Healing Home Remedies for Summer Skin Chafing
The excitement of summertime can quickly be squashed by annoying (and often embarrassing) chafed skin. Those of us that deal with sensitive skin year round know that soaring temperatures and sticky humidity often leads to itchy, irritated skin (more than likely due to excess sweatiness).
The good news is that there are some inexpensive, easy, and effective ways to deal with this problem naturally. Depending on the severity of your skin concerns, you may need to call upon more than one method mentioned below. Doing a combination of these things will likely soothe and heal the skin more quickly.
Natural Remedies for Chaffing Skin
Aloe Vera and Other Plant Oils
Aloe is very cooling and drying. Applied to irritated skin, it will reduce inflammation and allow patches of chafed skin to heal rather than continuing to spread. That should be your first goal.
For me, the problem begins because of fungal infections. Some skin types are more likely to develop fungal infections than others. Irritated skin is often broken open allowing bacteria to freely enter the body. To prevent this from getting out of control, I turn to plants with antibacterial and antifungal properties. Calendula, lavender, and tea tree oil all fit that bill.
Add lavender or tea tree oil to some fresh Aloe pulp and apply topically. Or make a healing calendula oil infusion to have on hand. A cotton ball makes for easy application.
Turmeric Powder Reliever
Famously anti-inflammatory, turmeric (3 tsps.) mixed with water (1 tsp.) will form a paste that can be smoothed over the infected area. You will need to cover the area with a cloth in order to keep the paste from getting everywhere. After 30 minutes, wash the paste away with warm water.
(**Turmeric will stain. Be sure to use a cloth and to wear clothes that you don’t mind staining. It should rinse off your skin alright, but try it out before applying to your face or in a place that is regularly visible.)
Not my favorite thing to do in the summer, but soaking in a mix of healthy skin goodies is a great way to take care of larger areas of chafing. Use lukewarm water to prevent further inflaming the skin. Place 2 cups of baking soda, 10 drops of lavender essential oil, and 1 cup of rolled oats in the water. Soak for 20 minutes before stepping out and patting yourself dry.
Keep the Area Dry
This might be difficult to do in the summer. We all tend to sweat a little more. Without consistent air conditioning and outdoor chores that need attention, it may be challenging to keep an area of chafed skin from too much moisture. Do your best. Take breaks and allow a fan to dry the area. I like to wear dry-wic shirts when I have an area of chafed skin on my upper body. Try placing arrowroot powder over the area for a bit. The more you can keep the area from being further irritated, the faster the skin can heal.
Don’t spend your summer months with the discomfort of itchy, painful, and irritated skin.
Whether skin chafing is a constant summer struggle or a come-and-go concern, you now have ideas for natural home remedies to turn to for help. A handful of plants and a little conscious effort will take care of the problem. In addition you can feel the pride of being self-sufficient in making your own healing home remedy plan!
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