Rashes on the skin tend to manifest with intense itching as well as reddening of the skin at the affected site. For a number of people, this is often accompanied by tiny lumps on the skin as well as a noticeable change in the texture of the skin. Rashes may occur on just about any part of the body, and sometimes they are widespread on several different parts of the skin at the same time. There are varied causes of skin rashes, and these may range from allergic reactions, contact with certain plants, insect bites as well as skin acne.
People with sensitive skin may get rashes when they come into contact with strong chemical substances such as bath soaps, detergents, makeup and even jewellery that reacts adversely with their skin. In many cases, the rashes are the result of an infection which could be fungal, viral or bacterial in nature. While there are natural remedies that you can use to manage the symptoms of rashes, it is important that you see a doctor if the rash does not subside after about 10 days of using the natural remedies (the assumption here is that you have already eliminated the rash-causing substance, whether this means discarding jewelry, avoiding certain foods and even using plain bath soap).
Time Required: 40 Min
What You Need: For the poultice: 1 cup warm water, a bowl of organic colloidal oatmeal (ground uncooked oatmeal works best) and gauze (optional). Alternatively, add the following to your bath routine: a cup of oatmeal, half cup of milk powder, two tablespoons of honey, muslin cloth and a thread.
Colloidal oatmeal is a term that is used to refer to ground oatmeal that is made into powder in order to make it easy to mix with water. For these properties, this organic form of oatmeal is a preferred choice in the treatment of rashes. Oatmeal is rich in compounds referred to as avenanthramides. These compounds are anti-inflammatory in nature, and this helps reduce the pain and itching at the affected part of the body.
In fact, oatmeal has long been used topically for the management of different skin conditions. The best way to use oatmeal is to prepare poultice by using warm water. Avoid the use of very hot water as this easily irritates the skin and causes it to dry out, in turn worsening the condition of the rashes. You could also use this remedy by adding the oatmeal to your bath routine and soaking in it. This works well when the rashes are found across the body.
NOTE: Oatmeal has been shown to be very effective in the home treatment of rashes that result from sunburns, coming into contact with poison ivy as well as allergic reactions.
For the Poultice:
- Add the warm water to the bowl containing the colloidal oatmeal.
- Allow the mixture to mix for about 5 minutes in order to get the desired consistency.
- Once the poultice has paste-like consistency and is easy to use, apply on the itchy skin.
- You may wrap a gauze to enhance the effectiveness of this home remedy.
- Let the oatmeal poultice remain on the skin for 20 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
- Repeat this remedy as often as is needed.
For the Addition to Your Bath Water:
- Add the milk powder and honey to the bowl containing the ground oatmeal.
- Mix the 3 ingredients properly, making sure that you get a hard paste-like substance.
- Scoop the mixture and transfer to a muslin cloth before tying it using a string to get a bag-like structure.
- You will then place the muslin bag in your bath water before running the warm water.
- Soak in this bath for half an hour or more if you are not time-constrained.
- Pat your skin dry and follow this up with a skin moisturizer that does not react with your skin.
- Use this remedy at least once daily until the rash is treated and the itchiness is gone.
2. Aloe Vera :
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: Aloe Vera leaf freshly obtained, knife, warm water and cotton wool.
It is impossible to talk about natural remedies for the home treatment of rashes without including aloe vera gel. This is because aloe vera is known for its soothing properties, thus making it ideal for alleviating the itching and bumps located on the skin. This versatile home remedy is extremely effective for the treatment of rashes that result from sunburns and allergic reactions. The gel’s anti-fungal properties also makes it perfect for treating rashes that result from fungal infection.
- Clean the freshly cut aloe vera leaf before cutting it using a sharp knife. This allows you to extract the gel and collect it prior to application.
- Scoop some of the gel using the cotton wool and proceed to apply it on the affected part of the skin.
- Gently massage the gel on the itchy skin and allow to dry for 15 minutes.
- Rinse off the gel using warm water.
- Use this remedy thrice daily until the rash clears.
NOTE: If you collect excess gel, you may refrigerate it for a couple of days. The added advantage of the lowered temperatures is that the gel’s soothing properties are amplified.
3. Olive Oil:
Time Required: 15 Min
What You Require: Olive oil and honey.
Olive oil has long been considered one of the best home remedies for rash treatment. This is because it is not only an excellent skin moisturizer, it also soothes the skin which is a key step in dealing with rashes. in addition to its moisturizing properties, olive oil also goes a long way in reducing the intense itching while speeding up the process of healing. So effective is olive oil that you are advised to incorporate pit into your daily skin care routine once the rashes clear. Honey is added to this remedy because in addition to its moisturizing properties, it also has anti-microbial properties that eliminate infection-causing microorganisms on the skin.
- Mix equal amounts of the olive oil and honey. The amount of this mixture that you prepare is largely dependent on the extent of rashes on the skin.
