Skin rashes are accompanied by small bumps or other changes in the skin (like in color, texture or appearance) that makes the skin red, irritated and itchy. These rashes can occur on any part of the skin and might be distributed to a large area of the skin.
Generally, rashes on the skin will appear due to many reasons like allergies, psoriasis, acne, insect bites, excessive sweating, eczema, mites or getting contact with certain poisonous plants or using soaps, shampoos, detergents or cosmetics that doesn’t suit your skin.
Rashes might be a symptom of certain microbial infections and the use of natural remedies will provide relief from the rashes without harming your skin like over the counter creams or medicines. But remember to consult your doctor, if you didn’t get any relief from the rash or if it is growing on the skin for immediate diagnoses and treatment.
Here in this article, we are going to know all about how to cure certain skin rashes like poison ivy, eczema, chicken pox, bug bites, ringworm, hives, shingles and spider bites using baking soda.
How Does Baking Soda Works for Rashes?
Baking soda is an essential ingredient that everyone should keep it in the home due to its huge range of different applications (health, beauty, and home).
- Baking soda bath will soothe the irritation, itching and other discomforts caused by the rash.
- It has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that help you in clearing the rashes formed by any microbial infections.
- It has anti-inflammatory properties that soothe and heals the rash affected skin area by combating redness, pain, and swelling.
- It balances the pH of the skin to get rid of pain, itching, and irritation associated with the rashes.It counteracts the acids which damage the skin and make it unhealthy.
- It acts as a drying agent and exfoliates the skin to remove the excess moisture and dead cells on the skin’s surface and thereby help in giving quick relief from the problem.
Baking Soda for Skin Rash:
Skin rashes are breakouts of the skin that caused due to any underlying medical condition or allergies or getting contact with an irritating substance.
Baking soda balances the skin pH level to relieve you from itching. It also has an anti-inflammatory property that provides relief from the redness, irritation, and discomfort caused by skin rashes. It also dries out the rash for getting faster relief.
Steps to be followed…
- This process eases the itching and discomfort associated with the rashes on the skin.
- Add 1 part of baking soda to 3 parts of water in a bowl.
- Stir it well to make it a fine paste and apply it on the rashes affected skin areas.
- Let it sit for about few minutes and rinse it off thoroughly.
- Continue doing the same process regularly for few days to get rid of the rashes.
- This process is also used to treat baking soda for hives and baking soda for shingles.
- Or else mix equal quantities of baking soda and water to make a fine paste. Apply it on the affected area.
- Alternatively, mix baking soda with enough of coconut oil to make a paste and apply this on the rashes. Rinse it off after 5 – 7 minutes and repeat the same for once or twice daily. Or use vitamin E oil instead of coconut oil.
Baking Soda Bath for Heat Rash:
Heat rash or sun rash or prickly heat is generally caused due to the clogged sweat glands and trapped sweat along with bacteria. As the sweat gets blocked in the pores and from flowing out, thus creates rashes or blisters. This problem is most commonly faced by the people those who live in hot and humid climates.
Baking soda is alkaline in nature that gently cleanses and exfoliates the skin with its gritty texture to unclog the pores and removes the trapped sweat. It also dries out the rashes to get rid of it.
Steps to be followed…
- Add 1 cup of baking soda to the bathtub which is filled with lukewarm water.
- Stir it and soak yourself in this water for about 10 – 15 minutes.
- Then take your normal bath and dry the skin thoroughly.
- Apply some anti – prickly heat powder before wearing clothes to prevent those heat rashes.
- Continue doing this baking soda bath for twice daily until you healed those heat rashes.
Note: Or else mix 2 – 3 tablespoons of baking soda in a container filled with water. Dip a clean washcloth in this mix and wring out to remove excess water. Apply this cloth as a compress on the affected skin areas. Remove the compress after 20 – 30 minutes and repeat it for 2 – 3 times daily.
Baking Soda for Poison Ivy:
Poison oak or poison ivy appears as small bumps, itchy and painful rashes that can spread to other parts if you’re scratching the affected area. It is caused due to the contact of skin with the colorless oil urushiol of the poison oak plant.
Baking soda neutralizes the acid that found in poison oak and gives relief from itchy rashes. It clears the fluid in the blisters and dries out them along with soothing the affected skin to get rid of the pain and inflammation.
Steps to be followed…
- Add 3 parts of baking soda in 1 part of water and stir well to make a fine paste.
- Apply this paste on the affected area and leave for few minutes till it gets dried.
- Then wipe it off and repeat the same for 3 – 4 times daily to get rid of the problem.
