Facial Eczema with Dr Lynn Chiam: Rashes on Face – Rosacea & Psoriasis (Part 3)

Dr Lynn Chiam, a consultant dermatologist who subspecializes in paediatric skin conditions

This is a series focused on facial eczema, with the privilege of having Dr Lynn Chiam, of of Children & Adult Skin Hair Laser Clinic, to help explain further the type of facial rashes, its treatment options and daily facial care. Dr Lynn is a consultant dermatologist who subspecializes in paediatric skin conditions at Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Medical Centre, Singapore. Apart from paediatric dermatology, her other subspecialty interests include adult pigmentary conditions and laser dermatology. More on Dr Lynn can be found here.

What are these Rashes on my face? (Continue from Part 2)


What it is: Rosacea is a skin condition that causes redness and acne-like zits on the central face. It can be transient, recurrent or permanent.

What it looks like: A patient with rosacea flushes or blushes easily especially in hot environment, when excited or after ingestion of alcohol. There is obvious redness of the face with prominent blood vessels. There can also be pimples on the face.

Who gets these rashes: Fair-skin females between the ages of 30-60 are more likely to suffer from rosacea.

Rosacea (picture credit Dermnet NZ)


What it is: Psoriasis is a chronic non-contagious skin condition caused by rapid growth of the outer skin layer. It is one of the more common skin conditions seen in Singapore and genetics is believed to play a part.

What it looks like: Psoriasis usually presents with thick silvery flakes of scales on raised pinkish red skin with well-defined margins. Psoriasis can occur anywhere on the body including the face. On the head, it commonly affects the hairline, scalp, and behind the ears.

Who gets these rashes: People of any age can get psoriasis from infants to the elderly. It commonly starts in the 20-30 age group and the 50-60 age group.

Psoriasis (picture credit Dermnet NZ)


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  1. Hi Sophie!

    My girl has itch scalp too, though not red, it’s really tough as I haven’t found anything that helps and so far, bathe her closer to bedtime and towel dry her hair properly. Keep the room cool and sleeping on a thin pillow that doesn’t trap so much heat. Very short hair.


  2. My 6 month old baby suffers from eczema which thankfully we finally have under control (for now). BUT she constantly has an itchy scalp and it’s making our lives a misery! She (we) can’t sleep because of the constant scratching. It’s not cradle cap – she had that for a while but it’s subsided. Her scalp doesn’t look flaky, it’s just itchy and red.
    Our doctor gave us hydrocortisone lotion for it but it doesn’t help. I’ve tried other moisturizing lotions but nothing seems to help. I use a very mild hypoallergenic, perfume free etc shampoo on her every few days.
    Somebody recommended this ‘Bioderma Babyquam’ product: http://www.bioderma.com/en/the-products/what-s-new/product//250.html
    but I can’t get it in Canada, where we live.
    Any tips would be appreciated!
    Thank you,

  3. I suffer from mild rosacea, but I notice it flares up when I eat certain foods. My husband suffers from psoriasis and his tends to flare on his scalp when he’s stressed.