woman showing armpitsThe armpit region is a viable location for the development of rashes, thanks to the presence of moisture and just how prone it is to irritation. The irritation is the result of friction between the skin and the clothes, particularly for those who wear very tight clothes in the upper body.

Getting armpit rash causes great discomfort for the affected person, and depending on the extent,can make it virtually impossible to carry out one’s daily activities.There are a number of reasons why this condition develops, ranging from use of the wrong underarm products, to poor personal hygiene, excessive sweating and poor shaving techniques.

Sometimes, the rashes are a result of allergic reactions or infections.With a rash on the armpit, some of the symptoms that manifest include intense itching, tiny lumps located on the skin and pain. Some individuals may experience reddening of the skin, and this is often accompanied by the production of armpit odor. Intense rash development on the skin may cause the skin to break out in blisters, flaking of the skin and occasionally, fever.

If the rashes are accompanied by swelling, high body temperatures and difficult breathing, make sure you see a doctor as a matter of emergency as this is indicative that the rash is a symptom of a more serious underlying condition. In mild cases of armpit rash development, there are a number of home remedies that you can use to treat the condition as listed below. All the remedies are easy to source and the directions simple to follow.

1. Aloe Vera Gel:

Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: Freshly cut aloe vera leaf, sterile cotton wool and cool water to rinse. 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder (optional).
Difficulty: Easy


When it comes to different conditions that affect the skin, one of the most effective home remedies available is aloe vera. This plant’s succulent leaves have long been used to extract gel which is used for the manufacture of an array of skin products, thanks to its healing properties. The best way to use it for the treatment of armpit rash is to use the gel in its raw form, fresh from the leaf. The gel has a cooling effect on the skin, and this helps soothe the armpit region, thus easing the irritation.

The gel is also packed with anti-fungal and antibacterial properties which come in handy in cases where the rash is a result of an infection. Turmeric powder is an optional addition which helps manage the spread of the rash by reducing the inflammation and reddening of the skin. The best thing about this remedy is that the gel, for the most part, has minimal side effects and this allows for speedy healing.


  1. Clean the freshly cut leaf before use to get rid of any dirt on the leaf surface.
  2. Cut the leaf at an angle (as opposed to making a straight cut) in order to allow production of maximum aloe vera gel.
  3. Once you have collected enough of the gel, scoop some of it using the sterile cotton wool and gently apply on the affected part of the armpit region.
  4. Leave the gel on the skin for half an hour before rinsing with cool water.
  5. Use this remedy thrice daily until the condition clears.

Aloe Vera Gel + Turmeric

  1. Clean the freshly cut leaf before using.
  2. Cut the leaf at an angle (as opposed to making a straight cut) in order to allow production of maximum aloe vera gel.
  3. Once you have collected enough of the gel, add the turmeric powder to 5 teaspoons of the gel.
  4. Mix the two well and then apply on the affected skin using he cotton wool.
  5. Let the remedy remain on the skin for half an hour before washing with cool water.


2. Oatmeal Bath Soak:

Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: 1 Cup of oatmeal, warm bath water in a tub and 3 drops of tea tree oil.
Difficulty: Easy


Oatmeal is an excellent remedy for the natural treatment of armpit rash.Great at reducing irritation on the affected skin, oatmeal helps speed up the recovery process by ensuring that the skin retains moisture while keeping pH levels optimal. Your best bet in treating the condition is using colloidal oatmeal. The main difference between this and regular oats is that the former is finely ground.

Recently, studies have shown that oats are also rich in antioxidants. This property goes a long way in managing rashes that result from allergic reactions. In addition to the oatmeal, a few drops of tea tree oil may be added to the remedy. This is done to enhance the remedy’s efficiency in the elimination of infections that affect the armpit. The idea behind this remedy is to soak
in the bath, so that the armpit is completely immersed.


  1. Place the oatmeal in the tub and run the warm water.
  2. Add a few drops of the tea tree oil to the bath water and slip in the tub.
  3. Enjoy this warm soothing soak for 20-30 minutes, all the while ensuring that the affected armpit is fully covered by the mixture.
  4. Use this remedy once daily until you notice that the rash has cleared.


3. Cold Compress:

Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: A few ice cubes and a clean cotton washcloth. Cold water (optional).
Difficulty: Easy


Sometimes all you need to do to get relief from armpit rash is to use a cold compress that helps deal with the irritation and itching. The two are the most obvious signs of the rash, and dealing with them offers relief, albeit temporarily. In addition to these benefits, the low temperatures of the compress eliminate the burning sensation that accompanies the rash as well as prevent the skin from breaking out in painful blisters.


  1. Place the ice cubes on the clean towel and wrap to get the compress.
  2. Hold the cold compress over the rash, gently massaging it in slow motions for about 5 minutes.
  3. Take a break for a couple of minutes and repeat step 2.
  4. Do this for some 15 minutes severally during the day. Ensure that you dry the armpit region after using the cold compress.
  5. Alternatively, rinse the affected armpit with cold water for a quick remedy when on the go.

NOTE: No matter how intense the itching and burning sensation is, you must never use ice directly on the skin. The extreme low temperatures damage the skin’s top layer and often lead to mild frostbite, which certainly is not the intended result.


