For helping to prevent and soothe prickly heat…


SBC Aloe Vera Soothing Gel 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.


  1. sue August 5, 2009 at 10:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi for the person concerned about prickly heat I have the following advice. DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES WEAR ANY PRODUCT THAT IS PERFUMED. This includes suntan products. I use a hypoallergenic suncream
    and if I go out at night and wear perfume I do not let it get on my skin and EVERY morning before going into the sun I wash everything off including insect repellents deorderants and the perfume. Only when I am once again scrubbed do I put on the sun screen. I used to be so bad with prickly heat especially around my neck that I have made my skin bleed but since doing all the above I have been ok. The problem is once in the sun the pores open up and the chemicals get into the skin, irritating and making it itch which then forms a circle of scratch/itch/scratch.If there is nothing on the skin there is nothing to cause it to irritate. Hope this helps.

  2. Lynne Miller July 4, 2012 at 7:51 am -  Reply

    I use Liz Earle sun cream and found this has helped with my prickly heat. i agree with the comments relating to keeping your skin clean and perfume free. I also use decleor tan accelerator and take allergy tablets for two weeks before going on holiday. Shampoo and condition your hair first then was your body so that any residue from products are also washed off.

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