Sunburn Relief Remedies – Over 50 Soothing Treatments

This is a large collection of home remedies I’ve compiled to care for sunburns, there are over 50 treatments to review so there should be something in this list that you have on hand to help.

There are no quick & easy cures when it comes to healing damaged skin and the time it takes your body to recover is relative to how bad the burn is.

For an average low to medium grade sunburn, a couple days of regular, soothing treatment should see pain dissipate to a tolerable level (meaning no discomfort unless touched with some pressure).

What To Watch For: At the bottom of this article you’ll find some information about determining if and when professional medical attention is needed as well as blister care and signs of infection (yes, this can happen).

Master List of Home Remedies

Notes Before Getting Started:

  • All bathing water, showers or bottle liquids should be cool (but not cold) temperature.
  • Tubs and spray bottles should be filled with water before adding recommended ingredient(s).
  • Soak in tubs as directed for approximately 30 minutes.

Vinegar: Can use a regular white household variety or apple cider vinegar.

  • Spritz all over area or saturate small towels in vinegar.
  • Toss 2 – 3 cupfuls into tub before getting in.
  • Rose Petal Splash (skip the cloves listed in recipe when using for this purpose)
  • Lavender Infusion

Tea: The tannic acid from tea is naturally soothing for burns.

  • Steep a large pot of very strong tea using 4 – 6 bags. Refrigerate until it’s cold then saturate small towels with the brew and apply gently to redness. Can also spritz the cold tea directly on body. The brew could stain the towels, you may not want to use your best.
  • Save used bags and apply (make sure to have them at room temperature first).
  • Toss in several bags to tub.

Dairy:

  • Saturate small towels with milk then carefully administer the cool compresses to reddened area.
  • Pour in a gallon of milk to tub.
  • Plain Yogurt.

Aloe Vera:

  • Aloe Vera Gel is very soothing, either purchased or taken fresh from an aloe leaf.
  • Lotions that include Aloe Vera.

Oatmeal:

  • Toss 2 C. oatmeal into bathtub.
  • Mix oatmeal with raw egg whites and carefully slather over red and pink areas.

Baking Soda:

  • Add 1 – 2 cups baking soda to a full tub, dissolve.
  • Fill a spray bottle and dissolve in it 1/4 C. baking soda.

Essential Oils: Caution when using on children. Keep out of eyes and mouth.

  • Fill a spray bottle and add a few drops of choice, or 10 to 12 drops essential oils to a bath and soak. Lavender Oil or Chamomile Oil.

Cornstarch:

  • Make a paste of cornstarch and water, administer to redness and allow to dry.
  • Fill a spray bottle and a spoonful of cornstarch, shake to dissolve thoroughly before using.
  • 1 C. cornstarch to bath, dissolve.
  • After bathing or showering, pat dry. Lightly dust all around skin with cornstarch.
  • 1/2 C. cornstarch + 1/2 C. baking soda added to bath, dissolve before soaking.

Cucumbers:

  • Slices can be placed directly on body or mashed first.
  • Grate cucumbers and mix with milk then administer.

Potatoes:

  • Grate potatoes and apply–include as much of the potato juice as possible.

Egg Whites:

  • Raw egg whites.
  • Combine 2 egg whites, 1 TBS honey, 1 TBS witch hazel.

Witch Hazel:

  • Dab onto skin.

Honey:

  • Gently smear over burned area or slather some on a strip of gauze first.
  • Mix honey with lime or lemon juice (80/20).
  • Combine honey 50/50 with milk, stir well.

Tomatoes:

  • 1/4 C. tomato juice or tomato paste combined with 1 1/2 C. buttermilk.
  • Sliced or mashed tomatoes.
  • Mash tomatoes and mix with an equal amount of buttermilk.
  • Add 2 C. tomato juice to bath.

More Pantry Aids:

  • Smear mustard across damaged skin (cool or room temperature is best).
  • Saturate cloth in pickle juice or dab pickle juice over redness.
  • Pureed strawberries.

For Comfort/Relief

Water & Ice:

  • Spritz chilled water.
  • Soak in a bath or shower.
  • Wrap ice packs, ice cubes or bags of frozen vegetables in a towel and then apply.
  • Drink lots of fluids to keep hydrated and help the healing process.
  • Mix 1/4 C. lemon or lime juice in a filled spray bottle. Shake before use.

More:

  • Cocoa Butter
  • Shaving Cream
  • Vitamin E Cream or Oil (open capsules & administer oil)
  • Diaper Rash Ointment

Soaks:

  • 2 C. oatmeal, 2 C. milk, 1/4 C. honey
  • Epsom salt
  • 1 C. Epsom salts, 1 C. Baking soda

Gentle Infusions – Sunburn Teas

Lettuce: Quarter the head of lettuce and boil (moderate) in a pot for 10 minutes. Turn off heat, cover and allow to steep. Strain and chill. Spritz lettuce infusion all across affected area. Can also chill cooked leaves and apply directly.

Cabbage: Same procedure as Lettuce.

Mint: Handful of fresh mint and proceed as above.

Plantain: Handful of fresh mint and proceed as above.

Strawberry Leaves: Save strawberry leaves and trimmings until you have a generous handful. Boil in 2 cups of water and proceed as above.

Commercial Products

  • Noxema
  • Maalox (Milk of Magnesia)
  • Gold Bond Medicated Lotion
  • Lanacane Anti-Bacterial First Aid Spray Anesthetic
  • Pepto-Bismol
  • Preparation H
  • Calamine Lotion

Medical Issues

Blisters: If these are present, don’t open or burst them. This will help avoid infection as well as speed the healing process, a blister is the body’s way of protecting and healing the damaged skin. Keep them uncovered if possible.

The vinegar & honey remedies as well as antibacterial products are preferable when blisters are involved since they are antibacterial, helps prevent infection.

Some Signs of Infection: Swelling, painful, fever, swollen glands

For Pain: Aspirin or ibuprofen or acetaminophen as directed.

