Itchy Face and Facial Rash – Causes, Treatment, Pictures

Facial Itching

Itching of the face is a common symptom that every person experience, often on a frequent basis. In most case it is a mild it that is quickly relieved with rubbing or scratching. The face is the most exposed part of the body as it is almost never covered. It is constantly bombarded by the environment through dust, dirt, microbes, wind, heat, cold and other irritants. These are easily removed with washing. Sometimes the skin is very sensitive and even a mild irritant, that may not irritate every person, can cause itching. It may be associated with allergies or even skin diseases. An itchy face usually does not need any specific medical treatment unless it becomes persistent and is associated with a skin rash or other symptoms that indicates a problem.

Causes of Itchy Face

Psychological Causes

Facial itching is at times imagined or associated with nervous behavior. Sometimes a person may not experience any itching yet scratch the face regularly. Apart from a nervous disposition, itching is also at times a sign of being untruthful as are many other nervous tics.

Treatment may involve counseling or the use of anti-anxiety or antidepressant medication. In most cases though, no specific treatment is needed.

Unwashed Face

Dirt, dust and microbes are constantly making contact with the face. These contaminants if not removed can irritate the skin. An unwashed face tends to be itchy. It men this may sometimes be associated with facial hair which tends to trap and hold contaminants.

Treatment involves good hygiene by regularly washing the face.

Dry Skin

Dry skin is a very common cause of an itchy face, second only to poor hygiene. It can occur at any time in the year but is more common in winter. Seasonal dryness and itching is therefore often referred to as the winter itch. However, the constant exposure to air conditioned environments particularly in settings like the workplace can dry out the skin. Facial itching due to climatic conditions is also more likely to occur in windy environments.

Dryness of the skin leading to itching may also occur with :

  • Excessive washing of the face, particularly with hot water and harsh soaps can also dry off your facial skin. Most soaps, particularly heavily scented varieties, and facial washes dry out the skin on the face.
  • Alcohol based products, like men’s aftershave and antiseptic soaps, are known to cause excessive dryness.
  • Acne products also tend to dry out the skin as part of its chemical action to combat pimples.
  • Sun exposure, which does cause additional oil secretion and sweating, eventually has a harsh drying effect on the skin.

Treatment would involve proper moisturizing of the skin, avoiding any conditions or products that dry the skin and using sunscreen for adequate protection.

Allergies

An allergy, or hypersensitivity, may be a result of allergic skin diseases or irritants to the face in a person who otherwise does not have these conditions. Allergic skin diseases that are more likely to present with itching includes atopic dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis or urticaria (hives). Pollen, pet hair, molds and dust may trigger the allergic reaction. Other irritants that may also be responsible for an allergic reaction even in the absence of skin diseases includes :

  • Hair dyes (itchy scalp, front, eyelids, neck, and often marked facial swelling)
  • Shampoos (itchy scalp and/or face)
  • Cosmetics (itchy face)
  • Food and medications (itchy lips, mouth, throat, and upper body)
  • Head lice (itchy scalp, neck, shoulders, face)
  • Pollens (itchy eyes and nose)
  • Jewelry (itch and rash at the site of skin contact)

Treatment may involve the use of antihistamines and corticosteroids. Severe cases associated with anaphylaxis require adrenaline (epinephrine). A more important measure, however, is to prevention by avoiding the trigger.

Infections

The skin and hair follicles may become infected by a number of different microbes. Itchiness is a common symptoms in some of these conditions. The infectious causes of an itchy skin may include :

  • Childhood viral infections often present with skin rashes that may cause itching in many cases. In chickenpox (Varicella zoster), measles (Rubeola virus), German measles (Rubella virus), or fifth disease (Parvovirus B19), itchy papules or vesicles appear on the face and trunk. These skin lesions crust over and disappear or peel off after about a week. These infections will resolve on its own with no specific treatment being necessary. Treatment may involve the use of anti-inflammatory drugs like acetaminophen to reduce any inflammation and various types of skin applications like calamine lotion, urea creams or just plain emollients.
Herpes zoster on the face
Picture 1. Herpes zoster
(Sourced from Dermatology Atlas,
Samuel Freire da Silva, M.D.
atlasdermatologico)
  • Herpes simplex infection usually appears as a group of small, translucent, burning blisters around the mouth (cold sore). Severe infection may be treated with antiviral drugs (acyclovir).
  • Herpes zoster infection (shingles) may present with a chronic burning or itchy rash which tends to follow the course of the trigeminal nerve branches. It is usually only on one side of the face. Treatment is with oral acyclovir.
  • Dengue fever is a self-limiting viral disease with fever, itchy rash and small bleedings on the skin. It is transmitted from human to human by mosquitoes. It appears worldwide, except in Europe and Antarctica.
  • Tinea barbae is a fungal infection of the bearded area in men. It can be passed from person to person but may also be contracted from animals. It is caused by a number of Trichophyton and Microsporum species of fungi, some of which naturally reside on human skin. A tinea infection of the skin of the face is known as tinea faciei. Treatment is with anti-fungal drugs applied on the skin (topical) or ingested (oral).

Skin Diseases

A number of skin disease may present with itching of the face. These skin diseases also present with a skin rash in most cases and other symptoms that allow it to be differentiated from less obvious causes. Excessive scratching in these cases often leads to permanent discoloration of the skin.

Seborrheic dermatitis of the face

Picture 2. Seborrheic dermatitis.
systemic lupus erythematosus - SLE

Picture 3. Systemic lupus erythematosus.
Lentigo maligna - melanoma on the face

Picture 4. Melanoma on the cheek
(source: Samuel Freire da Silva, M.D.
Dermatology Atlas)

  • Acne vulgaris is the common type of acne seen more often in teens. It is associated with excessive oil (sebum) production, blockage of the pores with blackheads and whiteheads and bacterial infections of the skin. Pimples, or zits, may be painful and the skin may be painful even without pimples in the area. Acne does not always cause skin itching. Treatment depends on the severity of the condition. Mild causes can be treated with over-the-counter (OTC) soaps, face washes and other drying and antibacterial agents. For more severe cases, treatment may involve oral contraceptives (females), antibiotics and isotretinoin.
  • Acne rosacea, just referred to as rosacea these days, is a skin condition marked with severe redness due to widespread inflammation.  These areas of redness may appear as patches or slight raised lesions. It is often worsened with sunlight exposure. Treatment is with antibiotics, isotretionin and anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • Pseudofolliculitis barbae (ingrown hair, razor bumps) is an inflammation of the hair follicle after shaving, and not an infection. It mostly occurs in men with curly hair. Prevention is by avoiding shaving hair close to the skin. Lotion with glycolic acid may be used at night to prevent inflammation. In resistant cases, antibiotics or laser hair removal may be tried.
  • Cholinergic urticaria (heat rash).
  • Irritant contact dermatitis may occur with contact to any number of substances like cosmetics, sunscreens and even aftershaves. Saliva may also cause skin irritation, and this is more common in children.
  • Atopic dermatitis (eczema) appears mostly in children with asthma or other allergies. It runs in families. Rash may appear on the face or anywhere on the body, often on the limbs. Treatment is by avoiding triggering substances, moisturizing creams and corticosteroid ointments.
  • Seborrheic dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin with greasy, yellowish, scaly clusters of shed skin cells appear on the scalp, behind the ears, the armpits and groin. It may be associated with skin fungi but is not a fungal infection. Treatment involves zinc, selenium, sulfur, salicylic acid or tar shampoos and ointment.

