I've got a skin rash on my chin for 3 weeks now. It's really dry & red but doesn't itch except once in a while. I just started using Vit E oil from VitE tablets. Could u pls suggest a prescription? Thanks

Treating a skin rash would actually depend upon the type of rash. Skin rashes may occur due to many reasons - contact dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, impetigo, shingles, fungal infections, medications and insect bites or stings.

Without looking at the rash it is difficult to diagnose the cause of the rash, but dry and red skin rash may most probably be a condition called contact dermatitis. Contact dermatitis is caused due to contact with certain irritants, to which your skin may have become allergic or extra sensitive. These may include:

  • Acids and chemicals
  • Alkaline materials
  • Fabric softeners
  • Solvents
  • Cement
  • Pesticides / weed killers
  • Rubber gloves
  • Shampoos
  • Adhesives (false eyelashes)
  • Balsam of Peru (cosmetics, foods and drinks)
  • Fabrics
  • Fragrances (cosmetics, soaps, moisturizers)
  • Nail polish and hair dye
  • Metal (jewelry, watch straps, etc.)
  • Poison ivy and other plants
Most minor rashes will improve by itself through skin care and by avoiding irritating elements. Tips which may reduce the rash and improve the skin are as follows:

  • Avoid rubbing the skin.
  • Use soap sparingly. Use a gentle face wash instead.
  • For cleaning and washing face, use lukewarm water.
  • Do not rub; just pat dry the area.
  • As much as possible, let the affected area be exposed to air.
  • Discard any newly used cosmetics or lotions which may be the reason behind the rash.
  • Avoid applying cosmetics directly on the rash.
  • Try using calamine lotions.
Some home remedies which might help:

  • Make a wash by boiling one ounce of witch hazel bark in a pint of water. Apply it to the skin and leave for half an hour before rinsing.
  • Slit an Aloe Vera sideways, open it and apply the juice on the rash.
  • Apply olive oil, Calendula Essential Oil or Chamomile.
  • Skin rashes caused due to eczema can be treated by applying Wild Pansy to the rash.
  • Rash caused due to poison ivy or poison oak can be treated by gently rubbing a crushed paste of the leaf of Jewel weed.
See a dermatologist, if symptoms get worse or if self-care tips, home treatments and remedies don’t work


  1. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003220.htm
  2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001872/

answered by G R

So, what's appearing on the outside is the result of what's happening on the inside. If the rash extends around the mouth, it may be related to liver stagnation or overload. This could be a result of an endocrine imbalance, food sensitivities, digestive imbalances, contact dermatitis etc. Seek the advice of trained health care professional to determine the cause, and help you develop the most appropriate treatment options.

answered by Dr K B N

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