Heat rash occurs when skin is consistently warm and damp. Excessive sweating without washing or drying can lead to clogged pores. The resulting skin irritation is itchy, painful, and infected. Essential oils are an effective option for treating prickly heat or heat rash. Oils have anti-inflammatory properties, which relieve the itching associated with heat rash and other skin irritations.
Oil can be added bath water or applied to the skin. It can also be mixed with a water-based gel and applied like a lotion or cream. Make sure the gel is water-based and do no substitute creams, even un-fragranced ones. Your goal is to keep the affected area dry and creams and lotions add moisture.
The best oils for treating heat rash include eucalyptus, peppermint, chamomile, and lavender. Essential oils offer relief from a variety of skin conditions because they help regenerate healthy skin cells, speed healing, and relieve itching and burning. Not only does the oil make the symptoms of heat rash easier to deal with, it actually reduces the time you have to deal with the condition.
Heat rash usually affects areas of the body where skin presses against skin. The temperature of these areas is elevated and the skin rubs against itself. Armpits, thighs, under the breast and tummy area, and skin folds are the most common areas affected. You can place a dry cotton or terry cloth between these areas to prevent skin from touch. Putting a few drops of an essential oil on the cloth helps speed healing while keeping skin dry and preventing irritation.
In addition to oils, it is important to wear loose-fitting clothing made of natural fabrics such as cotton. It is important to take cool showers and baths, and make sure skin is thoroughly dry before dressing. Relaxing in air conditioning or near a fan also helps skin heal. A combination of natural remedies such as essential oils and gentle skincare help prevent and ease heat rash.