Other Causes

  • Insect bites can occur on any site on the body and the face is more commonly attacked by mosquitoes and other airborne insets. There may be an allergic reaction, infection or localized skin irritation following a bite. Severe allergic reactions like anaphylaxis need to be treated with adrenaline. A combination of antihistamines with antiseptic, urea and calamine lotions may be sufficient for treatment.
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). A red skin patch in the form of a “butterfly rash” extends over the nose and cheeks. The joints and vessels are often affected. Treatment is with steroid ointments and various other medications.
    Rash also often appears in other rheumatic diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis, polyarteritis nodosa, temporal arteritis.
  • Dermatomyositis is a rare inflammatory muscle disease with skin rash. Violaceus rash and swelling around the eyes, on the back of the fingers and elbows or knees is characteristic.
  • Melanoma is highly malignant, fast growing, dark pigmented (brown, black or bluish) tumor, from few millimeters to few centimeters in size. It usually grows in the level of the skin, or appears as a raised tumor. Treatment is with a surgical removal. Squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma usually appear as a crust like tumor on the face, eyelids, ears, lips, or scalp. Treatment may involve surgery or radiotherapy.

Treatment of Itchy Face

The treatment of facial itching is largely dependent on the cause and individual treatments have been discussed above. General measures for treating an itch includes :

  • Antihistamines (oral)
  • Corticosteroids (topical)

However, the underlying cause needs to be treated or the itching will persist indefinitely. Sometimes simple measures are sufficient if there is no clearly identifying cause of facial itching. This may include :

  • Washing the face regularly with gentle soaps like baby soaps and non-scented soaps.
  • Drying the face thoroughly after bathing
  • Using a moisturizer or emollient for dry skin.
  • Avoiding skin creams and cosmetics on oily skin
  • Protecting the skin with suitable sunscreens.

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  • dero

    HI M NY DAUGHTER GOT A SKIN RASH M WITH TMPERATURE , SEE THE GP AND THE HOSPITAL THEY ADVICE US TO GIVE ALLERGIES ORAL SOLUTION AND E45 CREAM , BUT THE SKIN IS BURNT AND PAINFUL WHEN WE APPLIED FOR E45 I WANT YOUR ADVICE
    MANY THANKS

  • Jan Modric

    To dero.

    The purpose of E45 cream is to prevent evaporation of water fr9om the skin – so it’s for people with dry skin and not for treating a specific disease..

    If skin is burnt and painful, stop the cream immediately. Your daughter may be allergic to it.

  • JRMBRANDY

    Hi….
    I have a question about itchy and reddened skin that had occurred suddenly.

    I am a 40 yr. old woman w/very fair and semi-normal skin.

    Due to the fact that my skin seemed to be so dry and rough all the time, I decided to try out a new moisture cream (Oil of Olay Complete).

    Within a few days, I noticed that my skin started getting very red and itchy. After about the 3rd day of use, I had a rash that felt and looked like I had a sun burn.

    My skin was bright red and somewhat bumpy w/little white dots on my chin and cheeks. Not to mention, I itched ALL over my face – mainly on the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead (above the eyebrows).

    To say the least, I immediately stopped use! In which case, things stilled continued; however, slightly less traumatic (meaning the dots and bumps went away…) but, the redness and itching remained.

    After going to my physician, he told me to take some Benadryl and cortizone. I’ve been using this stuff for almost two weeks and I notice that if I wash my face and use the cortizone and/or old face lotion, that my face still gets really red and itchy – even if I just use the cortizone.

    Throughout the day, the redness slightly lessens, but the itchiness stays, unless I stay on the Benadryl….. which, I can’t see myself staying on forever, ya know?

    Also, I noticed that if I wash my face and don’t put anything on afterward… like no cortizone and/or lotion, my face is waaayyyy less red and/or itchy as well! The only drawback to this is that my face is very dry then.

    What could possibly be the problem and how do I get back to my regular skin care routine? I’ve always fought w/periodic acne breakouts and dry skin, but never to this extent and never this redness and itchiness!!!

    Please help – Thank you!

  • Jan Modric

    JRMBRANDY,

    Benadryl helps – this speaks for allergy.
    It’s possible that a certain substance from the new cream triggered allergic reaction and made you sensitive for small amount of the same substance present in your old lotion and in cortizone cream. I can’t say which substance this is, but allergologist can maybe find out. Take all three products with you, so allergologist can get an idea what the culprit substance might be, and ask about “skin prick test” or “skin patch test”.

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  • neil hunter

    Message for JRMBRANDY re: oil of olay

    It seems that nothing has changed with this product in 10 years. My wife, her friends and my mother have suffered similar effects after using olay…..needless to say they all had to stop using it.

  • abinav

    abinav
    i’m suffering from white skin rash on cheek and upper part of mouth can u suggest me how to prevent it, why did it occur.

    • Jan Modric

      Abinav,

      are you male or female, and how old are you? Is the rash, like small bumps filled with pus?

  • Arlene

    My face itches and is red all the time on my forehead, nose, cheeks (close to nose), chin, and neck. I have tried Benadryl spray and pills with no success. I went to my doctor and was told it was just anxiety and prescribed me Sertraline to treat depression and anxiety she also prescribed me Hydroxyzine for the itching but I still continue with the same problem. What could it be and how do I get rid of it? Please help!

    • Jan Modric

      Arlene,

      is the redness like flushing that comes and go? Or like hives, a slightly raised pinkish, weel demarkated patch(es)? Or the rash is there all the time? Any scaling? Do you dye your hair or use any face cosmetisc? Anyone in your family has SLE (lupus)?

  • leslie

    My 7yr old daughter has been suffering with a bright red rash on her cheeks and around her eyes..even her ears..the rash itches badly. With her itching I’ve seen little welts on her cheeks. I give her 10mg zrytec and if she can’t stop itchy I’ll give her benadryl also. The strange thing is it gets worse after a shower..I only use the same products fearing an allegeric reaction to change..So I don’t think it has anything to do with soaps. Please help

    • Jan Modric

      Leslie,

      does the rash appear and disappear? Does it look like hives? Does she have long hair (that could touch her cheeks)? Hot water can aggravate an allergy. I recommend you to arrange an appointment with an allergologist.

  • robin p

    I have had a rash and been itching around my jaws and neck could my hair be the culprit??I had it cut short and now is growing out and it hangs around my face and neck??Anyone know about this??

    • Jan Modric

      Robin p,

      Have you cut your hare close to the skin?

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  • cmm

    Hi I am 48m years old. Going through peri menopause. I have a very itchy face. Sometimes it goes then comes back. Little flush of the face sometimes my back, and belly.I take meds for a nervous condition. I also just stopped chewing nicotine gum in case that was the cause. Then started chewing bubble gum, hard candies and other gum’s. What is causing this itch.I stopped chewing all gums and candy still my face itches.

    • Jan Modric

      cmm,

      if you search online for “menopause itch” you will find a lot of related info. Moisturizing creams and drinking enough water may help. Also check information leaflets of all drugs you are taking, since an itch can be a side effect of one or more of them.

  • gmr19

    Hello,

    I went to a dermatologist about a month ago and was diagnosed with seborrheic dermatitis on my face. He prescribed hydrocortisone valerate (cream) to apply once a day after cleansing the face. It seemed to work for about a week, but then all my usual symptoms came back (extremely itchy skin, redness, scaly/flaky skin on cheeks and on/above eyebrows). Is there something else I can try? I have very oily skin if that helps.

    Looking forward to your response.

    Grant R.

    • Jan Modric

      gmr19,

      I recommend you to recheck the diagnosis with the same or other dermatologist. Eczema, fungal or staph infection are few of other possible causes. Without knowing an exact diagnosis I can’t say what could help.

  • kelly

    My face would randomly itch followed by a red patch
    It has happened twice in two nights.
    Is it serious?
    I started coughing before the itchyness happened,
    I took some medication for the cough, but nothing works, its
    Been a week now! Then came the face rashes!
    I think my body is trying to tell me something!
    But I don’t know what!!
    Help please!

    • Jan Modric

      kelly,

      itch and rash, comming and going, plus cough, speak for an allergy – to food or something other, like cosmetics, substances in the air, molds on the walls, new lacquer on the furniture, and so on. I recommend you to visit an allergologist.

