Rashes mostly appear as red bumps on skin due to factors like allergies, dry skin, excessive sun exposure, environmental irritants, sweating, insect bites, poison ivy, poison oak, etc.
In addition, they can be caused by skin conditions like acne, eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, and so on. Plus, anxiety and stress make them worse.
Apart from the bumps or outbreaks on skin, rashes are usually accompanied by symptoms like skin irritation, itching, and inflammation.
How to Get Rid of Rashes
Here are 9 best ways to relieve rashes. Make sure you wash your skin with a mild soap and water before applying any of these remedies. Moreover, some rashes like heat rashes and swimmer’s itch tend to heal on their own.
- Ice Therapy
- Olive Oil
- Aloe Vera Gel
- Witch Hazel
- Baking Soda
- Neem Leaves
- Banana Peels
- Calamine Lotion
- Oatmeal Bath
- Cold compress or ice therapy is highly beneficial when dealing with skin rashes, especially the ones caused by insect bites and contact dermatitis due to irritants. Moreover, it helps shrink pimples. Thus, you can place a cool, damp washcloth, or ice cubes wrapped in a towel on the affected area for 10-15 minutes to reduce the problem and soothe the stinging and burning sensation. Application of full fat, cold milk, too, has a soothing effect.
- Rashes are usually accompanied by dryness. Thus, to moisturize the area and facilitate the process of healing, you can apply organic olive oil, or a mix of two tablespoons of olive oil and one and a half tablespoon of beer on your skin. Apart from this natural cleanser, you can use a combination of vitamin E and cod liver oil.
- Aloe vera gel works as a natural ointment for soothing skin rashes, especially the ones caused by eczema. Furthermore, it has antiseptic, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. So, you can apply pure aloe vera gel on the affected area and leave it on your skin overnight, or at least for half an hour.
- Witch hazel helps treat skin rashes by drying them out. Plus, it heals acne, blemishes, cold sores, wrinkles, etc. Hence, saturate a cotton ball in witch hazel tincture or extract and apply it on the affected area for about 10 minutes. Those who have a sensitive skin should dilute the solution in water or olive oil and then apply it two to three times in a day. In case you do not have witch hazel, consider apple cider vinegar, or white vinegar as they, too, have astringent qualities. When looking for a still gentler option, you can apply used chamomile tea bags, chamomile essential oil, or calendula essential oil on the rashes a few times in a day. If the rash is infected, then use tea tree oil.
- Prepare a paste by mixing a little water in baking soda and rub it on the affected area for 10-15 minutes. It shall relieve skin irritation and help dry out the rash. Alternatively, you can use a mixture of one teaspoon of baking soda and two tablespoons of vitamin E oil.
- Make herbal decoction by steeping a handful of neem leaves (Indian lilac) in a cup of boiling water for 15-20 minutes. Strain the decoction and allow it to cool. Finally, soak a cotton ball in this solution and rub it on the affected areas to prevent and cure skin disorders and infections. Alternatively, you may use neem extract or neem oil.
- Gently rubbing the inside of a banana peel also has a soothing effect on skin. It provides relief from rashes, whether they are caused by minor skin irritation, insect bites, eczema, acne, or rosacea. Plus, it reduces the itching and discomfort caused by the problem.
- Applying calamine lotion two to four times in a day can cure rashes and ease the itching and inflammation. Plus, it helps avoid infection. Do not apply it on open wounds, though. Besides, you can use any hydrocortisone cream or a topical steroid. Besides, you can cleanse the area and then apply a diaper rash cream.
- Taking an oatmeal bath is another popular remedy for soothing the skin and getting rid of rashes. To take an oatmeal bath, you need to mix a cup of colloidal oatmeal in warm bath water and soak in it for about 20 minutes. Furthermore, you may sprinkle cornstarch on the affected area. However, make sure you do not apply it on moist skin, or else it can promote fungal infection.
Tips to Prevent Rashes
- If your rashes are caused by allergies to certain materials like nickel, chromium, aluminum, platinum, etc., then stay away from these allergens. These metals are mostly used in belt buckles, metallic buttons, watches, jewelry, and so on. Interestingly, you can use small objects like buttons that you could be allergic to by coating a layer of clear nail polish on them.
- At times, rashes are caused by vitamin deficiencies along with other symptoms like excessive dryness, skin peeling, hyperpigmentation, hair loss, etc. Thus, it is recommended to take a healthy diet including the vital vitamins and minerals.
Dos and Don’ts
|Do pay attention to the rashes and maintain good hygiene to avoid further infection.
||Do not pick at or scratch skin rashes.
|Do protect the affected area from exposure to direct sunlight.
||Do not keep the rashes covered at all times; instead leave them open to let the skin breathe.
||Do not use harsh soaps and detergents as they tend to make your skin dry and worsen a rash. Plus, avoid applying cosmetic lotions directly on your rashes.