4. Neem:

Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: A handful of Neem leaves, a pan, cold water and a strainer. Alternatively, use 5 drops of neem oil, 1 glass of warm water and cotton wool.
Difficulty: Easy


Neem is one of the most popular home remedies for the treatment of skin conditions, and this is not any different when it comes to the natural treatment of armpit rash. Neem, also known as Indian lilac in Ayurveda, is an effective remedy because it is rich in anti-inflammatory properties that ensure speedy healing. Additionally, neem also has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties that help clear the rash in cases where an infection is the causative agent. For this remedy, you have the choice of the fresh leaves or the neem oil, both of which work excellently.


Using Neem leaves

  1. Sort the neem leaves to get rid of the dirty leaves before cleaning and transferring to the pan.
  2. Pour in the water and make sure that the leaves are fully covered.
  3. Bring the mixture to boil for 15 minutes.
  4. Pass the mixture through the strainer and discard the boiled leaves.
  5. Let the solution cool down so that it is warm and just comfortable enough to apply on the affected skin.
  6. Use the solution to rinse the armpit region at least thrice daily.
  7. Repeat this procedure for a couple of days until the rash is cleared.

Using Neem oil

  1. Put 5 drops of neem oil in the glass of water and mix well.
  2. Mix well before soaking the cotton ball in the mixture.
  3. Dab the wet cotton wool on the affected skin severally daily.
  4. Do this until the affected skin is completely healed.


5. Tea Tree Oil:

Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: 5 Drops of tea tree oil, 2 teaspoons of olive oil, warm water, a clean towel and cotton wool.
Difficulty: Easy


Tea tree oil is a super remedy for the natural treatment of armpit rash, thanks to its rich healing properties. The active compounds present in the oil get rid of the infections, thus helping eliminate infections. The oil is an ideal solution to the reddening of the skin, and also helps soothe the skin. Olive oil is added to help the skin retain moisture, making this a powerful combination.


  1. Mix the tea tree oil with the olive oil in a shallow bowl.
  2. Soak the cotton wool in the oil mixture and use it to apply on the armpit rash.
  3. Leave the mixture on the skin for 15 minutes and then rinse with cold water.
  4. Use this remedy thrice daily until the armpit skin is restored rash-free.


6. Hot Compress:

Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: Hot water and a clean towel.
Difficulty: Easy


Hot compress appears to work in sharp contrast with the cold compress, but it is important to know that both work differently. Cold compress, as mentioned above, reduces the irritation at the site of the armpit rash. Hot compress on the other hand, soothes the skin and is most effective in cases where the rash is fluid-filled. This is because the warmth present in the compress enhances fluid drainage, in effect providing relief from the discomfort. The advantage of this remedy is that it may be used interchangeably with the cold compress throughout the day.


  1. Soak the clean towel in the hot water for a couple of minutes.
  2. Squeeze the excess water and then place the hot towel on the rash.
  3. Massage as gently as you can; avoid doing this aggressively as this can cause further irritation.
  4. When the hot compress cools down, repeat process 1 and carry out the remedy as often as needed until the skin rash clears.


7. Apple Cider Vinegar:

Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: 1/2 Tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar, warm water and cotton ball.
Difficulty: Easy


Apple cider vinegar is a popular home remedy that is recommended for a wide array of skin conditions. When used for eliminating armpit rash, Apple cider vinegar (abbreviated ACV) uses its anti-fungal and antibacterial properties to get rid of the infection. In the absence of an infection, the ACV eases the itching and overall retains the skin’s normal pH range. This speeds up the healing process. Note that for this remedy, the ACV must be diluted prior to use. In its undiluted state, the ACV’s acetic acid could easily cause further irritation of the skin, especially for those with sensitive skin.


  1. Put the ACV in a glass and add 1/2 a cup of warm water.
  2. Stir to dilute evenly and then take some of the solution using the cotton ball and apply it on the skin.
  3. Leave the solution on the skin for 20 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
  4. Use this remedy daily for best results.

NOTE: In the event that you experience any irritation, discontinue the use of this remedy.


8. Shea Butter:

Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: Medicated soap, warm water, a soft towel and a dollop of Shea butter.
Difficulty: Easy


Shea butter makes for an excellent home remedy for the natural treatment of armpit rash. The butter is packed with both anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties that help get rid of the infection as well as soothe the skin to ease irritation. The key to effective treatment is to use the Shea butter consistently. You will need to clean the affected skin prior to the use of this remedy to prevent the skin pores from getting clogged.


  1. Clean the armpit region using medicated soap and warm water.
  2.  Dry the skin well by patting (avoid rubbing as this easily causes irritation) using a soft towel.
  3.  Rub the Shea butter on the affected skin, making sure that the rashes are completely covered.
  4. Use this remedy severally daily, for a couple of weeks until the rash clears.


9. Additional Tips to Help you Manage Armpit Rash With Ease:

The above remedies are most effective when combined with the tips below for a holistic approach to total elimination of the rashes. These include:

  1. Ensure that you observe personal hygiene as this is the most basic thing you can do to prevent the development of the rash.
  2. Avoid wearing extremely tight clothing as this not only causes excessive sweating, it also blocks the skin pores. In the same breath, wear clothing made of natural fiber as this gives room for the skin to breath.
  3. If your skin is sensitive, avoid underarm shaving and instead opt for methods which do not predispose you to getting the rash.
  4. Look out for deodorants and antiperspirant products that are friendly on your skin.
  5. Lastly, stay hydrated as this helps ensure your body is better placed to manage temperature fluctuations and function optimally.