Can't help as such but found your post whilst searching for the same thing. I have been surfing in the UK for past 4 years and just lately me and my friend/s have been getting rashes after surfing. We surf in North East England. I have surfed today and yet again have red blotches all over my face, this has happened the last few times I have been surfing, funnily enough since just before New Year!! It is embarrassing I agree, usually goes down by the next morning but even so.. I don't think it is to do with the salt water as it has only recently started happening to me and my friends. I was speaking earlier with some people about this and they say it could be a chemical reaction to something in the sea?? Anyways, not really much help here but thought I would let you know you are not alone.. Would be interested to hear where you surf though, ie. is it just a NE England problem or all over. If I find anything out, I'll let you know.
i have the same problem. i'm starting to think it has to do with the seaweed, as i've recently moved and the places i surf now are FULL of bull and giant kelp and my face rash has gotten worse :(
I have a rash all round my neck from a surf in Porthcawl, South Wales yesterday! Not had this before but surfed there for about 3 years. It looks a bit like lots of small spots and dry skin and is a bit itchy and hot. I wonder if it could be chemicals in thew water, the seas aren't as clean as they should be, check out 'Surfers against Sewage' (SAS), they campaign for cleaner water round our coasts. Right, I am off to the chemists, bugger!