Reading Your Rash

April 30, 2015 6 min read

Re-evaluating Rashes

Rashes – a common occurrence that many individuals have to deal with no matter what their age or lifestyle. Rashes are a typical part of life, and most people will experience at least one in their lifetime. Whether bringing irritation like itchiness or stinging, or causing red areas to flower across the complexion, rashes take on different forms and often have different contributors.

Everyone deals with a rash at some point in their lives. Some people deal with one everyday, like with eczema or rosacea. Others contract it from pets, like ringworm. Still others, especially small children, experience a rash as a resulting symptom of an illness, like chicken pox. Regardless of cause or whether the condition is there to stay or will eventually fade away, we will give you some insight on what a rash is, what causes it, and what face naturals has to offer to provide relief. 

 

Defining the Rash

Skin rashes come in different shades, sizes, and can form on different areas of the skin. They can also form on just about anyone, regardless of age or location. Doctors often characterize rashes as a form of unusual or atypical inflammation or discolored blemish that can alter the appearance or texture of the skin’s surface.

Rashes can occur on almost any part of the body, depending on the cause. Plus, they have varying levels of irritation attached to them. In fact, contrary to popular belief, not all rashes cause the itching sensation that most people associate with this kind of skin irritation. Before you can treat a rash properly, you have to understand why it is there, and what caused it to flourish in the complexion of your environment.

 

The Rash’s Root

Multiple factors come into play when figuring out what causes the rash. You can figure out why a rash exists on your body in a number of different ways, including using its shape, size, and pigment to diagnose it, looking into factors like food allergies, temperature changes, and chemical exposures as irritants, and understanding how illnesses can impact your skin’s ability to stay healthy.

Some skin conditions occur without potentially causing a similar infection in other people. These conditions include psoriasis and eczema. Eczema typically occurs in children, and usually becomes more manageable with age, often disappearing altogether by adulthood. In some cases, it stays with the adult, and can be managed better through changes in diet or chemicals used on skin. Psoriasis occurs as a result of stomach sensitivity and diet issues, and can often be resolved through altering diet.

Other forms of rash occur as a result of an allergy to a specific substance or chemical, or a reaction to surroundings. For instance, conditions like contact dermatitis or drug eruptions are often the result of ingesting substances that cause a negative reaction – especially on the skin. Allergies to some foods or medicines can result in the skin forming rashes because of the influence the allergen causes for the skin.

Other issues like climate can greatly impact the way your skin reacts to its surroundings.  Heat rash often forms as a result of the skin being kept too warm and moist. This causes irritation in the form of itching and redness, and can often happen when a person’s clothes are too tight, or their skin does not receive enough air during hot weather. Similarly, hives can occur from excitement to outer stimulus, like stress or anxiety.

Another form of rash, the viral rash, occurs as a symptom to an illness. It can also happen as a result of the skin’s immunodeficiency when the body is recovering from an illness. Other parasitic microbes that can cause rashes to appear on the skin include bacterial infections or exposure to certain fungi.

Viruses like the measles and chickenpox often produce rashes as a symptomatic occurrence that form as itchy red blotches all over the surface of the skin. Meningitis can cause either a viral or bacterial infection, and has more serious side effects outside of the rash. The rash can take on a red or purple hue, and may start off as small spots that develop into blotchy, bruised-looking areas.

Fungi like ringworm can also cause inflammation and irritation on the surface of the skin. Its contagion allows it to spread through skin to skin contact, from touching pets, or coming into contact with infected surfaces and personal-care items, like brushes and washcloths. It can also form on multiple areas of the skin’s surface at once, depending on how much skin comes into contact with the fungus.

Often, fungal rashes need specific conditions to flourish. While viruses and bacteria can transfer on different surfaces and through various methods, fungi need a warm, moist habitat to maintain their health and ability to transfer. Another form of heat rash, often called ‘jock itch,‘ occurs as a result of fungal growth in warm, sweaty areas of the human body, like the feet.

Rashes that result from bug bites or plants like poison ivy and poison oak can have a stinging sensation. The venom from a the sting of a bee, or the toxins secreted from the leaves of poisonous plants create irritation on the surface of the skin, resulting in a painful, inflamed bump or patch of irritation. With poisonous plants, the toxins can easily spread if scratched.

 

Rational Methods to Treat Rashes

Face naturals has a whole collection of different skin-care products that can help you combat different forms of rash the naturally organic way. We developed multiple formulas from organic botanicals proven to help keep the itchy redness at bay throughout the day – so your skin can have time to heal on its own with a little extra push. You can use our line of facial masks to help treat irritating rashes, particularly our Mango and Honey Smoothing Mask. If you struggle with dry, flaky rashes that require lots of moisture to calm the inflammation, then this mask will give you some humectant relief. You can also add honey to the mask instead of water, for an extra kick of emollience.

Products containing organic peppermint can prove very effective in treating rashes, especially itchy ones. Peppermint improves blood flow to the surface of the skin, offering instant relief, leaving you free of irritation. The menthol found naturally in peppermint provides a cooling sensation. We use organic peppermint in our line of Peppermint and Tea Tree products, including body cleanser and shampoo. You can experience the cooling relief of peppermint by trying these products as well.

Organic lavender can also provide soothing relief when dealing with rashes. It particularly proves effective in treating ‘jock itch’ and ringworm, because of its excellent anti-fungal properties. Plus, it has exquisite anti-inflammatory properties that reduce any redness and swelling that often comes with a rash. We use organic lavender in numerous products, including Lavender-Honey Healing Cream which combines honey, peppermint, and lavender for optimal healing benefits. We also use the ultra-effective calendula oil in this formula, which makes this product perfect for skin relief.

Oatmeal offers relief for rashes as well, especially chicken pox. You can use our Oatmeal Honey Silk Bar Soap while bathing in a bath enhanced with oatmeal for relief of chicken pox and measles. Add chamomile to the dried skin to give you further relief from itching and irritation. Try our Chamomile Hydrosol to add even more relief to sensitive rashes.

 

Fend Off Rashes with Face Naturals

Try a fresh new way to treat rashes and other skin irritation with face naturals. We have a wide range of different products, and some are bound to compliment your skin type. Whether sensitive or combination, oily or dry, we have an organic solution for you to test drive. We formulated each product with botanicals to maximize the healing and effectiveness you will experience.

If you know of any other ways to relieve rashes, comment below. Tell us about botanicals that solved your skin problem, or point out face naturals products that soothed your skin. We would love to hear from you, so feel free to contact us. We can help you make selections for products when you provide information on your skin, what its specific sensitivities are, and what you wish to accomplish. We will direct you to a regimen that suits you and your skin’s individual needs.

 

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