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Last Updated: May 28, 2024

Remedies for irritated skin

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Dr. Manisha ChopraDermatologist • 25 Years Exp.MBBS, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
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Skin irritation is a common problem faced by many in day to day life in the form of rashes, skin infections, itching etc. There are many irritants present in the environment which may cause these problems. Some of these irritants are pollen grains, waste products of animals, moulds etc. It is most commonly observed in the spring and summer season because of excessive sweating. Excessive sweating can trigger the symptoms of the allergic reactions. Some other products which may cause allergic reactions on the skin are certain antibiotics, a few metals, fragrant perfumes or deodorants which may not suit the person etc. Eczema, psoriasis, stress, allergies can result in itchy skin.

Skin irritation may cause certain problems such as rashes which may be blistering, swollen, painful, red in appearance, itchy and might cause a burning sensation. 

In this article we have discussed a few remedies to get rid of skin irritation. These include the following -

Cooling the affected part of the skin

Itching can be relieved by cooling the affected part of the skin by applying an ice pack or with the help of a wet cloth. It helps to reduce the inflammation or swelling. Another way to cool the affected part is to apply a lotion or moisturiser which has been cooled by keeping it in the refrigerator.

Apple cider vinegar

It has been used from the past for cleaning wounds as a disinfectant and antiseptic as it contains acetic acid. It must be diluted before use and equal amounts of water should be taken and mixed. It is not recommended to apply it on cracked skin as it can cause irritation.


Moisturising the skin is very beneficial for healthy and glowing skin. It helps in hydrating the skin and locking the moisture in it so that they do not get dry. Always use a moisturiser after washing hands or taking a bath as it absorbs well in the skin while the skin is a little damp. Another important thing which should be kept in mind is that you should always select a moisturiser which suits your skin type.

Baking soda

It is a very popular remedy for getting rid of fungal infections as it is known for fighting a wide range of fungal infections. It can be used in two ways either by mixing a few grams of baking soda in warm water with which you will take a bath or by making a paste of it and applying it to the affected areas.


Menthol is a great cooling agent which is found in the oils derived from the plants of the mint family and its cooling effect helps in soothing inflammation and relieving discomfort due to itchy skin.

Fenugreek seeds

Fenugreek seeds are used as herbal medicine in treating swelling of the skin. Studies show that it has properties of treating inflammation and is widely used as a home remedy for skin inflammation. 

Aloe vera gel

It is considered as a boon for glowing skin. Applying freshly extracted aloe vera gel on the rashes can help relieve discomfort. Aloe Vera gel has various skin benefits and is very easily available in our household. It is also very commonly used for cosmetic purposes


Oats can be used to relieve information of the skin by applying it on the inflamed area after mixing it with honey and curd. It is a very common home remedy but the researchers are insufficient to state whether it is useful or not. 

Flax Seeds

They may be useful in smoothening the skin, helping in soothing the inflammation and can also be included in the diet for skin benefits.

Sage leaf

It contains components which have properties which help in alleviating the inflammation of the skin and is used as a herbal medicine for treatment of mild inflammation.

Avoiding products which irritate the skin

Certain things irritate the skin such as skin care products which contain artificial fragrances, hot water, wool, humidity and temperature changes etc. Taking a bath with warm water can wipe off the moisture of the skin leaving the skin dry and itchy. So always use cool water for bathing. Fragranced makeup products can irritate the skin, thus worsening the condition. People who face such problems should use products which do not contain harmful additives. Woollen clothes rub against the skin and cause skin irritation and people who are more sensitive must wear cotton clothes whenever possible as it helps the skin to breathe.

There is no deep research which supports the fact that the above mentioned remedies would surely relieve skin irritation but these remedies are used in common day to day life and have helped many. Further it is advised that you should not use any of the above remedies without consulting a doctor if you have issues related to skin.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult a specialist & get answers to your questions!