By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario
Second: Apply aloe vera gel to the sunburn.
Third: Use aspirin or Ibuprofen for the pain and for the anti-inflammatory affect.
Fourth: Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Fifth: Apply ice to any area that is very painful.
Hope this helps.
By Supermom from Port William, OH
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
When someone gets a burn, take out the aloe. Strip off the hard outside part of the plant and apply it to the burn. The inside of the aloe is clear and gel-like. When you keep it in the fridge and apply it, it feels very cool and soothing. Have a great day!
By Joanne from Cocoa, FL
Another thing I don't like to use is Aloe Vera gel. If you can find it in a lotion, it would probably be good. But the gel dries out my skin and really makes the sunburn hurt. So I use an after-sun type lotion. It doesn't really matter what brand. But the lotion will keep your skin from getting dry and getting that "shrinking" feeling that hurts so bad with a burn.
Source: Reddish blond hair, fair skin, lots of past sunburns!
By Cricket from Parkton, NC
By Henrietta B. from Oconee, SC
Aloe works great for quick relief but for severe sunburns, see a doctor.
By Mona A. from near Phenix City, Al
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.
By Ellen Brown
Note: Some recipes are not suitable for sensitive skin. Each person is different, so test on the inside arm or wrist for any possible allergic reactions before using these recipes.
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.
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.
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.
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. Aloe vera doesn't work much for me. I had a friend who used vitamin E pills but they didn't do much either.
Ashley in Ohio :)
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By Shelby of hickory flat Mississippi
Check out these things you can do to help- Get your pH level alkaline, use google to figure out how to do this. You can take a supplement called Cellfood, or Cellfood Silica Formula- its an amazing product that helps your body recover insanely fast. It is completely safe and natural. Drink some Apple Cider Vinegar or spray it topically on the burns, it is great for your pH and contains important enzymes that your body loves. Soon people will realize how modern western medicine just doesn't work compared to eating healthy, and its really easy. Humans have been alive for thousands of years- our bodies are DESIGNED to be amazing repair machines, we get the power to do that from what we eat, this is something that people have to research for themselves, and try it.
Everything about your life will improve- energy, mentality, senses, coordination, sex, the sky is the limit. Please- research this stuff. I used to have sleep, weight, acne, sex, fatigue, emotional problems until I realized I deserve better. Be honest and open, question authority and modern medicine and you will discover the rewards of taking the initiative. (06/30/2007)
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By Sara from S. Fla.
Caution though: do not use on severe sunburn as some creams may lock in heat, need to get a good brand to prevent this. (01/31/2009)