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Types of Skin Rashes

Skin rashes are embarrassing, especially when they appear on your face. There are many types of skin rashes. Some appear at childhood, while some sneak up on you as an adult. If you notice you can't tolerate your favorite skin care, shampoo, make up, or deodorant brand any longer, you're not alone. Skin rashes have similar symptoms. It's common to experience itching skin, rashes, pus filled lesions and other skin irritations.

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Cause of Skin Rash

The cause of skin rashes could be infection, chronic illness, or allergic reaction to certain ingredients, among others. Taking responsibility for your health means learning about what symptoms are telling you and consulting with a doctor as needed for proper diagnosis.

  • Hives - The welts that often accompany hives are an allergic reaction that itch, sting or burn. They can appear anywhere on your body.

  • Psoriasis - This skin rash is non-contagious and usually appears on the scalp, elbows, knees and lower back. It may be result of a compromised immune system triggering the development of increased rate of new skin cells.

  • Eczema - Also known as 'ectopic dermatitis', eczema causes itching and inflammation of your skin. It may affect the whole body, but it is most common behind the knees and on your arms. It may disappear and appear again, but is usually chronic. The cause may be related to your body's weakened immune system.

  • Rosacea - Unfortunately, if not managed, rosacea gets worse over time. It may flare up and then subside, and recur again. It causes redness in your face, often with red bumps that are pus-filled. Certain factors tend to exacerbate the symptoms. It may be certain foods, sunlight, or particular products and ingredients. Any drugs prescribed by your doctor may be to relieve inflammation. These types of drugs have side effects. One such drug, isotretinoin (Accutane, and other brands) may cause birth defects if taken during pregnancy. Other serious side effects listed include depression, bone or joint pain, skin infection, rash and suicidal thoughts.

  • Acne - Pimples, zits, or blemishes, no matter what you call it, acne prone skin does the opposite of boosting our confidence. The cause is usually excessive oil build-up, and dead cells that remain on the skin clogging pores. This eventually leads to blemishes or worse, infection.

  • Treatment for Skin Rash
    Drugs are often prescribed to help with inflammation of skin rash. Based on the information above, these skin rashes cannot be 'cured' with drugs. They can be managed with healthier lifestyle. To prevent flare-ups, below are a few suggestions:
  • Protect your skin with a natural sunscreen with effective, yet non-irritating ingredients.
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  • Clean your face or other affected areas daily with a gentle cleanser that cleans and does not irritate with harsh alcohols or soap.
  • If you wear makeup, use loose mineral makeup free of bismouth oxycloride, talc , corn starch or other ingredients that may clog pores.

  • Use shea butter moisturizers and other products that are noncomedogenic (won't clog pores).

  • Manage stress properly. Read uplifting books, exercise, get fresh air.

  • Eat nutritious foods, instead of processed, unhealthy ones. Most of us know what's healthy versus unhealthy.

  • It's All Up to You
    Every day you're exposed to more than 123 chemicals - the vast majority of which have never been screened for safety! They're even in your personal care products! No wonder allergies and chronic illness are on the rise and affect millions of people. Chronic illness can start with a simple allergy to an ingredient. As the allergy symptoms become chronic, your immune system becomes compromised, eventually leading to chronic illness.

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