There are different types of skin allergy issues faced by people. It happens due to multiple different reasons. So, before moving to home remedies for skin allergy, check the types of skin allergy and major causes.
Types of Skin Allergy
- Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema) – Skin turns dry, red, irritated and itchy.
- Seborrheic Dermatitis (dandruff) – A condition that affects the scalp and face making the skin dry and flaky.
- Contact Dermatitis – Happens when the skin comes in contact with an irritant or allergen.
- Diaper Rash – A form of contact dermatitis common in babies and adults who wear soiled diapers for a long.
- Stasis Dermatitis – A skin allergy that occurs on the lower legs of individuals suffering from chronic swelling due to poor blood circulation.
- Psoriasis – A scaly and bumpy eruption on the skin that can be seen on elbows, knees and the scalp.
- Hives – A sudden onset of red and itchy bumps on the body.
- Nummular Eczema – A skin allergy which surfaces as coin-shaped plaques on extremely dry skin during the winter.
- Drug Eruptions – Allergic skin reactions due to certain antibiotics as a side effect.
- Heat Rash (Miliaria) – An allergy caused by the blockage of sweat ducts during hot and humid weather.
Causes of Skin Allergy
- Latex and cleaning products
- Preservatives in foods
- Medications like anti-itch creams and antibiotics
- Ultraviolet light
- Bug sprays and certain sunscreens
Home Remedies for Skin Allergy
#1. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera contains auxin and gibberellins, two plant hormones that have anti-inflammatory properties helping to heal wounded or cracked skin faster.
The essential nutrients of Aloe vera gel help to fight the infection causing rashes. The antimicrobial properties of gel help to prevent recurrence of the infection.
Aloe vera contains mannose and glucose compounds that have healing properties for the skin. The gel also contains the compound anthraquinones that prevent inflammation and restricts the allergic reactions on the skin.
The hydrating properties of Aloe vera helps to fight the extreme dryness. The antioxidants found in aloe vera gel blocks sweat pores whereas the active ingredients zinc ensures that the rashes do not get spread in all the areas.
The regular application of aloe vera promotes healing and reduces the redness of the rash.
How to use
- Apply fresh aloe vera gel on the affected area directly
- Leave for 30 minutes and then wash your skin with the plain water
- Repeat this 3 times a day for a couple of days to get rid of your skin allergies
#2. Apple Cider Vinegar
The antiseptic, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties of apple cider vinegar help relieve itching associated with dry skin and ease the symptoms.
Apple cider vinegar is acidic that helps to restore the skin’s acidity levels and thus reduces symptoms of eczema. The acidic content of apple cider vinegar also helps to fight skin infection or skin allergy that may aggravate the problem.
How to use
- Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a cup of warm water
- Mix them well and soak a cotton pad in the solution
- Apply it to the affected area and leave for sometime
- Wash your skin after 15 to 20 minutes
- Repeat this 2 times daily until you notice an improvement
#3. Baking Soda
The anti-inflammatory properties of baking soda prevent inflammation associated with the rash. Baking soda also prevents redness and swelling that accompanies rashes thereby relieving discomfort and helping to ease the pain.
Baking soda promotes healing of rashes caused by touching poisonous plants. It also removes the irritating germs and soothes sensitive skin.
Baking soda soothes the inflamed skin and reduces irritation and itching.
How to use
Procedure 1: Baking soda paste]
- Take 1 part of baking soda and 3 part of the water
- Mix them in a bowl to form a paste
- Apply the paste directly to the skin
- Leave for 10 minutes and allow it to dry
- Wash your skin thoroughly with plain water
- Repeat for few days and your rashes will subside
Procedure 2: Baking soda bath
- Take 1 cup of baking soda and add it to a bath filled with lukewarm water.
- Mix the water and allow it to sit for 10 to15 minutes
- You can add a little anti-prickly heat powder and bath until the rash subsides
Procedure 3: Baking soda + Coconut oil
- Mix baking soda with coconut oil and apply it to the skin
Note: Regular use of baking soda will make your skin more alkaline which will further damage the skin barrier so it is recommended to use for a few days.
#4. Tea Tree Oil
The anti-inflammatory property helps to reduce the spread of psoriasis, used to treat eczema, soothe the redness of acne rosacea and get rid of skin tags.
Tea tree oil also provides immediate relief from inflammation and itchiness that comes with rashes and also prevent further infection.
The antibiotic properties of tea tree oil soothe burns and prevent skin wounds from getting infected. The antiseptic properties of tea tree oil soothe itching around rashes and blisters.
The antibacterial properties of tea tree oil have the component called terpin-4-ol that helps to heal boils caused by staph infections.
Further, tea tree oil has healing components that help to ease the symptoms and severity of eczema flares.
How to use
- Add 6-7 drops of tea tree oil to 1 teaspoon of any carrier oil
- Mix well and apply it to the affected area and leave for sometime
- Wash your skin after 30 to 60 minutes
- Repeat this 3 to 4 times daily until you notice an improvement
Sandalwood works as an antiviral agent and protects against infectious intruders. The presence of natural oils in sandalwood has a cooling effect thereby reduces the redness caused due to sunburn.
The antiseptic abilities of sandalwood help to keep the skin clean.
