I got sunburned really bad on my face, arms and legs over the weekend and now my nose is starting to peel. Looks awful, even starting to get a sore on the side. Is there a homemade recipe or suggestion I can use to lessen the ugliness of this? I am embarrassed to go out, but have to for work. I try to keep moisturizer on it, doesn't seem to help much. Thanks in advance for any and all help with this.
jmz2005 from illinois
Aloe Vera gel works great. (05/16/2007)
I live in Florida, so Bactine or Noxzema works great to help heal the burn. I then use a darker shade of foundation on the face to help hide the redness and blotchy skin. It works for me and I hope it will help you. Another hint is to go to the dollar tree and get the baby 40 SPF sunscreen. We have a pool and none of our 10 grand-kids ever got burnt. For a $1.00 you can't go wrong. Good luck. (05/16/2007)
I know firsthand what you must be going through and can empathize with you. The best product I have used to date when I get sunburned is Aveeno's Daily Moisturizing Lotion with Natural Colloidal Oatmeal. It relieves and protects Dry Skin for 24 hours and is fragrance free. Being a redhead, my skin is very sensitive and dries easily when I get even the slightest bit of sun, and this is the only product that I can use that doesn't dry out my skin and make it feel worse then it already does when I get too much sun. Hope this helps even a little bit, and I hope your burn feels better real soon.
This is my Grandmother's old Norwegian recipe--
Use sour cream straight from the refrigerator. It soothes the burn very well. When it begins to dry, just wash it off and add more as needed. (05/16/2007)
Thank you all for the great suggestions. I will be trying them out. (05/16/2007)
Now that you are peeling, use a gentle exfoliate. You can buy them of course. But you can make your own using plain oatmeal and farina/grits/cream of wheat (depending of which part of the country you're from) and blend them into a fine powder. Add a little warm water and make it into a scrub/mask that helps remove the old/burned skin. After rinsing off, use a good moisturizer that doesn't clog your pores. This is a great scrub for your face as it isn't too harsh. You can use it about once a week or so all the time. (05/17/2007)
We keep our Aloe Vera in the fridge. Great on a burn. Just for future use. Hope this helps. (05/21/2007)
By Christine L.In
Noxzema. I used to burn when I was in my twenties, before I decided to avoid the sun, too late now, but for the future, the idea is to cool the skin ASAP. Believe it or not, if you submerge the skin in ice water for awhile right as you notice the burn, it will slow down the damage. Then you cake on Noxema which actually cools down the skin more, treats the burn medically (and it's cheap). Leave it on awhile, when it's no longer white it's probably served its purpose and you can rinse it off (always with very cold water until the red is completely gone) and then use the Aloe Vera.
A word about the Aloe, it's actually not always 'active' in all its skin protection properties if it's not very fresh. There are two things you can do to ensure this, use only the health food store variety, and it has to be pure gel. Or, do what I do and keep a plant. Open a leaf by splitting it down the middle and either rub it directly on the skin for immediate relief or squeeze out the gel and use it straight from the plant. Don't wash this off.
So, cool the skin with ice water, reinforce that with Noxzema, and follow with truly fresh aloe which you would reapply often. If you have trouble sleeping at night, repeat the ice water and Noxzema. Should reduce the discomfort until you can fall asleep. I hate this situation, and wish you luck! If the sore seems infected, or you are truly miserable, call a doctor or ER and ask for an advice RN. I'm an RN student, and I know they'll talk to you if you call an ER and insist on talking to an RN. Take care! (05/23/2007)
Noxzema will burn some people. I can't use it at all. I would suggest buying some Carnation canned whole milk, refrigerate it, and then dab on the sunburn with cotton balls as needed.
You could even add milk to cool bath water for a "milk bath." (05/26/2007)
Hi. My son went swimming last weekend and got sunburned (ouch!), he is at the peeling stage too. He was going out today and was embarrassed at the peeling on his face, until I got the bottle of St. Ives Alpha-Hydroxy Facial Renewal Lotion out and he applied it. It smoothed it out. It is great for replenishing the skin and soothes it too.
Also, I have found that when you're at the just sunburned stage, here are a few home remedies: first take Ibuprofen immediately and every 4 hrs., mix in a large bowl, one cup of skim milk, 3 cups cold water, add a few ice cubes. After a few minutes, soak a white cotton cloth (a t-shirt will do) in this, and squeeze out excess. Apply to burned area (s) and let it soothe. Repeat every 2 hrs. I learned this from a nurse. When you have to leave the house, use vinegar to spray from a bottle and mix it with cold ice water. Hope this helps! (06/14/2007)
We always use Aloe Vera gel. If we run out, soak a cloth in milk and apply to skin. Keep skin covered for a few days afterward with a long sleeved cotton shirt. (07/28/2007)
Try covering your body with honey! It will soothe your sunburn and honey is a humectant, meaning it attracts and retains moisture. Just smear on honey, leave on for 15 minutes and rinse off with warm water. Then apply some Extra Virgin Olive Oil to moisturize skin. (09/01/2007)
I began to peel after getting sunburned and I did a really "dumb" thing. I used an exfoliator that was too strong to hasten the peeling, and after a week or so I am experiencing burning that is very painful. I hope I haven't done nerve damage to my skin. Bottom line, don't be an idiot and make the mistake I have made. I have made an appointment with my dermatologist. Old enough to know better! (09/02/2007)
I also use Aveeno moisturizing lotion. Works great. (06/08/2008)
This seems extreme but it works; get a small bottle of rubbing alcohol and a small bottle of aspirin. If you want to use it right away, crush the aspirin up and place in alcohol, shake for a minute, then apply to the affected area. It works wonders, but it also promotes peeling so the next day, treat with a skin lotion. It works every time! (06/09/2008)
You can try plain yogurt, not the flavored one, but the plain yogurt. It's supposed to be good. (07/29/2008)
As a pharmacist, we are often first line in sunburn treatment. There is a new product out this year called Sunburn911. I was a skeptic but results back up this product's claims. Really good stuff and gives up to 6 hours of relief as it claims and that is a big plus when you are hurting from sunburn. (07/28/2009)
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