Heat rashes appear on those parts of the skin that are exposed to direct sunlight. They mostly appear as red, inflamed clusters of pimple-like eruptions on the neck, back, chest, face and arms. Sometimes even painful, pus-filled boils may develop on the skin surface due to exposure to extreme heat and humidity. The affected regions may become swollen, itchy and tender, and in extreme cases even mild fevers may accompany this condition. Friction between your skin and your clothes may also cause heat rashes to appear, especially if you wear synthetic fabrics that do not allow the free passage of air through them and lead to accumulation of perspiration on the surface of the skin.
Tips and Home Remedies for Heat Rash
The best way to avoid heat rashes on the face is to keep yourself cool and dry all the time. You should frequently splash cold water on your face and then pat your skin dry with a soft cotton towel. Also, carry some soft tissue to wipe away sweat from your face. Rubbing your face with an ice pack for five minutes every day may also help prevent the appearance of heat rashes. Strictly avoid oily and spicy foods, as they tend to induce increased production of sebum, which make your skin greasy and prone to heat rashes. Drink plenty of water throughout the day and supplement this with a generous intake of fruits and fruit juices. This will ensure that your skin remains well hydrated without becoming greasy.
Besides these general tips, you may also follow a few home remedies that are of particular use in treating heat rashes on the face. Make a fine paste by mixing some sandalwood powder with two spoons of rose water and apply this pack on your face. Let it dry naturally for 15 minutes before washing it away with cold water. The natural cleansing and antiseptic properties of sandalwood minimize the chances of skin irritation, while rose water helps repair the damage caused to the outer layer of the skin by the harsh radiation of the sun. If the rashes are too rough and itchy, you may wash your face at regular intervals with a dilute solution of powdered oatmeal mixed with water. This helps soothe inflamed skin and gets rid of heat rashes in a few days.
Another useful remedy for treating heat rashes is to rub the affected area very gently with the rind of a fresh watermelon, preferably one that has been just taken out of a refrigerator. The high concentration of natural moisture content in watermelon helps moisturize and nourish the delicate skin of your face and wipe away the excess oil from its surface, thereby treating heat rashes effectively.