Heat rash isn’t fun. I would like to say it always happens at the worst time. Heat rash is also called prickly heat or miliaria. You can get it anywhere on your body but it’s most common on your face, neck, hands and arms, chest, back and thighs.
Heat rash is when your skin looks red and seems to contain a rash of lots of small, bumpy red spots that look like tiny little blisters. They itch and sometimes feel as if they are prickly or stinging.
What to do:
1. Do not scratch!
2. Take antihistamines up to two weeks before you go on holiday or as soon as you start to develop the rash.
3. Shop for over the counter sprays and remedies. Odaban, £10.49 is an antiperspirant spray that’s perfume-free and based on aluminium salt to reduce excess sweating; Eau Thermale Avene’s Thermal Spring Water Spray, £10, is a great handbag essential for calming skin on the go.
4. Leave the area as open and ventilated as possible and try cold water compresses and calamine lotion plus a light emollient – buy online or find in your local pharmacy.
5. Bathe it if needed in cool water. If it’s very itchy, try a colloidal oatmeal bath and use a mild topical steroid for a few days.
Lavender or Peppermint Oil
The oil from both of these plants is said to have cooling properties, and both oils are frequently recommended as heat rash remedies. You can either apply the oils directly to the skin or add a few drops of either, or both, to your bath water.
Other gels that are soothing for the skin include aloe vera. Napiers Aloe Vera and Seaweed Gel is perfect as an after-sun gel as it both cools and remineralises.
Note: If the itch is really bad, don’t be shy about going to your doctor for a little something extra.