Simple Remedies for Skin Allergies:
Skin allergy symptoms like redness, itching, and swelling often go away on their own in a week or two, with or without treatment.
Skin rashes are characterized by red and itchy skin, often accompanied by small bumps or other changes in the skin’s color, appearance or texture. They may occur on any part of the body or be widely distributed on large portions of skin.
This minor yet irritating problem is frequently caused by issues like eczema, psoriasis, allergies, insect bites, mites, acne, excessive sweating, or contact with certain poisonous plants like poison ivy or oak. Soaps, detergents, shampoos or cosmetics that do not suit your skin can also lead to rashes.
Rashes may be a symptom of certain fungal, bacterial, or viral infections as well. If you have a rash that does not improve or go away within a few days, you should consult a doctor.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Raw and organic apple cider vinegar is another excellent home remedy to treat skin rashes and calm the itching. Moreover, its acetic acid content helps fight skin infections that could be causing or aggravating the problem.
- Dip a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and place it on the affected area.
- Leave it on for a few minutes, and then remove the cotton ball.
- Do this several times a day for a few days or until your rash clears.
2. Olive Oil
Extra-virgin olive oil works as a great skin moisturizer, facilitates healing and promotes skin renewal as it is rich in vitamin E and antioxidants. It will also soothe your skin and reduce itching.
- Simply rub extra-virgin olive oil or a combination of equal parts of olive oil and honey on your rash a few times daily until it heals completely.
- Alternatively, you can add a little turmeric powder to some olive oil and apply it two or three times a day for a few days. Packed with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric soothes rashes and relieves itching.
In addition to olive oil, castor oil and coconut oil help heal rashes naturally. A combination of vitamin E oil and cod liver oil is another popular remedy.
3. Aloe Vera
We love aloe vera for just about every kind of skin irritation. Aloe is probably best-known for its ability to heal sunburns, but it’s extremely versatile as it soothes the skin and relieves swelling and irritation. If you live in Southern California, there’s probably an 85% chance it’s already growing in your yard.
- Extract fresh aloe vera gel from an aloe leaf.
- Apply it on the affected area.
- Leave it on for at least 20 minutes, and then rinse it off.
- Do this at least three times a day until the rash clears.
If you do not have fresh aloe vera gel, you can buy aloe vera gel or extract.
Because of its anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-irritant, antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties, neem (also known as Indian lilac or margosa) is highly effective in treating a number of skin ailments including eczema, scabies, rashes, acne, psoriasis and various infections. It also contains antioxidants that defend the skin against aging and rejuvenate skin cells.
- Simmer a handful of neem leaves in water for 15 to 20 minutes. Strain the solution and allow it to cool. Soak a cotton ball in the solution and place it on the affected area for at least 10 minutes. Do this a couple of times daily for a few days.
- You can also use neem products, such as neem leaf extract, soap, cream, or lotion. When applying neem oil, make sure to dilute it with carrier oil or water as it is too strong to use alone.
5. Fresh Basil Leaves
Basil leaves contains anti-itch compounds called camphor and thymol. This is my personal go-to trick for bug bites, as it’s so quick and easy. Plus, rubbing the leaf onto the skin satisfies the compulsive urge to scratch.
- Crush up the leaves and rub directly onto the skin.