Rashes are areas of irritated or swollen skin that are itchy, red, and downright painful. Find out how to get rid of a rash and stop the itch — naturally!

Are you interested in natural supplements for skin rashes and natural remedies scientifically proven to alleviate skin irritations? Keep reading below to find out what the 8 common types of noninfectious rashes are — and what home remedies and supplements you can use to treat them.

Did you know?
A skin rash is not a specific diagnosis or condition. A rash refers to any inflammation or discoloration that distorts your skin’s natural appearance. (1)

What causes skin rashes?

In general, skin inflammation due to many different underlying causes triggers skin rashes. Skin rashes are your body’s way of signaling a range of medical problems. Causes for rashes can include touching something you’re allergic to like poison ivy or coming into contact with an irritant, such as a chemical in new laundry detergent.

Some rashes can develop right away, while others form over several days. Some may lead to patches of raw skin or a scalp full of dandruff. Although most rashes tend to clear up relatively quickly, others can be long-lasting and require a long-term treatment plan. (1)(2)

8 common types of rashes: how to treat them

You can alleviate itchiness from most contact rashes naturally, but remember; it depends on what’s causing it. That’s why we’ve gone ahead and put together natural tactics proven to work as an excellent first line of defense to treat specific common rashes. Remember to always consult with your healthcare practitioner for any health concerns.

1. Seborrheic dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis (S.D.) is the most common rash in adults. It presents as itchy, greasy-looking, and red scaling often found around the scalp, forehead, eyebrows, cheeks, and ears. S.D. is also seen in children around the scalp and diaper area. (3)

Did you know?
Approximately 3% of the general population in the U.S. has S.D. It is a chronic condition that can be controlled with treatment, but not fully cured. (4)

Research has shown that aloe vera supplements can be useful in treating S.D. Taking aloe vera supplements regularly can help lessen the severity of flare-ups as well as help suppress them. There was also a study done over 42 days that found an herbal face cream applied twice a day can significantly alleviate scaling, inflammation, and redness. (5)(6)(7) Tea tree oil has also been shown to be effective at treating S.D. when used topically. (8)

aloe vera extract cut up in raw form on a wooden spoon

Aloe vera is a fantastic natural antibacterial moisturizer. Using aloe vera for common rashes can hydrate the skin and also reduce your risk of skin infections. (9)

2. Atopic dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis (A.D.), also known as eczema, is a common disorder seen in children or adults will allergies. It produces red itchy, weeping rashes around the elbows, back of the knees, as well as the cheeks, neck, wrists, and ankles.

Soaking in an oatmeal bath can be one of the best ways to get immediate relief from an itchy case of eczema! You can also try fish oil supplements that have been studied to have potential therapeutic applications for A.D. when taken for 8 weeks. There are also promising results from research studies on prebiotics and probiotics for A.D. (10)(11)(12)(13)

Did you know?
Evening primrose oil and borage seed oil are often touted as a treatment for eczema, but a review of over 27 studies found either supplement failed to improve symptoms significantly. (14)

Applying neem oil or neem leaves directly onto rashes is also a very effective treatment for eczema due to its anti-inflammatory properties. (15) Keep in mind people who have a personal or family history of allergies also have a heightened risk of developing A.D. rashes. (16)

3. Contact dermatitis

Contact dermatitis is a rash that is triggered by contact with a specific chemical to which you are uniquely allergic or with a substance that directly irritates the skin. It usually affects and is seen of the parts of your skin which have come in direct contact with some foreign substance. Some common examples are dyes found in clothing, laundry detergent, poison ivy, poison oak, and reactions to costume jewelry around the ears and neck.

Tea tree oil is effective at treating contact dermatitis when applied topically. One recent study found that topically applied tea tree can reduce hypersensitivity to costume jewelry. Daily fish oil supplements, cold compresses, and chamomile can also help suppress sudden flare-ups of contact dermatitis that are triggered by allergies. (17)(18)(19)(20)(21)

4. Diaper rash

Diaper rash is a common type of irritant contact dermatitis. It occurs in most infants. Shampoo-clay has been shown to improve diaper rash — fast. Studies have shown that applying shampoo clay to a diaper rash can alleviate symptoms in six hours or less after just one application. Scientists have also found that breast milk can be used as a safe and convenient remedy to help heal diaper dermatitis in five days or less. (22)(23)

oatmeal bath ingredients and materials

A gentle oatmeal bath or two can also help alleviate redness and irritation of a diaper rash in infants. (24)

