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   Posted 4/7/2007 12:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Good DAy all I had been away a few days as was feeling good and was out and about but now something new pops up....
I have no malar rash that I know but for the past five days every time I shower when I get out my cheeks are bright red and burn for hours like a bad sunburn. I have really dry skin so I use sensitive skin wash so I don't think that would be it. Does malar rash hurt? It's not raised or anything just looks and feels like a bad sunburn. I have been putting aloe on it to take the burn out just like with a sunburn. Any suggestions?
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   Posted 4/7/2007 12:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Angela,
   I have seen others talking about the same thing you are experiencing after getting out of a shower. Hopefully, someone will come along soon to help you out with this. When I get a malar rash it is raised, itchy and stings, but we are all different. I hope you get some relief soon. Take care and have a great Easter!
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   Posted 4/7/2007 1:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I would first try eliminating the skin wash and only use cold or cool water on your face for a couple of days. (No other products, not even the aloe.) Sometimes even a sensitive-skin product can start aggravating my skin.

I am usually red-faced when getting out of the shower -- but I take really hot showers. I make sure to not get the hot water on my face, and even use cooler water on my hair/head/neck. I often splash my face with really cold water before dressing & it helps the red go away faster.

Don't scrub your face, either. All I ever do is splash mine w/water, and try not to do even that too often as it can dry the skin.

Just a thought -- what can a 2-3 day trial hurt?
Good luck,

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   Posted 4/7/2007 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Angela,
Mine is like Babs' rash,and I do treat it like Lynn does. I agree not to use any soap etc on it,I found EVERYTHING would irritate the malar & the discoid-my face would get puffy as well,I find certain lights really set it off as well-even the new computer screen,go figure. I use cool compresses throughout the day to keep it under control-my scalp never used to burn,but is a recent symptom.Scrubbing seems to make IT really mad! Often it just plain hurts, hope you can find some relief,take care! Crystal
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