  • Iria

    Hi there, last year sometime around september, i got a cold sore on my lip from borrowing lip balm from a room mate, my mouth within 2 days went imflamed and i flared up with a bad case of coldsores all over my lips, i treated that, by using coldsore treatment, but bacteria had caused my coldsores to weap, and so then my doctor gave me foban to treat the redness and scabs, it cleared up a bit, since then, my mouth has been read and itchy , every single day since now so like7 months i have very itchy skin thats noticalbly red. i went back to the doctors and she then gave me pimafucort, it soothes it for a while but it is still itchy and red and irritating, Could you possibly give me some help, its so annoying and i feel very self concious..

    Iria

    • Jan Modric

      Iria,

      have you got an exact diagnosis of the sores: were they from Herpes virus, staph bacteria or something other? If nothing helps, I recommend you to see an infectologist.

  • Iria

    well the pharmacist said th it looked like coldsores, as they were little blisters that turned yellow and then went scabby and flaked off, but then apparently bacteria infected the area. ok i will do that, thank-you

    • Jan Modric

      Iria,

      cold sores (from Herpes virus) break the skin. It could be possible for staph bacteria to enter under the skin and cause inflammation(cellulitis). This would need oral antibiotic treatment. I’m not saying you have this, but dermatologist should know.

  • Grant

    Jan,

    Is there some kind of test that will verify my skin condition? The dermatologist I went to just examined my face and concluded that it was seborrheic dermatitis. So if I get a second opinion and he/she says seborrheic dermatitis, then it’s a sure thing?

    • Jan Modric

      Grant,

      second opinion (without testing) is still only an opinion. Such an opinion can convince you or not. Now, what exactly does raise your doubts about the first opinion? Diagnosis of seborrheic dermatitis is usually given after exclusion of other resembling conditions (differential diagnosis). Here are some pictures of seborrheic dermatitis.

  • kelly

    And now I’ve got a cold..
    Still an alergic reaction?

    • Jan Modric

      kelly,

      any headache, runny nose, coughing up mucus, fever? Itch and rash still there?

  • kelly

    Runny, blocked nose and a cough… I’ve stop taking cough
    Syrup because it never helped and I feel better a bit, but
    I’ve now got a blocked nose. The rash randomly comes, and I’ve got
    Cream for it from the doctors and it helps for a while.
    If its an alergic reaction is there anything I can do to reduce these symptoms, seeing as the
    medicines are no help?

    • Jan Modric

      kelly,

      if the rash is from an allergy, antihistamine medications would help.

  • kelly

    And this would help with the coughing and blocked nose too?

    • Jan Modric

      kelly,

      if all symptoms are from allergy, antihistamines should lessen all of them. If it is an infection, they won’t likely help.

  • kelly

    Ok thanks =)

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    • Jan Modric

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  • Milo

    Hi
    My face has been itching for almost a week now. There is no sign of rash or anything. My eyes also seem slightly irritated. I don’t usually have allergies so I don’t get why its itching. I put carmax on the areas but that only soothes it for a little while.

    • Jan Modric

      Milo,

      can you recall what happened on the day or day before the itch started? Have you traveled somewhere, eating some new food or used some new shampoo?

  • ys

    my 8 y.o. son was diagnosed to have the chickenpox last wednesday when I took him to the paediatrician. was prescribed anti-viral meds. his spots are slowly drying off now, Tuesday but on Friday or so, I noticed that 1 cheek of his was slightly red. I ignored it. Then it felt warm to the touch and yesterday, Monday, I realised there were like small red bumps (very tiny) in the patch on rash on only 1 cheek. I’ve tried the anti-biotic cream on it, didn’t really improve, then I started putting on elomet cream for him, as he has occasional eczema too. can you tell me what it is? is it related to his chicken pox or just a patch of eczema? thanks.

    • Jan Modric

      ys,

      I can’t exclude either, but rash only on one cheeck suggests a reaction to something what he has touched with that cheeck. A reaction to antiviral medication is also possible, so I suggest you to mention this to the pediatritian.

  • jmh

    Hi!
    about a yr ago I noticed a patch of red sometime pimply/itchy then turned to scaly skin under my right nostril. I went to the Dr. and he said a yeast infection & put a topical steroid cream. Since then it has spread to under the other nostril on my chin and between my eyes. When it is not irritated it remains a little red. I am a darker skin Caucasian w/ blue eyes and in my early 30’s. I have never had any acne problems in the past. I have been trying to find out if it is an allergy or a skin problem or just plain what the heck is it?!!. I have a sibling that seems to have the same problem along with two friends…could it be contagious??
    I can not see my Derm for another month due to scheduling and would really like to figure this out soon. Thanks for any help.

    • Jan Modric

      jmh,

      a fungal infection is possible, but I can’t say from here is it or not. OTC antifungal ointments exist.

  • jackie

    I have been under alot of stress lately. My face started feeling hot and itchy in various places on my ears and cheeks and eyelids, my eyes were sort of watery too, with extra eye guck in its their ducts. The rash itch and placement comes and goes, it makes my skin turn a little red but then completely dissapears during other times of the day. I also used to have yellow flakes that I don’t experience as much anymore. It is pretty annoying. I found something called seborrhoeic dermatitus that might be the culprit but i’m not seeing my doctor for another 4 days. I have had this rash for a week, i thought maybe it was an allergic reaction and it would go away. But it’s not going away. What do you think i should do?

    • Jan Modric

      jackie,

      a doctor will want to know:
      – are you taking or started to take any new medications recently?
      – have you tried any new food recently?
      – have you used any new hair dye, makeup, shampoo, sapoon recently?
      – where exactly were the flakes and how big were they?
      – when did you have the last period?

      Seborrheic dermatitis and allergic reaction could actually be triggered by stress. The doctor can decide if you need any medications.

  • lostandfound

    Hi there,
    Years ago, I got a rash on my face, characterized by tiny red bumps, no pustules, just a hot, itchy, burning rash that spread all over my face. I saw my doctor, went on antibiotics, and it went away. Then it came back, again and again. I would go on antibiotics, but it would just be going away when a 10 day course would run out. I became pretty much immune to tetracycline. Finally, my friends grandmother recommended that I dilute a tablespoon of bleach in a litre of water, and use it as an astringent, wiping it on the affected areas. This worked, finally, but still, periodically, the rash comes back (maybe once or twice a year). It has always helped to take ibuprofen in the morning (my eyes become very swollen in the a.m. when I have it) and I just wipe my face with a cottonball soaked in the bleach solution until the rash dries up. Do have any idea what this could be and how I can keep it from coming back?
    I have since read research that indicates that bleach baths help with ecxzema, but I don’t think that is what this is.

    • Jan Modric

      lostandfound,

      bumpy rash on face responding to antibiotics could be staphylococcal folliculitis. If you are staph carrier (having staph bacteria in the nose and in certain parts of skin) you might be auto-infecting yourself. Maybe antibiotics kill only some strains of staph bacteria, and make place for other strains resistant to antibiotics you’ve got. If this problem continues, you could visit a dermatologist or infectologist and ask about tests to determine exact type of bacteria in the rash and in your nose, and antibiotic sensitivity tests.

  • daniel

    hello,
    i have been experiencing red rashes on my face from nearly 4-5 yrs.they start with itchy rashes which are red in colour and they turn white,leaving white patches on the face.i have dandruff too,,i have been diagnosed with seborrhoeic dermatitis,pityriasis alba during these years,.
    i have used for last two years ‘Pimecrolimus’ Elidel ointment..it gets controlled a bit,,for time being and when i stop using the ointment when i see less patches,the cycle starts again..ITCHING-REDNESS-WHITE PATCHES,, please tell me the treatment ,,

    • Jan Modric

      daniel,

      a dermatologist can prescribe you appropriate treatment – a biopsy of the rash might be needed to confirm the diagnosis you have.