- Scoop some of the mixture and gently massage on the rashes.
- Allow the mixture to dry and rinse with warm water before applying an ideal skin moisturizer.
- Use this remedy thrice daily until the rashes heal.
4. Cold Compress:
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: Ice cubes and a clean piece of cloth.
The purpose of a cold compress is to reduce the swelling while easing the itchiness and making the rash far more manageable. This is especially effective when the compress is used immediately the rash starts, especially if the rash is due to coming into contact with poison ivy, excessive heat and insect bites. This remedy’s requirements include a clean piece of cloth. This is required to prevent direct contact of the skin with the ice cubes, a situation which could easily lead to frost-bite.
- Place the ice cubes on the clean piece of cloth.
- Tie the cloth and rub the pack on the affected area for five minutes at a go.
- Do this severally for a couple of days as you monitor the progress of the rashes.
- The other way to go around this remedy is to soak the clean piece of cloth in ice cold water and using it to massage the rash.
5. Baking Soda:
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: 1 Tablespoon of baking soda, 3 tablespoons of warm water.
Baking soda is used as a remedy for the treatment of rashes because it helps dry out the tiny bumps on the skin (sometimes these are filled with fluid). In addition to this, the paste made from the baking soda and water is known to relieve you the inflammation that usually accompanies rash formation. Baking soda remedy is both simple to prepare and effective so make the most of it the next time you have rashes.
- Add the water to the baking soda and mix until you get a consistent paste that you can apply with ease.
- Slather a generous amount of the baking powder paste on the skin and leave it on for 15 minutes.
- Rinse off the past using warm water, making sure that you use this remedy thrice daily for best results in the treatment of rashes.
6. Bentonite Clay:
Time Required: Between 30 Min and 3 Hrs
What You Need: Bentonite clay, warm filtered water and a cotton flannel.
Bentonite clay has long been associated with one of the ways of getting smooth flawless skin. What many may not be aware of is the fact that it is also an excellent remedy for relieving itchiness. An itchy skin is quite common with rashes, so by applying the clay mask, you should be able to get relief from itching. Bentonite clay has also been shown to be effective in managing rashes that result from insect bites.
Here is how it works: the clay is applied when wet, and is able to draw the poison from the skin. As it dries, it continues to absorb the poison while soothing the rashes. There are two ways to use this clay: you could either prepare a paste from the clay or use the clay pack with the same results. The pack is more suited for rash treatment when you are not time strapped as it takes about 3 hours.
Using the Clay Paste:
- Add warm water to a bowl containing the Bentonite clay until you get a paste with a creamy consistency.
- Once your paste has this consistency, you can then scoop some of it and apply a thin layer on the rash.
- Allow the paste to dry at which point the clay will have dried and created a firm substance.
- Rinse the clay off after 15 minutes.
Using the Clay Pack:
- Add warm water to the clay to get a thick paste.
- Spread this paste on the cotton flannel and place it on the itching skin so that the clay-covered part is in direct contact with your skin.
- Wrap the cotton flannel with gauze to ensure that the pack stays in place as well as to prevent the clay from staining.
- Allow the pack to stay on for 3 hours or until the clay has dried, at which point it will be a hardened mass.
- At this point, remove and discard the gauze before rinsing with warm water.
- Use this remedy at least thrice daily.
Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: Fresh peppermint leaves.
Fresh peppermint leaves are an easy yet effective way to deal with rashes, particularly those that result from insect bites. The leaves are best known for their cooling sensation that provides some much-needed relief from the itching. For their efficiency, it helps to have fresh peppermint leaves if you will be spending sometime in the wild.
- Simply rub the peppermint leaves on your skin for quick relief from rashes at their onset.
8. Neem Leaves:
Time Required: 40 Min
What You Need: A handful of neem leaves, water, strainer and cotton wool.
Neem leaves are known to be effective in the treatment of a host of skin conditions, among them the development of rashes. The leaves’ healing properties are attributed to their excellent anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. In addition, the leaves are also rich in antioxidants that work well to promote the regeneration of new skin cells to speed up the healing process.
- Place the leaves in a pan and add the water.
- Simmer the neem leaves on low heat for 20 minutes.
- Pass the mixture through the strainer and discard the used leaves.
- Soak the cotton wool in the solution and dab it on the affected part of the skin for 15 minutes.
- Repeat the use of this procedure thrice daily.
Other home remedies used for the treatment of rashes naturally include Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) which helps fight off potential infections on the skin, basil leaves which help manage the itching and fresh lemon juice whose citric acid soothes the rashes and reduces the itchiness. When treating rashes, it is important to avoid tight clothing as this causes skin irritation which in turn worsens the rashes. Do not scratch the rashes as this could easily cause an infection when the affected skin comes into contact with germs.