Before we dive into the good technical stuff, let’s go over a few of my favorite products that I have found to best treat my heat rash.
|Professional Pick||Tea Tree Oil
|Top Pick||Burt’s Bees Herbal Complexion Stick – 0.26oz
|Best BUDGET PICK||Cortizone 10 Maximum Strength Aloe Anti-Itch Crème – 1oz
|Best Natural Pick||Aveeno Active Naturals Anti-itch Cream – 1oz
Everyone loves the sun unless you’re a vampire than you hate the sun. Unfortunately, the sun isn’t always humans best friend and it sometimes bites back. While I wish I could write about all the ways to help suns negative side effects, I can only help with a small problem, heat rash.
No one is immune to heat rash and it affects all ages.
What is heat rash?
Heat rash appears as tiny red lumps or blisters, that may cause itchiness or a prickly feeling. Heat rash is common during hot, humid weather. In good cases it only covers a small area of your body, and in bad cases it can cover large areas of your body.
What does heat rash look like?
Heat rash can look severe and it can also appear in a more mild form. Either way they’re annoying and you’re going to want to get rid of them as fast as you can!
What causes heat rash?
Heat rash occurs when the skin’s sweat glands are blocked and the sweat produced cannot get to the surface of the skin to evaporate. This causes inflammation that results in a rash. Common symptoms of heat rash include red bumps on the skin, and a prickly or itchy feeling to the skin (also known as pricklyheat).
Can heat rash go away on its own?
Heat rash will eventually go away on its own over time.
Below are helpful ways to speed up the process of eliminating heat rash fast, and remedies to aid in the nasty side effects that may come with heat rash.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil, also known as melaleuca oil or ti tree oil, is an essential oil with a fresh camphoraceous odor and a colour that ranges from pale yellow to nearly colourless and clear.
Tea tree oil contains a number of compounds, including terpinen-4-ol, that have been shown to kill certain bacteria, viruses, and fungi. It’s an inexpensive natural alternative to chemical-based skin and nail treatments, personal care products, and disinfectants.
Tea tree compounds help aid with burns and rashes, often practiced by Aborigines for centuries.
You can find tea tree oil in roll on forms, drip droppers, mixed in with other skin purifiers or pure liquid form sold in bottles.
I view tea tea tree oil as good cop, bad cop sort of thing.
Tea tree oil gives heat rash an extra kick in the ass by working as a purifier and as a herbal astringent. It also acts as a healer by providing a soothing and smoothing element to your skin.
100% Tea Tree Oil Dropper
This tea tree oil is 100% pure and natural.
Oil found in this product is distilled and extracted using the traditional steam distillation method.
You can use the dropper to put the oil directly onto to your skin or drop it into a bottle to be mixd with other essential oils.
- USDA certified organic
- NO sulfates or parabens
- Gluten free
- Comes with glass dropper, roll on and an e-book to understand the product better
Burt’s Bees Complexion Stick – With Tea Tree Oil
I recently purchased this for the first time and it worked great!
I’ve only gotten heat rash a few times in my life, but this time it was on my face and that may be the worst place one can get such a gnarly thing.
100% satisfaction with this product. After just one use my heat rash started disappearing. I have super sensitive skin and Burt’s bees complexion stick didn’t make me break out worse or irritate my skin.
Use a face cleaning pad and apply the complexion roller stick onto your heat rash.
- gently exfoliates and treats blemishes
- contains 10 natural herbal ingredients
- comes in a roll on form
- Formulated without Parabens, Phthalates, Petrolatum or SLS
Ice packs are a simple, cheap, fast and handy heat rash healer. Heat rash is directly caused by soaring heat, so naturally ice packs would be the most logical healer.
Applying an ice pack to your heat rash will provide immediate relief from the inflammation, itchiness and prickly sensation by cooling down your skin and numbing that area.
Providing a cool down to your skin will also help prevent the heat rash from spreading farther and affecting more areas of your skin.
You can use an ice pack 3-5 times per day until the affected area decreases.
Instant Cold Pack
These are single use ice packs.
Instant cold packs contain calcium ammonium nitrate and water.
Shake and break ice pack to activate.
This specific pack comes in a 50 count.
No refrigeration needed for these ice packs! Doesn’t get more convenient than that.
- Dimensions 5″ X 6″
- Instantly Cold
- Easy to use- just fold and squeeze the bag
Non Toxic Reusable Hot Cold Ice Pack
Reusable hot and cold compress with gel pearls that conveniently hold temperatures for up to 20 minutes.
Store reusable compress in an air tight container or zip lock bag in the freezer.
Compress is Latex-free, BPA-free and phthalate-free.
Writers fun fact: For whatever reason you don’t own a microwave because you think the rays will give you cancer, or perhaps you want to take this with you camping, then you are in luck my friend. You can warm these ice packs up in boiling water. Simply boil water, use a WOODEN SPOON and submerge the compress in the water for a few minutes and you got yourself a hot compress. DO NOT USE A METAL SPOON or let the compress hit the bottom of the pot because it will puncture and break.
- Pack measures 3.75″ x 3.75″
- Stays cold or warm for 20 min
- Non toxic
Large Flexible Gel Ice Pack
This large flexible ice pack comes with elastic straps.
Comes in three compartment design for even gel distribution.
This specific product comes with a 6 month guarantee or your money back.
Contains three strap extensions measuring 29″, 20.5″, and 12.5″.
- Medical grade
- 11″ X 14″ dimensions
- Non-toxic, FDA approved
- Flex fit
Hydrocortisone is an ointment, sold under a number of brand names, is the name for the hormone cortisol when supplied as a medication. It can be taken by mouth (tablets), intravenous, or topically. Obviously, for heat rash, you’re going to want to use the topical form.
Hydrocortisone works by reducing the actions of chemicals in the body that cause inflammation, redness, and swelling. It works as an instant relief to heat rash.
How to use:
- Wash your hands before using
- Clean and dry affected area
- Apply a small amount of ointment to the affected area
- Gently rub in
- DO NOT cover, wrap or bandage area ( unless directed to do so by a doctor)
Cortizone 10 Maximum Strength
Cortizone goes on smoothly and contains aloe vera to help soothe itchy irritated skin.
Maximum strength formula gives you fast relief.
Apply cream 3-4 times daily until heat rash starts to diminish.
For external use only, should not be ingested.
Cortizone 10 comes in creme form.
Aveeno 1% Hydrocortisone Anti, Itch Cream
I am a big fan of Aveeno products because they are dermatologist recommended.
Aveeno hydrocortisone cream contains oat complex, aloe and vitamin e.
Cream is meant to be used for 7 days and if heat rash continues go see a doctor.
Tube comes in a 1 oz size.
Writers tip: Big fan of this product. Unlike most products the first ingredient in this is aloe and not water!
Heat rash isn’t a permanent thing, thank goodness! For those who have had it, you know how annoying it can be both physically and cosmetically. Finding solutions to cure heat rash fast is life-changing! No matter which route you choose to go, the important thing is that you find a cure that works for you!
Feel free to leave comments below on any questions, concerns or feedback you may have!