How To Get Rid Of Heat Bumps

In summer season with the combination of heat and humidity, our body starts developing heat rashes or heat bumps with exposure to extreme conditions of heat and humidity. Not only they are a sore sight to eyes but they are itchy and irritating as well. Heat bumps are mostly developed in the areas where friction between two skin is on a regular basis. They can often even develop in areas which are mostly covered by clothes i.e. chest and back.

Our body has a natural cooling process in form of sweating as a countermeasure to excessive heat and humidity, however in most adults either due to the constant friction between skins or due to coverage of skin for a prolonged period of time sweat ducts are closed and sweat gets accumulated under the skin continuously forming these heat bumps. Initially non-itchy, these heat bumps get itchy with time owing to the continuous accumulation of sweat resulting in tearing of lower epidermis layer of skin.

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Heat Bumps Visual Explanation

This is one of the most easily caused yet terrible condition skin problems, we have detailed a few of the measures which can be used for the treatment of heat bumps. No matter how effective these treatments are unless accompanied by a healthy diet, regular exercise and lots of water intake, they are just futile. Most simple and the very first step to getting rid of heat bumps is a long cold shower taken twice a day. As effective as with other illness, the cold shower works the basics and can help in releasing of accumulated sweat and reducing heat bumps efficiently.

Although if heat bumps have reached a quite severe stage in your body and you are looking for a much quicker and efficient method for soothing your itchiness then you can try a few of the most widely used home prepared natural methods to get rid of heat bumps.


Other than being one of the most nutritious choices of breakfast for many, it’s packed with nutrients like vitamin B complex, vitamin E, minerals and considerable soluble fiber which makes it good for skin as well. Due to its such properties, it has been used as a skin healing agent for some time now. Owing to the presence of saponins as well as avenanthramides it also exhibits cleansing, moisturizing, anti-inflammatory properties as well.

Directions of Usage

You can do this bath with just oatmeal as well but it’s advised to mix soap to prevent any chances of infection and lavender oil to soothe the pain that may be caused during the healing process.

  • Grind the oatmeal using a food processor or blender until it turns to powder.
  • Fill a bathtub with cold water and add the oatmeal powder in it.
  • Blend the powder with water very well using your hands.
  • Now sit in there for about 30 minutes.
  • Dry yourself carefully afterward using the absorbent towel
  • Repeat the process twice a day until you are completely cured and for a week more.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is known very much for its skin healing and enhancing properties. Traditionally it has been used for centuries to heal burns and wounds. Scientifically as well as it has been proven to contain polysaccharide that forms a cooling protective barrier when applied topically.

Despite there being no specific study to show its effect on heat rashes, it has been proven to promote healing of wounds and lesions and at the same time inhibiting swelling of the skin. Alongside it has also been reported to have good anti-inflammatory properties as well.

Directions of Usage

  • Slice the aloe vera leaf along the length and then scoop out the gel from it by squeezing it.
  • Take that gel and apply well to rash affected areas.
  • Let it get absorbed for around 30 minutes and then proceed to take a cold shower.
  • Dry yourself by using a soft, clean absorbent towel.
  • Repeat the process twice a day until you’re cured and then for a week more if the problem was long persisting.


Cucumber is well known for its hydrating properties as well as it’s usage to remove puffy eyes in facial beauty treatment. Due to its cooling, moisturizing and anti-sebum secretion effect, cucumber makes for a very good skin rejuvenating agent. Not just that it also boasts of having a soothing effect which alleviates skin irritation and inflammation alongside nourishing and making the skin relaxed.

A 2011 study confirmed it’s effect in reducing the reddening of the skin by reversing the blood flow.

Directions of Usage

You can either just use cucumber for the following remedy or you can either mix honey or lemon juice alongside the paste for enhancing its properties.

  • Slice cucumber in round circles very thinly.
  • Put those slices in a bowl of cold water.
  • Now add lemon juice in it and let it be for some while.
  • Now take those slices and put them on rashes for 15 minutes.
  • Alternatively, you can also blend those circles and put the paste on the rashes.
  • Wash it off with cool water and repeat this process thrice a day for minimum a week.

