Baking soda

Skin rash is not a very serious issue but the itching and burning skin is the most irritating factor. Your skin becomes red, bumpy, itchy, changes color changes the texture, and what not!! Skin rashes can happen in any part of your body.

It can be caused by insect bites, harsh soaps/detergent, dryness, poisonous plants, allergies, dandruff, and even because of eczema or psoriasis. It can be categorized into bacterial or fungal infection on the outer layer of the skin.

You can try our tips to cure rashes in a natural way, but if the rashes do not reduce or increases, it is better to consult a dermatologist right away.

Olive oil

Olive oil is rich in Vitamin E and anti-oxidants. It acts as a natural moisturizer and also helps to renew the damaged cells. It reduces itching and gives you smooth skin.

How to apply

  • You can apply a few drops of extra virgin olive oil on the rashes and leave it on your skin. You need not massage.
  • You can add few drops of honey to olive oil and apply it to the affected area and leave it on.
  • You can also a pinch of turmeric powder along with olive oil and apply it to the affected area. You can rinse it with lukewarm water if you do not want your skin to be visibly yellowish.
Olive oil

Olive oil can be used many times a day. This can be applied continuously till you get relief.

Coconut oil

Extra virgin coconut oil or normal coconut oil can help you to reduce itchiness and swelling on the skin. The fatty acids in coconut oil can keep your skin moisturized for a longer duration and thus relieves itching.

How to apply

  • Apply a few drops of coconut oil on the affected area and leave it on. You need not massage.
  • You can mix any other oil with coconut oil if required.

Coconut oil can be applied many times a day and you can keep applying till you find relief.

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Aloe Vera

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Aloe vera is a natural moisturizer and also helps to soothe your skin. It gives you instant relief from itching and burning sensation.

How to apply

  • You can cut a fresh aloe vera leaf from a plant and cut it open
  • Take the gel-like substance from it and apply on the affected area and leave it on

You can also use aloe vera gel that is available in the market. You can apply the gel many times a day.

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Baking soda

It might feel strange to use baking soda on your skin to cure rashes. But this does work! The anti-bacterial property in it, helps you to get relief from itchiness.

How to apply

  • Mix 2 or 3 spoon of baking soda with 1 spoon of water to form a thick paste
  • Apply the paste on the rashes
  • Leave it off to dry and rinse it with lukewarm water
  • You can apply skin moisturizing cream or olive/coconut oil later

This process can be done once every day till you find relief.

Oats

Oats have a property that can reduce inflammation very quickly. It can also reduce the irritation caused by rashes.

How to apply

  • Grind 2 or 3 spoons of oats in a mixer to form a smooth powder
  • Add the required amount of milk to form a thick paste
  • Apply the paste on the affected area and let it dry for 15 to 20 minutes
  • Rinse it off with lukewarm water

You can apply a skin moisturizer or coconut or olive oil later. This process can be done once a day.

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Ice pack or cold compress

A cold compress or an ice pack can reduce inflammation and burning sensation on your skin.

How to apply

  • Simply put a few ice cubes in a plastic bag and place it in the affected area for some time
  • You can also dip a cloth in cold water and place it on the rashes

This process can be done many times a day and you can do it until you find relief. Avoid using ice cubes directly on your skin.

Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a popular home remedy for skin rashes. It is said to relieve itchiness very quickly. The acids in the vinegar can fight infections.

How to apply

  • Dip a cotton ball in the vinegar and apply it on the affected area
  • Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes and rinse it off with lukewarm water

You can do this treatment once a day.

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Neem leaves

Neeem

Neem leaves are natural anti-bacterial agents that can fight infections and also soothe the skin.

How to apply

  • Grind few freshly picked neem leaves with little water to form a paste
  • Apply the paste on the rashes
  • Leave it on for 20 minutes and rinse it off with lukewarm water

You can use this on kids and infants too. You can apply this paste once every day. If there are no neem leaves available, you can use neem oil that is available in the market.

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Lowes, M. A., Suarez-Farinas, M. & Kruger, J. G., 2014. Immunology of Psoriasis. Annual Review of Immunology, March, pp. 227-255.

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Ramya Srinivasan, PDGBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. As a result of her passion in native medicine, she got her Diploma in Traditional Siddha Medicine from Bharat Sevak Samaj registered under the Indian Planning Commission. She is certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.