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Why do I get Dry Red Flaky Skin under my mustache?

Why am I getting reoccurring dry flaky skin on my face? It's particular the worst around my mustache area. It usually isn't bad when my face is shaved, but when I start growing beard facial stubble, I begin to notice it. Once I shave it looks like a red facial skin rash. What's causing my dry red flaky skin on my face?

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More than likely, your reoccurring the facial dry red flaky skin your getting in the same area of your face is due to having Eczema (Atopical Dermatits) or Seborrheic Dermatitis (a.k.a. facial dandruff), rather than just dry skin. With a good facial skin care regimen you can control this common chronic rash. There doesn't appear to be an existing cure to the problem, just ways to manage it so it doesn't flare up. Essentially, you need to kill the fungi that is causing it to excrete enzymes that break down the skin around dense hair areas like the mustache.

Here are a few ways you can stop the facial rash from reoccurring:

  1. TRY THIS FIRST... Apply 1% Hydrocortisone cream to your face twice a day.
  2. Apply Aveeno Eczema cream to your face twice a day.
  3. Wash your face / beard with medicated soap that contains Pyrithione zinc such as DermaZinc Zinc Therapy Soap.
  4. Alternatively, wash mustache / face with a dandruff shampoo such as Head & Shoulders Clinical Strength Dandruff and Seborrheic Dermatitis Shampoo (keep in mind, some dandruff shampoos can be harsh and dry out facial skin).
  5. Apply Lotrimin cream or Lamisil AT cream (that contains 1% terbinafine) to your face twice a day for 2 to 4 weeks.
  6. For a natural remedy, apply Tea Tree Oil or Oil of Oregano to the affected area twice a day.
  7. Lavender essential oil diluted w/ coconut oil.
  8. Use Cetaphil gentle cleansing bar to wash face.

Also try testing for diet related issues, Milk and Eggs can be a common culprit. Eliminate all corn syrup and corn ingredients.

Stress can also cause eczema to flare up.


Efficacy of terbinafine 1% cream on seborrhoeic dermatitis:

Dr. Cynthia Bailey’s Tips for Facial Seborrheic Dermatitis Control

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