  • Raihena Choudhury

    i am facing the same problems what jackie has written here. my face is red and worm.i wake up from sleep.its non stop itching and redness. i didnt change any shampoo or any cosmetics.i am diabetic, blood pressure,thyroid is underactive. i am 60 yrs old. is there any remedy. i have tried telfast tablet in a day. nothing stops the itching. is there any remedy

    • Jan Modric

      Raihena,

      if telfast did not help and if you don’t have any constant rash, I don’t know if any other remedy would help.

  • HS

    TO JRMBRANDY,
    hi, same happened to me when i started using olay’s complete care with uv protection. i stoped using it. should i see the gp for this. it’s been a day now only. pls help.

    • Jan Modric

      HS,

      stopping using the irritating product will usually be enough and your symptoms should lessen or disappear in few days. You may visit a dermatologist and ask about skin tests for allergens.

  • HS

    to jrmbrandy.
    hi have you recovered from your problem?
    thanks

  • Becksies

    Hi,

    Wondered if you could help, I’ve had severe atopic ezcema all my life, but never on my face, recently I’ve been getting a rash that covers my cheeks and nose and is really embarrassing, and v hard to cover up, I’ll have the rash for a couple of days, treating it with my steroid eczema cream, it’ll go away and then be back less than a week later, its itchy and swollen and doing my head in.

    Thanks
    Bex

    • Jan Modric

      Becksies,

      I recommend you to visit a dermatologist and discuss about possible causes of the rash. The long-term solution seems to be in avoidining the triggers of eczema or eventual stress.

  • Becksies

    Hi Jan,

    I honestly don’t think its eczema, the rash looks more like the lupus one you have at the top of the page.

    My eczema is completely clear on the rest of my body at the moment, there’s just this weird rash on my face that comes back all the time.

    I’m in the UK and doctors here are useless, will book an appointment but I guarantee my GP will just send me home saying its eczema, cant see a dermatologist unless they refer me.

    Thanks
    Becksies

    • Jan Modric

      Becksies,

      lupus (SLE) was my first thought, but then you’ve mentioned eczema…Lupus often causes rash in a “butterfly” pattern (nose, front and both cheeks). Any GP should be familiar with it, but it is a dermatologist, or rheumatologist (SLE is a rheumatologic autoimmune disease) who can give you a diagnosis by finding specific antibodies in the blood.

  • lily

    helo, i have had ithiness on my cheeks for a few days, and it has gotton worse and spread to my forehead. there is no bumps or redness. it just feels very itchy all the time. i have tried to use creme as i thought my skin is too dry. but it doesnt help..i dont dye my hair too..
    do you know why is this so? and how to deal with this itchiness.
    Thank you

    • Jan Modric

      lily,

      itch relief after antihistamine pills would speak for some sort of allergy.

  • vusa

    hi,
    i am 25 yrs old female, I am from india.
    I got pimples when i was 16 at that time doctor suggested tretin 0.05percent cream. i am still using this cream,because of using this cream my face skin alone became brighter, wil it create any problem. Now a days because of skin dryness i am getting minor itchings

    • Jan Modric

      vusa,

      Tretin cream should be used only by prescription. Read the instructions on the information leaflet or speak with a dermatologist about side effects. This cream is to treat acne, but I don’t think it’s for a prolonged use.

  • Mandy

    Hi, For about 6 weeks now, my entire head from the base of my neck to the top of my scalp and all over my face is screaming with itchiness. My scalp is flaky, face is red and flaky, back of my neck seems swollen and is really itchy in two spots: the base of my hairline and the bottom for my neck.

    I’m 34 yrs old. I have no allergies. I did suffer from dandruff when I was a child and occasionally since then.

    About the time this started, My sister gave my a cotton/polyester sweater. I have stopped wearing it for a few weeks now.

    I use Head and Shoulders and when I shower, It relieves it a little but by the end of the day I am itching again and my skin is flaking. I put on moisturizer and that helps very little.

    The only other thing that’s different is I got a new convertable(first one) and I have driven with the top down without sunscreen and had some burns.

    I also smoke about a pack every 4 days.

    • Jan Modric

      Mandy,

      flaking is more likely caused by a seborrheic dermatitis or other disorder rather than allergy. I recommend you to visit a dermatologist.

  • PaulT

    Hi Jan…..hope you can help! ive recently started to get small itchy red spots on my chin.They will go away but come back in new areas on the chin etc.This have been happening for around 3-4 weeks now with no signs of clearing up and quite irratating and unpleasant to say the least.I have normal skin and have been using the same shaving and moisturising products for years,so im at a lost as what the cause could be.Hope you can help.Regards Paul.

    • Jan Modric

      PaulT,

      it can be folliculitis (some red bumps would likely have white heads). This is a staphylococcal infection; OTC antibiotic ointment containing mupirocin exists. If you are staph carrier, staph bacteria may live in your nose or on the skin without causing any problems until they enter deep into the skin.

      The other possibility are ingrown hairs. Or acne.

  • kaylababyyy

    is it possible to have Eczemaon your face?

    such as eye lids..

    i have eczema & sometimes my eyelids & around my eye brows itch.

  • Lovefever

    Well I have red itchy bumps almost all over my body by now, it had taken almost 2 weeks to cover my body (behind the ears,behind the neck,arms,legs and chest.) I am about 5 months pregnant and I have never had these red bumps ever in my life, and now my ears also are drying out and my eyelids are getting small red bumps that itch. What might it be because I sure don’t know what it is. HELP.

    • Jan Modric

      Lovefever,

      one possible cause would be staphylococcal folliculitis, but hard to say. In this case an OTC antibiotic ointment containing mupirocin could help. A dermatologist can give you a diagnosis.

  • soundmaniac

    my face has recently started itching me my cheeks eyelids forehead itch and there are small pin head sized bumps all over my face what could possibly cause this?

    • Jan Modric

      soundmaniac,

      one possible cause is staphylococcal folliculitis – a bacterial infection of hair follicles. In this case some bumps would likely have white heads. I can’t say if you have folliculitis or not, though. OTC antibacterial ointment containing mupirocin is available in pharmacies.

  • Jamjam

    Hi, Well I thought I would write on here and ask a question. As of right now I am 30 weeks pregnant with my 4th child. For the past going on 5 days now I have had VERY itchy shoulders and on the front of my chest! Almost like where my bra strap would be. They are tiny bumps. I have no idea where it is coming from. I have been eating what I normaly eat and using the same Shampoo,lotion,laundry soap and body spray. I am going to see my doctor next week but what can I do to relieve the redness and itching? Somebody?? Thanks

    • Jan Modric

      Jamjam,

      I don’t know what is the exact cause of rash in your case. Staphylococcal folliculitis would be possible, for example. I recommend you to visit the doctor sooner….

  • David G

    Hi…i was diagnosed with atopic dermatitis when i was little..ive had rashes come and go my entire life…I’m 25 right now and lately its been gettin worse in my face…It itches like hell all day, and every morning when i wake up…my face is all swollen and redness every where…ive tried hidrocortizone creams but dont really work…do u know what can i take..specially for the itchin??

    • Jan Modric

      David G,

      an allergist may find a trigger of the inflammation – it’s possible you’ve became allergic to certain food or substance. Antihistamine pills might help reduce itch, but this does not appear to be a permanent solution.

  • tf

    hi… i’ve had a very bad pimple breakout since about june this year but my cheeks became itchy about 3 weeks ago. thats where my pimples are so i stopped using my pimple cream and toner but the itchy did not go away and my skin became really dry. i put moisturiser on my face and it helped the itch to go away for a while. about one week ago, my lips became dry so i used lipbalm but now y lips are dry, pain and burning instead. i’ve changed to using aoe vera gel on my face and it helps with the itch for a while but i dont want to live with my face like this. i have been waking up in the middle of the night scratching my face. i tried taking zyrtec for 10 days but the itch did not go away. i’ve been using my shampoo and sunblock for the whole year. the formula of my conceaper and race wash have been changed but i have been using them for a few months already so its probably not caused by them. i’ve actuslly tried washing y face with water only but that did not help either. im currently taking estelle (taken for 2 months)
    and augmetin (taken for 3 days). my exams are coming soon and this is making me very distressed. please help! thanks

    • Jan Modric

      tf,

      you can try not to use any substances on your face for a while to see if it helps. If not, I recommend you to visit a dermatologist.

