A rash on the face is not only a source of discomfort for the individual, it also a source of distress as it often causes itchiness. Other symptoms that accompany a facial rash include blister formation, scaling and swelling. In extreme cases, this rash may also result in bleeding.

There are a number of factors that predispose you to getting a facial rash. These include pre-existing skin conditions such as acne and dermatitis, allergic reactions as well as the use of the wrong skin products. In some cases, facial rash is a manifestation of an underlying infection affecting another part of the body.


While most cases of facial rashes resolve on their own without any serious effects, it is important to note the texture and appearance of these rashes. The most common appearances are flat patches, raised sections, bumps or flaky spots on the skin. If, however, you experience a rash with peculiar colors as is the case with purple spots accompanied by high fever, ensure you get immediate medical attention as this could be a potentially fatal condition. Other symptoms that warrant medical attention includes rashes that are associated with wheezing, swelling of the face/tongue as well as difficult breathing. As a general guide, whenever in doubt, seek medical care immediately to address any concerns. With this in mind, look out for some of the home remedies available for the natural treatment of rashes on the face.

1. Olive Oil:

Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: Warm water, soap, a clean towel, cotton wool and olive oil.
Difficulty: Easy


Olive oil is an excellent home remedy for the natural treatment of facial rashes as it allows for the skin’s pores to breathe with ease. This in turn, helps cleanse and unclog the pores, making it easy to get rid of the rash. Since regular use of olive oil helps the skin remain moisturized, it is a befitting addition to your skin care routine. Other benefits of using olive oil include its ability to boost the immune system and how it works to restore the skin’s natural glow. You will need warm soapy water to clean the skin prior to remedy application.


  1. Wash your face with warm water and soap before using the olive oil. This is important because it gets rid of dirt and is a reliable way of removing make-up.
  2. Pat your face dry using the towel; avoid rubbing the face as this only causes further irritation which could easily worsen the rashes.
  3. Place a few drops of olive oil on the wool at a time and dab on the rashes.
  4. Let the olive oil remain on the skin for at least half an hour (but for as long as you can).
  5. Rinse your face and apply a moisturizing skin product.
  6. Use this remedy thrice daily until the rashes disappear.


2. Ice Compress:

Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: A handful of ice cubes and a clean cloth. Cold milk (optional).
Difficulty: Easy


An ice compress is a handy remedy for the home management of rashes on the face. This remedy works because its low temperatures soothe the skin and help reduce the inflammation associated with facial rashes. This remedy works best for rashes that result from excessive heat, insect bites and hives. You will need a clean cloth to wrap the ice cubes. Avoid using the ice directly on the skin because this easily causes frost bite and damages the irritated skin. Cold milk is an excellent alternative to an ice compress as it has the added benefit of providing proteins required for the regeneration of skin cells.


  1. Place the ice cubes on the towel and wrap so that you have an applicable pack.
  2. Rub the pack on the facial rash gently, allowing the ice to soothe the inflamed skin.
  3. Alternatively, freeze the milk in the ice tray so that you have milk ice cubes that you can use in the same way.
  4. Use this remedy as soon as you can especially if the rashes result from insect bites or excessive heat.


3. Vitamin E + Cod Liver Oil:

Time Required: 15 Min  preparation, overnight application.
What You Need: Vitamin E capsules, a few drops of cod liver oil, warm water, soap and cotton wool.
Difficulty: Easy


Vitamin E is one of the most integral skin care ingredients, and that’s because it helps revitalize the skin. This comes in handy in the home treatment of facial rashes. Cod liver oil on the other hand, is laden with essential fatty acids that help get rid of rashes on the face. This combination is a must-have if you get rashes on the face quite often. Just remember to clean the face beforehand for best results. Vitamin E capsules are a great choice for this remedy, but you may also use store-bought Vitamin E.


  1. Puncture the Vitamin E capsules and collect enough for the remedy use.
  2.  Mix the oil with the cod liver oil and set aside.
  3. Wash your face using warm soapy water to cleanse the skin and proceed to apply the oil mixture on the skin.
  4.  Allow the oil to remain on the skin overnight for best results.


4. Witch Hazel:

Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: Witch hazel extract and cotton ball. Olive oil/warm water and chamomile essential oil (optional).
Difficulty: Easy


When it comes to treating facial rashes, one of the best solutions is witch hazel. This herbal remedy goes a long way in eliminating the rashes by drying them out, effectively restoring your skin’s normal appearance. While this herb is extremely effective, it may cause some form of irritation in people with sensitive skin. For this reason, it is advisable to dilute the extract using either olive oil or warm water. Follow the directions below to get the best of this remedy.


  1. If you have sensitive skin, or have never used this herb before, first dilute the extract using olive oil or warm water.
  2. Soak the cotton wool in the dilute extract for a few minutes.
  3. Dab the wet cotton wool on the rashes and allow the mixture to dry on the skin.
  4. Repeat this remedy thrice daily until the skin is completely healed.
  5. If you’d like to, you may add chamomile oil to your remedy for a gentler choice.


