Beat The Heat: Understanding & Treating Prickly Heat
As summer approaches, so does the rising temperature and humidity. While many of us eagerly await the sunshine, for some, the heat brings an unwelcome visitor known as prickly heat. Prickly heat, also called heat rash or miliaria, is a common skin condition that can cause discomfort and irritation.
However, we have some tips for you when it comes to preventing prickly heat, and how to treat it.
What is Prickly Heat?
Prickly heat occurs when sweat ducts become blocked, resulting in the accumulation of sweat under the skin. This blockage causes inflammation, leading to tiny, itchy red bumps or blisters.
Prickly heat often affects areas of the body where sweat tends to accumulate, such as the neck, back, chest, and groin.
1. Stay Cool
Avoid exposure to excessive heat and humidity. Seek shade, use fans, or stay indoors during the hottest part of the day.
2. Wear Lightweight Clothing
Opt for loose-fitting, breathable fabrics like cotton or linen to allow air circulation and minimize sweat buildup.
3. Keep Skin Dry
Pat your skin dry with a clean towel after sweating or taking a shower to prevent sweat from clogging the ducts.
4. Use Air Conditioning Or Fans
Create a cool environment at home or work to help regulate your body temperature and minimize sweating.
5. Stay Hydrated
Drink plenty of water to keep your body temperature regulated and aid in the efficient functioning of sweat glands.
Treating Prickly Heat:
1. Cool Showers Or Baths
Take refreshing showers using lukewarm water to help soothe the skin and alleviate itching.
2. Avoid Scratching
It might be agonising, but when you scratch, itching can worsen the condition and potentially lead to skin infections. Use a clean, soft cloth to gently pat the affected area instead.
3. Calamine Lotion
Apply calamine lotion to the affected areas to reduce itchiness and provide a cooling sensation.
4. Napiers Chamomile and Peppermint Cream
Napiers Chamomile and Peppermint Cream is an excellent option for treating prickly heat. This cooling and soothing cream contains Aloe and Peppermint, known for their cooling properties, and Chamomile, which helps reduce redness, swelling, and tenderness.
Our cooling cream is specifically formulated to combat hot and itchy skin, making it an ideal choice for those prone to prickly heat. The cooling action of peppermint helps alleviate discomfort, while chamomile's soothing properties calm the skin. The cream can be used on the whole body, including the feet, offering relief and a refreshing sensation. By reducing redness, swelling, and tenderness, this cream aids in the healing process and provides a much-needed respite from prickly heat symptoms.
5. Choose Your Suncream Wisely
When it comes to preventing prickly heat, using suncream plays a crucial role. Sunscreen not only protects your skin from harmful UV rays but also helps minimise the risk of developing prickly heat.
Opt for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF rating to shield your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. Look for sunscreens that are labelled as "non-comedogenic" or "oil-free" to avoid clogging your sweat ducts and exacerbating prickly heat symptoms.
If you have sensitive or reactive skin, it is advisable to choose sunscreens that are specifically formulated for sensitive skin or labelled as hypoallergenic. These products often contain gentler ingredients and are less likely to cause irritation.
6. Switch Up Your Deodorant
Natural deodorants benefit those with prickly heat by using non-irritating ingredients, avoiding harsh chemicals, and promoting improved breathability to reduce sweat accumulation. With gentle formulations and mild fragrances, natural deodorants offer a skin-friendly alternative that helps alleviate discomfort and minimise the risk of exacerbating prickly heat symptoms.
We recommend AKT natural deodorants. Not only are they plastic free, aluminium free and cruelty free, their enriched blend of fragrant botanicals and Deo-Barrier Complex (TM) keeps you feeling dry and confident all day long- without breaking character.
Prickly heat can put a damper on summer fun, but with proper prevention and effective treatment, you can alleviate the discomfort and enjoy the sunny season.
Remember to stay cool, wear breathable clothing, and keep your skin dry to minimise the chances of prickly heat. By taking proactive steps and utilising suitable products, you can keep prickly heat at bay and fully enjoy the sun.