Stress Rash: 4 Home Remedies to Help Ease Your Discomfort
Updated April 14, 2023.
Stress releases cortisol; which, in turn, helps us deal with challenging situations. Stressful events in isolation don't impact our health too much, but chronic stress manifests in different ways such as headaches, indigestion, fatigue, and insomnia.
Frequent exposure to stress can even cause your skin to break out into rashes that present as hives or urticaria that are usually red, raised, itchy bumps ranging from a cluster of tiny dots to large welts spread out on any part of the body. Sometimes, the dots connect to form big red patches covering large areas of the skin.
These rashes may disappear in a few hours or a few days, but they can also reappear after a few weeks. Antihistamines are the most common treatment for stress rashes, but there are also several home remedies that may offer significant relief. Keep reading to learn about the best home remedies to ease stress rash symptoms.
1. Cool Down With a Cold Compress
Using a cold compress can be effective in reducing pain and swelling by numbing the skin. In case of a rash, a cold compress may also stop the itching sensation.
How It Works
A cold compress can reduce the blood flow to the affected area, reducing inflammation, swelling, and itching.
How to Use It
- Put some ice cubes in a tea towel or clean cloth
- Place a thin cloth on your skin as a barrier—applying ice directly to the skin may cause painful burns
- You may also dampen a cloth in ice-cold water and place it on the affected area
- Place on the effected area until swelling and redness subsides
- Repeat as needed
2. Opt for Natural Alternatives
Doctors usually prescribe antihistamines, creams, and medicated lotions for skin rashes. However, certain natural alternatives are very effective and are in use for stress rash. Functional mushrooms, herbs, essential oils, Cannabidiol or CBD oil, aloe vera, and apple cider vinegar (ACV) are to name a few.
CBD and Functional Mushrooms
CBD oil operates on the endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for all the physiological functions of the body including immune function, sleep, stress, and mood (1).
The use of CBD oil is growing in popularity as a way to treat various skin conditions, including:
Functional mushrooms have potent, bioactive compounds such as polysaccharides, triterpenoids, and antioxidants that work in two ways. Firstly it helps reduce stress, and secondly, it lowers inflammation (5). Chaga, Reishi, and Turkey Tail mushrooms are especially good in this regard.
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Aloe vera is like an elixir that benefits every form of skin rash due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. Aloe vera may also promote wound healing by increasing the amount of collagen as well as changing its composition (6). You can apply aloe vera directly on your skin or buy a topical herbal remedy containing aloe vera.
3. Soak Your Body With an Anti-Itch Solution
Another natural alternative for stress rash is soaking your body in an anti-itch solution. The popular home ones are:
Colloidal oatmeal is nothing more than ground oat grains used as an emollient for inflamed skin. It alleviates skin conditions by soothing inflammation and strengthening your skin barrier.
How to Use:
- Add a cup of colloidal oatmeal powder to your bathtub
- Soak the affected area for 10-15 minutes
- Once done, dry your skin and apply a hypoallergenic moisturizer for added protection
Baking soda is believed to contain anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that are beneficial to combat skin problems caused by yeast infections, fungal skin and nail infections, eczema, psoriasis, etc., by soothing skin and reducing itchiness.
How to Use:
- Add half a cup of baking soda to your warm bath
- Pat dry your skin and moisturize immediately
Epsom salt baths are widely used to rejuvenate tired muscles, reduce swelling and pain, and may even relieve bruising.
How to Use:
- Add 2 cups of Epsom salt in your bathtub or 1 cup of Epsom salt in 1 gallon of warm water for a nice bath
- Soak for 15-20 minutes
4. Revitalize Your Skin With Moisturizer
Once you've tried the aforementioned remedies, it is essential to moisturize your skin with an extra layer of protection. Moisturizers should be applied 1-2 times a day. In case your skin is exceptionally oily, you may wipe it with a clean cloth after 5-10 minutes of application or apply moisturizer just once a day.
Though there are many types of moisturizers, the two most popular are:
- Coconut oil When you have inflamed skin, it is vulnerable to attacks from viruses, bacteria, and fungi, leading to a skin infection. The lauric acid in coconut oil helps fight the pathogens while the emollient property helps relieve symptoms.
- Cocoa butter Applying cocoa butter is very soothing and may offer relief to even severe skin problems, including redness, irritation, itchiness, and dryness.
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Home remedies such as oatmeal baths, application of coconut oil and cocoa butter, use of baking soda, and Epsom salt offer overall protection from further skin complications. Additionally, the powers of CBD and functional mushroom-infused products, like those containing our M2CBD formula, may further boost the effectiveness of these home remedies.