6 DIY Remedies For Irritated Skin
To soften skin...
Coconut oil isn't just for cooking—it's great for soothing dry skin, sore nipples from breast-feeding, and diaper rash; moisturizing hair; and pouring in the tub for a skin-softening bath. It's so versatile—I love it!—Kara Justin Brandel
To relieve a burn...
Lavender oil really takes the sting out of a burn. Follow up with aloe. —Varada Veum
To stop an itch...
Raw potatoes relieve itching, insect bites, and burns. Slice and place on the affected area.
To soothe skin...
I frequently use witch hazel on my skin. I find it so soothing. —Glynis Buschmann
To prevent blisters...
A trick I learned in cooking school: Never put ice on a burn--it will blister. Apply cool water instead.
—Cynthia McCloud Woodman
To heal hives...
Soak in an oatmeal bath to relieve hives and itching. [Derm tip: Oatmeal also calms itching associated with sunburn.] —Cindy Rentler Noe
These reader tips have been reviewed by Sonia Badreshia-Bansal, MD, medical director and cofounder of Elite MD Advanced Dermatology, Laser & Plastic Surgery Institute in Danville, CA, and Jeffrey Benabio, MD, physician director of health care transformation at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego. Consult your doctor before treating major burns or wounds.
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