When To See A Doctor:

  • Sunburn is severe
  • Purple patches, discolored blotches, or a rash appears
  • Eyelids are burned or sore eyes
  • Nauseous or vomiting
  • Fever
  • Faint or dizzy
  • Excessive pain
  • Chills
  • Large amount of blisters
  • Headaches
  • Swelling

During this time of healing, keep yourself well hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids and don’t be shy about taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen to help dull the pain if required (only as instructed on the box). This will be a welcome relief if the discomfort is preventing you from sleep or resting well.

Keep yourself rested and cool and if you must be out in the sun, keep covered with light, loose clothing until you are fully healed (cotton garments and scarves are ideal since they are lightweight and the natural fibers allow your body to breathe without trapping in sweat and heat). Avoid rough fibers/weaves that will irritate the skin.

These are simply suggestions and a collection of home remedies and treatments I’ve organized from my notes and not professional medical advice. Please seek a doctor’s opinion when unsure or to confirm appropriate care.

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Comments

    • Toni
    Reply

    I have found that if you sunburn the very best thing is the Mary Kay after sun replenishing gel. I love this stuff! My sons and I are very fair and use sunscreen. The Mary Kay is also the best I’ve found, but if we forget or overexpose, the after sun gel takes the fire right out and we don’t burn and peel. I found a lady going to the Mary Kay website and putting in my zipcode and found somebody local!

      • logan
      Reply

      I second that. I received 2 tubes in care packages in Afghanistan and that stuff is AMAZING! I have yet to find anything close to it plus when I use it, I get tanned instead of peeling.

    • Mike
    Reply

    I am very fair skinned and have red hair. I tan very little even a farmers tan takes awhile. When i was younger, I burned 2 times very severely with large blisters on my back. My mother tried Aloe Vera-did not help, Tea-nothing, Milk-nothing, The only thing that REALLY DID HELP–CALAMINE LOTION. Slather it on thick and put a fan on it to dry, as soon as it is dry the pain will go away. The only bad thing is if you sweat or move too much it will crack the soothing crust and the pain will return. I am now a Paramedic and recommend it to all the parents I speak too, and only because I have used it and it really works.

    ** CALAMINE LOTION **

    • Tabbie
    Reply

    Ok, so I went to an air show today and forgot to get sunblock first. Needless to say after 4 hours of exposure to the sun, both me and my 3 old are cherry red. I don’t have the patience to try milk, tea, etc. That and she’s kinda crabby. Which is expected. But here’s what I did just try and so far it’s working…

    I have a jar of Blue Star ointment. I got this a couple years ago for my daughter’s bad diaper rashes. I figured, what the heck, may as well try it. Well, I applied it to myself first. Didn’t want to hurt her with it. It’s been on for about 20 minutes now and in the small spots I’ve applied it, it’s working great! I can still feel a slight warmth coming from it, but I can now move my arms around without the pain.

    Only bad thing is the smell reminds me of IcyHot. But it’s worth it when you’re badly burned. So if you have any of this stuff laying around (usually used for itch relief), I’d suggest giving it a try if nothing else works.

    • Cam
    Reply

    I was working on a roof today and I am quite a vampire you could say, and needless to say I fried. I am in constant pain, aloe vera doesn’t relieve anything, and I don’t really know what to do. Anyone have any ideas or tips that may help? Thanks.

    • Riley
    Reply

    Sunday my friend and I were at the pool, two different pools actually, for about 7 hours. Didnt use sunsceen, I know, stupid. We stayed home from school today because it hurts and itches soo bad. I almost went insane today it hurt so bad. That cooling aloe stuff doesnt not work for me. Lotion does not work for me. Milk doesnt work for me either. All that really worked was a cool shower. I sat in the shower for about three hours just letting the cool water run over me. And I made it warmer every few minutes. I had soap with those exfoiliating beads in it, that helped. And I used my face cleanser on it. It also has those exfoliating beads in it. I wouldnt reccomend sitting in front of a fan. That made me hurt worse. When you get out the shower, (you dont have to be in as long as I was. I just chose to do that, and I fell asleep.), dont use a towel, just sit and air dry. And my sunburn is horrible. I look like a lobster. And I have purple squiglys all over my shoulders and chest. So does my friend. We thinks its sun poisining. And I have blisters. So if you’re going insane because of itchiness, do what I did.

    • Brittney
    Reply

    I got sunburnt yesterday and it was all fine until I took a nap. I woke up and my shoulders hurt…i woke up to realize i looked like a lobster. then i woke up this morning and started developing blisters. at about 7 i checked on them and they had trippled in size. so my friend vinegared me up, that drew out the heat a lot…then we put aloe on it…then i was reading these things on another website that suggested to use palmers stretch mark lotion and it works! it makes the itching go away and the pain is going away too….so is the red!

      • pat
      Reply

      That is the one thing which i thought of when my son got badly burned arms while he wss in a friends garden today, i have some in the house and he can use it tomorrow, i hope it works as well for him and others try it too. I use it to stop my skin drying out and it stops the itching when i have a temperature, it is great for easing that prickly heat feeling.

    • Katie
    Reply

    My ears are burned, so bad. I think I’ll try the cucumber one and strap slices on with a headband.
    Any advice for preventing burning on the scalp? The part in my hair is so red and burning right now, but I don’t want to put sunscreen in my hair…

      • Isabelle
      Reply

      wear a hat

    • Christine
    Reply

    Okay.. next day and most everything we have tried has failed..
    So I stopped by our local store and grabbed a can of cheap shave cream.. Barbasol sells for bout a dollar..
    OMG! Thank you for this tip.. IT REALLY WORKED!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!! My 16 year old is pain free and amazed by this. Not only did it stop the burn for both of us… The redness has lightened dramatically. Awesome advice!