- Or dissolve 2 teaspoons of baking soda in 1 quart of water and soak sterilized gauze pads in this paste. Apply it on the affected areas and rinse off after 10 – 15 minutes. This process helps to treat red, oozing blisters but don’t apply the pads near the eyes, as it causes blurred vision.
- Alternatively, mix 3 teaspoons of baking soda in vinegar to make it a fine paste. Scrub it on the affected areas while showering. Rinse it off thoroughly and dry the skin to apply apple cider vinegar on scrubbed blisters.
Baking Soda for Eczema:
Eczema is defined as a recurring skin inflammation that caused due to dry, itchy and sensitive skin, allergies, stress, irritants, etc. will damage the skin and thus creates red, rough and raised patches on the skin.
Baking soda is a very effective remedy for treating eczema, want to know how? Go through this.
Baking Soda for Chickenpox:
Chickenpox is another form of rashes that occur on the skin due to varicella-zoster virus. These itchy rashes are contagious and turn into blisters. Most commonly affect newborn babies, pregnant women and people with the weak immune system.
Baking soda restores the natural skin’s acid-alkaline pH balance to relieve you from itching and pain associated with chickenpox and also dries out the blisters to get relief.
Steps to be followed…
- Add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1 glass of water.
- Stir well and use this water to have a sponge bath.
- Concentrate more on the chickenpox affected skin areas while having a sponge bath.
- Let the skin dry thoroughly before wearing clothes or any medicated creams.
- Repeat the same process regularly.
Note: Mix 1/2 – 1 cup of baking soda in your bathtub filled with water. Stir well and have your bath in this water.
Baking Soda for Bug Bites:
Bug bites are very aggravating and the bite might be swollen, red, sting or itchy rashes on the skin which depends on which bug bites you. Bed bug bites make you restless nights and the most exposed body parts are the face, neck, arms, and hands for these bug bites.
Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate helps to neutralize the acidic nature or chemical reaction causing itching from the bug bites. It effectively draws out the toxins and fluids for faster healing. It also reduces the redness and swelling with its anti-inflammatory property.
Steps to be followed…
- Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda in 3 teaspoons of water.
- Stir well and apply this mix to the affected areas.
- Let it sit for about 10 minutes and rinse off with water.
- If your discomfort persists, then again apply it after 30 – 45 minutes.
- This process is also used to treat baking soda for spider bites or insect bites.
- Or else mix baking soda in little of witch hazel to make a paste. Apply it directly on the bite and rinse it off after few minutes.
Baking Soda for Ringworm:
Ringworm is a contagious skin infection that caused due to fungus. It causes itchy rashes and red ring-like patches on the affected skin areas.
Baking soda has antifungal and antiseptic properties that fight against the fungus causing ringworm and also acts as a proper pH balancer.
Steps to be followed…
- Wash the ringworm affected area with warm water and dry the skin.
- Pour some baking soda on the affected area and massage it gently for a minute or two.
- Make sure that you have applied the baking soda on all over the affected areas.
- Or simply apply a paste of baking soda mixed with water on the affected areas and rinse off after 15 minutes.
- Continue doing the same process till you get rid of the problem.
Tips and Precautions:
- Don’t leave baking soda on the skin for a longer time as it causes dryness and irritation.
- Wear clean cotton clothes but not tight clothes with abrasive fabrics for preventing further pain, itching, and irritation.
- Expose the affected area to air, clean the rash regularly with warm or tepid water, avoid exposure to direct sunlight, don’t scratch the rash affected areas, apply baking soda regularly, etc. has to be followed to get quick relief from the rashes.
- Baking soda should not be applied on the broken or too irritated skin with constant scratching.
- For treating all your rashes, mix a little water in baking soda to make a thick paste and apply it on the affected areas.
- Always remember that to use baking soda for rashes till the problem is cured but not for a prolonged time why because the baking soda will alkalize the skin and may damage the skin barrier and thereby makes the skin more irritated and prone to infections.
- Intake of a little baking soda in 1 glass of water will also help you to get rid of the problem from inside out.
- If the usage of baking soda causing any further irritation or itching then immediately consult your doctor to get rid of these rashes on the skin.
- Never ever use baking soda which is used for cleaning purpose and be sure to use food grade baking soda for treating your health, hair and skin problems, including rashes.
- We can use baking soda to grab various health and beauty benefits like teeth whitener, natural exfoliator or facial scrub, mouth freshener, deodorant, antacid, skin neutralizer, reduces fatigue, aids in proper digestion and prevent digestive disorders, natural cleanser, prevent respiratory problems, etc.
Rashes occur very commonly on the skin but the usage of baking soda will help you to get rid of them quickly without doing any harm to the skin. Follow these baking soda for rashes methods and share your experience with us.