So, of all the places, you have developed an ugly heat rash (miliaria) on the face and neck? Not only can this look unsightly, it can also be extremely uncomfortable, itchy and painful. Many babies and toddlers too develop heat rash only on face and neck region. Scratching the rash can make matters worse by causing secondary bacterial skin infections that may require steroids or antibiotics for treatment. Naturally the question on every sufferer’s mind would be: “How do I get rid of my heat rash on face and neck quickly?” And “How long will it take for the facial heat rash to heal?” So, in this guide, we will consider some home remedies for treating heat rash as well as some ways of preventing it.
First of all, let us understand why heat rash develops.
- Heat rashes on face and neck typically arise during hot and humid weather.
- The body tries to cool itself by sweating; however, in some people, the pores or sweat glands are clogged due to which the sweat is unable to come out.
- The trapped sweat along with bacteria inflames the skin and causes a rash that is itchy and painful.
Types of heat rash on the face and neck
Heat rash on face can be of 3 types:
- Crystalline – This is the milder form of heat rash. It is transparent and usually not painful. It generally goes away within a couple of days.
- Rubra – This is red, itchy and typically present on the outermost part of the skin’s surface. This heat rash on face usually occurs in babies and toddlers.
- Profunda- This is deep heat rash that affects inner layers of skin’s strata and consists of flesh colored lesions that are itchy and painful.
How to treat heat rash on face and neck quickly?
Most cases of heat rash on the body disappear within a matter of few days.To facilitate faster healing you can try some of the following home remedies:Apply an over the counter cream containing up to 1% hydro-cortisone.
- Calamine lotion is another beneficial remedy for treating most rashes on the face.
- If you are experiencing burning or painful sensation, try applying a cold compress to the rash. You can even directly apply some ice to soothe the skin or wrap it up in a towel first if it is too cold for you.
- Cream obtained from full fat whole milk is another home remedy that is known to soothe inflamed skin rashes.
Preventing heat rash on face and neck
Some skin care routine tips can be used to prevent heat rashes on face and neck in summer months:
- Wash your face with a mild facial cleanser twice a day. Use cool water for rinsing and do not scrub the skin with a towel. Instead, allow the face to air dry.
- Apply facial lotions containing stearic acid or glycerol stearate. Many creams and lotions contain both these ingredients. Make sure the product you are using is hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic.
- Olive oil is another beneficial skin remedy that can help soothe and prevent various types of rashes on the skin. You can apply Extra Virgin Olive oil directly on the face and neck for natural antimicrobial action to prevent pimples and rashes.
- If you have an Aloe Vera plant in your garden, you can directly cut it open and apply its gel to parts of the skin that are prone to developing heat rashes. This remedy is also gentle enough to treat and prevent heat rash on face and neck of babies and toddlers.
- Witch hazel is another natural remedy proven to prevent and treat various skin infections including heat rashes. Many alcohol-free skin toners containing witch hazel are available in the market and these are ideal for preventing acne, heat rash on face and also for eliminating wrinkles etc.
- Honey and oats is another soothing remedy for preventing heat rash on face and neck. Make a face pack by grinding oats and adding some natural honey to it. Apply this all over the face and neck. Let remain on the skin for a few minutes and then wash off with warm water.
Diet and other precautions
It is important to drink plenty of water in the summer months to keep the body cool. Eat plenty of seasonal fruits like watermelons, musk melons, cucumbers etc during such hot months. Supplement with pills containing fish oil/omega 3 EFAs as well as vitamin E for overall skin health. When stepping outside, cover up with a wide brimmed hat or scarf and seek shade where possible. Talk to a dermatologist regarding use of products for preventing and treating heat rashes on face and neck-(particularly the sunscreen you use should be non pore clogging).
These are some ways of treating and preventing heat rash on face and neck.