Itchy Face Skin – What to Do and What Not to Do

Itchy face skin is a common experience currently much exacerbated by the necessary wearing of masks worn to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We discuss here what to do and what not to do, if you experience itchy skin on your face.

Why Is My Face Itchy and Red?

If you’ve eliminated the obvious reasons, these being sunburn or overheating, it’s worth looking through the other possible causes of a red, inflamed, itchy face, so that you can get appropriate treatment. Rosacea tends to show up as bright red, warm, inflamed patches particularly on the cheeks, like a long-lasting, blotchy blush.

Where it appears: often on the scalp, face, or torso first, then spreading to the entire body. What it looks like: small red bumps at first, which quickly become clear, fluid-filled blisters on a pink base; these eventually become dry brown crusts or scabs. New waves of itchy blisters often emerge as the illness progresses.

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What Not To Do When Your Face Itches?

It seems that I am on the path to solving my burning itching face. Mine burns at all hours but itches mostly in the evenings. Unfortunately, I am investigating the possibility of having Demodex mites on my face. They do come out in the evening/night! I have never seen them, but it sure does seem like I feel them at times.

Mites are rare but acne bumps frequently do cause itching. Itching your acne may spread bacteria and as a result more acne over your face. Itchy pimples can be influenced by sweating, cosmetics, clogged pores, or hormones. If your face itches and you also have pimples or cysts, you may have acne vulgaris (regular acne) or cystic acne, which is worth talking to a doctor about for the most effective treatments.

Tips To Prevent Face Itching

While treating your skin, try to avoid scratching, as this will further irritate your skin and could increase your risk for a skin infection. That sounds obvious but sometimes the obvious things fail to occur to the itch sufferer.  It’s a good idea to take steps to help prevent your skin from itching.

To help prevent itching, don't run your bath too hot, and don't stay too long under the shower.

When I was an adolescent I often became affected by even luke-warm water while taking a bath in winter. My skin used to get rough patches and gave itching effect after a bath. I started sneezing, even though not sick, and my skin got itchy in strange spots. My eyes would water for no apparent reason, and I occasionally face trouble going out into the sunlight.

Why is my face itchy?

The likely diagnosis is seborrhoeic dermatitis. The following clinical features are often present:

  • ill-defined plaques in skin folds on both sides of the face
  • itchy and flaky skin
  • salmon-pink rash.

You can get a rash from poison ivy any time of the year. If you think you've touched a plant, act quickly to prevent a rash.

What are the reasons for face itching?

As with skin anywhere on the body, itching of the cheeks is not uncommon. In fact, the cheeks are more likely to itch for various reasons that tend to affect the face to a greater extent than other parts of the body. Itching of the cheeks is usually a minor problem but can sometimes be linked to serious skin conditions.

Many of the causes of an itching jaw are the same as an itchy face. Only a few conditions are isolated to the mandible and chin without involving the skin on the rest of the face or neck. However, sometimes the cause of an itching jaw is never conclusively identified.

Why is my face itchy with no rash?

Not only on the face, but it also can appear throughout the entire body. What it looks like: red bumps with tiny white dots on the inside of cheeks a few days after a fever and runny eyes and nose. Next, a rash appears on the face and progresses down the back and torso to the arms and hands, and finally to the legs and feet.

Psoriasis can affect the face as well as the body and is characterised by scaly, bumpy, patches of skin. Eczema or atopic dermatitis can appear on the face, particularly the chin and cheeks of children, and is itchy, blotchy, sometimes dry and crack but often red-raw or weeping.

How to Stop Itchy Face Skin

Itchy skin treatment focuses on finding the cause of the itch and removing it. If home remedies don't ease the itchy skin, your doctor may recommend prescription medications or other treatments.

Corticosteroid creams and ointments. If your skin is itchy and red, your doctor may suggest applying a medicated cream or ointment to the affected areas. You might then cover the treated skin with damp cotton material. Moisture helps the skin absorb the medication and has a cooling effect. via mayoclinic.org

Some dermatologists recommend applying colloidal oatmeal. No! It isn't something you eat for breakfast. This type of oatmeal is made from oats that have been ground into a very fine powder. A natural product used in many types of soaps and lotions, it can also be added to a cool bath.

One 2012 study found that this product is safe and helps treat itchiness from any variety of causes. You can find colloidal oatmeal at many pharmacies, or make your own by grinding oats into a fine powder.

For more natural skin care remedies visit www.naturalskincare-remedies.com

 

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