People with sensitive skin know the agony of unbearable itching and redness from insect bites or allergies. If you prefer not to use antihistamines or other medications and would rather use a non-toxic remedy, you may have all you need right in your kitchen cabinet. Vinegar and baking soda, when combined, create a powerful anti-itch solution.
If you have sensitive skin and suffer from allergic reactions to insect bites I feel your pain. My skin is so sensitive that I develop itchy reactions to even the most minor of irritations, such as a belt that's too tight on my waist, or new shoes pinching the skin on my heels.
Once in a while, my cat will pick up fleas outside and if I get a bite, which I sometimes do around my ankles, the skin will inflame and spread into a rash that's about ten times the size of the fleabite.
The itch is UNBEARABLE. But, I have finally found something that helps …
Here's what you'll need:
A cotton ball
A spray bottle with straight vinegar in it- (white or apple cider vinegar will do.)
1. Swab the area with a cotton ball soaked in the vinegar.
2. Then make a paste with about a tablespoon of baking soda and a few drops of water. Mix the water into the baking soda until the baking soda is moist, but not watery.
3. Spread the paste over the itchy area while it's still damp from the vinegar. Let it sit for about a minute.
4. Then spray more vinegar (with your spray bottle) on top of the baking soda paste. It will fizz and bubble and after about 10 minutes it will harden and dry. Leave it on until it rubs off naturally.
Not only will it calm the itch, it will also reduce the redness and inflammation. You can repeat this process as often as necessary with no harmful effects. It may dry your skin, however, once the irritation has cured the dryness is easily relieved with an application of lotion. I recommed virgin coconut oil or shea butter if you prefer to use non-toxic products on your skin.
Since I've discovered this method, recovery time from bites, rashes, and other skin irritations has diminished significantly. A reaction to a fleabite used to take up to two weeks to heal completely. Now it takes a few days.
You may try this solution on acne blemishes also. I've found it brings the redness and recovery time for them as well.
As always, I wish you good health and great beauty.