10 Tips to Help You Treat Heat Rash

It's getting warmer y'all. Now, the chances of getting that dreaded prickly heat rash are higher.

Prickly heat rash is caused by excessive sweating. When the sweat doesn't evaporate, it blocks sweat ducts which traps sweat under the skin. This irritates the skin from inside. That's why heat rash is so itchy OMG!

The best way to deal with it is keeping dry, cool and don't sweat too much. But let's be real, underboob sweat is real when it's hot out. You don't even have to be doing anything!

You can't really avoid sweating, but you can stay cool and fresh. Here is how.

How to Deal with Heat Rash

  1. Have cold showers often to keep cool and clean.

  2. Use an exfoliating body wash and/or a loofah to reduce on clogged pores.

  3. An antiperspirant with aluminum compounds will keep your armpits dry. I love the NIVEA Invisible Shield line. It doesn't leave the pits white.

  4. Spritz with an aloe vera mist or apply aloe gel to keep cool. You can keep the aloe in the fridge for a greater cooling effect.

  5. Use baby wipes to get rid of sweat ASAP. Stay dry, don't let the sweat sit around.

  6. Apply baby powder to keep the area dry.

  7. Use light-textured moisturizers like gels and lotions. Heavy creams would clog pores and/or make you sweat more.

  8. Apply a hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion on the clean area with the heat rash to calm irritation. Both are easily got at a good pharmacy.

  9. Whenever possible, wear breathable, free-flowing clothing to keep cool and reduce on rubbing, chafing. That's why cotton kaftans are so popular in hot areas like Mombasa. We know what's up! Go to Marikiti market and buy a couple for around KES 300 each.

  10. To calm the itching, tap, don't scratch, the rash. You can also apply a clean, damp cloth on the area for 10 - 20 minutes.

How do you feel with heat rash? Let me know.