Skin protects the body from the scorching sun and many a times faces the brunt, literally. In case your skin is severely affected by heat, the first thing you need to do is cool down your skin. Not going out in the sun for some days will help you a great deal. If possible stay in an air conditioned room as much as you can. Your skin may cool down from a heat rash on its own, but it is advisable to apply some home remedies for a faster healing process.
Put an icepack or cool compress on the heat rash every hour for 10 minutes. This will help to reduce the swelling and itching immediately.
Coolers and soothers
- It is a tried and successfully tested formula. Cool down your skin and relieve itchiness by applying aloe vera gel on the heat rash. Wash your skin and apply the gel, which you will get from a freshly cut leaf or a product in the market. Repeat this two to three times a day.
- Add 5 drops of lavender and 5 drops of peppermint to a basin of cool water, dip in a soft cloth, wring out the excess liquid, and wipe down the irritated skin with this cloth. Lavender is anti-inflammatory and peppermint relieves itching. So, a combination of both will certainly cool off your heat rash.
- Calamine lotion, which is easily available at a pharmaceutical store is a traditional remedy for a heat rash. Apply this lotion on the affected area, it will give relief from itching and inflammation.
Power of powder
- Add a handful of bicarbonate soda to a bathtub and lie down in it for a long time. The water can either be warm or cooler than that, but make sure you don’t use very hot water. The bicarb will help relieve itching and discomfort caused by the heat rash.
- You can also directly apply cornflour or bicarbonate of soda to the heat rash, as it will work as an absorbent and save you from further sweat and moisture. You can reapply them multiple times in a day, but make sure you apply them on clean and dry skin.
- As far as possible, avoid going out in the scorching afternoon sun.
- Take more than one bath a day with tepid water rather than cold water. It will cool down the body temperature. If you take a cold water bath, it will close down skin blood vessels to conserve heat and increase the body temperature from within.
- Keep your skin dry. And, for that, wear loose cotton or linen clothes instead of tight and synthetic ones.
- When you go to a beach, sit under the shade of an umbrella. A place in the shade is definitely cooler than a seat in the sun.
- Apply a non or less greasy sunscreen that protects your skin from UVA and UVB light. Don’t use products that contain cocoa butter, they will be very greasy.
- Include food items that are high on fatty acids in your diet. Salmon, trout, tuna, and other oily fish, flaxseed oil etc. help you inhibit inflammation in the body and you will not get heat rashes easily.
- Overweight people are more prone to heat rash than others, because they sweat more and generate more body heat. So, if your weighing scale is indicating warning signals, you better lose some weight.