We all look forward to Summer, a time to lounge around either on beaches and go on movie-like road trips. Of course, we know to take care of our skin with the unforgiving sun, so we bring along our usual sunblock lotion, sunglasses, hats, scarves, and what-not. But alas! You wake up the next day and find red bumps all over your forehead or body. Your mind is suddenly boggled with questions. Where did they come from? What caused them? Most importantly, how do I get rid of them?!
What Are Heat Bumps?
Heat bumps are the tiny red bumps which commonly appear on the face or hands. The scientific term for these heat bumps is miliria. They appear in adults who live in hot, humid regions. They appear on the outermost layer of your skin and make you uncomfortable due to its itchy or prickly sensation. The skin is usually inflamed or sore in the area which is affected.
What Are The Causes Of Heat Bumps?
The main cause for heat bumps is the blockage of sweat glands. When the pores of your skin are clogged, and you can’t expel sweat, it leads to the inflamed skin and red bumps.
How do they get blocked?
- Thick Lotions or Creams
When you apply thick lotion or cream on your body, it can lead to clogging of pores. This, in turn, reduces the sweat and increases your chances of heat bumps.
2. Intense Workouts
During an intense workout, your body expels excessive sweat. This may lead to the formation of heat bumps along the areas where your body parts rub together like your neck, armpits, etc.
3. Certain Clothes
Certain types of clothing lead to heat bumps even in cooler climate. If you sleep under a blanket, beware of overheating, which leads to the red bumps in the morning!
10 Home Remedies To Help Get Rid Of Heat Bumps!
1. Go For The Basics- Ice!
Ice is the first thing that helps with any skin problem- it helps cool down the inflamed skin. While it is a temporary measure, it does provide immediate relief. Do not apply ice directly to the skin, wrap it in a thin cloth and apply it to the affected area to reduce the itchiness.
2. Baking Soda Is Not Just For Baking
Use the most common baking ingredient to say goodbye to those bumps! Just mix baking soda and cool water together to make a solution, dip a washcloth in it and apply over the red bumps. It prevents infections due to its anti-bacterial properties.
3. Aloe Vera Gel
The anti-septic properties of Aloe Vera make it a miracle cure for the heat bumps. You can use the Aloe Vera gel which you find in stores or for a more effective remedy, use the natural gel which you squeeze out of the aloe leaf. If you do not have an aloe vera plant nearby, just head over to the nearest store and grab a moisturizing lotion which has an aloe vera base.
4. Multani Mitti Or Fuller’s Earth
Another effective home remedy for those itchy red bumps is Fuller’s earth, which is commonly called Multani Mitti. You can prepare a paste using 4-5 tbsp of Multani Mitti, 2-3 tbsp of rose water, and enough plain water to make it a thick paste. Apply the paste over the bumps, and let it dry for approximately 2 hours. Wash it off with cold water. This will also make your skin super soft!
5. Honey, I Shrunk The Bumps!
Honey is an effective home remedy for almost every skin problem. You can apply honey directly to your skin to create a soothing paste. Allow it to remain for 15-20 minutes, then wash it off. Always use organic honey, since the processed honey isn’t going to do jack.
Tip- If you want to check if your honey is natural, keep it in the fridge for a few hours. If it hardens, you’ve got processed honey and not organic honey.
6. Dip Yourself In Oatmeal!
Oatmeal is a natural means to get rid of those bumps soon. You can draw an oatmeal bath and lie in it for 15-20 minutes. Scrub the affected areas using the oatmeal, which will act as an effective exfoliator. The relaxing bath will relieve the discomfort by reducing the itching. You can do this twice a day to make your skin smooth again.
7. Potato, Puh-Ta-To
Potato, one of the most common vegetables found in your kitchen, is one of the most effective remedies for those pesky red bumps. Just cut medium-sized potatoes into slices, and rub them gently in circles on the bumps. This will reduce the itching and provide some relief.
8. Lime Juice
Why not get rid of the bumps internally? Make a juice using lime by squeezing fresh limes and mixing it with water. Lime is rich in antioxidants which can help heal the bumps faster. Beware, it doesn’t taste very good, but then again, when does something healthy ever taste good?
Just gulp down 3 to 4 glasses of the lime juice every day to either heal the bumps.
Tip- You can add a tsp of honey to sweeten the taste of the juice.
If you have some cornstarch lying around the house, it can be really helpful for getting rid of the bumps. Just mix some cornstarch with some flour and water until it forms a thick paste. You can then apply this paste over the affected area and wait for about half an hour. Once it has completely dried, take a cold water bath to wash it off.
10. Essential Oils
While it may be a little on the expensive side, essential oils are a quick remedy to many skin rashes or itches. For making the skin smooth again, just add 5 drops of lavender essential oil to lukewarm water, and use this water to take a bath. Lavender oil has antibiotic properties which will help to heal the bumps faster.
Additionally, you can also merely dip a washcloth into the solution and apply it over the affected area for immediate relief from the itching.
Directly applying the oil to the skin also helps!
There you go! Using any of these quick and simple home remedies will help you combat those heat bumps effectively. You can also follow a few tips to prevent heat bumps while going out-
- Don’t wear tight clothing, and avoid darker colors which trap heat.
- Use creams and lotions which aren’t too thick and help in moisturizing the skin.
- Try to remain in air-conditioned areas or well-ventilated areas with fans.
- Bathe with cold water and do not use soaps which are harsh on your skin.