Home Remedies for Armpit Rash

Armpit rash affects many people, and some of its most common symptoms are itchy skin, redness, swelling and inflammation.


The armpits are prone to develop a rash, as they are sweaty, dark areas, where infections can make the skin inflamed, red and irritated. Shaving, tight clothing, and deodorants can also lead to skin irritation and rashes in your armpits. Avoid scratching as it only makes it worse and can even lead to infections, cracked skin and blisters.

There are several home remedies that have showed positive results in reducing redness, moisturizing the skin, soothing the itchy rash, killing off infections and preventing scaly skin.

  • Coconut Oil and Tea Tree Oil

Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory properties, while tea tree oil is a powerful antibacterial. By combining the two ingredients, you will be able to reduce redness and prevent an infection in your armpit area. Mix four tablespoons of coconut oil with 6-8 drops of tea tree oil. Use a cotton ball and apply the solution on the affected area. Repeat after each shower, after you wash your armpits and before going to bed.

  • Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is great for soothing red, inflamed skin and it is also good for various skin affections. You have to apply aloe vera gel on the rash 2-3 times a day until the irritation is gone. You can also mix aloe vera with some coconut oil and apply the mixture to your armpit after shaving to avoid the rash.

  • Oatmeal

Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties, soothing itchy skin and removing impurities and bacteria. Oatmeal is efficient in treating fungal skin infections, contact dermatitis, and eczema.

Fill your bathtub with warm water and add 1-2 cups of rolled oats. Swish them in the water to release the compounds from the oats and add a few drops of lavender oil, which is also antibacterial. Soak for about 20 minutes.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

If you think that the armpit rash was caused by a fungal or bacterial infection, then raw apple cider vinegar would be the best natural treatment. The acidic content of the vinegar balances the skin’s pH level. Most soaps and shower gels have a high pH level which strips the skin of its protective barrier, making it itchy, dry and inflamed.

Dilute the apple cider vinegar with an equal amount of water and apply on the inflamed skin a few times a day or apply a compress a leave it for 5-10 minutes. Rinse and pat dry with a soft towel.

  • Witch Hazel

Witch hazel is effective in reducing skin rashes and in soothing skin irritations. It is also a natural astringent which makes the skin contract and also hydrates it.

To prevent armpit rashes you should avoid using laundry detergents, soaps and deodorants that irritate your skin and wear loose clothes made from natural materials. Take shorter baths /showers, using only warm water. Pat your skin dry and moisturize it after each bath in order to prevent skin dryness and rashes.

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