    • Christine
    Reply

    Let me first start by saying, We just moved to Florida from the north… Sunscreen doesn’t work the same here as it does back home…
    It is Mothers Day and I insisted that my four children accompany me to a local beach. (My kids hate the sun) My younger two children were soaked in sunscreen three times and still got a mild burn. The older two and I applied it only once in 3 hours, we are baked.
    I found this site and we tried a few things.. The milk helped for about 10 minutes then began to burn more as it dried. Aloe did the same.. Creamy baby oil had my 16 yr old in tears after 5 minutes.
    So far three things have helped a little more.. The cold tea spray is awesome for temporary relief and mustard (the odd choice) really took away most of the pain. For a short time. Also a neighbor told us to have the kids remove most clothing and drape a light weight bed sheet around them and have them sit around the house. (this really helped as well)
    I guess the only true relief will come in 5 to 7 days when the worse part is over. Good Luck

    • CHRISTAL TIEDEMANN
    Reply

    THIS MAY NOT WORK FOR EVERYONE BUT DONT HURT TO TRY……… I USE 1/2 WATER TO 1/2 VINAGER, YOU SOAK YOUR CLOTH FOR A FEW MINUTES AND THEN WRING IT OUT(NOT DRY, LEAVE SOME WETNESS TO THE CLOTH) AND APPLY THE CLOTH ON YOUR SUNBURN AND U WILL NEED TO REAPPLY A FEW MORE TIMES, IT TAKES THE HEAT OUT OF YOUR BODY.

    • LindaB
    Reply

    I got in our pool Sunday to help my pain from a back injury on Saturday. I seemed the pool water was helping. When I got out of the pool and showered, my upper back was a little tender. Now, two days later, my back, shoulders, neck, and chest have become increasingly painful and reddened. I haven’t slept well for 3 nights. I have been taking Motrin for the back pain anyway. I have literally slept with wet towels on my back. I have literally used 1/2 of a large bottle of aloe vera gel in 2 days. I found a burn spray in my first aid kit and have tried that too. Even spaghetti straps hurt and the pain seems to have intensified over the last two days. Now it even hurts to lift my arm a little or to even gently apply aloe to my neck and shoulders. My husband said it looks like I JUST got burned. It feels like I am continuing to burn from inside instead of healing. I had to go out yesterday and just the heat on top of my shirt made me feel like I was on fire. I need relief…and sleep. I can’t sleep in any position without pain. Please help…

      • Rachel
      Reply

      Hey, I am the same way. I got sunburnt on Monday June, 22nd & it hurt so bad. i took a nice warm shower & it helped. I put aloe on it the next day & it felt amazing. Well than that hurt up until Saturday June, 27th & i slept amazing. Than the next day i went fishing with my neighbors & it started hurting again. I came home & my blisters popped & its been a day since that happened & its so painful. Nothing is helping me. So I just stay inside my cool place & drink LOTS of water & put aloe on it. It stings but as they say “the burns means its working”. It hurts to even lift my arms. So, does ANYONE know what to do with the pain?! i mean i cant even wash my hair :[ i hate it.

        • Taylor
        Reply

        im the same as u guys,i went to a water park with my school and i put the spray sunscreen(which i will never use again)my skin feels very tight and if i lift them they start to burn with pain.it happened 4 days ago and i have to say home from school because it is so bad,i dont get much sleep at night but when i put aloe on it had some relive but once it dried it just hurt more. i dont know what to do.:(

          • Taylor
          Reply

          oh i forgot to say its on my shoulders

    • David
    Reply

    IMMEDIATE RELIEF ONLY:
    Vinegar, mustard, aloe.
    LONGER RELIEF REMEDIES:
    Oatmeal bath, tea bags.

    I have tried a lot of stuff in the past two days.
    Keeping clothes off and anything cool on the burn helps the most. Stay inside and keep the house cool. Stay by a fan or an air conditioner vent.
    I just sprayed solarcaine on my neck and it worked pretty well except its not cold like everything else.

    • Van
    Reply

    I got my first sun burn while going to an airshow yesterday. The day was unexpected sunny and I did not reapply enough sunscreem. My nect, arm and feet are red and itchy (good thing I wear hat, my face is saved but still get a red nose), and sometimes it feel like burning; also got really bad headache this morning. I spray Evian on the area to cool it down today while searching for remedies, I will try the cool tea tonight.

    • Shannyn
    Reply

    Previous posting should have read…***Wipe it off with a COLD wet washcloth.

    • Shannyn
    Reply

    Noxzema…A good friend told me about this a couple of years ago. Apply Noxzema liberally to the burned area. Let it dry, it should start to turn clear when it is dry, then wipe it off gently with a wet washcloth. It is so cool and soothing, it feels great. I normally follow that with some Eucerin lotion and some ibuprophen(i.e.advil) Hope this helps.

    I would not use this remedy on burns with blisters present.

      • Jess
      Reply

      FYI ibprofin is motrin not advil

        • Joe
        Reply

        Check your facts before replying….Both are Ibuprofen

          • Michelle Conti
          Reply

          true. any anti-inflammatory will work wonders…and lots and lots and lots of water!

            • jake p

            Umm guys any basic pain killer/anti-inflammatory is acidamediphine (spelt wrong I know) motrin, asprin, ibprofin, advil; all basically have the same main active drug. Its extracted from willow tree bark, its called all those different names so pharmacutical Co can sell more kinds of painkillers and make more money…. there’s not much of a difference

    • J.F. Kirk
    Reply

    PLEASE stay out of the sun! I am very fair skinned and would always blister and in 2003 had to have a spot removed from my left cheek bone. The report came back for more to be removed and had to go to a specialist that removed more that left a hole and I had to wait for report again. Then 6 days later had to have a plastic surgeon fix the side of my face. He had to cut from below my nose up and around my eye and down the side of face to the bottom of my ear. It was 40+ stitches and I will always be able to see the scar and know the pain. We live on the lake and I have to wear hats, sleeves, use sun screen, stay in shade, etc and no one can believe how WHITE I am living where we do LOL!
    So PLEASE be very careful from someone that knows in Alabama.

