13 Apr Rashes and Acne: How Can You Treat Both?
The term “rash” is an umbrella name for a skin condition that changes the color and/or texture of the skin. Spectrum Dermatology treats dozens of different types of rashes, often in conjunction with acne. To begin treatment, understanding the type and cause of the rash are critical. Rashes can make skin itchy, scaly, or bumpy. Rashes may be caused by diseases (chickenpox and the measles both cause rashes), allergies, cosmetics, and medications including acne medications.
Contact Dermatitis Rashes
The most common type of rash is contact dermatitis, which happens when the skin makes contact with a substance that leads to adverse reactions. Determining the cause of the rash can help patients avoid the irritant. In some cases, immunotherapy may be recommended if the patient does not want to, or cannot, avoid the irritant (such as with pet allergies).
Fungal Infection Rashes
Rashes may also be caused by fungal infections which require medical treatment, insect bites, shingles, allergic eczema, candidiasis, or a number of other factors. Not all rashes are serious, but it is always a good idea to see your dermatologist to prevent the rash from worsening and to enjoy relief. Severe symptoms may include an itchiness in the throat, trouble breathing, dizziness, fevers over 100.4 degrees, and swelling. In these circumstances, go to the ER or urgent care immediately.
Otherwise, it is relatively simple to treat rashes once the cause is determined. Unfortunately, sometimes acne medication or makeup designed to cover up acne is the source. This does not mean patients have to suffer from acne in order to avoid rashes. Instead, it is just an opportunity to try other approaches to acne care.
Treatment For Rashes
Changing the topical regimen may stop the rash. Some patients with highly sensitive skin do better with organic approaches or pills to treat acne. Acne medications are often drying, which can be helpful for some types of acne. However, it can also exacerbate acne. Skincare evolves over time, and even without rashes, it is common to have to change acne management throughout the years.
If you are prone to acne and/or rashes, talk to your dermatologist. They will work with you to create a plan to help you achieve clear, comfortable skin. If you do start a new topical acne medication and notice a rash beginning, stop treatment and immediately make an appointment with your dermatologist. Start your acne and rash treatment plan today by calling Spectrum Dermatology at 480-948-8400.