Struggling With Heat Bumps? Try This.

Struggling With Heat Bumps? Try This.

Have you been looking for a solution to heat bumps, but everything you try keeps worsening the condition? Today we're going in-depth about this condition and giving you some natural remedies you can try. 

What are heat bumps?

Heat bumps occur during hot and humid weather and affect both adults and children. This condition is caused when skin pores get clogged, and sweat can't escape. 

Heat bumps usually make one feel uncomfortable, and some are extremely painful. Depending on the level of severity, heat bumps are of three major types. 

MILIARIA PROFUNDA

Even though it's the least common type, Miliaria Profunda has a tendency to recur, which makes it chronic. It affects the deeper skin layer (dermis). It is common among adults and causes large, hard, and flesh-colored heat bumps.

People who have this condition may also experience dizziness and nausea as the bumps block sweat from leaving the body.

2 MILIARIA CRYSALLINA

This form occurs as small white or clear bumps full of fluid on the skin surface, and is the mildest and most common type. The bumps appear sweat bubbles that burst after a while. It's most common in babies as opposed to adults and is rarely itchy or painful.

3 MILIARIA RUBRA

This type, also known as prickly heat. It is the most common form of the condition in adults. Because it affects the deeper part of the epidermis, it causes more discomfort as compared to Miliaria Crysallina.

Symptoms include an absence of sweat in the affected region, a prickly or itchy sensation, and red skin bumps. Owing to the body's inability to release sweat through the surface of the skin, this condition often leads to soreness and inflammation.

In the worst scenario, the bumps fill with pus, a condition known as Miliaria Pustulosa.

Causes of heat bumps

The most common causes of this condition are:

  • Living in a warmer climate
  • Being exposed to warmer weather conditions 
  • Wearing clothing that traps sweat

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Five ways to treat heat bumps

1 CUCUMBER AND COCONUT OIL

Coconut oil works wonders in reducing the effects of heat bumps. It also has lauric acid whose powerful cleansing properties help to unclog your skin's pores for easy release of sweat.

Cucumber's cooling effect enhances the treatment, giving you relief from the burning and itching.

Preparation and use:

  • Measure out three tablespoons of virgin coconut oil.
  • Grate half a cucumber and extract its juice, then mix it with the coconut oil.
  • Gently apply the mixture to the affected areas.
  • Repeat this process a maximum of two times each day until you gain relief.

2 ALOE VERA GEL

The amazing aloe vera plant contains 200 essential nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, digestive enzymes, and antioxidants that repair and calm the skin. 

Its ability to soothe irritated skin is why manufacturers include it in numerous cosmetic and medicinal creams for the skin. Its soothing comes from salicylic acid, while glycoproteins help in pain alleviation. The polysaccharides in aloe boost skin rejuvenation.

You can apply the clear aloe vera gel topically to aid the heat bump healing process. 

Preparation and use:

  • Extract the gel from fresh aloe vera leaves and apply it on the areas affected.
  • Leave it on for as long as needed.
  • During the day, repeat the process four times to eliminate redness and encourage healing.

Note: Ensure that you use the gel from fresh aloe vera leaves. Manufactured gels may contain chemical ingredients that could further clog your pores and worsen the heat bumps. 

3 ICE CUBES

Using ice is an inexpensive, efficient, and drug-free approach to pain relief from injuries. Ice cubes give significant coolness, which plays a critical role in soothing the uncomfortable sensations associated with heat bumps.

Preparation and use:

  • Put four ice cubes in a Ziploc bag, then wrap a cloth around it.
  • Gently place the wrapped bag on your heat bumps for at least ten minutes.
  • For the best results, repeat this process every four hours. 

4 OATMEAL BATH

Oatmeal has excellent skin condition healing properties. Adding it to your bath could help soothe your heat bumps and other skin ailments. 

Research shows that oatmeal contains avenanthramide polyphenols, which can soothe irritated and itching skin.

Preparation and use:

  • Prepare a cup of oatmeal then add it to a bathtub full of warm water.
  • Stir thoroughly until the oatmeal dissolves.
  • Soak in the tub for 15 minutes.
  • For ultimate relief, do this soak daily.

5 NEEM (MARGOSA) PASTE

Neem is a powerful tool in tackling heat bumps, especially the redness and swelling they bring. Its leaves bring relief from other skin conditions too.

Preparation and use:

  • Add rose water to crushed Neem leaves to make a thick paste. 
  • Evenly apply the paste on your skin.
  • Let it rest for half an hour.
  • Rinse with cold water.

Apply the paste twice daily for an optimal healing effect.

CONCLUSION

The above remedies work to regulate sweat gland hyperactivity and minimize the blockage of skin pores, thus giving cooling effects. If the condition recurs, choose any of the above treatments for quick relief.

With love,

​The Sole Toscana Beauty Team