    • jo
    Reply

    i decided to take the kids to the pool, they were swimming i was sitting in the sun with a friend with a singlet on i hadnt put sun block on now i am paying the price for that i am red as a lobster and have blisters all over my shoulders and arm can not find anything that will relive the pain and tips

    • z cherry
    Reply

    use Potatoes thay work good

    • Jen
    Reply

    I got sunburned Monday, Sept 1 while out fishing with my hubby. My chest, shoulders, arms and upper back got burned pretty good. By the time I got home and got in the house, I was already red. I did use sunscreen and applied it twice, using SPF 30, but being out on the water and having very fair skin, I should of applied it more often. Anyway, it is now 2 days later and I’m more than willing to try anything to help it. I’ve been using an aloe lotion that is 100% aloe. It hadn’t really been helping so I came looking for something else to try. Today I decided to try the cool Epson Salt bath which I guess was not a good idea as I noticed there were large chunks of skin floating in the water. It was just the thin top layer so it might not be too bad. I thought it was just one arm, but now that I’ve dried off and sit here and look closer, I see it’s everywhere. I know my skin wasn’t blistered before I got in, so I don’t know how I managed to do that.

    A friend of mine had suggested trying a mixture of equal parts of Liquid Benadryl and Maalox. I haven’t tried it yet and am still a little hesitant to as I know that would be one sticky combination! Has anyone else heard about that one maybe?

      • HAL
      Reply

      I know how you feel..that happened to me yesterday and it is SOO painful.

    • Jennifer
    Reply

    My mom says that when I was little my dad sat out all day on my grandma’s porch and got really burnt and that my aunt poured vinegar on the burn and that it hurt really bad. Maybe they don’t make vinegar as strong as they used to but I just put vinegar on my burn from being at the fair all day and once it dries it doesn’t feel any better than before. Tried the aloe vera lotion to, that didn’t really help either. Burn still hurts and it is still warm even though I’ve been out of the sun for about 8 hours.

    • Jessica
    Reply

    I had a garage sale yesterday and got the worst sunburn of my LIFE sitting outside. Ive tried soo much to get rid of the pain. I was digging through my cupboards and found some Bactine.
    It hurt so much when I sprayed it on but within a couple minutes, I felt relief from my burn. I reapply every 30 minutes for continuous relief.

    • yrs
    Reply

    I am 39 and I still think a tan is gorgeous but a little goes a long way. I recently got a tanning bed and you know, 5 minutes is all it takes to get crispy. About 25 years ago my brother and I spent an “open to close” at a new water park and we both burned so bad we had blisters, well apparently 25 years ago, the home remedy for burns was bleach, I don’t think mom had any idea what she was doing, I have scars on the tops of my shoulders (not big ones but you can see them if you look) because of the burns and the rhome remedy that she had. Think twice about home remedies and call your doctor for advice and nothing works as well as NO SUN for burns … no sun equals no burns.
    As for my tanning bed experience, I have slight pinkness and a bit of tinkle on my back from tanning, nothing major but it does say something – 5 minutes is too much!
    Good Luck everyone

    • Jessica
    Reply

    I’m very fair skinned with dark brown hair. I take antibiotics that make me super sensitive to the sun. I wear spf 55 and re-apply like crazy, and my parents insist on me staying out of the sun, but I’m 16 and its summer!
    I tried the hot shower remedy and it worked really well! I’m also going to try putting milk on towels.

    Also to Mary with the 16 year old,
    I also thought being tan was beautiful but there are celebrities who have gorgeous fair skin. Like Nicole Kidman! Her skin is amazing! And it’s all because her mom made her wear sunscreen! πŸ™‚

    • john
    Reply

    i hsve blisters all over my shoulders right now and im going down this list to see what makes it feel better. so far tea bags work somewhat. vinegar is okay. im going to take some advil and drink massive amounts of water in a minute and see if that helps. and that peanut butter idea is getting to me.

      • tara
      Reply

      if you tray the peanut butter let me know. I thought about it but decided it was to messy lol. the cornstarch seem to be helping my legs a little.

    • Sharon & Nick
    Reply

    I know it hurts!! When nothing else worked, not even a trip to the emergency room, aloe vera, oatmeal, Tylenol, Motrin and Hydrocortison spray were no help for my 10 yr old son. I found Benadryl (Grape) and Desenex athlet’s foot powder. sprinkel the powder all over the area and within minutes it relieves the painful itch and liquid benodryl to clam the itch and relax, even sleep.

    • Brooke
    Reply

    IT HURTS!!! I applied sunscreen 3 times in 4 hours and I am burned so bad, the only thing that hurts is my shoulders!! Nothing is working

    • Ben
    Reply

    You should also drink more water than usual to help replenish the water that was lost when you got burned. It will help speed up the healing process, especially if you have blisters. That is what my Dr. told me when I had upper 2nd degree burns a few years ago from being stupid. I didn’t cover my head so my balding spot got really badly burned. she prescribed silver sulfadiazine cream also. that worked wonders, but ruined a few shirts. that is only available by prescription.

      • Melissa
      Reply

      I also had silvadine (sp?) prescribed to me after being in a fire. It works wonders. Wish I had some now. I was on the water for 6 hours, I used SPF 50 and I’m still fried.

    • Ben
    Reply

    I’ve tried the vinigar … doesn’t work any better than cool water. it feel great when wet, but after it dries there is no difference. also just a note for those who have recently moved to the south from the north – cut your normal time exposed in the sun in half and double the number of times you apply sunscreen or you may become a lobster like me.

      • april
      Reply

      i had a bad experience the day before yesturday spent 4 hours at the beach with my boyfriend and we forgot to put on the sunblock that we took with us now we look like lobsters i grew up in ohio and he in georgia and i have never had a burn like this its so painful i can only describe it as my skin feel slike it shrank and i cant move it its hurt to high heaven and i have tried vinegar, tea compresses, and hot showers/baths and none have worked i am extremely fair skinned (red head) and i have no idea what to do next except to try a cool bath with milk and tea bags. Can someone tell me what to do?

