foods we eat. Hair dyes, especially permanent dyes, are very often a cause of facial rash and scalp rash, as these dyes often contain harsh chemicals that either irritate the skin or cause an allergic reaction.

Common Causes Of Rashes - Obvious sources of face rashes in children are the childhood diseases, especially measles and chickenpox. Atopic dermatitis, a skin condition caused by an allergen is fairly common in children, especially children who have other allergies or asthma. Less common among children perhaps but fairly common among adults are bacterial infections, including staph infections and streptococcal infections. Adults, mainly men, often develop rashes from shaving, either due to irritation caused by the blade itself, or an allergen which may be present in the shaving gel, lather or shaving lotion. Men with curly hair often develop rashes on the cheeks or chin due to ingrown hairs. This can be the result of shaving when a hair grows back into its own follicle.

Seborrheic Dermatitis -  A person having excessively oily skin can sometimes be affected by a condition known as seborrheic dermatitis, where the excessive oil in the sebaceous glands may dry and clog the glands, causing inflammation and at times infection. Seborrheic dermatitis rashes are usually quite red and quite itchy.

Protect The Eyes - Even minor rashes on the face should not be ignored, though admittedly it is usually difficult to ignore them. They should be treated at least to the extent that any itching can be relieved, so scratching will not result in small wounds which could easily become infected. Rashes in the vicinity of the eyes deserve special consideration. Even if the eye itself is not affected, the potential for inflammation or an infection in the vicinity of the eyeball should be taken very seriously.