Q: Can you offer any advice on how to stop or treat prickly heat? I always get it on my arms and it gets incredibly painful. I'm off to Cyprus in August and would love to get something sorted out for it now before I go.
Alison: Firstly, your doctor should be able to give you some advice for prickly heat and can offer you anti-histamines that you can take to help. However, you can also help by preparing the skin. A tan accelerator would be a great help before you go away, as whether you want a tan or not, it prepares the skin to be tougher against the sun.
Step two would be to use a gel-based SPF factor such as all-day Ultrasun SPF20. If you want to use a re-application sun cream then make sure it's gel based and that you re-apply it every 20 – 40 minutes.
Try to keep your skin from sweating too much as well - you could take the ABC Skinwash with you on holiday and shower with it after sunbathing as well. This will help to keep the skin cool and clean.
General tips are keeping cool at night and not overheating (check that your room has air conditioning in advance). SBC Aloe Vera Gel would be my absolute must for you to take away on holiday – just apply it any time you get an itch for instant soothing relief.
My husband also suffers from prickly heat and finds this routine really helps.