Home DIY treatments for miliaria or sweat rash need to cool the skin and reduce inflammation at the same time as healing. Many people suffer prickly heat or miliaria in summer. Heat Rash occurs when pores become blocked and sweat gets trapped under the skin in hot and humid weather. The result is intense itchiness, unsightly red blisters and the prickly feeling that gives the condition its common name.
Wearing light clothes like linen and cotton, staying in the shade or in air conditioned rooms, taking cold showers and keeping your skin as dry as possible will help prevent prickly heat. But if heat rash occurs the following cooling treatments will soothe the skin, ease the symptoms and help get rid of this intensely irritating and itchy rash.
1. Watermelon Pulp Mask
Watermelon is great for facial treatment as it is packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and its cooling properties will provide instant relief. Apply watermelon as a mask by deseeding a large piece and making a pulp from the red flesh. Apply the crushed pulp to on your rash leaving it on the skin for 20 minutes, then rinse off with cool water.
2. Aloe Vera Gel
No need for a recipe, just pure Aloe Vera. Aloe vera is well known for its healing and anti-inflammatory properties and is the go-to product for reducing skin inflammation associated with prickly heat. Gently apply aloe vera gel to your rash and leave it for about half an hour. Rinse with cool water then pat (not rub) your skin dry with a soft fluffy towel.
3. Cucumber and Coconut Salve
Coconut oil cleans and unclogs the pores while cucumber acts as a coolant. Blend half cucumber and pass through a fine sieve to squeeze out the juice. Mix the juice with three tablespoons of softened coconut oil and apply to the affected area and 2cm around. Leave on your skin for 20 minutes. Dab to remove excess with a cotton wool pad.
4. Sandalwood and Rose Water
Sandalwood is great for giving relief from prickly heat rash and will also help treat any skin blemishes while the rose water acts as a toner. Make a paste using 3 tablespoons of sandalwood powder blended with rose water and apply the paste directly to the affected skin. Leave in place for 20 minutes, rinse with cool water and pat dry with a soft towel.
5. Gram (Besan) Flour and Rose Water Paste
Gram (besan) flour is an Indian ingredient made from chickpeas and is readily available outside the sub-continent in good supermarkets, ethnic grocers and health food shops. It is soft, gluten free and and in this case is used to maintain the correct pH balance for your skin. Combined with the rose water it will provide relief from the itching and prickling sensation associated with the rash. Take 2-3 tablespoons of gram flour and add a few drops of rose water to this to make a thick paste. Apply the pack to the affected area and rinse with cool water after 15 minutes.
6. Fuller’s Earth and Yogurt Paste
Fuller’s Earth (known as Multani Mitti in South East Asia) has been used in skincare for 4000 years. This recipe combines the healing properties of Fuller’s Earth to ease the rash and remedy the blemishes while the lactic acid in the yogurt dissolves dead skin and tightens the pores. Mix two tablespoons of yogurt with four tablespoons of fuller’s earth to make a smooth paste. Apply this on the affected area and leave in place for 20 minutes. Rinse gently with cool water and and pat dry with a soft towel.
7. Neem Leaves
Neem is a staple in Indian ayurvedic medicine and is excellent at reducing inflammation when applied at a poultice or paste. It is also a powerful antiseptic and works well the the tonic properties of rose water to treat heat rashes. Take a few dried neem leaves and grind them to make a smooth paste. Add some rose water and work the mixture until a paste is formed. Apply the paste directly onto your skin and leave in place for 30 mins, then wash off with cool water and pat dry with a clean soft towel.Tags: prickly heat miliaria heat rash sweat rash