Prickly heat is what is commonly referred to as heat rash. This is the heat you are most likely to experience during summer when humidity remains high. Prickly heat develops when you sweat and the sweat gets trapped under your skin. This occurs when the sweat glands become overwhelmed to a point where they get blocked.
Prickly heat causes you a lot of discomfort including itching on your skin. Luckily, there are several home remedies that you can employ to get relief and prevent damage to your skin.
- Henna Powder
Although vey popular in Asian countries and India where women use it to decorate their nails, henna is now readily available all over the world. It is a very good home remedy that you can use to address prickly heat.
The henna plant is a herb that has cooling property. The plant also contains substances that act against antibacterial.
You simply need to obtain a few spoonfuls of henna powder and clean water. Pour the henna powder in a bowl before adding water gradually until the water is enough to formulate henna paste. Stir the mixture to obtain a uniform paste that you need to apply directly on areas of your skin that are affected. Leave the paste on for at least 20 minutes before washing the paste off. This should provide relief for the rest of the day.
- Sandalwood Powder
Like with henna powder, sandalwood powder is very good as home remedy for prickly heat due to its soothing property. Indeed, it is because of its soothing property that sandalwood powder is included as an ingredient in many skin care products.
You need to obtain a reasonable amount of sandalwood powder and rose water. Measure the two in equal amounts in a bowl. Stir the mixture to obtain a uniform paste that you need to apply on affected areas of your skin. You also need to consider sprinkling sandalwood powder on affected areas for added benefit. You will need to leave the paste and powder on your skin for at least 20 minutes before cleaning.
- Baking Soda
The regular baking soda is a powerful home remedy for prickly heat. In addition to exfoliating your skin, baking soda is very effective in reliving itching associated with prickly heat. Furthermore, baking soda soothes your skin, which helps to prevent inflammation.
Add a spoonful of baking soda to a cup of cold water. Stir the solution to obtain a homogenous solution. Dip a piece of cotton wool in the solution and use it to cover affected areas of your skin. You need to repeat the process at least three times a day to get full relief.
- Rose Water
Rose water is one of the best home remedies for prickly heat that you can find. Not only does rose water act as an astringent to soothe your skin. It also acts to refresh your skin.
Get or prepare rose water. Pour the water in a bowl and dab a pad of cotton wool in the water. Place the soaked cotton wool on affected areas of your skin and leave on for at least 10 minutes before removing. Do this twice a day to get relief.
- Watermelon Pulp
The coldness associated with watermelon is very effective in addressing prickly heat. Furthermore, the substances available in water melon in the form of antioxidants end up deep in your skin, rejuvenating your skin.
You only need to obtain mature watermelon fruit. Cut it into pieces and make a pulp out of the pieces. Cover areas of your skin affected with the pulp and leave on for at least 10 minutes before cleaning. Do this twice every day to effectively deal with prickly heat.
Ginger is a herb that has traditionally been used to treat and manage various diseases and skin conditions. It contains medicinal substances that also help to stop the itching associated with prickly heat.
Get fresh ginger and wash it clean. Grate it and boil the resultant pulp in a reasonable amount of water. Remove from heat and let it cool. Dab a large piece of cotton wool in the solution and place it on affected areas of your skin. Leave the cotton wool on for at least 10 minutes for the substances to penetrate your skin. Repeat this twice every day for relief.
- Coriander Leaves
Coriander leaves contain substances with antiseptic property. The substances also have a cooling effect, which is good for addressing prickly heat.
Get a handful of dried coriander leaves. Grind the leaves to obtain the powder. Add to the powder a reasonable amount of clean water and stir to obtain a paste. Apply the paste on affected areas and leave it on for at least 15 minutes before cleaning. Repeat this twice a day to treat prickly heat.
- Pure Honey
Pure honey is a very powerful home remedy for prickly heat and various other skin conditions and diseases. Pure honey has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, which makes it very good for treating prickly heat.
Wash and rinse areas of your skin that are affected. Use a piece of cotton wool to apply the honey directly on affected areas. Leave the honey on for at least 20 minutes before cleaning with plain water. Repeat twice a day for maximum relief.
- Ripe Papaya Fruit
A ripe papaya fruit is a wonderful fruit when it comes to prickly heat. Not only does it eliminate the burning sensation associated with prickly heat; it also helps to unclog blocked sweat ducts.
Get a full papaya fruit that is ripe. Un-skin the fruit and mash the resultant flesh to form a pulp. Apply the pulp on your skin and leave on for at least 20 minutes before cleaning. You only need to do this every other day to get relief from prickly heat.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is very effective in balancing your skin’s pH. This goes a long way to ease the itching associated with prickly heat. It also contains substances that act against inflammation.
