24 Effective Home Remedies For Burning Sensation On Skin

Burning Sensation On Skin

Our skin has its own way of talking to us. It expresses itself and its discomforts mostly through allergies, break-outs, boils, and reactions. One of those reactions of the skin is the burning sensation, which often becomes insufferable.

What is a Burning Sensation?

Inflammation is a way the body adopts to prevent further tissue damage. It can be defined as a short-lived mechanism marked by redness, swelling and pain. In most cases, such physiological effects are ensued by the release of provocative or poisonous chemicals around the affected area.

Causes

  1. Drugs and Toxins – Burning sensation caused on the skin due to drugs and toxins are called dermatitis medicamentosa or drug eruptions. Some drugs may carry illicit particles or poisonous substances that irritates the nerves and the skin feels burning sensations.
  1. Trauma – Topical traumas when exposed heat or chemicals or due to strong injury, blunt force, radiation or insect bite can also make your skin feel like it is experiencing severe burns.
  1. Allergy – Alarming you through burning sensations is the skin’s way of telling you that it is allergic to a certain product you are consuming topically or orally. You must stop the consumption of the allergy causing product immediately.
  1. Cutaneous Decompression Sickness – It is a medical condition that causes the skin to turn reddish, itch, swell and at times cause burning sensations. Stings or bites of aquatic animals also cause this and should be immediately be brought to the notice of your a doctor.
  1. Anxiety – Our mind has a vast influence on our organs including our skin. If we are mentally anxious, our skin might express the discomfit by developing herpes, psoriasis and eczema that might have you feel burns.
  1. Sun Exposure – Indian summers are at their worst during the months of May and June and the sun is at its mightiest. It is normal for the skin to react to the harsh rays of sun during these few months.
  1. Diabetic Neuropathy – Constantly elevated blood sugar levels that a diabetic patient experiences damage to the nerves in many parts of the body that often ignites a burning sensation of the skin and tingling.
  1. Skin Diseases – Most skin diseases star with itching, itching in turn causes the formation of micro tears on the epidermis that leads to burning sensations.
  1. Peripheral Neuropathy – When our nerves get damaged due to accident or internal ailments, one among the first things the body experiences is burning sensation on the skin.
  1. Plants/Herbs – Some plants or herbs, like poison ivy or nettles contain chemicals that when come in contact with the skin, causes it to feel burning senses accompanied by redness, swelling, and itching.

Home Remedies for Burning Sensation

Here are the easiest remedies of treating such burning sensations with products easily available at home.

1. Ice Cubes or Cold Water

What all you need:

  • Ice cubes
  • cotton or muslin cloth

Directions:

  1. Wrap the ice cubes in a piece of clean cotton or muslin cloth.
  1. Wait till the ice cubes melt enough to wet the surface of the cloth and this on the affected area

How it works: The chilled water suspended from ice cubes calms down the burn.

Tip: Repeat about thrice every day.

Home Remedies for Burning Sensation

2. Vinegar

What all you need:

  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • Two cups of water
  • A soft cotton cloth

Directions:

  1. Mix the apple cider vinegar with water and stir well.
  1. Drench the cotton cloth in this concoction
  1. Wrap this cloth around the affected skin area

How it works: Vinegar is a natural disinfectant that neutralizes burning sensation of skin.

Tip: You may do this once every day before bath.

3. Lemon

What all you need:

  • Juice of one lemon
  • A bathing mug of water
  • Cotton cloth or large handkerchief

Directions:

  1. Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon in a mug of clean water
  1. Soak the clean cloth in this water
  1. Spread the cloth on the affected skin surface.

How it works: The astringent properties in lemon helps in calming the irritated skin area.

Tip: This can also be done every day before shower till fully relieved.

4. Lavender Essential Oil

What all you need:

  • Lavender oil
  • Olive oil

Directions:

  1. Mix one portion of lavender oil with two portions of a carrier oil like olive oil as the former is too thick to be applied solely.
  1. Massage this evenly mixed oils on the affected area.

How it works: The oil is rich in both astringent as well as antiseptic properties that work toward rapid healing.

Tip: This can be done at bedtime every night till completely relieved.

