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Facial Rashes (cosmetic and shaving)

The skin on the face is more sensitive than most areas on the body and facial rashes may occur easily, especially in infants. The skin appears red and flushed and minute red spots may be present. It may also be swollen, itching or have a “burning” sensation. Peri-oral dermatitis is a rash which involves the general area of the face but does not occur on the area immediately adjacent to the lips. The original condition may be made worse by a reaction to the fluorinated corticosteroid creams being applied to the face.

The skin may appear inflamed or aged. Sometimes the blood vessels and superficial haemorrhages are visible through the more transparent skin. “Lick eczema” may occur in infants or young children. A moist, fissured area surrounding the mouth may be due to lip-licking, thumb sucking or dribbling. This may become a true peri-oral dermatitis after the use of corticosteroids. Common causes of facial rashes include a reaction to various face creams and make-up. Men may react to shaving creams or after – shave lotions or abrasion by razor blades.

Topical Anti-inflammatories - Hydrocortisone

DERMAID SOFT™ 0.5% CREAM
DermAid Soft™ 0.5% Cream has been formulated especially for people with sensitive skin. The hydrocortisone is dispersed throughout it so that it gently penetrates the skin. DermAid Soft™ is smooth and non-greasy. It’s easy to apply which also helps prevent further trauma, especially if skin is already tender and inflamed. The moisturisers in DermAid Soft™ moisturise and soften dry, inflamed skin, helping to restore hydration and suppleness, as well as reducing skin roughness. DermAid Soft™ 0.5% Cream contains 0.5% hydrocortisone.

DERMAID SOFT™ 1.0% CREAM
DermAid Soft™ 1.0% Cream has been formulated especially for people with sensitive skin. The hydrocortisone is dispersed throughout it so that it gently penetrates the skin. DermAid Soft™ is smooth and non-greasy. It’s easy to apply which also helps prevent further trauma, especially if skin is already tender and inflamed. The emollients in DermAid Soft™ moisturise and soften dry, inflamed skin, helping to restore its hydration and suppleness, as well as reducing skin roughness. DermAid Soft™ 1.0% Cream contains 1.0% hydrocortisone.

Contraindications: Known sensitivity to any of the ingredients. Fungal, bacterial or viral skin infections, otherwise concurrent antimicrobial therapy is required. Acne.

Dosage:
(DermAid Soft Cream 1.0%) : Apply a small amount to affected skin 2-4 times daily

Always consult a doctor if symptoms persist.

1. The patient should be advised to avoid using soap. Soaps can remove the skin’s natural layer of oils leading to further irritation.
2. To help avoid recurrences of cosmetic or shaving rashes the patient needs to be advised to avoid the substance causing the reaction (if applicable).

Products to Consider (Soap Alternatives)

PINETARSOL BAR, PINETARSOL GEL
Pinetarsol Bar and Pinetarsol Gel are soap alternatives which can be used to cleanse the skin when redness and itch are present. Both Pinetarsol Bar and Pinetarsol Gel contain pine tar to relieve the itch and reduce inflammation.

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