  • Itch

    Hi,

    for the past two weeks the corner of my lips have felt swollen bt don’t look it and have been itchy on and off all day. There is no sign of blisters but can it still be a cold sore? Please help!

    • Jan Modric

      Itch,

      in a cold sore, but also in certain other conditions, an itch can appear before a sore.

  • charlene

    hi!my face is itchy,reddish,and rashes all the time.sometimes i take antihistamine to relieve from itchiness.it works but after few hours itchiness starts again and rashes and redness doesn’t disappear..im using ponds cream this time but still no changes at all..please help.thanks.

    • Jan Modric

      charlene,

      how do the rashes look, when did they appear?

  • shalini

    i am 21 years old i had hyperpigmentation, which when consulted doctor gave me few creams, one of them retino gel,, applying that i have had full burnt marks,and full dry skin on my eyes, and jaws which is very itchy,, please help me!!!

    • Jan Modric

      shalini,

      you should use any ointment having “retin…” in the name carefully, since it may cause serious skin damage. A dermatologist can tell you what can be done and which medications to use.

  • oldguy

    I have had a rash on my eyebrows for 5 years now. I have had dermatologists look at it but they can not diagnose this sticky rash which is causing my eyebrows to fall out. Could this be a response to a parasite in my stomach? Can stomach parasites cause rashes to exist on the face or is this something they do not do?

    • Jan Modric

      oldguy,

      I’m not sure if intestinal parasites would cause rash limited to the eyebrows and lasting for 5 years.

      There are Demodex mites, skin parasites that typically affect the eyebrows. A detailed investigation of the hair follicles would be needed to make a diagnosis.

  • stella

    am from Africa but my face itches a lot yet i wash it in the morning and before i go to bed,I have rashes in my whenever i try to change a lotion it just becomes worse.The first time it cleared was when i was given a medical tube to use ,MY FACE CLEARED BUT IT WAS LIKE I WAS BLEACHING IT.

    • Jan Modric

      stella,

      where exactly do you have rash and how exactly does it look? Since when do you have it? Which medication was in the medical tube?

  • M Hughes

    Hello..I am a 30 year old female and 3 days ago I developed a rash on my chin. The next day I noticed it started spreading to my left cheek, it looks like scratches. It itches and burns really bad and there are tiny bumps in it. Anti-itch medications are not very effective. Any ideas on what the heck this may be?

    • Jan Modric

      M Hughes,

      are bumps like translucent blisters, or pinkish bumps, or like acne with white heads – in this case it could be staphylococcal folliculitis. Were you in contact with some animal or plants, do you think it could spread from your nose, or from someone other infected (in the gym, via towels…)?

  • M Hughes

    No, there are no whiteheads. It just looks like someone took their fingernails and scratched them down my face. It itches like crazy. I did some research online and it came to my attention that it could be caused from the mangoes I have been eating but I cant be too sure. What do you think?

    • Jan Modric

      M Hughes,

      a rash due to a food allergy is usually in the form of bumpy or patchy hives – a pinkish, slightly elevated discoloration anywhere on the skin, which appears either within an hour, or within 72 hours after eating the food. Lips or mouth tingling or itching are also common.

      A small delimited area with rash sounds more like a local infection or eczema (contact dermatitis, possibly including a contact with some fruit or plant or something other). The scratchy appearance may speak for a real scratch and a subsequent infection, occurring during sleeping, for example.

  • itchy

    I had a bad itchy rash from amoxicillin 3 months ago. I am still itch .I have been to all kinds of doctors. No one knows why. I take 3 24 hr. antihistimes and 2 pepcids a day. If I stop the mid dose i get rashy and really itchy within a few days. Im 50 and miserable. Now I need to take a sleeping pill cause I am so jacked up from all these pills. I am scared what its doing to me. But I am afraid to get off them. I have done blood work and its fine.

    • Jan Modric

      itchy,

      was an allergy to amoxicillin confirmed? Why were you taking this antibiotic? How does the rash look like, where is it, is it constant or does it come and go?

  • Jessica

    I woke up yesterday with itchy bumps on my left eyelid, and around my nose and mouth. They were not red or swollen just really itchy. I bought Calamine lotion and applied but it seems to be spreading and still really itchy.

    • Jan Modric

      Jessica,

      pinkish bumps could be hives caused by an allergic reaction to some fabric…Rash strictly limited to one side of the face could be shingles -a reactivation of the varicella zoster virus. If some bumps have white heads, it could be staphylococcal folliculitis.

  • Glenn Walker

    Hi, i am a 23 year old male. My face is always dry, especially when i get out of the bath. When i apply any moisteriser my skin seems to break out into red rashes on cheeks. I have been trying to sort this for over a year now. Any tips on anything i should be doing or what moisterisers are the best. I Have used e45 cream and that doesnt seem to work.

    • Jan Modric

      Glenn Walker,

      How does the rash look – like a pinkish red bumps or patches? An antihistamine pill taken at least one hour before bath preventing rash after applying a moisturizer would speak for an allergy. You could be allergic to a physical contact with hot water plus maybe to certain substance in moisturizers. If rash disappears in few hors this additionally speaks for allergy.

  • tsungai

    I have had a rash & pimples on my face since I was a teenager, I am now 34 and am from Africa. I have been using a product called Bio Claire which worked very well the past 10 years but I stopped using it about a month ago because of concerns over an ingredient called BHT in it. I now have an itchy face, with rash around my chin area and over my cheeks and forehead. Sometimes there are small light-coloured patches on my face. My nose and the area around it is free of all blemishes, though it is rather oily. Can you help? I don’t know what to use to cleanse my face or moisturise it or to get rid of the rash.

    • Jan Modric

      tsungai,

      I don’t know what is the cause of your rash; it could be a persistent form of acne or seborrheic dermatitis, for example. A dermatologist can give you a diagnosis; I can’t recommend any remedy without knowing the exact cause.

  • goldgodess

    Hi Im 32 I’ve had lots of dandruff for last 2 years don’t know if its connected 2 months ive had white flakey rash and redness on eyelids which are a tad swollen & burning a little. my eyes are itchy, watery, rash seems to have spread a bit to under the eye have a red burning rash around sides and base of nose is this blepharitis, eczema, psoriasis ahhhhh

    • Jan Modric

      goldgodess,

      one possible cause is seborrheic dermatitis. A dermatologist can give you diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

  • viki

    Hey,

    I have a cold virus right now my brother has it also I am 19 and he is 17. We live in England.

    Today we both had a rash on our faces his eyes were swollen and his face is dry, red, patchy and itchy. (all itching is above the eye brows, cheeks, near the nose and in my case in-between my eyes brows.)

    Mine symptoms are the same except I do not have itchy or swollen eyes.

    We are both asthmatic and finding it hard to breathe, but I assume that is down to the phlegm on the chest and stuff. None of us have taken any medication except our inhalers which we have both been using since childhood.

    Any help?

    • Jan Modric

      viki,

      please visit a doctor, both of you. I can’t say if the rash is a part of infection or an allergic reaction (which is more common in people with asthma) to some medication or skin product…

  • itchy

    For the 2 weeks now, my face appears some patches of redness around the sides of my upper cheeks and my forehead. They’re very itchy and irritant.For two days now, my eyes are swollen. Some times my eyes are so puffy that I can’t open the eyelids. My face is now swollen. I’ve been using the heater a lot during this cold winter. Is that possible the cause of my puffy face? How may I get back to my normal skin? I’ve tried not to turn the heater to high temperature already. Thank you for helping!!