Lavender Oil

5. Aloe Vera

What all you need:

  • Aloe Vera gel

Directions:

  1. Scoop out the gel from Aloe Vera leaves.
  1. Beat them it in a mortar or with the back of a spoon to make it even.
  1. Apply the even gel on the affected area.
  1. Keep it on for 20 minutes and rinse off.

How it works: The gel in Aloe Vera is defined by its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that help sooth the burning sensation.

Tip: You may do it every day, once or twice.

6. Bitter Gourd

What all you need:

  • Bunch of bitter guard leaves.
  • Water

Directions:

  1. Clean the leaves thoroughly and grind them with water in a blender or mortar.
  1. Spread this on the affected area.
  1. Leave it on for 20 minutes before washing it off.

How it works: These leaves have medicinal properties that soothes the sensation.

Tip: Applying this twice a week will be fine.

Bitter Gourd

7. Petroleum Jelly

What all you need:

  • A tub of any petroleum jelly of your choice.

Directions:

  1. Apply a generous coat of petroleum jelly to the affected area and massage gently.

How it works: The jelly works as a shield and saves the skin from inflammation.

Tip: You may apply this every day before bath.

8. Oatmeal Bath

What all you need:

  • 2 cups of soaked oat meal
  • One bucket of water

Directions:

  1. Mix the soaked and softened oatmeal with your bathing water.
  1. Take bath with this water rubbing the oatmeal to the affected area.
  1. After 5 minutes, shower with plain water.

How it works: Oatmeal baths are known to be very soothing and relieves itches, rashes and inflammations.

Tip: If you have a bath tub, you can fill it up half and add the oatmeal. Sit in the water for five minutes and follow up with normal shower routine.

Oatmeal bath

9. Calendula Essential Oil

What all you need:

  • Few drops of Calendula oil
  • One saucepan of water
  • Clean cloth

Directions:

  1. Heat the water till it comes to a boil.
  1. Add the calendula oil to it.
  1. Wet the cloth in this oil and dab it on the affected area
  1. Repeat four to five times.

How it works: The calendula oil works strongly towards killing infection causing germs and bacteria, and calms down burning sensation.

Tip: You may do this every evening.

10. Sandal powder

What all you need:

  • A baton of sandal wood
  • Water

Directions:

  1. Make a fine paste with sandal wood and water.
  1. Apply a thick coat on the skin where you feel the burning sensation.
  1. Wash it off when the paste dries off on your skin.

How it works: Sandal is famous for its cooling properties that eases out the burning feeling on feet or palms.

11. Turmeric

What all you need:

  • A teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • A glass of drinking water

Directions:

  1. Stir well the turmeric powder in water.
  1. Drink this water trice a day.

How it works: The highly anti-inflammatory properties in this medicinal herb is known to relieve itchiness, pain and burning sensation.

Tip: You can also apply a paste of water and turmeric on the affected area.

Turmeric

12. Ginger

What all you need:

  • A teaspoon of ginger paste
  • One cup boiled and cooled milk.

Directions:

  1. Mix the ginger paste to mil and consume daily.

How it works: Ginger cures burning sensation by promoting proper blood circulation throughout our body.

Tip: Alternatively, you can add a few drops of coconut oil or olive oil with ginger paste

13. Chamomile Tea

What all you need:

  • One teaspoon Chamomile Tea
  • One pan of water
  • Cotton balls

Directions:

  1. Boil the chamomile tea in water and strain it clean.
  1. Soak this tea in cotton balls and apply in the affected area.

How it works: Chamomile fights bacterial and fungal infections thereby curing skin irritation and burning sensation.

14. Neem Flowers

What all you need:

  • A handful of neem flowers
  • A saucepan of drinking water

Directions:

  1. Soak the neem flowers in water overnight, or 9 hours.
  1. Strain the water clean through a strainer or cloth.
  1. Drink small doses of this water several times a day.

How it works: Neem Flowers have amazing medicinal values that can cure burning sensation in feet and palms effectively.

Tip: Thrice a day will be fine.

Neem Flowers

15. Baking Soda

What all you need:

  • Two tablespoon of Baking Soda
  • One mug of water.

