Aloe Vera for Heat Rash

 Aloe Vera for Heat Rash

Since many of our customers have asked our online chat with doctor network, “can you use Aloe Vera for heat rash”, we’ve decided to create an article for others with the same question. 

A heat rash occurs because of blocked sweat glands or hair follicles. The trapped sweat is what causes the raised rash that is seen.  The rash is caused by exposure to hot environments. Where clothing causes friction on the skin is typically where the rash appears.

Generally, there are three different types of rashes that can form. They each look a little different:

  • Clear rash. This is mild and the bumps are not itchy or painful.
  • Red rash. This is an itchy rash with a red bump.
  • Deep rash. Flesh colored bumps. These form after many episodes of heat rash.

Usually, a heat rash does not need medical attention. Therefore, you can treat the rash at home. But, if the rash is severe, or limits what you can do, you should see your doctor be sure it is a heat rash.

Heat Rash Treatments

There are three simple steps to help the rash. First, the skin should be washed with a non-drying soap. This will remove anything on the skin that might be worsening the rash. Then, let your skin air dry. Lastly, stay in a cool place. This can be as simple as staying in an air-conditioned room. Allow air to circulate, wear loose clothing around the rash. Overall, the heat rash should go away quickly by just cooling the skin.

Aloe vera is a plant that has been used to treat a number of conditions. Commonly, patients use it to treat sunburns. The gel has a cooling effect on the skin, which can help to relieve pain from the sunburn.

Generally, a heat rash like sunburn can be irritating, and itchy. Can you use aloe vera for heat rash? You can! The cooling effects of the aloe vera can be very helpful in treating a heat rash. The gel may help to cool the skin down faster and alleviate the bumps of the rash.


Overall, a heat rash will go away quickly once the skin cools. So further treatment is not necessary. But, if you are having itching or burning, applying aloe vera can help to soothe your skin.

For more information on using aloe vera for heat rash and possible treatments, please visit Just Health Experts to online chat with doctor.

Written by Dr. Larisa Roybal, PharmD

Dr. Larisa Roybal is a Doctor of Pharmacy graduate of the University of Colorado. She has experience in clinical pharmacy, medical information, and drug safety.

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