What Are the Treatments for Skin Irritation?

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Skin irritation can be caused by a number of factors, including exposure to chemical toxins in the environment, overuse of skincare products, a food allergy, or an underlying skin disease such as psoriasis or eczema. You can use a few natural substances that will sooth and eliminate skin irritation.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a type of cactus that contains a gel in its leaves. Aloe vera gel is soothing to skin irritations such as rashes, burns and scrapes. Aloe vera gel can be found at any health food store or natural foods market and can be applied directly to the skin as often as needed.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal contains high amounts of vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin E, which helps sooth and soften the skin. Before oatmeal is applied to skin irritations, it must first be hydrated. To do this, soak 1/2 cup of oats in 1 cup of hot water. After the water has cooled completely, it will be fully absorbed and the oatmeal will be ready to be applied to the irritated areas. Leave on the skin for at least 10 minutes before rinsing off with water.

Calamine Lotion

Calamine lotion is helpful for extremely itchy skin irritations such as poison ivy or poison oak. Calamine lotion is a combination of water and the calamine mineral, and when applied to the skin it can relieve redness, irritation and itching extremely fast. Shake the bottle of calamine lotion well before using and apply lotion to the affected area up to three times per day.

Calendula Salve

Calendula blossoms are bright orange and contain oils that are very soothing and nourishing to the skin. A salve can be made with calendula oils to help relieve skin irritations that require moisture, such as eczema or psoriasis. You can create your own calendula salve by mixing 1/2 cup of melted beeswax with 1/4 cup of calendula-infused olive oil. To infuse the olive oil, heat it over low heat and add to it 2 cups of calendula blossoms. Reduce the heat and let the blossoms sit in the oil for at least 6 hours. Strain out the blossoms, and add the oil to the melted beeswax. Once the salve cools, it can be applied to the skin.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is very emollient and soothing and can be applied to skin that is irritated from exposure to chemicals or wind. You can apply olive oil directly to the skin by massaging about 1 tsp. of oil into the skin using circular motions. After approximately five minutes, use a washcloth to wipe away the remaining oil.

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