Fuller’s earth

Fuller’s earth has been long used for it’s hydrating and moisturizing properties as well as for beauty treatment. It contains abilities to reduce inflammation as well as relives skin of itching, irritation and alleviates skin irritation.

When used alongside rose water, it’s properties become much more enhancing.

Directions of Usage

  • Form a sufficiently adequate thick paste by combining rose water with fuller’s earth.
  • Gently apply a thin layer of it on the rashes.
  • Let it dry on its own before washing it off with cold water.
  • Repeat the procedure once a day for a week.

Margosa leaves

Margosa or Neem is a plant which is used very much in India for it’s antiseptic and healing properties. It’s even used in malaria and skin ulcers by local doctors in the country. It’s common for people to bath in the water boiled with neem leaves to cure skin ailments for it’s believed to have antibacterial properties.

In 2013, Indian researchers created an anti-heat rash cotton fabric using neem leaves which reduced the bacterial infection up to 100%. You must use fresh neem leaves for this purpose only.

Direction of Usage

  • Make a paste of good consistency of neem leaves by using a blender or a food processor.
  • Apply paste in good amount all over the rashes on the body.
  • Let it dry naturally and then wash it off with cold water.
  • Do this daily once a week continuously for a week.

Cold Compress

Cold shower as recommended earlier often leaves the skin dry by running off its moisture which in turn can make heat rashes problem into a severe irritation issue as well. That can be improved by using ice cubes as an alternative. Not only it works better than cold water, it can curb down inflammation as well and relives the skin of itching and blisters alongside moisturizing it.

Directions of Usage

  • Wrap the ice cubes in a cotton towel and place it on heat rashes.
  • Repeat the process over all areas one by one to cover them all.
  • Repeat the process 3-4 times a day regularly for a week.
  • Not only it will relieve from existing itchiness and redness, it will also prevent it from spreading it onto other areas.
  • Instead of ice cubes, you can do this by soaking the towel in cold water as well.


Mostly grown in southern India, sandalwood is an integral part of the Indian culture. Mostly known for it’s beautifying and anti-aging properties, it’s renowned for its analgesic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties too making it a readily available solution for fever, headache, and swelling amongst others.

Proven by many studies this powder contains the ability to reduce the temperature of the body and possesses the elements to alleviate inflammation which is a key factor of heat rashes. Extraction of its oil is also done for the anti-itching and hydrating properties of the same.

Directions of Usage

Instead of directly using sandalwood powder, it’s recommended to include rose water, coriander powder, and sandalwood oil as well.

  • Combine one tablespoon of sandalwood powder with one tablespoon of coriander powder and mix well, then put one tablespoon of rose water alongside one drop of sandalwood oil in it.
  • Apply the paste on the affected areas of skin.
  • Let it dry on its own for a few minutes.
  • Rinse it well with cold water.
  • Repeat the procedure twice a day each day for a week.

Baking Soda

Other than of being used in the kitchen and for household cleaning purposes, baking soda also works well as an exfoliant to unclog the pores and thus get rid of skin cells and dirt beneath them.

This is an effective and easily accessible method to relieve inflammation and itching. Numerous studies have also proven it’s used for heat rashes.

Directions of Usage

  • Combine baking soda well with water.
  • Soak the soft towel into the solution.
  • Get rid of the excess water by gently squeezing the towel.
  • Apply the cloth gently on the heat rash affected areas.
  • Do this twice a day for 1-2 weeks to get rid of all heat rashes.


Calendula is one of the less popular things which can be used for the treatment of heat rashes. Many studies done on this particular flower confirms it’s anti-inflammatory properties as well as it’s ability to reduce skin swelling due to rash infections.

In a study, it was also proved that calendula inhibits pro-inflammatory cytokines in the body as well. It also gives a soothing and cooling effect when used. It’s also used in many beauty products too.