        • Lori
        Reply

        I’m a red head too and i dance btw I am 12 and get burnt very easy. Put Solarcaine on it. It really help!(: Hope it helps!!

        • kelly
        Reply

        Find someone that has an actual aloe plant. When I was a little girl my grandparents had one and when I burnt they would sli9ce open the leaf and rub it on. Note it will be slightly sticky and will be smelly but works.

    • Connie
    Reply

    Aloe Feels Great On Burns But Its Cool Feeling Doesnt Last Very Long. I Keep My Aloe In The Fridge… It Makes It 54684 Times Better. Also Tea Feels Great Too. Get A Bowl Of Chilled Tea And Soak A Towel In It. Putting The Towel On The Burn Is Sooo Refreshing… Trust Me I Have Two Small Washcloths On My Shoulders As We Speak.

      • Emmanuel
      Reply

      i’ve got two washcloths on my shoulders as we speak as well
      πŸ˜€

        • Brea
        Reply

        I’ve got a washcloth on my chest as I’m reading these too πŸ˜›

        • Mango
        Reply

        me too. If you soak the cloths in fresh honey from a hive and mix wit green tea it really soothes the burn.

    • jm
    Reply

    a word to those young people who think tan is good,,, my friend just had three suspect “moles” removed and two were pre-cancerous. burning is NOT cool,,,
    stay protected and live longer,,

    • Kyle
    Reply

    I have been burned very bad once while snow boarding. I had blisters all over my face and it was very painful, i could hardly move my face! The only thing that healed me fast and soothed my skin at the same time was the juicy center of an aloe plant. The reason being is that they have many of the proteins and minerals that you lose when you burn. The plant helps regenerate your skin when damaged, even though it is not a pleasant scent it will get the job done! Also, hot or warm showers open pores in your skin to help release some of the heat. Have you ever felt hot skin when burt? You should most of the time. Taking a shower as hot as you can stand it helps prevent the next day pain. After the shower when your pores are still open cool air will get trapped in your pores. When all dried up and cooled down put a moisturizer on skin to start the healing process of the burn.

    • Chris
    Reply

    You should be really careful not to use products that will trap the heat in while the burn is still hot… Oils, in particular, and lotions aren’t going to help. Also, cooling aloe has alcohol in it which dries out the skin and will increase peeling. Believe me.

    I wear sunblock daily but today I spent 6 hours at the pool and apparently my every day sunscreen isn’t waterproof. I look like a Maine lobster — cucumbers and tea baths, though, are amazing.

      • Anthony
      Reply

      Actually Chris lotions will help alot because a large part of keeping the sting out of a sunburn is keeping the affected areas hydrated. A good way to do so is drink a lot of water(at least 4-8 litres a day) and use plenty of lotion that has moisturizing qualities… (baby lotion works well) Although i do not recommend going out in the sun with it on.

      • April
      Reply

      Oils will make it worse for the first week or so. Moisture is important though!! Cool compresses (tea, potatoes, cucumbers, old fashioned wet washcloths/cotton shirts) will cool the skin (important) and make you feel better. When you take them off, though, apply a good oil-free lotion to lock in the moisture. Just mixing a little glycerin (ask the pharmacy where they keep it–tiny brown bottle) and water to make your own will work just fine. To bathe, skip soaps, etc. Use a non-lathering cleanser like Cetaphil liquid or just use a tub full of cool water and baking soda and rub GENTLY! You will get clean enough. Then use the oil free lotion WITHOUT drying off with a towel. Just stand and drip dry while you apply the lotion.

      • Diane
      Reply

      It has been years since I have had a sunburn. I either cover up, stay pout of the sun, or use sunscreen. Well today I wanted to mow the lawn while the dogs were at the groomer…thought it is pretty cool out…not real sunny. Stayed way to long. My arms are burned somewhat. Everyone has their ideas. Chris you are right about any oil based whatever…until the heat is gone from the skin. It would be like heating up a skillet and adding butter…the heat will sort of cook your skin. Now I have big issues with the sun. I will start itching and blister if I scratch any at all. I am alergic to Antihistamines…and the sun. If you are trying to get the heat off your skin keep squirting it with cool water let it evaporate and do it again. It will help the heat leave your body. This is the same thing that sweat does…Which I do very little of. The main thing is to get the heat off so you stop cooking. Then moisturize…the “Cucumber” Zucchini is what I had helped. Oh yeah I also have psoriasis…WHAT WAS I THINKING!!! Well thank you for all the ideas…stay safe all.

    • Ashley
    Reply

    i use the aloe and take luke-warm baths and sit in front of a fan. all i have worn is speghatti stap tshirts and tank tops b/c it’s only on my face and shoulders. i got burnt at the river on sunday then on tuesday i got burnt at the pool so i have 2 burns on top of each other.

    i use the spray aloe and shake it up and spray it on my hand then rub it on my burn…don’t rub it in…let it sit there!

    then on my face i use hte aloe plant. especially on my nose and forehead.

    i blistered and then it peeled off now my skin is like scabing over and on my nose it is peeled and…..DONT PUT MAKE-UP ON…b/c you can see every crease and bump from the blisters….

    but just keep aloe on it and take luke-warm baths and sit in front of a fan.

    i also sleep with a fan in front of me and if i get cold i cover up all the way up until my burn and i try not to lay on my side and everything so do waht helps you….

    -AMBK-

    • GlennD
    Reply

    stay out of the sun πŸ™‚

    • sheila
    Reply

    I know you will think I’m crazy, but I got burnt really bad on my chest. It was soooo painful. We tried everything, and finally my Mom said hey there is Vagesil in my bag lets try it. It is supposed to stop itching and pain! Guess what it did!Try it!

    • Brittney
    Reply

    well im only 12 and i went to the lake with my friend this past weekend and got super sun burnt i have no clue how i got so burnt i mean we were there for 3 hours yea but i applied sun screen twice i dont know what to do to get rid of it asap i want to still be tan but get the lobster look gone the sad thing is i was the one in the group who got the least burnt my friends mom stared turning bright red as soon as we got home i didnt start showing until this morning i need help i think im going to try milk ive heard that works the best and alot of my friends use it so ill see if it works

    • Ashley
    Reply

    DR. PEPPER WORKS SOOOOOOO GOOD.

