While most rashes on the face are not serious medical problems, they can be embarrassing and uncomfortable for many people. Luckily, there are some natural treatments that can help you clear up a rash on your face. These remedies have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration however, so talk with your doctor before using these treatments, particularly if your rash is due to an allergic reaction.
Basil, Olive Oil and Fresh Garlic
According to Melanie A. Sachs, author of “Ayurvedic Beauty Care,” a mixture of fresh basil leaves, olive oil and fresh garlic can be applied to the skin to help clear up a rash on the face. To make this mixture, combine ¼ cup whole basil leaves with 6 tbsp. olive oil and one whole garlic clove in a food processor or blender and puree to form a thick paste. Massage the mixture onto clean skin with your fingertips and leave it on for 30 minutes. Rinse your skin with lukewarm water and wash with a gentle soap before applying your regular moisturizer. This treatment can be used twice per day as long as it doesn’t irritate your skin. Unused portions of this mixture can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours for later use.
Comfrey Essential Oil and Jojoba Oil
According to Jennie Harding, author of "The Essential Oils Handbook: All the Oils You Will Ever Need for Health, Vitality and Well-Being,” a mixture of comfrey essential oil and jojoba oil can be used to help get rid of a rash on the face. To make this mixture, combine 1 tsp. comfrey essential oil with 10 tsp. jojoba oil in a small dark bottle and shake or stir to combine the ingredients. Pour a small amount of the mixture onto a clean cotton pad and rub it gently on the skin. Leave the liquid on the area for 20 to 25 minutes before rinsing with cool, clean water and washing with a gentle soap. This remedy can be used daily as long as it doesn’t cause redness or other irritation, and left-over portions can be stored in a cool, dark place for one month.
Aloe Vera Gel and Turmeric Powder
According to Vasant Lad, author of “The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies,” a mixture of aloe vera gel and turmeric powder is commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine to help clear up rashes on the skin and face. To make this natural treatment, combine 2 tsp. aloe vera gel with ¼ tsp. turmeric powder in a small container and stir to combine. Massage a thick layer of the mixture on the skin before bed and leave it on all night. Rinse your skin with cool water in the morning and wash with your regular facial cleanser before applying a gentle moisturizer. This treatment can be repeated daily as long as it doesn’t bother your skin, and unused portions of the mixture can be kept in a dark, cool place for one week.
- "Ayurvedic Beauty Care"; Melanie A. Sachs; 1994
- "The Essential Oils Handbook: All the Oils You Will Ever Need for Health, Vitality and Well-Being"; Jennie Harding; 2008
- "The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies"; Vasant Lad; 1999