Rash on Face (Facial rash varies) Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Find out if you have rash on your face or your baby’s face and what to do about it:


Rash on face is something common that every person experience. In most cases, rash is mild which means it is relived quickly. Your face is the most exposed part of your body and it is almost never covered. It can be effected easily by the environment through wind, heat, cold, heat, dust, dirt, or microbes. Facial rash varies in appearance, severity and location in accordance to the underlying cause.


Rash on Face from Sun

People may enjoy the sun, but your skin can be sensitive to the sun. So, the exposure to sunlight may cause a rash on your face. Let’s see how does the sun rash seem? And how can you deal with?

Sun Rash on your face appears as small, reddish blisters or large or small spots. It appears after minutes or hours of the exposure to the sun. This rash can be itchy and spread.

Who is at most risk to have rash on face from sun?

Commonly, rash is seen in young women and children. They get relief during the winter only.

How can you prevent rash on your face from sun?

Since the over exposure is the main reason of such rash, you need to avoid the direct sunlight, especially in middy and early afternoon. It is best to wear appropriate clothing like sunglasses and sunhat. You can also use a sunscreen with high sun protection factor in order to protect your skin from harmful light.

What is polymorphic light eruption (PMLE)?

It is a rash that appears in reaction  to sunlight on the skin. This name comes from polymorphic eruption, which means the different forms of rash. It usually affects people who are aged 20-40 years, especially women.   Commonly, you get this rash on spring after a long period without much sunlight.

The rash looks like reddened skin with small blisters or small raised spots. It might be itchy or burning. It can be cleared up within a week if you stay out of the sun.

Rash on Face from Sun Treatment

If you avoid further sun exposure, the rash heals within a week. You can use corticosteroids (steroids) which reduce the inflammation.

Rash on Baby’s Face

One day, you may notice that your baby’s face is clean and his eyes are bright. But on the next day, you are shocked by a mystery rash on his face. You’ll start asking ” Oh no what’s that?” Don’t despair we’re here to help you. We will help you to identify all the possible causes that may produce the rash on your baby’s face.

– Baby Acne

Baby acne appears like small whitehead or pimples surrounded by reddish skin. Baby may have acne at birth or after couple of years. Sometimes, the acne becomes more pronounced when your baby is fussy or hot. There is no need to be afraid because baby acne fades away without any treatment. It may take several months.

– Bee sting

Quickly, the area around bee sting becomes red, swollen  and itchy. It’s absolutely painful. To allay the amount of venom that enters your baby’s skin, try as much as possible to remove the stinger. Be careful to not squeeze the sting because this could push more venom in.

Adding cool flannel or an ice bag will treat the red swelling. If your baby is older than 3 months, you can give him some infant paracetamol.

– Chickenpox

Chickenpox rash appears as little red spots in your baby’s face and then spread to her body. In this case, take your baby to the doctor. Since chickenpox is a virus, it will fade away in a few days. To treat this virus, make sure that your baby gets a plenty of rest and give her paracetamol. Also, you can treat the spots with calamine lotion.

– Cold Sores

When your baby gets a cold sores for the first time, you will see a cluster of small blisters that turn into a painful sore, usually along with a fever and swollen. A few days later, sore will disappear.

– Cradle Cap

It’s common in newborns. When your baby has cradle cap, it seems like a very bad case. It causes a red area on your baby’s scalp which covered by yellow, greasy, scaly patches. These scales start to become flaky over time. Cradle cap might cover the whole of the baby’s scalp. Also, it may appear on your baby’s face and neck. To treat the cradle cap, Wash your baby’s hair regularly besides using soft brush.

– Eczema

When your baby has eczema, he’ll have itchy, red, dry and cracked areas of skin. It usually appears on his face, hand, neck, elbows, and the backs of knees.

You can treat Eczema by clearing up your baby.

– Impetigo

It starts up as blisters around your baby’s nose and mouth. It can spread to other parts of his body. These may be tiny and burst easily, or be larger and take time to burst depending on the type of impetigo.