    Mix 3 cups of Dr.Pepper with 1 cup of milk in a cool bath.

    • Billie C
    Reply

    I’ve used tea before.. it really works. If you know your going to be out in the sun. take an asprin. It helps reduce how badly you will burn.

    • Whitney
    Reply

    Use potatoes. Peel the Skin off then take peels of the inside and lay on the burn. Let it sit for 20 min. then peel off. put a cool towel on for 3 min. then add aloe. don’t use anything with Lidocane in it.

    • Holly
    Reply

    Use Florida water. Dab on skin or for severe burns poor on area. You can buy Florida water at you pharmacy.

    • Jordan
    Reply

    peanut butter…

    smooth it on to the worst areas.

    It seems rather gross, but it works, for me atleast

    • kelsey
    Reply

    so i was at the beach and applying spray sunscreen (that apparently wore off quickly) and we were there for about 3 hours. i re-applyed this about 2 more times. when i got home and took a shower i realized i was REALLY burnt!! so i would recomend using the old fashioned sunscreen!!

      • Tracie
      Reply

      Thank you, went to six flags, kept putting this spray sunscreen with spf 30. I am burned really, really bad. You can smell the rubbing alcohol in it, that is surely what makes you burn. I know they are trying to make a spray but adding too much rubbing alcohol is worse than having no sunscreen at all. They need to pull that stuff from the shelf before someone trusts it too much the first time and gets seriously injured.

        • Polly
        Reply

        I have 3 fair children and have to agree, the spray sunscreen in junk. The oldfashion sunscreen is best. Also avoid direct sun during the burning hours,10a-2p. Of course you can burn at other times, but those are the worse.

          • Michelle
          Reply

          I always use the spray on both myself and my kids, we have never had a problem. as long as you watch when you apply it and make sure that it covers the skin and the wind doesn’t just redirect it, it does work

          • Lori
          Reply

          I have 2 fair skinned children we always put the oldfashioned sunscreen then put spray sunscreen. We have had nearly any problems.

        • Jessica
        Reply

        I’m glad to know it’s not just me. I had the pharmacist help me pick out a sunscreen. Water Babies SPF 50,but I got the spray. All of my kids are fine, I am the one with the bad sunburn. Of course, I am the most fair skinned. I will NEVER by the spray again!!!

          • Riliy
          Reply

          i alwase put on sun screen when i go to the lake or to the pool. i still burn! do you know anything that will help take away the burn

    • vickie
    Reply

    MEDICALLY SPEAKING ASPIRIN IS SO HELPFUL AS IT REDUCES FEVER AND PAIN FROM A SUNBURN .. HOPE THIS HELPS YOU ALL .. ALSO TO YOUR BATH add one cup whole millk ..

    • Roxy
    Reply

    A doctor told me to use conditioner on sunburn….yes yes the same you use on your hair and believe it or not…it WORKS!!! It soothes the burn and you wont peel but tan – but remember the secret to staying young is sunscreen (some advice from my beautician)

      • Jayme
      Reply

      How long do you leave it on before you wash it off?

      • sandra
      Reply

      I tried the conditioner and it does not work. It made my skin really tight and I could not even get comfortable in bed to sleep. It did not feel better. It made it worse!

    • Mia
    Reply

    This tip sound crazy, but it really works! I’m very fair, so if I burn, I hurt and then peel (but never tan). That is, until someone told me to do this…

    Take a hot shower. Start with the water cool (if you can’t handle jumping straight into the hot water) and slowly bring the temperature up until it’s at least as hot as you would have it on unburnt skin.

    It hurts like $%^& when you do it, but the burn heals fast, without peeling. Not only does this stop it hurting, but it makes the skin tan.

    But the best treatment of course, is prevention…45+spf at all times.

      • Melanie
      Reply

      My dad also told me about taking a hot shower and your right it does hurt but only once then no more pain and itching

        • lawrence
        Reply

        I tried this……didn’t work for me…also tried the tea and also didnt make much difference.

          • jay kay
          Reply

          My aunt told me about this trick and i tried it recently, but unfortunately didn’t work for me either. the sunburn still hurt after the shower and now i am going crazy with the itching.

            • Tina

            The Shower will only work if you stay in it til the sting is totally gone. They weren’t kidding when they said it hurts like @#!! it does but it works better than anything I have ever tried…depending on the burn you maybe in the shower for up to 45 minutes ….Start at cool and work your way as hot as you can stand it….then step away from water in shower and then back in til sting is all gone long process but benefits are soooo relieving!!!

            • Nurse72

            Try cortizone cream to the itchy skin and take 2 benadryl and 4 ibuprofen. Have someone apply cortizone and keep rubbing, may take about 10-15 min to get relief but it helped my son.

          • Jennifer
          Reply

          @ Lawerence,,
          You have to stand in the HOT as you can possibly stand. for this to really work and What I do is.. I stand in the shower until the sting is out of the sun burn on one shoulder and then I put the hot water to the other shoulder. and I repeat this for about 20 mins. When I am ready to get out of the shower then I feel 75 percent better and I can do things with out it hurting so bad. The sun burn will last about 4 days of you do this everyday. It really does work..

        • katie
        Reply

        a few years back i got an awful burn from no sunscreen and swimming for 5 hours on a day where the temperature was in the 100’s and the hot shower worked wonders. i was so tan and pain free. but this year i was out for maybe 2 hours and the burn isnt nearly as bad but the hot shower didn’t work and its ITCHING like crazy. the aloe isn’t helping and baths hot or cold are just making it worse! and i cant sleep because it hurts to much to lay down. i think i’m dying!

          • Heidi
          Reply

          I am with you there! I just got out of the shower, and it hurt like !@#$. Didn’t help and here it is almost 3 a.m and I can’t sleep for the pain is to bad! Does the vinegar really work?

