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  • Dr. Hema Sundaram
    Health Guide
    January 02, 2009
    Dr. Hema Sundaram
    Health Guide
    January 02, 2009

    Dear Dawn,

     

    If you haven't already consulted a board certified dermatologist about your face, I recommend that you do so as soon as possible - or perhaps make a return vsit if you've already had a consultation before. Psorasis can make your face red but there are other skin conditions which can do this too and which may affect the face more commonly than psoriasis. These skin conditions include rosacea, contact dermatitis (allergy or irritation due to something you're applying to your face), some sun sensitivity conditions and seborrheic dermatitis (which can cause redness and scaling between the eyebrows, from the sides of the nose down to the sides of the mouth and on the scalp). So first, it's essential that you get an accurate diagnosis so that you can receive the appropriate treatment.

     

    Treatment for these conditions is to first remove any possible causes of the rash. This may require further investigations such as patch testing - a type of allergy testing that involves applying adhesive patches to your back to see whether you are allergic to fragrance, preservatives or any of the other common ingredients of facial cleansers and creams, shampoos, make-up and other skin and hair care products to which your face is exposed, even transiently, on a daily basis. The second treatment is to apply a topical treatment - often a cortisone type cream - to reduce the inflammation and hence reduce the resultant redness.

     

    If you are experiencing burning with the cream you're currently applying, it may actually be making the situation worse, since you may be experiencing skin allergy or irritation from one of the ingredients of this cream. So I recommend that you stop applying it and head for your dermatologist as soon as possible.

     

    Good luck!

     

    Dr. Hema  

  • HealthGal
    Health Guide
    December 29, 2008
    HealthGal
    Health Guide
    December 29, 2008

    Psoriasis can be really protracted and very difficult to treat but there are a number of different steroid creams and other treatment formulations available so I would work directly with a dermatologist who can patch test different options before using it all over on the affected areas.  You may also need some sytemic oral medications to help get the psoriasis under control.


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