Heat Rash Treatment: Try the Cooling Benefits of Coconut Oil

If you have sensitive skin and experience increased sun exposure, the chances of a heat wave causing heat rash are high. Among the many home remedies that people may recommend to treat heat rash is the use of coconut oil. Let’s find out if coconut oil can be used during the summer to treat this skin problem.

Health Shots contacted Dr. Navya P, Consultant Dermatologist, Manipal Hospital, Yeshwanthpur, Bengaluru, for natural ways to get rid of a heat rash.

Heat rash usually occurs during hot weather. Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

What is heat rash?

Small red bumps appear on the skin after exposure to hot or high temperatures. That’s heat rash, which is also known as prickly heat. Dr. Navya says it’s a harmless condition caused by blocked sweat ducts, trapping sweat underneath. It tends to itch or may even have a stinging sensation.

coconut oil for heat rash

We know that coconut oil helps to hydrate the skin and keep it supple. The expert says that coconut oil soothes the skin and reduces the inflammation seen during heat rash. So coconut oil helps to some extent.

But she advises applying only a thin layer of coconut oil to heat rash-affected areas. It’s best to avoid the face, as the oil can block sweat and oil ducts, leading to breakouts. So you need to be careful if you have acne-prone skin, especially in summer when sweat and oil production skyrockets.

When it comes to treating heat rash with baby coconut oil, the expert recommends avoiding it. Stick to applying calamine lotion and preferably cold compresses for your little one.

Tips for treating heat rash

Treatment for heat rash involves cooling the skin. So, use a washcloth dipped in cool water and place it on the heat rash areas for 10 to 15 minutes. Do this after every 3 to 4 hours. Here are some other ways to deal with this skin problem.

1. Apply calamine lotion

When calamine lotion is applied to the skin, it absorbs heat, which in turn cools the area. You can dab some calamine lotion on your rash with cotton. This provides a soothing and anti-itch effect. Calamine has a number of benefits for the skin, partly because it contains zinc oxide. It’s a topical skin product used as a protective layer for minor skin irritations, says Dr. Navya.

2. Use aloe vera

It is a home remedy that helps relieve the itchy sensation felt during heat rash. It is anti-inflammatory and antiseptic in nature, making it a good coolant for the skin. Aloe vera can also help soothe swelling and pain. Plus, its antimicrobial properties can help protect against infection. You can use aloe vera gel on the affected area and you will get some relief.

aloe vera heat rash
Aloe vera can help get rid of heat rash. Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

3. Opt for turmeric and sandalwood

Natural ingredients like turmeric and sandalwood can also be used to get rid of heat rash. They have anti-inflammatory properties, which can reduce redness and itchiness. You can mix these ingredients with water to form a paste and apply on the affected areas. But first, test the paste on a small patch of skin before applying it. After all, you don’t want to end up with allergic reactions while trying home remedies.

Taking a refreshing bath also helps soothe itchy skin during the summer. Fans and air conditioners help to lower the body temperature and thus help the body to stay cool. You should also wear breathable cotton clothing.

If your heat rash doesn’t subside even after trying these tips, see a doctor. Your dermatologist may prescribe topical or oral steroids to reduce inflammation.

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