Organic Alternatives for Inflamed or Irritated Skin

Organic Alternatives for Inflamed or Irritated Skin


Inflamed or irritated skin is very common and can be caused by a variety of factors like allergies, skin conditions, infections, weather changes, and reactions to skincare products. Finding gentle, natural solutions is important for soothing discomfort without further aggravating the skin. As someone who struggles with sensitive skin myself, I’ve compiled some of the best organic alternatives I’ve discovered for caring for inflamed or irritated skin.


Aloe Vera Gel

Pure aloe vera gel is incredibly soothing and healing for inflamed skin. The phytochemicals and antioxidants in aloe vera reduce inflammation and redness while deeply hydrating. I keep aloe vera gel in the fridge and apply it directly after cleansing whenever my skin is angry. It provides a cooling sensation and calms things down quickly.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is often overlooked as a cleanser but works beautifully. It contains anti-inflammatory oleocanthal along with other nurturing compounds. I massage a small amount of extra virgin olive oil gently over damp skin, let it sit briefly, then remove with a soft washcloth. This mineral oil-free oil cleansing method lifts impurities without disruption and doesn’t strip the skin.

Oat Cleanser

Colloidal oatmeal is renowned for its anti-inflammatory, anti-itch properties. Cleansers containing oat extract or colloidal oatmeal, like Aveeno products, are very soothing. The beta glucan in oats provides relief while cleaning effectively. This is my go-to when I need something ultra gentle.



Calendula officinalis, also known as pot marigold, contains powerful wound-healing and anti-inflammatory chemical compounds. It reduces swelling and redness rapidly. I use gels, serums, oils, and creams with calendula to spot treat inflamed areas overnight or dab it on rashes and flaky skin. It’s very restorative.


The antioxidants in German chamomile calm irritated, angry skin wonderfully. It decreases histamine production to ease inflammation and redness. A chilled chamomile tea bag placed over inflamed blemishes or rashes provides quick relief, but serums and gels with concentrated chamomile work even better. I keep them in the fridge!

Colloidal Oatmeal

I already mentioned using colloidal oatmeal as a cleanser but it also makes an amazing mask or soak for hands, feet, or body. Aveeno makes colloidal oatmeal packets ideal for this. The gummy texture clings to the skin, allowing the oats to penetrate deeply and relieve itchy rashes or inflamed eczema. It’s one of the most powerfully soothing natural skin remedies out there.

Lifestyle/Supplemental Approaches

While topical organic alternatives can provide symptom relief, addressing underlying causes is important for lasting skin improvements. As part of my integrative approach I also focus on:

Stress Management

Stress significantly worsens inflammation and irritability. Things like meditation, yoga, optimized sleep, and adaptogenic herbs all help reduce internal production of inflammatory chemicals. Noticeable skin changes happen when cortisol and inflammatory biomarker levels drop!

Elimination Diets

Food sensitivities often contribute to skin inflammation. By removing common trigger foods like dairy, gluten, eggs, and soy for 3-4 weeks then slowly reintroducing them one by one, I’ve been able to identify and eliminate my personal triggers. This has reduced overall inflammation and reactive skin flare ups dramatically.

Key Supplements

Targeted nutritional supplements also decrease inflammation. Omega 3’s from fish oil, turmeric, probiotics, and zinc have made the biggest difference for my skin. I’ve noticed significantly less redness, irritation, and sensitivity when taking these consistently.


Inflamed, irritated skin is frustrating but there are many gentle, natural solutions that can provide relief and restore health. Aloe vera, olive oil, oats, calendula, chamomile, and colloidal oatmeal have wonderful topical anti-inflammatory benefits for sensitived, reactive skin. Addressing broader lifestyle factors like stress, diet, and supplementation regimen also goes a long way in reducing recurring skin irritation and sensitivity. With an integrative, multifaceted approach, healthy, resilient skin is achievable!

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