The astringent property of sandalwood helps to tighten and freshen the skin. Sandalwood oil relieves itching, inflammation, and dehydrated skin.
How to use
- Prepare a paste by mixing a teaspoon full of camphor oil with sandalwood powder
- Apply the paste to the affected area and leave for sometime
- Wash your skin after 20 minutes
Indian Home Remedies for Skin Allergy
#6. Lemon Juice
Lemon is loaded with vitamin C which has bleaching properties – helpful to cure skin problems. Vitamin C also protects the skin from infection, cures rashes, acne, pimples, bruises, and blemishes.
The antioxidant and astringent properties of lemon help to reduce wrinkles, oiliness of the skin, skin tan and open pores.
The anti-inflammatory properties of lemon juice help to relieve inflammation and redness. Whereas the antibacterial properties prevent further infection to the affected area.
Regular consumption of lemon juice helps to alkalize the whole body and balance pH level thereby removes the symptoms of rashes.
How to use
- Squeeze out the juice from half a lemon and add it to a warm water
- Soak a cotton pad in this solution and apply directly to the affected area
- Leave for some time and let it dry
- Wash your skin with the plain water
- Repeat this multiple times daily for a few days
#7. Holy Basil (Tulsi)
The antibacterial properties of tulsi help to protect your skin from bacterial infections by limiting the growth of E-coli and B anthracis bacteria.
Tulsi contains the linoleic acid which possesses anti-inflammatory activity helpful in reducing redness, swelling and itchiness associated with a skin allergy.
The volatile and fixed oils in tulsi leaf help in fighting infections, allergies, and pathogens. The other benefits of tulsi are the purification of blood and removal of toxins from your body.
How to use
- Take a handful of fresh holy basil leaves and clean it thoroughly
- Prepare a paste by blending the basil leaves and apply it to your skin
- Leave it for 20 to 30 minutes and later wash your skin with plain water
The anti-inflammatory properties of neem help as an antihistamine which is helpful in skin rashes and bronchial allergy. Neem helps in preventing allergic reactions when used externally or consumed internally.
The three anti-inflammatory compounds Nimbidin, Nimbin and Quercetin in neem can soothe the skin and reduce eczema that causes redness and irritation.
The presence of high fatty acids and vitamin E in neem is effective in healing dry and damaged skin.
The strong antiseptic properties of neem help to keep bacteria and secondary skin infections at the corner. The antioxidant properties prevent aging and revitalize skin cells.
How to use
Procedure 1: Neem leaves + Water
- Boil some neem leaves in fresh water
- Strain the solution and let it cool
- Soak the cotton ball in the solution
- Apply directly to the affected area and leave it for 10 minutes
- Repeat as many times as required until you notice an improvement
Procedure 2: Neem leaves + Turmeric paste
- Make a fine paste by grinding fresh neem leaves
- Apply this paste to the affected area of your skin
- Leave it for 20 to 30 minutes and then wash your skin
- Repeat 3 to 4 times every day for a couple of days
- Optional: you can add turmeric in this paste
#9. Fenugreek Seeds
The antifungal properties of fenugreek seeds help to heal sunburns, boils and eczema.
The antiseptic and antibacterial properties of fenugreek seeds make an effective remedy for reducing the symptoms of eczema.
Topical application of fenugreek seeds helps to reduce skin inflammation and itching caused by eczema.
How to use
Procedure 1: Fenugreek seeds + Coconut oil
- Add fenugreek seeds in a cup of coconut oil and boil it
- Strain the oil and apply it to the affected areas
Procedure 2: Fenugreek seeds paste
- Make a thin paste by mixing fenugreek seeds with warm water
- Add water appropriately to get a thin consistency
- Apply the paste on the affected area and leave to dry, then wash it
#10. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil contains anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties that help to soothe skin, prevent itching and reduce inflammation.
Coconut oil is an excellent moisturizer that gets absorbed into the skin tissue which softens the dry, brittle skin and prevents skin breakups.
Coconut oil can treat both skin rashes and irritation because it does not clog the pores in your skin. Therefore coconut oil helps with itching, dryness plus reduces the redness of irritation.
An application of coconut oil to the skin twice a day reduces symptoms of eczema.
How to use
- Take a teaspoon of virgin coconut oil and heat on a low flame
- Apply the warm oil over the affected area
- Leave it for 30 minutes
- Wash your skin with warm water
- Repeat this 3 to 4 times every day until the rash heals
Honey is useful in the treatment of eczema due to wound healing and anti-bacterial properties. The presence of phenolic and flavonoid content in honey soothes inflammatory skin and prevents skin allergies from escalating.
Honey also contains moisture that is helpful for fighting dryness and gives protection to the skin. The high viscosity content of honey helps prevents infection from spreading to other parts of the body.
Honey has a high immune-modulatory property that helps to encourage the secretion of certain cytokines which in turn reduces the susceptibility of skin allergies and infections.
How to use
Procedure 1: Natural honey
- Take 1 teaspoon of honey every day 3 times in between meals
- Consume straight from the spoon or mix it with warm water
Procedure 2: Juices and honey
- Mix a tablespoon of each lemon juice and honey
- Mix warm water and stir it well
- Consume this mixture in the morning
The above home remedies are easily available and safe for use. If you are not getting relief from skin allergies even after using home remedies then consult the doctor immediately.