    • Jan Modric

      itchy,

      upper facial swelling, redness and itch may be, for example, due to a hair dye allergy, or systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) with a typical butterfly rash. I’m really not sure if a heater alone could cause such swelling and irritation. A dermatologist may give you a diagnosis.

  • baf

    Hi!
    I am 29 yrs. old.Female. My face had some acne, acne marks and pimples.I heard a certain cream from my nephew. He said this cream really works! That’s why a week ago i decided to apply [NAME REMOVED] exfoliant -whitening cream.Hoping to cure my skin problem. But then, 2 days of applying this cream, My face started feeling hot and itchy in various places on my ears and cheeks. What seems to be the problem… Help please…

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Baf

      You should never use skin care products to treat a skin condition without first consulting with a dermatologist. You may be having an allergic reaction to the crea, or the cream may be highly toxic, especially if sourced from unreputable manufacturer. Some “whitening” creams also contain corticosteroids, hydroquinone or even mercury. You need to stop using the cream immediately and see a doctor as son as possible. Without medical treatment, you may have permanent scarring/darkening of the skin develop over time.

      Please do not mention brand/trade/commercial names of products in the future.

  • carelessme

    Hello.,.i’m a filipino.,..and i’m 20 years old.,.my korean friend gave me a facial mask (PRODUCT NAME DELETED) the back portion is all korean so i don’t know exactly what it says.,.so i just follwed how we usually apply face masks.,.like leave it there for 20 mins rinse with water.,.and apply a moisturizer.,.i’ve used it twice already.,..first was last wedensday and then just this sunday.,.she also gave me (real nutrtion cream) from COMPANY NAME DELETED.,.i’m quite not sure if it’s a night or day cream.,.i couldn’t understand the label.,.so i decided to just use it day and night.,.i’ve been using it for four days already.,.i haven’t noticed any sign of irritation until this morning aftr shower.,.i have this tiny red spots on my cheeks.,.which for me looks like tiny blood clots.,i dnt feel any discomfort.,.or itch.,.but these tiny dots are disturbng me.,.i used olay tonight and ddnt put anything else to avoid further irritation.,.i also tried putting cool towel over my face.,.hope you can help me find out what happnd 2 my face.,.:( thanks 🙂

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Carelessme

      Without knowing the active ingredients in these products, there is no way that we can comment further. Since these symptoms arose after you started using these skin care products, it would be fair to assume that it is the cause. You are most likely having a superficial reaction to it (contact dermatitis) and if you are allergic to any of the ingredients, this would more likely irritate the skin even further. You should stop using the product immediately and speak to your doctor as soon as possible. Your doctor may prescribe medication or topical applications to reduce the extent of the irritation and prevent any complications like skin discoloration which commonly arise with these types of reactions, especially if it is left untreated.

  • my 1year old son is having dry itchy skin and scalp just one week after Measles though i consulted skin specialist but after 10 days medication it doesn’t help as yet, my doctor say’s it could be deficiency in Vit.A could it be since i went to see the doctor today she told that he’s doesn’t seem to have that so she gave me only mUlti vitamins, please help

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Evan

      Skin symptoms following conditions like measles is not uncommon. Even if your doctor feels that it may be a deficiency and starts your son on multivitamins, don’t expect results overnight. It can take several weeks. In the interim, do not let your son use a swimming pool and discontinue using antibacterial soaps on the body as well. Also stop bubble baths. There are various possible causes for dry skin. Sometimes eczema can only start up by 18 months or so of age. This is more likely if you are not breastfeeding, there is a family history of allergies or he has other allergic conditions like asthma or hay fever. It would be wise to go back to the dermatologist after a week or two.

  • kay

    i really need help! 🙁 for past couple of months my skin was all good and soft i never used to apply make up or notthing but jus recently iv been using foundation both [NAME DELETED] for first couple of days it was ok but just recently i have realised some small spots on my face and theres alot of them but you can barely see them but when i touch my face it feels really rough nd spotty and it also burns alot and not to forget it also itches alot i cant take it any more! please help! 🙁

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Kay

      This may be case of contact dermatitis. It could be due to the makeup you are using and even if you were fine previously, you could start having a reaction to it. Stop using it and see a dermatologist as soon as you can. Leaving it unattended can cause a number of skin complications that can be quite serious in the long run.

      Note from Editor :
      Please do not use brand/trade names of commercial products.

  • Janet Parslow

    Dr. Chris,
    I recently used a bronzer on my face. After a week of use, I noticed my skin was becoming tan, but scaly, itchy and blochy as well. I have discontinued use, but nothing seems to relieve the scaling and itchness. It almost appears burned. I used witch hazel, but now have discontinued all products on my face. What next??? Thanks.

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Janet

      It usually takes about 6 weeks at least for contact dermatitis to subside. You should notice some improvement by 2 to 3 weeks after stopping ALL products and just moisturizing the skin with a hypoallergenic (no fragrance, colorants, etc) cream / emollient. Of course not every case will just pass on its own by just discontinuing the application that caused this. You may still need further treatment to reduce itching, prevent any secondary bacterial infection and assist with any wound healing. At this point it would be advisable that you see your GP, or preferably a dermatologist.

  • brittany

    my chin line, tops of my hands, and lower shi s/ ankles, have been itching and burning and driving me insane over the past couple weeks. i show no visible rash other than sometimes that part of my skin looks a little redder than the areas around it. and its only in those 3 places. sometimes my chin line itches will move around my face and forehead but other than that it stays in the same place. i use hydrocortisone creams it helps for a min.. but thats it.. no new soap, ect..anyone have any idea what this is? before i go nuts with it? and i dont work around chemicals. tops of hands..chin line/ face, and 3 inches above my ankle to my ankles.. my feet are fine…

  • North Carolina

    my face is itchy and slight tingling feeling and little bumps not stuck together but spread apart…I asked a pharmacist,but he just said its the weather change? Is it, cuz its been a while, thinking maybe its roscea?

    • Hi North Carolina, there is no need to suspect rosacea so quickly. Your pharmacist is correct that certain weather changes can cause sudden, often mild, skin symptoms. This could also be sunburn, even if you have not been specifically sunbathing. Sometimes it could be the soap you are using, your cosmetics or even the water. There a host of possibilities. Allergies can also be a possibility. Remember that allergies can start up in adulthood even if you never had it before. It is difficult to say through an online platform. You should speak to your doctor and see a dermatologist is possible.

  • john

    Dr.Chrish..i have skin dryness as well as itching..pimples are appearing on my forehead and around chins..and during itching white patches appear and within few days it turns to black spot..would u kindly provides me some information?…

    • Hi John. It would be advisable to consult with a doctor. There are so many skin conditions that present in such a similar manner. It could be contact dermatitis since it started so suddenly but there are many other skin diseases and infections that may cause similar symptoms. If you have started with any new soap, cream or just about anything else that you use on your skin then stop it immediately and see a doctor. Use a good emollient in the mean time to ease the dryness and try to avoid too much of sunlight until your doctor identifies the cause.

  • -A

    I have got a new puppy recently and i have come up in a rash on both of my cheeks that are very itchy i also have a little rash on the two of my arms. and little bites on my legs and belly. my puppy as an infection that is being treated that his breed of dog gets. And my other dog has mange. but is treated. Can anyone help me out and tell me what it could be? or any ways i can treat this rash without going to the doctors…

    • Hi A. Your symptoms could very likely be related to your dog’s mange. The mites that cause mange on dogs can also cause skin diseases in humans. It could be nothing to do with the infections and infestations that you dog has but still be a problem related to contact with the dog, like allergic contact dermatitis. Here your immune system reacts to dog hair/fur and causes a rash on the skin where you touched the dog. As you can see there are many possibilities. In fact it may not even be related to your dog. You should not try to treat this at home. It seems to be extensive. See a doctor and possibly a dermatologist if you are able to. Otherwise speak to your pharmacist for more advice on some OTC products that you can use temporarily, but this is not advisable.

