Prevention is the best remedy. But if you find yourself with a sunburn, it is best to treat it as soon as possible. This is a guide about remedies for a sunburn.
This is a guide about using aloe vera for sunburns. Aloe vera is well known for its soothing effect on burns.
Having fair skin and loving to swim, I have had sunburns since I was a child. For mild sunburns (reddened skin, mild heat), I suggest a cool water bath that has vinegar added. Water should be no more than lukewarm when added to the tub. Add a big splash of white vinegar to the water, then soak in it for at least 15 minutes. Do NOT get water in your eyes - it really stings! The longer you soak, the more cooling effect the bath has. Pat dry with a towel (don't rub since that will irritate the skin). Apply a moisturizing lotion or aloe gel, and cover with loose clothing.
By the next day the redness should be gone and tenderness, too. This method is not recommended for toddlers since they splash and "play" too much in the bath and would get vinegar water in their eyes or mouths. It won't kill them, but it can make them cry.
Source: My mother, grandmother, aunts all did this to us when my cousins and I were small - long before SPF sunscreens. Some of the cousins tanned, some burned, but we all played outdoors most of the summer.
By Melody from Oak Ridge, TN
A great idea, though I would consider any sunburn dangerous. Why not some super water resistant SPF 30+ reapplied more often, they even make a few that go one wet skin these day!
I am also fair skinned and have loved to swim all of my life. I have heard about this vinegar bath countless times over the years, and since it goes around so much it must work great for a lot of people.
But I want to add a warning to this. Try dabbing (using cotton balls) some of this onto a small spot on your body somewhere. Not everyone can take the vinegar on a sunburn. Believe me, I found out the hard way! It sent me literally screaming into the shower!
So before laying in this vinegar bath water, test it on yourself on a small spot that's easily washed if it starts to burn. If it does burn you'll be so thankful you tested first! If it doesn't and the vinegar bath works for you, then that's great.
I have painful, peeling sunburn. It started out with just my chin peeling, because I had used different acne lotion and I went into the sun. Now my face is peeling, the chin, then it went to the nose, the next day it went to my cheeks. My chin is so painful, it burns like crazy when I put moisturizer on to help the tightness and peeling. I can't stand it and I want to know what will at least stop the intense pain.
Sounds like you have more going on beside sunburn; possibly an allergic reaction to the new acne medicine. You might consider seeing a doctor pronto.
One of my best friends burned a hand severely over an open fire due to not realizing that she had splashed her hand with the liquid charcoal fluid that was used in the 70's to start the charcoal briquets. Her husband and children were in town buying the odds and ends for the barbecue so, she was home alone.
She called me and I told her to put her hand in cold water (ice water if she had ice) and my husband and I were on on way over to take her to the hospital. It took about an hour before she was able to keep her hand out of the water with no pain. She also did not feel that she needed to go to the hospital. Her hand healed with no scars.
I also had an aunt that burned her hand with steam when she was canning - probably in the 60's. The method then was to use Vaseline, which she did. It only kept the air off of it but did not help her pain. She also wound up with scars that did eventually fade after a few years. I learned about the cold water from my older brother but have no idea on where he learned it. Maybe in the Army. He was in the army back in the 70's stationed in Germany.
Boil your water and let a tea bag steep in it, until it is cool. Then take a cotton ball and apply it to your sunburn. Do this twice. It's better at bedtime, so that the tea can work it's magic while you sleep. Don't wash it off until morning. It takes the sting right out of the burn.
First, take a cool bath to cool the burn. I add lavender which helps take the sting feeling out of the burn. Soak 15-20 minutes. Pat dry.
How can I help take the sting out? I can't even sleep it's so bad. What can I do? I also have a pretty bad sunburn on my entire face, do you have any ideas on how to help the sting?
I have tried aloe on my windburn and it didn't work.
By Gabrielle A. from Titusville, FL
If you don't mind the smell you can use cider vinegar. You can also brew tea and use the tea bags. These have always worked for me.
The vinegar works great. You won't smell one it dries. Really takes the sting out.
This article contains several tips, product reviews and step by step treatments for sunburn as suggested by the ThriftyFun community. If you have a favorite remedy that hasn't been listed, post it below.
For about 2 weeks I've had a sunburn on my scalp. It's annoying and it looks like I have dandruff. It's flaky and looks really bad. I read online to put aloe After Sun on it. I found this stuff around my house called Key Lime Lotion and it's an after sun product. I put a glop in my hair, used a comb and brushed it through. I have to leave this in for 2-3 hours. Is there something easier I can do to get rid of the flakiness, without my hair looking greasy?
By Lovey from MD
The best thing I've ever tried I just learned on a site called Earth Clinic; however, i don't know how it will work for an old burn because I use it for new burns to prevent peeling. Won't hurt to try though. Just take apple cider vinegar (or white will do if you don't have access) and put it on a cotton ball. Gently apply to the burned area and let it dry. It is the only thing I have ever used that seems to instantly allow that trapped heat to escape and your skin goes from hot to the touch to cool to the touch. It prevents blistering and peeling too.
For the dry skin thing, I use extra virgin olive oil... just like someone else said. I use it for an everyday moisturizer too... even on my scalp and face. If you put it on straight out of the shower, it won't be too thick and heavy. I just blot any areas that are too thick with a towel and it feels great!
If you're worried about your hair looking greasy then try (overnight) raw, unpasteurized, unfiltered honey. Just rub some on and wash it out in the morning. Raw honey helps wounds heal so much faster than on their own. Also, I heard that coconut oil works wonders for any sun/skin related thing but I haven't had a chance to try it yet. Coconuts aren't easily accessible here :).
By the way, if you tried or are going to try soaking your hair in olive oil and it doesn't wash out easily, try rinsing it with ACV. After shampooing, dump about a cup on your head (keep your eyes closed! Ouch!) and try to let it set for about 1 minute before rinsing it out. I know it is a great solvent for oily or greasy things because I once put Bag Balm on my scalp to try overnight and when I woke up my hair was matted down with it. I washed it six times within two days and it still didn't come out till someone told me to try vinegar. It came out on the first rinse then.
The best prevention in the first place is to wear a hat/cap or head scarf when you're out in the sun. Continued sun burning even on your head can cause skin cancer :-(
This flakiness will go away within a week or so once the burn is completely healed and the natural skin sloughing has finished taking place. Just 'gently' comb the scalp once a day before shampooing and that will help loosen the dead skin cells more quickly.
I recently got a terrible sunburn/windburn while at an all day air show. I was blistered and swollen, it was so bad. I've found THE cure for the worst of sunburns - Solarcaine sunburn pain for the pain plus an anti-inflammatory.
I really like the Arnica Gel that you get from your health food stores. I find it works really well right after coming in from outside! Awhile back I had burned my cheek with a curling iron and I put Arnica on it right away.
When I was younger and also many times over the years I have heard, read, and had people tell me to put vinegar on a sunburn. DO NOT do this! Sure, it may work on some people, but for those of us who it doesn't work on, it can cause a lot of pain!
Here is a great idea for summer. Freeze aloe vera gel in an ice cube tray.
Add honey or egg yolk to crushed green grapes and leave on damp skin for 15 minutes. Also, try applying a chamomile extract, crushed strawberries or liquid from a split fresh Aloe Vera leaf.
I got sunburned really bad on my face, arms, and legs over the weekend and now my nose is starting to peel. Is there a homemade recipe or suggestion I can use to lessen the ugliness of this?
What is something that you can use to relieve sunburns other than aloe vera gel. I have sensitive skin and I am very light skinned and can't tan.