            • Cheyenne

            The vinegar only works if you use it on the same day you recieved the burn. It works wonders, but again only during the day you recieved the burn. I have an extremely terrible sunburn and it hurts like $#!+. Unfortunately, I found that the burns on my chest are third degree, and will possibly leave scars.. Yet the best remedy so far is a frozen gel pack. It immediatley relieves the pain (thank goodness) and removes the heat from the burn, letting the burn heal. It works on the most terrible sunburns, so I’m guessing it should work on mild ones as well.

            • makenzi Ries

            So i got really burned this weekend cause i was boating with family and, stayed outside for 6 hours and, now i am red ike a cherry and, have blisters and, they hurt so bad so i called ASK-A-NURSE and, i did and, she said Vinegar is the worst thing you can use cause it cause blisters to pop and, get infected and, hurt and, NOXZEMA if you ever heard of that is another bad thin g cause it traps in the heat and, she suggested. USE COLD!!! Alo and, put a cold towel or shirt that is wet and, cold over the burned and, blistered spot and, if your blisters do pop then youj would want put anti-bacterial on it and, clip off the dead skin But, DONT USE VINEGAR..

          • Jennifer
          Reply

          i so understand. about 4 years ago i was out for 6 hours at the beach with nothing on, it was cloudy, and we didn’t think about it. the hot shower was amazing. Now i’m sunburned not as bad, and i’m in so much pain, the shower isn’t working this time. So i’m here looking for other stuff to try.

            • makenzi Ries

            USE COLD!!! Alo and, put a cold towel or shirt that is wet and, cold over the burned and, blistered spot and, if your blisters do pop then youj would want put anti-bacterial on it and, clip off the dead skin But, DONT USE VINEGAR..

            • Jeff

            I was out working yesterday and got burnt bad I ussualy get burnt but not as bad as I did this time I’ve got bubbles on my shoulders and hurts like a b”@&$ I went and got some mint tea and took a 15 min bath with 6 tea bags and hot water it helps a lot !!!!!!!!!

      • Shayna
      Reply

      I got a full body sunburn from being at the ocean all day. That night I went into a hot tub, and it hurt so bad! but once I was in and the jets were on, I was seriously pain free. I was able to sleep very well that night.

        • Lil
        Reply

        I swear by the hot tub thing It draws the heat out and you dont peel. also the tea bags soak them and then rub them all over your sunburn.

      • Tim
      Reply

      Thank you for posting the hot shower comment for sunburn, I thought I was the only one who did this. It isn’t very pleasant at first but it’s better than sunburn, and I get used to the heat and can turn the water up hotter than I normally use it when showering. Everybody thinks I’m crazy when I tell them to do this. What I think happens it the hot water forces some moisture into the affected skin by making the pores open. Cold water makes the pores close (goosebumps)also tightening the affected area. I think the secret is just getting moisture into the burned skin.

        • Kieth
        Reply

        Does it work the same way if you wait a day?
        I tried it and got a little relief but it came back after a little while.

          • Kieth
          Reply

          Also, does it have to be a shower? Can I take bath? Thanks!

      • angel
      Reply

      Is this supposed to help burns heal faster or is it to help prevent?

        • Amy
        Reply

        it helps take the sting out after you have already burned. may not help it heal faster, but makes it a bit more comfortable. for some people that is…

          • Kieth
          Reply

          I burned myself after being out in the sun. I am taking medication that increases my sensitivity to light. Tried the hot shower method and you were right it stung to put it lightly. It worked for a little while but the itch came back. any suggestions? Maybe my water wasnt hot enough?

      • Michelle Conti
      Reply

      I do this every single time that I am stupid and don’t put enough sunscreen on. I seems to draw the heat to the surface of your skin and it relieves the pain. It always seems to help me out!

      • Jessie
      Reply

      I used to be a tanning junkie, but never burnt. Well I just had a baby boy a month ago and thought it would be safe to start tanning a little; I was very wrong, I now know how painful a burn can be and was very lost on what to do to help the pain. I found your hot shower tip to be a god send!!! I can move with ease now thank you!!!!

        • Michelle
        Reply

        I have always tanned without burning…I have recently started going to a tanning bed(after 5 years of no tanning…) and am in so much pain… gonna give the hot bath a try…

      • Amy
      Reply

      in my experience, this has worked very well when i am only slightly burned. right now, i am suffering a pretty severe burn (no blisters but close). tortured myself through this, and well, it didn’t work. but as i said, when i am only slightly red, this works great. burns like fire but after that, the sting is gone and i am able to function normally.

      • Jessi
      Reply

      is this supposed to be affective right away? cause my skin is way more tighter than before my hot shower and i am in much more pain than before

      • W.W., RN, EMT-B, FF1
      Reply

      The reason why this works is that your body produces “histamine” in response to the burn(or many other insults to your skin/body). The histamine is what causes it to itch. When you keep under the hot water(usually as hot as you can stand without burning yourself) then the body releases the histamine and it is sweat out of the body. It takes your body 6-8 hours to make new histamine, therefore, you have hours of itch relief. The trick is staying in the hot water long enough to do this! If you don’t it can often make it worse. By far, the best cure is prevention! Stay safe!

      • Nicole
      Reply

      i also am VERY fair skinned and only tan in tannin beds but this one did work for me but only if u always apply baby oil after the hot shower to keep the moisture in!

      • Lexie
      Reply

      I laid out by the beach for 5 hours with no sunblock, stupid i know, and got a bright pink burn all over my stomach and back. this was two days ago.This morning i woke up and it felt like the heat was gone but it still hurt really bad anytime i moved.

      I tried the hot shower and got the water temp up as high as it would go for 40 minutes, now my skin feels tight and even itchier then before and its radiating heat again.
      Oh wells i hope it works for some of you but it didn’t work for me

      • Jenn
      Reply

      THANK YOU! I don’t know how many different things I tried (that didn’t work) before I stumbled on your tip on the internet. It definitely hurt as much as you said that it would, but it was 100% worth it! I can still feel the warmth/tingling of the sunburn, but I can move without crying and there is virtually NO pain. I wish I had tried this first! Thank you again! I really cannot thank you enough!