When these blisters have burst and dried, a yellow-brown or scabby tan crust will form. Don’t despair, the crust will gradually disappear  without leaving scars.

Commonly, impetigo isn’t that much painful, but it might be itchy. If you suspect that your baby has impetigo, you should see your family doctor because your baby will need antibiotic.

– Measles

When your baby has measles, many symptoms will appear including: fever, cough, runny nose, red swollen eyes and small white spots in your baby’s mouth.

After 3 days, you will notice that there are red spots on your baby’s face and neck and behind his ears. These spots will spread over your baby’s body leaving bumpy texture.

It’s necessary to take your baby to the doctor if you think he has measles. As any virus, measles will fade away in a few days or so. However, you can help your baby to be healed by giving him plenty of rest and taking paracetamol.

– Milia

It is tiny, white spots that might appear on your baby’s face, usually it occurs around her eyes, across his nose, chin, forehead, or cheeks.

Commonly, Milia appears a couple of weeks after birth due to the oil glands which are developing on your baby’s face. These spots should be cleared up on their own within 1- 6 months.

– Rubella (German Measles)

The flat, pinkish-red spots, which appear on your baby’s face and neck, are the first sign of Rubella. Over time, the spots may spread elsewhere on his baby.

There are other symptoms that may be companied with the rash on your baby’s face including: fever, red inflamed eyes, runny nose and swollen lymph nodes.

As any virus, rubella will fade away in a few days or so. However, you can help your baby to be healed by having plenty of rest and giving him paracetamol.

– Scabies

Scabies, commonly, will develop an itchy rash. This rash will appear as scattered red bumps, usually around your baby’s wrists, his fingers, the outside of his elbows, and on his armpits. Also, it may appear on his face, scalp, kneecaps, the sides and soles of his feet and palms of his hand.

If your baby got scabies, see your doctor and he will prescribe a cream for your baby.

– Warts

Common warts look like raised, grainy bumps that appears on your baby’s hand. These bumps could be the same color of your baby’s skin, but they might be lighter or darker.

But, there are other types of warts:

– Flat warts, which are smoother and smaller that the common warts. They appear on your baby’s face.

– Planter warts, which appear on the soles of your baby’s feet.

Warts can disappear within a couple of months without any treatment. However, some warts can take 2-3 years to fade away.


Rash on Face after Drinking

You may experience reddening when you drink alcohol. Rash on face after drinking is not an allergic reaction. It is a side effect of alcohol intake in some people due to polymorphism.

Moreover, some people get red, blotchy, warm skin after drinking alcohol. This is can be due to sulfur dioxide, which is used to help preserve alcohol. So, it may cause allergic reaction such as sulfites. In addition, tannins and histamines found in wine may cause rashes.

Rash on Face after Drinking Treatment

The only way to avoid rash after drinking is to avoid alcohol. If you’re allergic to a particular ingredient, switching to another drink may solve the problem.

Red Rash on Face During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, there are many changes inside your body, It’s also shocking if changes appear outside too. These changes  in the levels of hormones in your body  can affect your skin. The good news for you is that most of the changes that happened during pregnancy will disappear on their own after your baby is born.

These changes on your skin can be presented by stretch marks, spots or acne, itchy or sensitive skin, and changes on your skin’s color.

Rashes that can develop during pregnancy

They are common type of rash in pregnancy, which can effect one area on the body or spread. They are swollen, raised, and itchy areas that are caused when your body produces histamine in response a trigger. To treat hives, use an oral antihistamine. It will be safe to use for pregnant.

– Atopic eruption of pregnancy (AEP): They are red and itchy rash which seems similar to eczema.

– Polymorphic eruption of pregnancy (PEP):  It causes red and itchy bumps on the skin. It is not harmful for you or your baby. Sometimes, If you’ve had AEP, there is possibility you could get again. Also, there is a chance your baby get eczema. In this case, we recommend to using emollient cream to soothe the itching. If this is not helpful, you should use a steroid cream to reduce the inflammation.

