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Bites, stings and rashes aren’t pretty -- but you are, which means you need a fast remedy when something itchy appears on your face. Fortunately, if you have some key ingredients in your kitchen cabinet, you can create a natural home remedy to beat the itch. If your rash doesn’t go away with a few natural treatments, however, do yourself a favor and call your doctor so you can protect your skin.
Soothe It With Oatmeal
In addition to keeping you full for breakfast, oatmeal can soothe your skin and relieve a case of the itch without breaking you out. That’s because oatmeal has a special fiber called beta glucan. When you put it on your skin, the beta glucan retains moisture so your skin won’t be dry and itchy. To make it work for your face, you can grind up oatmeal in a coffee grinder or food processor, then add to a bowl of hot water. After the water becomes cloudy, splash some of it on your face gently to infuse the beta glucan into your skin. Allow it to air dry for the anti-itch benefits to work their best.
Beat the Bites
If a silly, buzzing bug got to your face and bit, you can use a banana peel to soothe the itching bug bite. Banana peels have skin-soothing, anti-itch properties. After you enjoy the banana, save the peel and hold it onto your itchy bite on the side that touches the fruit. When the burning and itching stop, lift the peel away.
Make a Mixture
Baking soda, essential oils and clay are three skin-soothing items you can combine to create an anti-itch home remedy. If you have just a few itchy spots, make a paste with clay powder, baking soda and water, then add in a few drops of essential oils such as lavender, peppermint or tea tree oil. Gently apply this paste directly to an itchy area, and you should feel relief as soon as possible. Play around with various clay types, such as white, green, blue or pink clay, to find the one that soothes your skin itching the best.
Say Goodbye to Swelling
Itching and swelling facial skin can take a one-two punch when you use a surprising anti-itch home remedy: tobacco. While it may be bad for you when you smoke tobacco leaves, applying it topically can reduce swelling and itching, especially from bug bites. To create a home remedy that works for you, take a small wad of tobacco leaves and add either water or apple cider vinegar to the mixture. Apply this directly to your bite and leave on until your itching and swelling reduces. A word of caution -- sometimes tobacco can irritate very sensitive skin. If you’re prone to irritation, try a different home remedy.