Measure a spoonful of ACV in a bowl. Add two spoonfuls of clean water and mix to obtain a homogenous solution. Soak a piece of cotton wool in the solution and apply on affected areas of your skin. Do not wash it off but let it dry completely. You will get relief from prickly heat for the rest of the day.
- Virgin Olive Oil
Virgin Olive oil is the best natural emollient that you can find. It acts to condition your skin, which is really good in addressing prickly heat. Furthermore, it nourishes your skin and eliminates the itching associated with prickly heat.
Obtain virgin oil. Clean areas of your skin affected by prickly heat. Apply a few drops of Olive oil directly on the affected areas with your hand. Do not wash but leave the oil to penetrate deep into your skin to relieve the heat.
- Aloe Vera Gel
This is one of the best home remedies for prickly heat. Aloe Vera gel contains antiseptic and antibacterial substances that address various skin conditions including prickly heat. It is also a very powerful hydrating agent, which is good for addressing heat on the skin.
Get a fresh leaf of the medicinal Aloe Vera plant. Cut the leaf into pieces vertically and place them in a bowl. The pieces will let the gel flow into the bowl. Use a piece of cotton wool to apply the gel directly on affected areas of your skin for instant relief.
- Epsom Salt
Epsom salt is very effective in drawing toxic substances from your body. This is in addition to exfoliating dead skin. The removal of toxic substances and exfoliation helps to unclog blocked sweat ducts, which is really good when you need to get relief from prickly heat.
Have warm water in the bathtub. Add to the water a cup of Epsom salt. Dissolve the salt in the water and soak your body in the solution for at least 20 minutes. Do this at least twice per week for maximum relief.
Oatmeal is very effective in exfoliating your skin. This in turn helps to unclog blocked sweat ducts.
Add a reasonable amount of warm water in the bathtub. Add to the cup two cups of oatmeal. Immerse your body in the water and soak for at least 20 minutes. Use some oatmeal to scrub areas of your skin that are affected. Do this on a daily basis to address prickly heat.
Neem is a true whose products have been researched and found to contain substances that act against bacterial and skin inflammation. Neem products also have soothing property, which is what you need to eliminate prickly heat.
You only need to have either dried or fresh leaves of the Neem tree. Grind the dried leaves or boil the fresh leaves in a reasonable amount of water. In the case of dry leaves, mix them with warm water to form a paste. Apply the paste on affected areas. For fresh leaves, allow the resultant water to cool before applying it on affected areas using a piece of cotton wool. In either case, leave on for at least 10 minutes before cleaning.
Drinking gooseberries (amla) goes a long way to address prickly heat from within. The berries contain high amounts of vitamins and other nutrients that help to fight prickly heat from within. Furthermore, eating gooseberries improves your body’s immune system.
Get a handful of fresh gooseberries. Put them in a bowl and add enough water to cover them. Let them soak overnight. Mash the berries in the same water first thing in the morning, strain and drink the juice to prevent prickly heat for the rest of the day.
- Lavender Oil
Lavender oil has antibacterial properties. It helps to heal sections of the skin that are damaged. Lavender oil also acts to get rid of itching associated with prickly heat.
Add two spoonfuls of Lavender oil to a reasonable amount of warm water in a bow. Stir to mix thoroughly before dabbing a piece of cotton wool in the resultant solution. Dab affected areas of your skin with the soaked cotton wool and let the oil penetrate your skin.
Cucumber contains substances with astringent property. This makes it a good remedy for prickly heat.
Get a fresh cucumber. Un-skin and cut it vertically into thin pieces. Refrigerate the pieces for several hours before placing them on affected areas of your skin for instant relief.
- Plain Yogurt
Yogurt is very good in calming irritated and inflamed areas of your skin affected by prickly heat. It also contains healthy bacteria that act to eliminate any harmful bacteria on your skin.
Apply plain yogurt directly on affected areas of your skin affected by prickly heat. Leave on for at least 10 minutes before cleaning with plain water.
- Virgin Coconut Oil
Virgin coconut oil is a powerful remedy that you can easily use to address prickly heat. It nourishes your skin by hydrating it continuously. It also contains substances that act against skin inflammation and itching.
Simply apply virgin (pure) coconut oil directly on affected areas. Leave the oil on overnight to prevent prickly heat the following day.
These are powerful home remedies that you can use to prevent and address prickly heat. However, it is very important that you hydrate your body properly. This is because allowing your body to dehydrate worsens the condition. Indeed, dehydration can lead to the development of infections on affected areas. Because prickly heat is associated with humidity and heat, you need to increase the amount of water that you drink every day.
Similarly, it is very important that you watch what you eat. You really need to avoid “hot” foods and drinks. Such “hot” foods include spices and coffee among others. This is because such foods serve to increase your body temperature, which worsens an already worse condition.