Directions of Usage

  • Add calendula to your bath water and let it sit for 30 minutes in it.
  • Soak your body in that water for 30 minutes.
  • Slowly and gently massage the rash affected areas with water.
  • Repeat the process once daily for a week minimum.

Gram Flour

Another natural thing which is traditionally used a lot in beauty treatments. Gram flour is good for stimulation lymph actions, thus in return increasing detoxification and removing skin impurities very well.

For skin having heat rashes, it works very well for drying, cleaning, disinfecting, nourishing and further rejuvenating the skin.

Directions of Usage

  • First, take a cool bath and then dry your skin properly afterward.
  • Sprinkle gram flour on top of heat rashes inadequate amount.
  • Leave it on rashes for the rest of the day.
  • Repeat the process daily for a week.


Not particularly known for skin ailments treatment, watermelon is high in water content provides much-needed comfort and relief to the body. Scientifically there have been no studies to show it’s effect in treating skin rashes or for the matter any other skin infections but those who have used watermelon to try and treat the rash infection have reported considerable improvement in a few days only, probably due to its hydrating effect alongside its moisture content.

 Directions of Usage

  • Take sufficient amount of watermelon and dice it into cubes.
  • Put those cubes into the blender and blend them until consistency becomes that of a smoothie.
  • Put that in the refrigerator and then let it cool for 2-3 minutes.
  • Gently apply on the rashes and let it stay for 15 minutes.
  • Repeat the process twice a day for a week minimum.

Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint herb has been used medically dating back to as old as ancient Egypt civilization whether in forms of peppermint leaves or peppermint oil. It’s used extensively in cosmetic industry as well. Mainly it contains anti-inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins, and antifungal properties and a host of other therapeutic components as well.

These substances soothe the nervous system and treat heat rash and skin swellings. It also gives a cooling effect due to menthol present in it. If topically applied, it can also boost blood circulation and prevent muscle contractions. On the more practical side, this oil is cheaper than most prescription drugs.

Directions of Usage

  • Take half cup of distilled water and mix up to 5 drops of peppermint oil in it in a glass spray bottle and shake well.
  • Spray this cooling solution accordingly on the heat rash affected areas.
  • Repeat the process throughout the day for a week on a regular basis.


Dandelion is a medical herb more than it’s a common plant. Its roots are known for their therapeutic values. It’s used in homes for treating various disorders such as stomach problems, muscle aches, joint pains, eczema, skin rashes etc.

Other than being a natural laxative, it’s a skin toner, anti-viral and anti-cancer agent. Humidity or rather excess of it is one of the factors due to which skin rash takes place. Dandelion is a natural diuretic agent having high potassium and mineral values which increases the urine production and thus flushing excess water out of the body.

You will need one tablespoon of dandelion tincture along with 2 cups of warm water. Add the tincture to the warm water and mix well to make a solution ready to be drunk. Take this solution twice a day each day for a week.

Stinging Nettle

Stinging Nettle is another medicinal plant also known by its medical name Urtica dioica. Different parts of this plant have been used for different purposes for many centuries. A few most common usage of it are in treating arthritis, poison ivy rash, kidney problems, anemia, rheumatism, heat rash etc.

Heat rash can be treated using it’s leaves, roots, extracts amongst others. It’s also diuretic and thus can help flush excess water by helping in urine formation. It’s also a natural antihistamine agent and so is used a lot to treat allergic reactions, infections amongst others.

You can use it either by applying the tincture on rashes using a cotton ball or you can boil the leaves in water and then drink that water. Repeat the process twice a day for a week.

It’s however always best to take suitable prevention as compared to the treatments as heat rashes are nasty things. Best to avoid humid environment and keep dirt from accumulating on skins and other infections. Avoid creams, lotions etc as they tend to moisturize the skin making it more inhabitable for rashes. When you suspect you are developing heat rashes, it’s advisable to first consult a doctor then proceed with its treatment.


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