Medical Q&As

Facial rash

I am a mother of 2 children under 3 yrs. I am aged 38 and my skin most recently has got so dry on my face and nose that it is sore around the nose and peeling. Is this the ageing process or is it stress? Also my scalp around the hairline is very dry and itchy. Perhaps they are not associated?

I doubt that the symptoms you are describing are due to ageing. It may be that your skin is in need of supplementary moisturising with a moisturising cream. Since you have two children under the age of 3 perhaps you donít have the same amount of time for looking after your skin as you did before. However you do say that your scalp is dry and itchy which raises the possibility of seborrhoeic dermatitis, which is caused by a particular species of yeast. This is a very common skin problem that tends to recur. You should see your GP who could recommend an appropriate cream and shampoo for dealing with this.