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How To Get Rid Of A Skin Rash

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How To Get Rid Of A Skin Rash April 30, 2018

We have all had rashes at some point in our lives. They not only cause itching and pain but also put you through a lot of discomfort. While a few go away on their own, others take time. Rashes could also be a result of a more serious underlying skin condition – another reason to steer clear of them. So, are there any natural remedies for rashes? Keep reading to find out.

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Types Of Skin Rashes

Any abnormal change in the color or texture of your skin often indicates a skin rash.

Rashes are mainly classified into two types – non-infectious and infectious rashes.

Non-infectious rashes include eczema, contact dermatitis, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, rosacea, hives, xerosis (dry skin), and allergic dermatitis.

Infectious rashes are ringworm, impetigo, scabies, herpes, chickenpox, and shingles.

The following factors cause rashes.

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What Causes Skin Rashes?

Causes of non-infectious rashes are:

  • Allergies
  • Reactions to medicinal drugs
  • Dry skin
  • Hypersensitivity to plants like poison ivy
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Food allergies

Causes of infectious rashes include:

  • Fungal infections caused by trichophyton, candida, etc.
  • Viral infections like herpes simplex, herpes zoster, HIV, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)
  • Infections caused by bacteria like staphylococcus, streptococcus, pseudomonas, etc.
  • Parasites like lice and mites

Let us now look at the common signs and symptoms of skin rashes.

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Signs and Symptoms Of Skin Rashes

  • Itchy red skin
  • Bumpy skin, with pus-filled bumps
  • Blisters
  • Scaly, dry skin

These symptoms could surface individually or in combination, depending on the cause of your rash.

Rashes can be quite troublesome in the long run. To steer clear of them and accelerate their healing, all you have to do is follow the remedies discussed below.

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Home Remedies To Cure Skin Rashes

  1. Essential Oils
  2. Apple Cider Vinegar
  3. Coconut Oil
  4. Baking Soda
  5. Aloe Vera
  6. Epsom Salt
  7. Petroleum Jelly
  8. Castor Oil
  9. Breast Milk
  10. Hydrogen Peroxide
  11. Manuka Honey
  12. Green Tea
  13. Neem Oil
  14. Lemon Juice
  15. Egg White
  16. Garlic
  17. Ginger
  18. Grapefruit Seed Extract
  19. Jojoba Oil
  20. Onion Juice
  21. Carrot Juice

1. Essential Oils

a. Tea Tree Oil

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You Will Need
  • 12 drops of tea tree oil
  • 30 mL of any carrier oil (coconut or jojoba oil)
What You Have To Do
  1. Add 12 drops of tea tree oil to 30 mL of any carrier oil.
  2. Apply this mixture to the affected areas.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this at least once daily, preferably before going to bed.

Why This Works

Tea tree oil possesses anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce the inflammation and redness associated with rashes. It is also antiseptic and antimicrobial, thus preventing further infections (1).

b. Lavender Oil

You Will Need
  • 12 drops of lavender oil
  • 30 mL of coconut or olive oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix 12 drops of lavender oil with 30 mL of coconut oil.
  2. Apply this mixture to the affected areas.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this at least once daily.

Why This Works

Lavender oil has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. It can help deal with the swelling, pain, and inflammation associated with skin rashes (2).

c. Eucalyptus Oil

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You Will Need
  • 12 drops of eucalyptus oil
  • 30 mL of any carrier (coconut or jojoba oil)
What You Have To Do
  1. Add 12 drops of eucalyptus oil to 30 mL of any carrier oil.
  2. Mix well and apply to the rashes.
  3. Leave it on overnight.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this once daily.

Why This Works

One of the major constituents of eucalyptus oil is eucalyptol. This compound has cooling, soothing, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties that can accelerate healing (3).

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2. Apple Cider Vinegar

You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup of water
  • Cotton pads
What You Have To Do
  1. Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to half a cup of water.
  2. Soak a cotton pad in this mixture and apply it to the rashes.
  3. Allow the mixture to be absorbed completely.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this twice daily.

Why This Works

The anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties of apple cider vinegar help treat skin rashes and ease the symptoms (4),(5).

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3. Coconut Oil

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You Will Need

Coconut oil (as required)

What You Have To Do
  1. Take a little coconut oil in your palm and apply gently to the affected areas.
  2. Leave it on for 30 to 60 minutes before washing it off.
  3. You can also leave it on overnight.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this once daily.

Why This Works

Coconut oil is proven to exhibit strong anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antimicrobial activities. These activities can soothe the existing rashes and prevent their recurrence (6),(7).

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4. Baking Soda

You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • Water (as required)
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the baking soda with water to make a thick paste.
  2. Apply this mixture to the rashes and allow it to dry.
  3. Wash the baking soda mixture off your skin with plain water.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this once daily.