5. Stasis dermatitis

This weepy, very oozy dermatitis tends to occur on the lower legs of individuals with chronic swelling caused by poor circulation in the veins. It’s often accompanied by thickening and reddening of the skin. (25)

Taking a daily omega-3 fatty acid supplement, as well as applying a calendula cream or chamomile to your affected skin area may reduce itching caused by stasis dermatitis. Furthermore, because this is a rash triggered by poor vein circulation in the legs, it’s important to avoid standing or sitting around for too long. You also may want to start taking a daily vitamin C supplement. (26)(27)

6. Heat rash (miliaria)

Heat rash tends to look like a cluster of small red blisters or acne breakouts. It is most likely to occur around the neck, upper chest, under the breasts, in elbow creases, and the groin. The best immediate and natural treatment for heat rash is moving yourself or the affected individual a cooler environment, as it’s usually triggered by hot, humid weather. (28)

mother standing over her baby next to changing table

To avoid heat rash in babies, set up a fan or open a window for a gentle breeze, avoid using too much baby powder, and dress babies in loose cotton. (29)

7. Psoriasis

Psoriasis is not oozy or weepy. It presents itself more as a scaling or bumpy eruption that tends to produce little flakes of skin that scale and fall off. If you have psoriasis, try applying aloe vera topically. When applied daily, aloe vera gel has been shown to reduce skin “plaques” from psoriasis for 4 weeks. Using aloe vera mixed with honey bee products over 12 weeks can also drastically improve psoriasis symptoms. (30)(31)

Did you know?
Coconut oil is a great natural anti-inflammatory moisturizer for most sensitive and rash-prone skin. (32)

8. Hives

When you think hives, think of little red, itchy, and lumpy bumps. Hives, which are also known medically as urticaria, tends to come on suddenly and then resolve in 24 hours or less. Hives can sometimes be caused by medication, insect bite, or even stress. (33) If you are breaking out in hives, the soothing and healing properties of aloe vera can be an effective rash treatment, try applying it topically. (34)

Did you know?
Hives typically last less than 6 weeks and are brought on by an allergic reaction to particular foods or medications. If they last longer, the cause could be an underlying medical condition. (35)

General tips for taking care of common rashes at home

You can refer to the following tips to help ease any common rash discomfort and speed up your healing process:

  • Resist the itch is the most crucial step you can take – scratching a rash makes it worse and could lead to infection
  • Use mild, gentle cleansers instead of scented bar soaps or body washes
  • Avoid using harsh loofahs or exfoliation brushes when showering or bathing
  • Use warm water instead of hot water when rinsing your skin and hair
  • Always gently pat your rash dry instead of rubbing it
  • Let your rash have air to breathe, avoid covering it with clothing or bandages
  • Keep your rash out of direct sunlight
  • Stop using any new lotions or cosmetics that may have triggered the rash
  • Stick to unscented moisturizing lotions when treating your rash
  • Try and eat a lot of anti-inflammatory foods, maybe even try an anti-inflammatory diet
  • Take supplements that promote clear, healthy skin
woman talking to healthcare practitioner

Do you regularly suffer from rashes? Ask your practitioner about developing a more individualized treatment plan with natural supplements and alternative therapies.

When it’s time to see a practitioner about your rash

If your rash persists or becomes more widespread over a few days after employing any of the natural tactics outlined above, we recommend scheduling a consultation with your practitioner or dermatologist.

Keep in mind there are a lot of other types of rashes we have not covered in this blog post. You should seek immediate medical attention if you have a fever above 100.4°F (38°C) or any of the following symptoms:

  • You have trouble breathing normally
  • Your rashes are spreading all over your body
  • Your rash came on suddenly and spread rapidly
  • You feel tightness, itchiness, or swelling in and around your throat
  • Your rash begins to blister
  • Your rash is infected
  • Your rash is excruciating (36)

The bottom line

Many rashes often improve on their own, but in some instances, this is just not the case. Most rashes are not life-threatening, but in some instances, rashes can be a signal for something much more serious going on.

Do you regularly suffer from any of the common rashes listed above? We’d love to hear about any natural remedies for rashes or rash remedies you swear by and share them with our readers! Let us know by commenting below.

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