Have you ever felt that when you wear a particular clothing, it irritates your skin? Most of the time this area of the skin gets reddish, irritated and even very painful. This skin condition is called chafing. If not addressed right away, it can get worse with excessive body weight and constant sweating. Chafing gets worse when its friction is increased with humidity, cold, excessive dryness, heat and pressure. It can happen anywhere on the body, but the most susceptible areas are at the thighs, underarms, nipples, neck and groin. Chafing happens a lot to people that are dedicated to exercising, overweight and those born with very sensitive skin.
The sore patches or red marks, burning sensations, pain and rashes are the main symptoms of this particular skin condition and will only get worse if left alone. It can be particularly painful at the affected area when water gets into contact with it.
Even if this particular condition is not that dangerous, it is unpleasant and will eventually lead to having broken skin and even increase the risk of getting infected, plus many other complications, too. In order to ease the burning and pain that is linked with chafed skin, here are some of the most basic home remedies you can try. You also need to identify what caused the friction and how you can stop it so that the condition does not worsen and will start to heal.
Aloe vera has been used for a lot of ways when it comes to treating and beautifying skin and hair. Its glycoprotein aids in reducing the inflammation and pain of the chafed skin. It will also help in calming the irritation dealt by the condition. Another component, which is the polysaccharides of the aloe vera gel also aids in the process of healing and also lessens the risk of infection.
Grab an aloe vera leaf and take out its gel. Apply the gel directly on the affected area. Do this method at least three times a day. If aloe vera is absent from your inventory, you can purchase a 100% aloe vera gel available at any pharmacy. But aloe vera is an accessible ingredient. You can find it easily if you put the effort. As an alternative, you can mix one fourth cup juice of the aloe vera, a cup of brewed green tea plus ten drops of lavender essential oil. Place the mixture inside a spray bottle and spray it on the affected area at least two times a day.
This is the simplest method out there and can be done anywhere, too. You only need to make a cold compress which you will place it on your chafed skin. But this must be done immediately after you felt the chafing from your skin. This will help relieve irritation and reduce redness.
You can soak a small clean cloth in water mixed with ice. You can also wrap a couple of ice cubes with a thin towel and place it directly on affected skin. Hold it in place for five minutes and take a break for at least five minutes. Apply the cold compress again. This method should be repeated a few times each day for a couple of days. You can also wash the chafed skin with cold water.
Baking soda is known to be used for household cleaning, but this is also used for treating various skin conditions. With chafing, it will reduce the pain and itching. The healing properties that comes with baking soda will also be effected in treating chafing faster. It will also aid in reducing infection.
Mix 3 parts water and 1 part baking soda. You also have the option to add a couple of lavender oil drops. Apply it on the chafed skin and leave it on for five minutes before you wash it away with clean cool water. Repeat this once every day for a couple of days.
Make sure that you do not exceed the required time baking soda should be left on your skin as this will only make the chafed skin more irritated.