5. Banana Peel:

Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: Fresh banana peel, warm water and soap.
Difficulty: Easy


Banana peels are recommended for the quick treatment of facial rashes as these have a soothing effect on the skin. This works best for rashes that result from acne, insect bites as well as minor skin irritations. Other benefits of using the banana peel include easing the itch associated with this type of rash as well as reducing the discomfort. The best results are obtained when you use a fresh peel.


  1. Wash your face using warm water and soap then pat dry.
  2. Proceed to rub the inner part of the flesh on the facial rashes for relief.
  3. Do this immediately the rashes set in, and for as often as you need to until it clears.


6. Honey and Oats Face Mask:

Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: 2 Tablespoons of raw honey, 1/2 cup of oats, grinder and warm water.
Difficulty: Easy


One of the easiest and most effective home remedies for the natural treatment of rashes on the face is a honey and oats face mask. Typically used for exfoliation purposes, this mask is also an excellent option for eliminating rashes on the face. Honey is a powerful humectant, which is an extremely desirable trait in the treatment of scaly crusty rashes. Additionally, honey soothes the skin and its healing properties go a long way in preventing infections especially in skin disorders. Oats on the other hand, cleanse the skin and help get rid of debris in the pores. This dual effect, used over a period of time, treats the rashes. Prepare the face mask as indicated in the directions below.


  1.  Grind the oats so that you have a coarse powder for ease of preparation.
  2.  Add the honey and mix the two ingredients until you have a sticky paste to use on the skin.
  3. Apply generous amounts of the paste on the face, paying particular attention to the spots where the rashes are concentrated.
  4. Leave the mask on for half an hour (or more when you can) before rinsing.
  5. Use this remedy at least once daily until the infection is cleared.


7. Aloe Vera Gel:

Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: Fresh aloe vera leaf and warm water to rinse.
Difficulty: Easy


Due to the presence of anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, aloe vera gel ranks as one of the most effective home remedies for the treatment of facial rash. This soothing gel is easy to get, and works like magic as far as providing relief from the rashes is concerned. The gel also helps reduce the reddening of the skin, and helps get rid of the intense itchiness. All you need for this remedy is fresh aloe vera leaf. In the absence of this leaf, you may use commercial aloe juice.


  1. Cut one end of the aloe vera leaf and squeeze the clear gel that oozes out.
  2. Collect enough gel and apply on the face, gently massaging the parts where the rashes are most obvious.
  3. Allow the gel to dry for some 30 minutes before rinsing using warm water.
  4. If using commercial aloe juice, simply soak the cotton wool in the juice and apply on the rashes.
  5. Use either options at least thrice daily.


8. Baking Soda:

Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: 1-2 Tablespoons of baking soda and warm water.
Difficulty: Easy


Sometimes all you need to treat facial rashes is to get handy remedies from your kitchen cabinet. Baking soda is one such example. When used to create a paste, the baking soda is applied on the rashes in order to dry them up. This not only reduces the itching, it also eliminates the inflammation and makes it easy to treat the rashes. The most important thing to remember when using this remedy is to ensure that you do not leave the paste on for too long as it could easily cause further skin irritation. Additionally, if you experience irritation using this remedy, discontinue immediately.


  1. Prepare the paste by mixing the baking soda and water in the ratio of 1:3, that is one part of baking soda to three parts of warm water.
  2. Apply the mixture on the facial rashes and leave on for a couple of minutes.
  3. Rinse the paste and pat the skin dry.
  4. Use this remedy once daily until you notice an improvement.


9. Apple Cider Vinegar:

Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: Equal amounts of Apple cider vinegar and water, cotton wool and water used to rinse the skin.
Difficulty: Easy


Popular for its immense health benefits, Apple cider vinegar is also an ideal home remedy for getting rid of rashes on the face. When diluted using water, the vinegar not only relieves the itchiness, it also acts as an anti-inflammatory. The presence of acetic acid in the vinegar helps fight off skin infections which could in fact be, the underlying cause of the facial rashes. Remember to dilute the apple cider vinegar prior to application to prevent skin irritation.


  1. Mix the equal amounts of the vinegar and water and stir.
  2. Place the wool in the dilute vinegar and soak for a few minutes.
  3. Put the wet wool on the rashes for 5 minutes and then discard the used wool.
  4. Do this severally for a few days continuously until the rashes clear.


Other home remedies that you may use to treat facial rashes include neem leaves, calendula herb and chamomile tea bags. additional tips that you can use to manage facial rashes include proper skin care routines to maintain proper hygiene. Always remember to remove your makeup before bedtime as failure to do this aggravates the rashes. While at it, steer clear of harsh cosmetics and skin products. Avoid stressful conditions whenever you can as this has been linked to flareups on the skin for many people. Lastly, eat a healthy diet to boost your immune system and enhance your skin’s health.