  • Prof Chris Hawkes

    To Dr da Silva, I would like to make a copy of Figure 4 (facial malignant melanoma) for a textbook I am writing. Can I have your permission – perhaps by email woudl be best. Chris Hawkes (Barts Hospital, London UK.)

    • Good day Prof Hawkes. Health Hype has permission to use these images but cannot authorize such to any other party. You may contact Dr. da Silva and associates on their Dermatology Atlas Brazil website (http://atlasdermatologico.com.br/). Dr. da Silva is not part of our team.

  • milly

    i have been experiencig white spots like rigworms on my face and when i consulted a doctor he prescribed a betamethason cream. I applied the cream for 3 weeks and the problem was over. but when i stoped using the cream the face vwas itchy and the rushes reoccured. now what can i apply

    • Hi Milly. It is difficult to say for sure without examining the skin. Betamethasone is a steroid cream so it will clear up just about any skin symptom but this does mean that it targeted the cause of the problem. The rash will return once the cream is stopped if the underlying condition is not appropriately treated or resolves on its own. If it is indeed a ringworm (skin fungal infection) then you need to use an antifungal cream. Your doctor will be able to prescribe it. However, it is possible that this is another skin condition altogether. Without knowing the exact diagnosis it is difficult to say for sure. It would be advisable to see to see a dermatologist at this point.

  • joanne

    I have been waking up on a regular basis with my face red and swollen and my eyes puffed right up. Been on 40 mg reactine along with 300mg of ranititdine which helps some days..but its not strong enough anymore..I think whats causing this is an underlying medical condition but the doctors cant figure it out..its litterally ruining my life..I cant work when I have a flare up and it takes 5 to 7 days to clear up back to normal.

    • Hi Joanne. It sounds like you are developing angioedema. It is basically a type of allergic and the cause is very often unknown. Unlike other allergic conditions, it is difficult to isolate the trigger. So the condition is usually treated symptomatically or sometimes the immune system is suppressed since this is an abnormal immune reaction. Many people who have hives and angioedema find that it recurs often and all that can be done is to treat the symptoms. It is a difficult condition to keep at bay in the long term. Speak to your doctor about your concerns.

  • Carol K.

    I am at my wit’s end…

    2 months ago, I started experiencing itching and redness under my lip. In a few days, it creeped up to 2 places on either side of my lower lip, the right side of my upper lip, and the right part of my cupid’s bow.

    It never blisters, just gets red and makes my entire mouth (including the skin around it) itch like crazy. It’s unbearable!

    Sometimes, overnight, the redness on my lips will vanish. But the itching will remain, with no visible signs of a rash or anything that is causing it. It just never stops itching for any reason.

    I live in South Korea, and of the 2 dermatologists I’ve seen, one told me to use sunscreen more (doesn’t work), and the other gave me some mild antibiotics and a topical cream (Desonide 0.05%) both of which have proven completely useless!

    It’s driving me crazy! What could this possibly be?

    • Hi Carol. Several skin conditions could present like this but the concern here would be conditions like oral herpes caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). Do not confuse it with genital herpes just yet which is caused by a similar virus but is sexually transmitted, although even this virus could sometimes cause oral herpes. Desonide may provide some symptomatic relief but will not resolve the condition. You will need an antiviral ointment if it is oral herpes. However, we cannot say for sure through an online platform. Another relatively common condition would be contact dermatitis but once again only your doctor can confirm these conditions. It may be an entirely different condition. Speak to your doctor again.

  • Lady_Frenzy

    Hi,
    I tried posting earlier, but it didn’t post for some reason. Anyway, My mouth has been itching for 2 months. It started with a rash under my bottom lip, but quickly become 2 vertical red lines / rashes on either side of my bottom lip. Then 1 rash on the right side of my upper lip and 1 on top of the right cupid’s bow. Sometimes all the redness will vanish overnight, but my whole mouth will itch like crazy, even with no signs of irritation. Just a constant tingle and itch all over. I’ve been to 2 dermatologists, one who did nothing, and the other who gave me a weak topical and mild antibiotics (which didn’t work.) The redness comes and goes every few days, but the itch ALWAYS remains. What do you think it could be?

    • Hi Lady. I’m unsure if you have used another name when posting a previous comment. I would refer you to the comment by Carol K. and the subsequent reply by us. We suggested to look into possibilities such as oral herpes and contact dermatitis. Topical/oral antibiotics will not be able to treat these conditions.

  • Lisa

    Hello, I am a 36 year old female. Last night my face became red,swallon and really burning, hot to the touch. I thought it might have been just a wind burn but when I got up this morning it was the same and I also realized that my skin was blotchy going down my neck by both shoulders and back of neck. All the skin feels a little bumpy.I have never had this happen before. The only way I can explain my face is that it feels like I got a wind burn like I do in the summer. Any information might help.

    • Hi Lisa. It could be sunburn. Even if it is winter where you are, sunburn can still occur. The symptoms of sunburn may not always be evident while you are exposed to the sun or just after it. But after a few hours it can arise and be very intense. Of course, this is just one possibility. There are many other conditions where these types of symptoms can occur. You may want to look up on contact dermatitis which means that something that came into contact with your skin irritated it or triggered an allergic reaction. You should consult with a doctor who can examine your skin and make a final diagnosis.

  • Denise

    I awoke with an itchy face and a small red sore that looked like a small scratch on my nose

  • Kristen Bryce Weaver

    I woke up fine yesterday, around 6am. At about 2-3, I started to notice tiny itcy bumps, no redness, around the outter corner of my right eye. You couldnt really see them, just could feel them, and they were just slightly raised. The itchyness progressed a bit throughout the day. Then last night, I noticed alittle bit starting under my left eye, not as bad. Well I woke up this morning, 630am, and my face is itching alot worse. There is red marks where I feel the bumps. It has spread on my right side. Its in a part of my eyebrow now, and is curving to under the eye. On the left side, its worse as well. Worse redness than the right side, and its reached just to the left nostril and more of my cheek. What is this? A rash? Allergic reaction? Ive only changed three things in my life recently. I take Magnesium pills, use orsythia birth control pills, and I now use Wen conditioner. Please help. One more thing, took a benadryl generic this morning to help with the itching.

  • Carol Fields

    every winter i get red spotty rash dry skin and itching on my face
    is there something at home i can use to rid me of this

    • Hi Carol. It is important to first identify what may be causing this. In all likelihood it is related to the change in weather as the skin does dry excessively during winter. However. it is possible that this is a seasonal allergy. A dermatologist needs to investigate it to reach a final diagnosis. You could be reacting to something in your environment and just treating it on the surface will not stop it. You probably have tried different moisturizers and emollients and at this point medical attention is necessary.

  • Casey G

    My sister first got a few red bumps on the area in between her chin and lips two years ago around thanksgiving, they went away after two weeks; then appeared again last summer, disappeared after a week and a half; appeared a few months ago, disappeared after a few weeks; then just appeared this morning. The dots are red and are characterized by itching, slight puffiness on the lips when she got them in the summer, and they appeared when she wore a face mask and a ski mask. Putting anti itch cream on her face cools it down. Please let me know what it is.

    • Hi Casey G. It is difficult to say for sure through an online platform but this does sound a lot like a herpes simplex infection. Many of us call it cold sores or fever blisters. These viral infections are chronic. It comes and goes but can remain for years and even decades. Stress is one of the triggers that will make the bumps reappear. There are two types of herpes simplex virus – one causes these type of bumps on the face, the other causes genital herpes. However, we are not definitely saying that this is herpes simplex infection. There are a number of other conditions that could also be responsible. It may be acne or even folliculitis among a host of other skin diseases. She should consult with a dermatologist to be sure and for the appropriate treatment to be prescribed.

