Having a red and itchy armpit rash can be one painful experience. An armpit rash can be brought on by a number of causes, but the main culprits are sweat, friction from clothes that you wear, a slip-up in hygiene or bacterial infections. Before you reach out for that over-the- counter drug for relief, here’s a list of natural remedies that are as effective. A word of caution. If the rash is accompanied by other severe symptoms like a fever or excessive swelling, then your best bet would be to consult a physician about the condition.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is known for its antifungal and antibacterial properties. It facilitates quick healing and helps relieve itching and swelling. Mix a teaspoon of organic, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar with half a cup of water and dab the solution on the affected areas with the help of a cotton ball. Leave the solution on the skin for 5-10 minutes and rinse off with water. This can be repeated several times a day for best results. If the application stings unbearably, then rinse off immediately and stop using it.
2. Vitamin E
Vitamin E aids the growth of new cells and provides instant relief from itching. Apply Vitamin E oil on the rash with your fingers and massage it in with a circular motion for a few minutes. Let it dry on the skin and apply it twice a day for relief from itching and pain.
3. Tea Tree Oil
Mix 5 drops of Tea Tree Oil with a tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Before the application, clean the rash with water and pat dry. Leave the mixture on the rash for 10 minutes, before rinsing it with cold water. Repeat the application 2-3 times a day until the rash disappears. Tea Tree Oil has antiseptic properties that help soothe the sores and prevent irritation and further redness. It acts on the fungus or bacteria that are causing the rash. This application is most effective against a rash arising out of eczema or psoriasis.
4. Aloe Vera
Apply aloe vera gel on the affected armpit and leave it to dry for a few minutes. Rinse it with cool water after sometime and repeat the application several times a day. Aloe vera’s soothing properties will reduce the redness, pain and irritation from the rash. Adding a pinch of turmeric to the gel before application provides added benefits.
5. Vitamin C
An increased intake of foods rich in Vitamin C can help speed up the healing of the rash. Alternatively, you can take a Vitamin C supplement up to 2500 mg daily. You can also apply the pulp from a citrus fruit directly onto the affected area for fast healing and relief from the itching and irritation.
6. Potassium Alum
Potassium Alum is a great astringent and has anti-bacterial properties that help the healing process and provide relief from the painful symptoms. Just apply potassium alum to the affected area after a bath and allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes before rinsing it off with cold water. You can even keep the potassium alum stone under your armpit and hold it in that position for 10-15 minutes. This can be repeated several times a day to get relief.
7. Hot Compress
Hot compresses help relieve the painful itching, redness and swelling from the rash. Once you apply the hot compress onto the rash, hold it in place for as long as you can. Alternating the hot compresses with cold ones can give added benefits.
Colloidal oatmeal can provide quick relief from the painful itching and redness in the armpit. It also helps balance the skin’s pH and helps keep it moisturized. It also helps relieve the swelling from the rash. Add 1 cup of colloidal oatmeal and a few drops of lavender into your bathwater and bathe normally and pat the affected area dry. Repeat the process until the rash clears.
9. Cold Compresses
Cold compresses can provide immediate relief from the irritation and burning sensation from the underarm rash. It also makes sure the rash doesn’t develop into blisters. Take a few ice cubes and wrap them in a cotton towel. Place the towel on the rash for 2 minutes. Remove for a minute and place it again for two minutes. Repeat the process several times before putting your clothes on. This can be done several times a day.
10. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has tons of benefits. The Vitamin E and other fatty acids present in it speed up the healing of the rash and soothe the angry red skin. It also lubricates the skin and reduces the friction that can increase the pain. Dab a generous amount of coconut oil on the affected areas and let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing it off with cool water and patting the area dry. This can be done twice daily until the rash disappears.
Lemon is known for its antibacterial properties that keep the bacteria causing the rash at bay and prevent body odor. Take a slice of lemon and massage it gently on the rash and let it dry completely before rinsing it off and patting it dry. This can be done daily until the rash disappears. Alternatively, you can mix 2 parts lemon juice and 1 part honey and apply the solution on the affected area and let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing it with water and patting it dry.
A word of caution. Do not use this remedy if you have recently shaved your underarms.
12. Baking Soda
Baking soda helps dry out the rash and prevents the formation of blisters. It changes the pH level of the skin making it difficult for any infection to take root. Mix sufficient amounts of baking soda and water and apply the mixture onto the affected skin and rinse it off after letting it dry for a sufficient amount of time. Pat dry before wearing clothes. Baking soda can also be dusted on the underarms for its deodorizing properties.
Neem is a great Ayurvedic remedy for the treatment of an underarm rash. It has strong antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. There are two ways in which you can use neem to treat your rash. You can boil a handful of neem leaves in water for 20 minutes and use the cooled solution to wash the rash several times a day. Alternatively, you can add 5 drops of neem oil in a cup of warm water and apply the solution onto the rash with a cotton ball and let it dry on the skin. You can repeat this several times a day.
14. Shea Butter
Shea butter is an effective remedy against an armpit rash as it has strong antioxidant and antifungal properties and also helps hydrate the skin. It provides quick relief from the itching, redness and irritation from the rash. Before applying shea butter on the affected area, wash it with an antiseptic soap and pat dry. Shea butter can be applied several times a day for best results.
15. Witch Hazel
Witch hazel, with its hydrating properties and anti-microbial action, effectively reduces the redness and irritation caused by the rash. Apply the oil directly on the affected skin with the help of a cotton ball and let it dry on the skin. This can be repeated 2-3 times a day until the rash starts to disappear.
Chamomile can be used to provide relief in two ways. Chamomile oil, mixed with a carrier oil can be directly applied on the affected skin and left to dry. Alternatively, a wet chamomile tea bag can be pressed onto the rash for ten minutes. Chamomile helps soothe the irritated skin and reduces swelling, itching and redness from the rash.