How to Treat Contact Dermatitis of the Face


Contact dermatitis of the face refers to an inflammation of the skin due to contact with certain substances such as poison ivy, soaps and makeup. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of contact dermatitis of the face include a skin rash, itching, blisters and pain. Frequently scratching your facial rash can lead to a serious condition called neurodermatitis (condition characterized by thick and leather-like skin). If you suffer from contact dermatitis of the face, there are ways to treat it.

Things You'll Need

  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Antihistamine medication
  • Gauze
  • Medical tape

Go to your local pharmacy and obtain hydrocortisone cream. Read the directions and apply this cream on the affected part of your face as indicated. This will decrease your itching.

Take an antihistamine pill if your itching is very severe. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery as this medication will make you drowsy.

Place a square piece of gauze under running cold water for 10 to 15 seconds. Squeeze out the excess water and apply it to the affected area on your face. Use the medical tape to secure the gauze. This will sooth your symptoms of contact dermatitis and prevent you from scratching your face.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not use hydrocortisone cream beyond the instructed dose.
  • Call your doctor if your symptoms do not resolve within five days.

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