There are several conditions that cause facial rashes, and sometimes it's necessary to have a physician evaluate your rash to distinguish one cause from another.
The "malar rash" of lupus (an autoimmune disease) typically involves the cheeks and the bridge of your nose; sometimes the eyelids are also involved.This rash can be very scaly and tender, and it tends to get worse with sun exposure
, a chronic skin disorder whose cause is unknown, can also cause scaling, blistering, and swelling. Its distribution differs slightly from the malar rash of lupus (see link below). Rosacea typically involves a broader area of the face, including the chin, cheeks, forehead, and nose. Your eyes can also be affected. People with rosacea tend to be "blushers."
is a condition that causes redness and flaking of the face (eyelids, eyebrows, creases beneath the nose) and scalp. Other body regions can also be affected. The rash of seborrhea
tends to be red, oily and flaky.
is caused by sensitivity to irritating substances, such as essential oils, harsh soaps, and certain cosmetics
. This rash, which can be red, blistery, and flaky, occurs in areas where sensitizing substances have been applied.
Treatment for these conditions differs. For example, corticosteroid creams (such as hydrocortisone
) may improve contact dermatitis, but they can worsen rosacea; the malar rash of lupus usually resolves when the lupus is treated; and so on.
If your rash hasn't cleared and you haven't seen your doctor yet, i suggest you do so.