Itchy skin and rashes can appear out of nowhere and disturb your inner peace (or so it feels). While rashes may appear due to various reasons such as allergic reaction, insect bite, or something more serious like eczema, shingles or psoriasis, etc. No matter what the cause for your rashes, do not ever scratch it as this can cause infection and delay the healing time. \
So, what should you do instead? Because trying to not scratch the rashes is the same as not buying those pair of leather booties during a 70% sale — hard to resist. But don’t you worry ‘cause we’ve listed down some super tips, which will help you kiss itchy skin goodbye — forever!
01. Cold compress
One of the quickest ways to relieve itchy skin is by applying a cold compress. Take a cool shower, run cold water over the area or place cloth soaked in ice-cold water to ease itching and prevent the rash from worsening. Place a cloth over your skin then hold the ice pack or ice cube over it, hold until the itching subsides.
02. Aloe vera gel
One of the most soothing and calming ingredients found in nature is aloe vera gel. If you’re developing a rash, it is recommended to apply fresh aloe gel on the area for best results. If you don’t have access to an aloe plant, it’s best to keep a tub of aloe gel, like the Lakme 9 to 5 Naturale Aloe Aqua Gel handy to calm and soothe the skin.
If you have sensitive skin, it is best to stay away from products that contain added fragrances and harsh chemicals. Pick a lightweight moisturiser like the Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser, it contains no artificial colours or perfumes and is perfectly safe for all skin types, especially sensitive.
04. Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil Some essential oils have anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, and tea tree oil is one of them. It offers quick relief from rashes and itchy skin. However, the oil should never be applied without diluting as it may cause severe dryness and burning sensation. Mix it with your moisturiser or carrier oil such as coconut or olive and then use apply on the rashes.
05. Olive oil
The presence of oleic acid and other fatty acids make olive oil an excellent ingredient to reduce inflammation, calm irritation and accelerate wound healing. If you have virgin olive oil in your pantry apply some on the affected area.
Mild itching caused by infection or bug bite should heal within 2-3 days, however if the itching or rash persits and does not calm with the above methods, we suggest visiting a dermatologist as your problem may be an underlying issue.