Does it harm?

Common rashes during pregnancy aren’t harmful to you or your baby. You may just have rash and itchiness which last for more than couple of days. Otherwise, rash become severe that means you may need to use topical creams or take antihistamines.

Be aware that sometimes the changes in your skin’s color can be caused by other conditions. So, check with your doctor any change that you have during pregnancy.

Rash on Face after swimming

You may get itchy rash after a session in the swimming pool, or maybe you may suffer an allergic reaction to swimming pool chlorine. So, should you stop swimming? No, don’t worry. There are easy solutions.

How to avoid Getting  Rash after Swimming?

Rash on face after swimming doesn’t appear in the same way for all people. Sometimes, the rash appears immediately, but for others it appears over few hours or maybe few days due to how the skin itself is sensitive. We’ll provide three detailed  steps to avoid the rash on face after swimming:

1) Use a cream for sensitive skin every morning and day.

If you have sensitive skin, you need to follow care steps to avoid allergies to swimming.

2) Before swimming, apply a skin moisturizing barrier.

You should form a barrier between you sensitive skin and chlorine. So, use some pure natural products, because some protection cream are not made for sensitive skin.

3) Clean your skin with chelating soap after swimming.

Chelating soap consists of Zander (Sapropel). Zander contains high levels of fulvic substances and hooks called (ligands). So, it can remove the impurities from skin, and leave the skin naturally free breathe.

 Chlorine Sensitivity

You already know that chlorine id excellent at killing the bacteria inside the swimming pool. But that power might cause unwanted side effects. In particular, chlorine in the swimming pool reacts allergically with swimmer’s skin causing rash on his/her face after swimming.


Well, we can easily solve this problem for the swimmer without reducing his time in the pool. Washing the chlorine off of the swimmer’s body after swimming.

Also, you can eliminate the chlorine by rising with vitamin C after swimming. Ok, let’s explain what happened. Chlorine reacts with the skin and oxidizing it. And vitamin C is a safe powerful antioxidant biologically. The antioxidant is able to neutralize the lingering chlorine which you can wash it out.

Rash on Face after Shaving

Rash after shaving is a common problem that anyone can experience  You may notice red and itchy bumps on your face that are known as the razor bumps. They occur when the shaved hair follicle curls inward to the skin. So, your body reacts to this thinking that it is an intruder and your immune system attacks it causing the rash on your face. You can use some skin care products to smooth away the red bumps.

How to Prevent Rash on Your Face After Shaving?

– Shave in the same direction of the growth of the hairs.

– Don’t pull on the skin. If you pull the skin during shaving, the hair pop out of the follicle. Then, the cut tip will retract into the follicle and turns into the wall of the follicle.

– Before shaving, prepare your skin by using a good shaving gel and wet it into the hair.

– Avoid close shaving. You need to shave the hairs only above the skin.

How to deal with Rash on Face after Shaving?

– Analyze the problem. Use a magnifying mirror to see the hairs curling inwards.

– If you can see them, soak a towel in hot water and put it on the skin for minutes to soften the hairs. Then, use clean tweezers and pull the end of the hair out of the bump, not the whole hair- just the loose one. After that cut off the end of the hair that is curling back with small scissors.

Stop shaving. According to university of Northumbria research, women are more attracted to men with stubble. They are rated as mature, tough, dominant, and best romantic partners.

It is supposed that rash clears up on its own after few days. If not, see your doctor; you might have a fungal infection.

Rash on Face after Throwing up

Sometimes, you feel sick. You may notice that you get spots on face after vomiting. You’ll start wondering what made you sick. Is it a virus? Or was it something you ate? There are too many reasons that may cause rash on your face. We’ll take you through some causes and tell you if this is normal or not?

Is this Normal?