Why This Works

Baking soda neutralizes the pH of your skin. This helps combat rashes (8).

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5. Aloe Vera

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You Will Need

Aloe gel (as required)

What You Have To Do
  1. Scrape a little fresh aloe gel from the aloe plant.
  2. Apply it directly to the rashes on your skin.
  3. Leave it on for at least 30 minutes before washing off.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this 1 to 2 times daily.

Why This Works

Aloe vera gel is highly recommended for skin rashes due to its healing and anti-inflammatory properties. This gel is also antimicrobial, which helps prevent recurrence of the infection (9).

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6. Epsom Salt

You Will Need
  • 1 cup of Epsom salt
  • Water
What You Have To Do
  1. Add a cup of Epsom salt to a tub of water.
  2. Soak in the Epsom salt bath for 20 to 30 minutes.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this once daily or every alternate day.

Why This Works

Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) has anti-inflammatory properties. Hence, it can be used for treating the inflammation, swelling, and itchiness associated with skin rashes (10).

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7. Petroleum Jelly

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You Will Need

Petroleum jelly (as required)

What You Have To Do
  1. Apply a little petroleum jelly gently to the affected area.
  2. Leave it on and reapply as and when required.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this multiple times daily, as per your requirement.

Why This Works

Petroleum jelly forms a protective layer on your skin and prevents microbial infections while keeping your skin well moisturized (11).

Note: Petroleum jelly can also be used to treat diaper rashes in babies.

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8. Castor Oil

You Will Need

2 teaspoons of castor oil

What You Have To Do
  1. Take a little castor oil and apply it to the affected areas.
  2. Leave it on for at least 30 minutes before washing it off.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this once daily.

Why This Works

The presence of ricinoleic acid in castor oil gives it some exceptional anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce inflammation, swelling, and itchiness (12).

Caution

Do a patch test before following this remedy as some individuals could be sensitive to castor oil.

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9. Breast Milk

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You Will Need

A few drops of breast milk

What You Have To Do
  1. Take a few drops of breast milk and apply it to the rashes on your baby’s skin.
  2. Allow it to dry and reapply as required. This remedy would be more effective for your baby.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this 1 to 2 times daily.

Why This Works

Breast milk moisturizes the skin and also protects it from further infections. Both adults and infants can benefit from this remedy.

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10. Hydrogen Peroxide

You Will Need
  • 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • Cotton balls
What You Have To Do
  1. Take some hydrogen peroxide in a small bowl.
  2. Dip a cotton ball in this solution and apply it directly to the rashes.
  3. Allow it to dry and wash it off with water.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this 1 to 2 times daily.

Why This Works

Hydrogen peroxide has mild antiseptic properties that help in treating infectious rashes and prevent further infections (13).

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11. Manuka Honey

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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon of manuka honey
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix a tablespoon of manuka honey with two teaspoons of olive oil.
  2. Apply the mixture to the affected areas.
  3. Leave it on for 30 to 60 minutes before washing it off.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this at least once daily.

Why This Works

Manuka honey is quite popular for its powerful anti-inflammatory and healing properties, and it helps reduce the swelling and inflammation. It also has pH-balancing properties that can restore the pH of the affected skin (14),(15).

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12. Green Tea

You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon of green tea
  • 1 cup of hot water
  • Cotton pads
What You Have To Do
  1. Add a teaspoon of green tea to a cup of hot water.
  2. Allow it to steep for 5 to 10 minutes and cool.
  3. Dip a cotton pad into the tea and apply it to the affected areas.
  4. Leave it on for at least 30 minutes before washing it off.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this once daily.

Why This Works

Green tea contains beneficial polyphenols that protect your skin from free radical damage, thanks to their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties (16),(17)

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13. Neem Oil

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You Will Need

A few drops of neem oil

What You Have To Do
  1. Take a little neem oil and apply it directly to the rashes on your body and face.
  2. Leave it on overnight or for at least 30 minutes before washing it off.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this once daily.

Why This Works

Neem oil exhibits anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antihistamine activities, which treat skin rashes and their symptoms like inflammation and redness (18),(19).

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14. Lemon Juice

You Will Need
  • ½ lemon
  • Cotton pads
What You Have To Do
  1. Squeeze the juice from half a lemon into a small bowl.
  2. Dip a cotton pad into this and apply it to the affected areas.
  3. If you have sensitive skin, dilute the lemon juice with an equal amount of water.
  4. Leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes before washing it off.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this once daily or every alternate day for best results.

Why This Works

Lemon juice is rich in vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant. Lemons also have anti-inflammatory and bactericidal properties. All of these help in combating skin rashes and preventing further infections (20),(21).