Directions:

  1. Dilute the Baking Soda in water
  1. Rub it in the area suffering from rashes or burning sensations.

How it works: Its disinfectant properties fight allergies and irritation causing germs.

Tip: Do not apply on broken skin.

16. Cinnamon

What all you need:

  • Cinnamon power
  • Lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Form a paste with the powdered spice and lemon juice
  1. Spread it evenly on the affected area.
  1. Let it dry for 10 minutes.
  1. Rinse off with plain water and pat dry.

How it works: Again rich with its anti-microbial properties, Cinnamon is a fine remedy for rashes and burns.

Tip: It’s better not to resort to this cure if skin is broken or blood vessels are exposed as lemon juice may further the irritation and burning sensation.

Cinnamon

17. Basil Leaves

What all you need:

  • A bunch of basil leaves
  • A mortar or blender

Directions:

  1. Make an even paste of basil leaves.
  1. Apply this paste to the burned skin.
  1. Allow it to dry.
  1. Rinse off under running water.

How it works: With natural ayurvedic richness, Basil leaves soothe down topical inflammations.

Tip: This can be used twice or thrice a week.

18. Henna Leaves

What all you need:

  • A bunch of washes and ground henna leaves

Directions:

  1. Apply the henna paste on the affected area.
  1. Leave it for a while and wash it off.

How it works: Henna leaves are boosted with the goodness of nature that is known to cool down body temperature and sooth rashes.

Tip: Don’t keep it on for prolonged hours unless you want to get the area strained.

Henna Leaves

19. Tomato Puree

What all you need:

  • Homemade tomato puree without any added spice or enhancer

Directions:

  1. Apply the tomato puree to the affected skin.
  1. Let it on for 10 minutes.
  1. Wash under running water and pat dry.

How it works: Tomato has astringent in its juice that alleviate burns.

Tip: Can be applied every alternative day.

20. Epsom Salt

What all you need:

  • One cup of Epsom Salt.
  • Half bucket of water.

Directions:

  1. Dilute the salt in water and soak your feet or the affected area for 30 minutes.
  1. Wash with regular water later.

How it works: The magnesium sulphate present in Epsom salt cures any burning sensations one might feel.

Tip: It is not suitable for patients with diabetes and heart diseases.

Epsom Salt

21. Cod Liver Oil

What all you need:

  • Cod liver oil capsules
  • Vitamin E capsules

Directions:

  1. Cut the cod liver oil capsules and Vitamin capsules and mix the contents well.
  1. Apply it on the affected skin in circular motions.
  1. You may wash it after 20 minutes or leave it on overnight.

How it works: The bunches of omega fats in cod liver oil is magical on burnt skin or rashes.

Tip: We recommend you use it at bed time and leave it on overnight for better results.

22. Thyme

What all you need:

  • A bunch of thyme
  • Half bucket of water

Directions:

  1. Soak thyme leaves in the water
  1. Insert your feet of affected body part to the water and stay put for 30 minutes.

How it works: With its amazing therapeutic benefits, thyme leaves are capable of negating any burning sensation.

Tip: Alternatively, you may also bath in thyme water.

Thyme

23. Vitamin B3

What all you need:

  • Milk
  • Peas
  • Egg yolk
  • Beans
  • Yogurt
  • Vitamin B3 supplements

Directions: Include the above mentioned food items in your daily diet.

How it works: Vitamins B3 strengthens weakened nerves thereby curing burning feet sensations.

24. Beer

What all you need:

  • A cup of beer.
  • Some clean cotton balls

Directions:

  1. Dip the cotton balls into the beer and dab on the affected areas.

How it works:

Tip: It is a great disinfectant that soothes down the affected area when dabbed on burns.

Tips

  • We advise that to steer clear of such occurrences, always avoid food that you are allergic too.
  • While stepping out of the house during summer days, carry an umbrella, use sun screen, and wear clothes that can cover your body as much as possible.
  • Maintain hygiene and be regular with your daily bath.
  • Lessen your consumption of spicy food.

If none of the above measures work out, do not delay in visiting a skin specialist.

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