Usually, there is no need to worry if you get rash on your face after throwing up. It is normal to get some small blood vessels because of straining during vomiting. They are called (Petechiae) which are common with throwing up, crying, or coughing. Biologically, the rash on your face after throwing up is due to an infection in your heart,  your bloodstream, or serious viral infection.

Common Causes You Should Know

When you throw up, your immune system fights whatever is offending your body. Commonly, this happens with food sensitivities and viruses.

1) Broken Blood Vessels.

When you vomit, you may break the tiny blood vessels in your face. This causes rash on your face.

2) Cold Sores

The virus that causes cold sores can cause also spots on your face before or after throwing up.

3) Infections

Sometimes, infections make toxins that may cause red rashes on your face. Infection may cause initial symptoms like cough, sore throat, fever, vomiting, and aches. Then, the toxins start to come out of your body through your skin.

4) Allergic (food poisoning)

When you get food poisoning, you may find you have rash on your face with vomiting. Food poisoning can behave like an allergic reaction.

Serious Causes that need medical attention

Following causes require to contact your doctor:

1) Strep Infection

It is bacterial infection that can cause rashes all over the body including the face. It requires treatment before it gets into the bloodstream.

2) Infective Endocarditis

There is a number of bacteria that can cause an infection inside the heart. It starts with fever and severe fatigue. Then, rash and spots appear as blood vessels start to rupture. This condition must to be treated immediately because it may lead to heart failure and death.

3) Mononucleosis

It is a viral infection which comes suddenly lasting up to 8 weeks. It may be transmitted by infected saliva. It can be transmitted by anything that has touched infected body. It causes rash, vomiting, fever, joint pain, and abdominal pain. To treat this condition, you need bed rest.

4) Sepsis

a rash and vomiting could be signs of sepsis. It is a life-threatening condition that has entered your bloodstream. You have to see your doctor immediately. Its symptoms are fast breathing, confusion, rapid heart and high fever.

Rash on Face after Throwing up Treatments

Following are some tips to deal with the rash on your face, that is caused by common causes that we mentioned before:

– Treat the Vomiting:

Try sipping some chamomile tea to settle your stomach, or see your doctor to take anti-nausea medication.

– Use a cold compress

You can use cold washcloths soaked in witch hazel solution to relive any inflammation.

– Keep your skin dry and clean

Don’t use astringents or heavy creams.

How to Get Rid of the Rashes on your face?

Here we’ll provide some simple home remedies to help you get rid of the rash on your face.

1) Ice compress

The rash that is caused by heat, hives, insect bites, or poison ivy can easily be get rid of by using a cold compress. Moreover, you can  use cold non-skimmed milk for the same purpose.

2) Skin Care Routine

Every morning, wash your face with cool water and mild soap and let it air dry. Use the lotions that contain both stearic acid and glyceryl stearate.

3) Olive Oil

It can eliminate rashes because it opens up pores and regulate the air flow in the skin. In addition, it is a natural cleanser because it is able to keep the skin at its normal level. It is better to wash your face with warm water and put your olive oil on your dry face leaving it 2 hours.

4) Aloe Vera Gel

It has the same effect that olive oil has. The added advantage it has is that you can leave it on your skin for extended time such as overnight.

5) Vitamin E and Cod Liver Oil

This mixture cleans your face completely. Try doing it in the morning and before going to your body ideally.

6) Neem Leaves

It is also called Indian lilac. Put a handful of them in a boiling water for 15-20 minutes. Let it cool down. Then, place a cotton ball in it and rub it on the rash. It will prevent infections and skin disorders. You can also use neem oil.

7) Witch Hazel

It is effective because it dries the rashes out. To use it, soak a cotton ball using tincture or extract then apply it the rash. Then, wash it off after 10 minutes.

8) Banana Peel

Easily, you can take a banana peel and rub the inside of it on your rash. This will give a soothing effect. It is reduce the discomfort and itchiness that rash causes.

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