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15. Egg White

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You Will Need

1-2 egg whites

What You Have To Do
  1. Take the whites from one or two eggs and whisk rapidly.
  2. Apply a layer of the egg white to your rash and allow it to dry.
  3. Once dried, apply another layer.
  4. Keep applying 3 to 4 layers.
  5. Apply some egg white on a tissue and wrap around your rashes.
  6. Wash it off after an hour or two.
How Often You Should Do This

You can do this 2 to 3 times daily.

Why This Works

Egg whites form a protective layer on your skin, thus speeding up its healing. This layer also protects your skin from further irritants and infections (22).

Caution

Although this remedy is also used to treat diaper rashes in babies, do a patch test before going ahead with it.

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16. Garlic

You Will Need

Minced garlic cloves

What You Have To Do
  1. Take some garlic cloves and mince it.
  2. Apply the minced garlic to the affected areas.
  3. Leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes and wash it off with water.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this once daily.

Why This Works

Garlic contains a compound called allicin that possesses excellent anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that can be used to treat skin rashes (23),(24).

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17. Ginger

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You Will Need
  • 1-2 inches of ginger
  • 1 cup of hot water
  • Cotton pads
What You Have To Do
  1. Take an inch or two of ginger and add it to a glass of steaming hot water.
  2. Steep for 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Once the ginger solution cools down, soak a cotton pad in it and apply it to the affected areas.
  4. Wash off after 30 minutes or so.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this 1 to 2 times daily.

Why This Works

Ginger contains gingerol, which is a potent analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial compound. It can help ease the irritation and inflammation associated with skin rashes (25),(26).

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18. Grapefruit Seed Extract

You Will Need

Grapefruit seed extract (as required)

What You Have To Do
  1. Take a few drops of grapefruit seed extract on your fingers and apply it directly to the rashes.
  2. Allow it to be completely absorbed by the skin before washing it off.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this 1 to 2 times daily.

Why This Works

Grapefruit seed extract is loaded with bioflavonoids that possess antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help treat skin rashes (27).

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19. Jojoba Oil

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You Will Need

Jojoba oil (as required)

What You Have To Do
  1. Take a few drops of jojoba oil and apply it to your skin.
  2. Leave it on overnight and wash off the next morning.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this once daily.

Why This Works

Jojoba oil is rich in vitamin E and can be quickly absorbed by the skin. It helps in keeping the skin well moisturized and also combats rashes, thanks to its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties (28).

Caution

Do a patch test with jojoba oil before applying it to your rashes.

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20. Onion Juice

You Will Need
  • 1 onion
  • Cotton balls
What You Have To Do
  1. Extract the juice from an onion.
  2. Dip a cotton ball in this and apply it to the affected areas.
  3. If you have sensitive skin, mix olive oil with the onion juice.
  4. Leave it on for 30 minutes and wash off.
  5. Additionally, you can also include onion juice in your diet.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this 1 to 2 times daily.

Why This Works

The presence of quercetin in onions makes them one of the best remedies for skin rashes. Quercetin has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties and can help in disinfecting the rash and healing it (29).

Caution

Some individuals may be allergic to onions. Please do a patch test.

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21. Carrot Juice

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You Will Need

1 glass of carrot juice

What You Have To Do

Consume a glass of carrot juice daily.

How Often You Should Do This

You must consume a glass of carrot juice daily.

Why This Works

Carrot juice contains high levels of vitamin A, which boosts skin health. Deficiencies in vitamin A can trigger skin allergies. Thus, consumption of carrot juice daily is a sure shot way to cure skin problems like rashes (30).

Paying a little more attention to your diet along with following the above remedies can help you treat skin rashes.

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Diet For Rashes

Best Foods To Reduce Rashes

Foods that can help in reducing rashes include:

  • Beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Carrots
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Mangoes
  • Vitamin C-rich foods like citrus fruits, spinach, broccoli
  • Fatty fish

Foods To Avoid

Foods that need to be avoided are:

  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts
  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Shellfish

These foods account for about 90% of all food allergies and are best avoided.

Given below are some additional tips to prevent developing skin rashes again.

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Prevention Tips

  • Avoid using harsh or irritating soaps.
  • Avoid contact with those who are suffering from infectious rashes.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Keep your stress under control.
  • Avoid wearing tight clothes. Instead, wear light and loose-fitting clothes.
  • Maintain personal hygiene.

Rashes are quite common, and most of them can be treated with the help of the simple home remedies and tips mentioned in this article. However, if you find no improvement in your condition, consult your doctor immediately.

Were we able to address all your queries regarding skin rashes successfully? Let us know via the comments Section.

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Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

How long do skin rashes take to heal?

Skin rashes can take anywhere between 2 to 4 weeks to disappear completely. However, treatment can speed up your recovery.

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