How to Treat Skin Rash from Holi Colours

With all the fun over in Holi, it’s time to take care of your skin. No wonder nowadays the colours used in Holi are made of harsh chemicals and not everyone is keen or aware of using vegetable colours or herbal colours. As a result, skin rashes are quite common after all the Holi splashes. Skin rash from Holi colours must be treated immediately and the most common rashes will disappear with a little after care while some rashes may need medical attention.

Most of us are now aware of taking certain precautions before playing with Holi colours. However, you never know how chemicals can react with your skin. If you are suffering from those itchy skin rashes after playing Holi, do not panic because here are some quick-fix treatments to take care of your skin. You can consider these remedies as the first aid for your skin rashes from Holi colours. So read on.

What to do

Often, holi colours tend to stain your skin and do not go off easily. First, you need to remove the colours and the colour residues on your skin as much as possible. For this, it is always better not to use soap or a face wash directly on your colour stained skin. Instead, use a homemade cleanser that will gently but thoroughly cleanse the skin without drying or ripping it off.

The Best Homemade Cleanser to Use after Holi

Take oatmeal, rice powder, milk or fresh cream and make a paste. Apply this on your face and keep it for 10 minutes. Then massage in a circular motion (just like you do when using a scrub) and wash it off with cold water. Finish the process by applying chilled rose water.

This cleanser will not only help you to get the colour stains removed fast but it will also treat your skin simultaneously. The colours tend to dry out your skin badly. This cleanser will also help retain the moisture in your skin, cleanse deeply and the rose water will soothe the irritated skin.

What to Apply on the Skin Rash from Holi Colours

All skin rashes are not same. However, the most common type of skin rash from holi colours can be treated at home. If you develop rashes from holi colours, then after having your skin cleansed, you can apply a soothing face mask.

Take chilled milk and sandalwood powder. Mix them well to make a paste. Apply this on your face and let it semi-dry. Wet the rash areas with chilled milk before washing the mask off. Close the deal with chilled rose water.

Do not apply any cosmetic products or chemical moisturizers at this stage after using the mask. The best thing you can do is to apply aloe vera gel on your skin, especially the rash areas and leave it on. If you can scoop the gel directly from the plant stem, nothing can be better. If you don’t have access to any aloe vera plant, you can opt for aloe vera gels available in the market.

Continue this regime for at least three days to combat skin rash from Holi colours. However, if your skin rashes or irritations on the skin isn’t the regular ones and continues to persist, medical supervision is suggested.

Some More Tips

Here are some more tips that you should be following for the next one week after Holi to protect your skin from further skin rashes and skin damages.

  • Avoid the sun for a week. If that is not possible, use gentle herbal sunscreen, gel based or light lotions and use umbrella when stepping out into the sun.
  • Skip your regular cosmetic creams, moisturizers and most importantly, makeup. Stick to the homemade regime.
  • Keep a rose water spray or an herbal face mist whenever you go out. Spray often to keep the skin hydrated.
  • If you feel that your skin needs more moisturization, you can apply coconut oil on your skin as well as on the skin rashes. Coconut oil has a lot of useful properties that can help heal rashes and inflammation.

It’s always best to play safe on Holi. Avoiding colours and splashes may not be possible but if precautions and after-treatments are taken and done responsibly, colours can only be fun and not a reason to worry. Treat yourself to these quick remedies while surfing through your best Holi pictures of the day.


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