  • Luka

    HI,
    I am a 14 year old male with what seems to be a rash on and just under chin. It does not fade from pressure or a clear glass, but i otherwise feel fine. It has just appeared, and i am suspicious that it is just broken capillaries at the surface from scratching. I think the skin was itchy because of facial hair breaking out. Am i correct or could it be something more serious?
    Thanks.

    • Hi Luka. Yes it is very possible that this is due to facial hair and scratching could lead to further irritation and even an infection. Given your age acne may also be a consideration. Even though it may not be anything serious it would still be advisable that you seek some medical advice. Try not to scratch. If it is itching and you have to make contact with the area then rub instead of scratching.

  • vedd

    I have itching on my face and some. Pimples like structure please tell some solution

    • Hi Vedd. If it really is pimples then you will need to commence with acne treatment. However, you should not make an assumption on your own. Many skin conditions appear the same to the untrained eye. You should first see a doctor, preferably a dermatologist, and then have the appropriate treatment prescribed. That would be the best and most effective solution.

  • Nefelibata

    Hi, I’m a teenager, female. Hope you’ll answer me. I don’t have time to go to dermatologist so I’m doing self medication. I found out that for sensitive skin I should only use mild cleanser. I’m actually not sure about my skin type. It’s acne-prone, I got blackheads, whiteheads, really large pores and also zits and pimples (lot in my left cheek) and I sweat easily so I decided to use a mild cleansing gel, I’ve been using it for five days now and I noticed after washing my face feel itchy and there are little red circular spots. After 30 minutes or less it’s gone. Hope you’ll tell me what do you think about it and also the cleanser is super mild and it has no fragrance, for all skin types but I’m worried about what’s happening.

  • urmi

    I am 28. My skin type was oily. But don’t know how from last year i’m feeling dryness and itching in my facial area.skin also peeled out resulting spot all over my face. I have tried a lot home remedies like honey mask, milk cream etc and putting Vaseline on face before sleeping. But nothing seems to be worked. Really confused what to do.can you please suggest me?

  • Lynda Bausor

    Hi.Lynda here from UK. 49 years old,I have never suffered from acne, I have pimple spots/rash,oner cheeks/chin/forehead and bridge of my nose. Have had to have hospital treatment, for a fibroglossal duct cyst flare up,and had intrevinus drip of Steroids and antibiotics. The spot rash thing goes away,while having treatment,then 2/4 days after I am home, it all flares up again sometime its itchy,but not driving me mad. Can this be Lupus? Help!!!
    Lynda

    • Hi Lynda. It is possibly a “butterfly rash” which is a characteristic symptom of SLE (lupus) but there is no way for us to confirm this with any certainty through an online platform. If your doctors suspect so then they will run the necessary tests for lupus. However, there are other causes that also need to be considered here and you should consult with a dermatologist. Acne can arise later in life around the menopausal years even if you didn’t have acne earlier in life.

  • Muneer Khan

    since one year I am struggling with sunburn, pimples, and itching on face, I started using sebamed soap and planning to use sebamed cleaning face wash. I have consultant doctors but its not helping me.
    how do I identify the cause of the itching on face, any good product to remove sunburn from the face and any good whitening cream

  • Shaniya Elien

    The sides of my mouth started itching a little but that usually happens then stops, but then for the first time 2 days later at least 4 bumps showed up on the right side of my mouth only. Now I’ve never kissed anybody, and haven’t had any type of herpes or certain diseases. I know that doesn’t have to be the only reason but I don’t know what it is, and I’ve tried ointments and an antihistamine but nothing has changed. What can I take for it to go away. Please.

  • Abigail

    Hi! I am experiencing mild face itch at the lower cheeks area before i sleep almost every night. There were red patches annd tiny bumps. It gets better during the day but once i wash my face, it starts again. Not only that, i also have mild outer ear itch and antihistamines dont seem to be working for me ;/ I tried changing pillow case as well.

    • Hi Abigail. There are many possibilities and it could even be a reaction to soap and water. If you are using any creams on your face then you may want to stop for a few days to see if it eases. The same goes for makeup. Even if it does ease, it would be advisable to speak to your doctor and possibly consult with a dermatologist. This could be a start of some skin condition and if you leave it unattended it could get worse over time.

  • Austin

    Hi, I am in need of some help.. I have been to a dermatologist about my acne problems but the medicine is not working. My dermatologist prescribed me retin and clindamycin but I have seen no changes. I have also tried aloe Vera, Panoxyl and even cocoa butter to try to resolve the issue but nothing seems to work.. My problem is not so much zits, it’s dry skin. Everytime I get out of the shower, my face looks like a peeling snake. It never seems to fail. Over time, this excessive drying and peeling has caused my face to become red. Here recently when I get nervous or am under pressure, my faces tingles and itches. My scalp also itches every once in a while.. I have tried different soaps but none seem to do the job.. And the medicine that I was prescribed by my doctor only makes my dryness worse.. They say to use lotion on my face but it doesn’t help either… Im 18 years old and stuck between and rock and a hard place… It’s very aggravating, stressful and embarrass.. Any help would be appreciated. Also this has only been happening for about a year and a half

  • Austin

    Hi.. I have tried posting but it did not go through.. Here in the last year and a half I have been experiencing really bad dry skin. Every time I take a shower, I get out and my entire face (forehead, checks, chin, nose) is really flaky and dry. I have tried different soaps that are recommended by dermatologist and I have also used medicine prescribed by my dermatologist but nothing seems to work. I have tried mositurizers but when I apply them, all I do is irritate the dry skin and make it flake up. This flakiness has resulted in my cheeks and forehead being red as well. Any help would be greatly appreciated. It’s like I am stuck between a rock and a hard place. If I apply moisturizers or lotion then my skin becomes irritated and usually leads to pimples, but the dry skin will not go away. Sometime I experience hot flashes and my face become itchy and tingles.

    • Hi Austin. It is advisable that you follow up with the dermatologist. From what you are describing there seems to be more to the problem than just dry flaky skin. Remember that dry flaky skin may just be a symptom of an underlying skin disease. There are many possible causes but considering that you seem to have more of a reaction after making contact with certain substances (soap and water) it is possible that this could be contact dermatitis, or that these substances are aggravating an underlying skin disorder. It is really difficult to say for sure. You dermatologist will be able to advise your further after reassessing your condition.

  • i have itchy skin on…. extensor carpi radialis longus (ELBOW) , Back of my NECK , (back of my shoulder (left) then sometimes in groin.SPECIALLY i have an itchy tingling feeling on MY FACE – esp. CHEEKS and CHIN 🙁
    what is this…? i experienced this almost 1 year plus+ … I never go to derma or specialist doctor about skin but I’ve been checked up from 3 kinds of Doctor (QUACK) or quack doctor ” THEY SAID that IT WAS an ALLERGY ” and I was SHOCKED! I can’t believe.. what I’m supposed to do? the itchy always back day by the sometimes every 12 hours, then again stop.then continued back..
    when i rubbed my face, because of itchyness.. I spit blood 🙁 (saliva with blood 🙁 )
    i don’t know what is this… can you help me what I’m supposed to do? 🙁

  • Mitzi Von

    Granted, I have had eczema in the past but what I have going on recently does not clear up with medications used for eczema but yet, every time I waste $ going to any doctor, I get the same diagnosis. This itching rash usually affects my face and hands, and appears out of nowhere, and woke me up 2 nights ago to severe, extreme itching. I am presently under employed/uninsured, have tried many home remedies but, nothing helps except time. I have rheumotoid arthritis, and recently was hospitalized for perforated diverticulitis but due to no insurance, they would not even consider treating me for anything besides stabilizing my present condition, and getting me out of there. I have become desperate, embarrassed, depressed, and somewhat of a recluse. I visit a clinic occasionally but, he agrees with dermatologists, and other doctors so, I receive no resolution there either. I am on the brink of giving up. I need help yesterday, and do not want to take matters into my own hands because I will try anything to alleviate the problem!