10 Home Remedies for Sunburn Treatment

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There is a wide variety of home remedies that are used to relieve the symptoms of sunburn.

Check out our top 10 tips to cool that sunburn!

  1. Place a cool compress on sunburned skin.
  2. Take a cool shower or bath.
  • Add one cup of cider vinegar to a bath to help balance the pH (acid or alkalinity) of sunburned skin, and promote healing.
  • Soak in an oatmeal bath. This is especially helpful for itchy sunburned skin.
  1. Use lotions that contain aloe Vera to soothe and moisturize skin. Some aloe products contain lidocaine, an anesthetic that can help relieve sunburn pain.
  2. Topical over-the-counter 1% hydrocortisone cream may help relieve sunburn pain, itch, and swelling.
  3. Take over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve) to help relieve pain and inflammation.
  4. Apply cool, not cold, milk with a clean cloth to your skin. The milk will create a protein film that helps ease sunburn discomfort.
  5. Vitamin E, an antioxidant, can help decrease inflammation caused by sunburn. Use Vitamin E oil on the skin, or take a regular dose of the supplement.
  6. Apply freshly brewed tea after it has cooled to skin using a clean cloth. The tannic acid in black tea reportedly helps draw heat from sunburned skin, and also aids in restoring the pH balance.
  7. Cucumbers have natural antioxidant and analgesic properties. Chill cucumbers, then mash in a blender to create a paste, and apply to affected areas including the face.
  8. The best remedy is PREVENTION. Always use sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and avoid direct sun exposure.

REFERENCES:

DrCynthiaBailey.com. Best Natural Sunburn Treatment Remedies.

MarthaStewart.com. Sunburn Solution.

University of Medicine & Denistry of New Jersey. Got Sunburn? Get Milk.

WebMD.com. Sunburn - Home Treatment


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/11/2014