Simple and Safe Home Remedies For Skin Rash

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Natural Remedies for Skin Rash

Skin rashes may result from a mild reaction to something in your laundry detergent, food allergy or a skin condition, such as psoriasis or eczema. In any case, they come with irritable itching and swollen skin, making them quite unbearable.

Several factors may trigger skin rash, which makes it difficult to pinpoint the cause. However, there are reliable natural remedies to relieve or cure the painful itching and swollen skin that often accompany different kinds of rashes.

You should be wary of some chemically-based skin products that contain toxic chemicals, mainly because petroleum-based agents and parabens are the common ingredients in most prescription and over-the-counter creams.

In many cases, the ingredients can cause endocrine (hormonal) problems, which can potentially damage the internal organs.

That said, below are some natural remedies for a skin rash.

(Note that these remedies may take several applications before curing the inflammation. Besides, they are not toxic; instead, they contain helpful nutrients for the skin).

1.    Cold Compress

Application of cold is a quick way to stop the itch and pain of a rash. Whether you choose a damp cloth, cool shower, or a cold compress, cold water brings a soothing relief and can help ease itching, stop swelling, and slow the progression of a rash.

How it Works

Cold reduces the blood flow to an inflamed area. Moreover, applying cold water or ice to a rash can help reduce swelling. It can also provide immediate relief to itching. Also, a cold shower may provide relief for rashes that affect an area that is difficult to cover with an ice pack.

Mode of Application

  1. Fill a plastic bag (or an ice bag) with ice or dampen a cloth with water.
  2. Cover the affected area with a piece of cloth (never place ice directly on your skin)
  3. Place the ice bag or plastic bag on the affected area, and hold until itching or pain subsides.
  4. Repeat as needed.

2.    Fresh Aloe Vera

For several centuries, the aloe vera plant functioned as an aid to health and skincare. Many people use it to quickly healing minor kitchen cuts.

Besides wound healing, aloe also has anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antimicrobial, and antioxidant benefits. Although it’s commonly used, there aren’t sufficient evidences to prove its effectiveness.

How it works

The aloe vera plant contains calcium, zinc, vitamin B-12, magnesium, essential fatty acids, and vitamins A, C, E. It also contains carbohydrates, sterols, and enzymes believed to contribute to its anti-inflammatory benefits.

Besides, Aloe vera gel is safe to use when applied to the skin. The clear gel from the leaves soothes itchy and irritated skin.

Mode of Application

  1. Wash and dry the affected area to get maximum absorption.
  2. Extract one teaspoon of aloe vera gel from the leaf. A teaspoon of gel from a commercial aloe vera product is a good alternative.
  3. Apply the aloe vera gel on the rash and leave for about 30 minutes before washing off.
  4. Apply the remedy at least twice daily for a few days or as recommended by a doctor.

3.    Coconut Oil

For centuries, tropical countries extracted coconut oil from its meat and milk. What’s more, they used the extracted oil for cooking and moisturizing the skin. Coconut oil contains saturated fats with antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.

Also, people allergic to coconut should test the oil on the inner arm. It is safe to use if no reaction occurs within 24 hours.

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How it Works

Virgin (unprocessed) coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids suspected to have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, and healing properties.

Also, coconut oil contains a monoglyceride formed from lauric acid, which has antibacterial properties.

Mode of Application

  1. Warm a teaspoon of virgin coconut oil.
  2. Apply it to the affected area and leave for about 30 minutes.
  3. Wash off with warm water and dry.
  4. Repeat about 3 to 4 times daily until the rash heals.

4. Tea Tree Oil

The tea tree is native to Australia, where the aboriginal people use it as an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. The tea tree oil is an essential oil that is steam-distilled from the plant.

A study from the American Society of Microbiology showed that the tea tree oil has antimicrobial properties. The study also explained why the tree tea oil may be an effective treatment for acne skin conditions.

How it works

There are reports that the oil works against bacterial, fungal, viral, and protozoan skin infections. The terpenes (unsaturated hydrocarbons) in the oil are suspected of breaking up bacteria’s cellular material.

That said, the oil is potent and can irritate if applied directly on the skin without dilution in a cream or oil.

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Mode of Application

  1. Mix the tea tree oil with a teaspoon of carrier oil (olive oil or coconut oil)
  2. Apply the solution to the skin rash after a bath.
  3. Wash off after about 45 to 60 minutes.
  4. Repeat the procedure 3 to 4 times daily for relief.

5. Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is an old remedy for skin and other ailments. It contains acetic acid, which is responsible for its potent antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Consequently, apple cider vinegar is an effective remedy for rashes of all sorts.

How it works

A 2018 study revealed that apple cider vinegar was extremely useful in restricting the cytokines that cause inflammation. The study analyzed apple cider vinegar’s effects on common inflammation-causing bacteria: S. aureus, E. coli, and C. albicans.

Mode of Application

  1. Add one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a cup of warm water and mix.
  2. Add the diluted solution to the affected area and let it dry. You can also apply an undiluted solution of apple cider vinegar.
  3. Wash off with clean water after 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Repeat the procedure twice a day until it heals.

On a final note

Most natural remedies are age-old cultural traditions. Researchers are still looking into what makes them work. Many of the ingredients for these remedies are cheap and easily obtainable. So, it won’t cost a fortune to apply them.

However, note that most plant-based remedies may have side effects, and you should use with caution. Besides, research is still ongoing for some of these remedies. Consult your doctor before using remedies that may have side effects.

And finally, discontinue the application of any product or remedy that makes the rash worse.

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