      • Faith
      Reply

      Do not do this!!! Ever ever ever!! Yes it’s true that a hot shower will take the pain away, but this is because it is literally killing your nerve endings! This is so bad for you! It’s like boiling something that has already been baked! Never take hot showers after a bad burn! I almost made that mistake, but a friends who is a nurse warned me.. Tea bath works wonders!! Takes the pain, and the redness away!

      • Kim
      Reply

      Do not ever do this no matter if you want to be tanned or not you are just cooking the skin even more and increasing the pain to about triple of what you would normally get!!

    • Jason
    Reply

    I went out to the lake this weekend, and with all my medication I take, the sun affects me just a little more then others. I put on sunscreen, but it must of wore off within the hours I was out there. Now, my back is covered in Blisters that are extreamly painful. I tried the aloe, and nothing seems to work, so I tried a few of the remeedys here, including the oatmeal bath, and the tea bag bath. It works great. I feel so much better.

      • Victoria
      Reply

      You need to reapply sun block at least every 1 hour to 1 & 1/2 hour. Also may need a stronger block, 15 spf does nothing compared to 75 spf.

        • missy
        Reply

        i used spf 100 yesterday and burnt πŸ™

      • Ashley
      Reply

      I’ve actually been told that I’m allergic to the sun…so I feel ya on how the sun affects you differently! At Walmart or Wallgreens, they have the Neutrogena (if that’s spelled right..lol) SPF 100 and SPF 110! They at the only two places that I have found that has SPF that high. I just got back from a week at the beach and I didn’t burn as badly as I usually do, but I did still have to reapply. Unfortunately, I still have blisters, but not nearly as bad as previous occurrences. It is a little more expensive than other SPF lotions, but worth the big spending!

        • Becky Ampuero
        Reply

        I am allergic to the sun too but it isn’t as bad as when I was younger. I got sun poisoning once. I cannot stand anything very cold on a sunburn and I believe if you are getting cold enough to shiver you will cause “goose bumps” which is the skin’s way of CONSERVING HEAT – not the answer to a sunburn. I have been trying vinegar and water – I bought some aloe with lidocain and I swear it made it hurt more! I am just red, no blisters, so I am hydrating and lying in front of a fan and every so often I apply water/vinegar by dipping a washcloth in it and wringing it out, then laying it gently on the burns, the repeat on another area – it seems to be helping some. I just bought some Noxema, so I will be trying that. SO STUPID to go to the beach – 75 spf might as well have been water. πŸ™

    • Mary
    Reply

    Tea bags work. As does the aleo and baking soda spray bottle. What a freat site with great money saving ideas. thanks

    • Mary
    Reply

    My 16 yr old is very fair complected. Yet insists being tan is healthy. I explained to her that her skin is prone to burns. Yet, today she can’t get out of bed as a result of no sunblock worn at an amusement park in the hot sun of Kansas. I used the aloe, tea bags and it is helping. I wish the media would promote fair skin as beautiful, and not skin cancer! My sister worshipped the sun as a teen and as a adult. She is now 55 and looks like a prune. A pretty prune, but alas, still a prune.

      • vicky
      Reply

      All of the remedies work to an extent but I have worn sun block and reapplied hourly to be sure to not burn, yet i still do! I’ve been biopsies several times now for skin cancer! the itch that goes with the most recent sunburn is the killer for me! I have applied lotion and aloe and it’s not stopping the itch…..

        • Lacey
        Reply

        I feel your pain on nothing helps. This is not the first time that I have gotten a severe sunburn. When I was younger, butter was the only thing that helped. Now with this one, nothing did. I tried: sunburn regenerating lotion (helped for 15 mins), then went to aloe vera, to smashed Cheerio’s in lukewarm bath (helped for 10 mins) to shaving cream, burn cream, instant spray on pain releif, cold milk on wash cloth, poison cream. Finally when my hubby was ready to take me to ER, at this point I had been shaking for 2 hours from pain, he poured warm water on my back to clean me up. Instant helper! I ended up taking a very warm shower & some benadryl. Now I am fine! (This was half hour ago) That sucked!

          • Constance
          Reply

          When itching is involved with a sunburn my mom always used an old family remedy meat tenderizer. I know it sounds funny but mix it with some water and apply to your skin and the itch will go away. It works for rashes as well.

            • April Marie

            I am very fair complected as well. I don’t care if I apply sunscreen every half hour, I still burn… I usually do the aloe with mint and take tylenol and lots of luke warm baths.. the baths seem to the best for me. Granted I shake like crazy afterwards but it is well worth the pain going away for a little bit..

            • Cheryl

            Meat tenderizer contains papaya enzyme that also works for jellyfish stings.

        • Nicole
        Reply

        i also use sunblock and since i am so fair skinned i always get sunburn.. i cant even go out side for more than 2 hours without gettin sunburned…so for the itch i use cortizone 10 and after that i use baby oil with vitemin E and aloe!! it works wonders!! try it

        • Brittany
        Reply

        The best thing I’ve found is to use a cold wet washcloth (wrung out) and lay it on the affected areas. If you leave it on for long enough, your sunburn will stop hurting. It will literally draw the heat out of the burn. I use it all the time.

          • ashley
          Reply

          i am in the middle of being sunburnt from a beach day with my dad. By time the sun block got passed from my kids to our friends kids then to me it was empty. So i suffered the consequences of not having back up. At the beggining the pain was unberrible and come to fine out, from the purpule blotches all over my back i had sun poisoning. I put aloe vera on in the beggining although the pain of it rubbin on my back made me cry i kne something had to be done and didnt know and remedies. So now im blisstering up pretty badly. Here it is thursday and a wedding to be in saturday; boy what cute maid of honor i will be lol. However i keep a spray bottle full of cool water and spray it on me to keep moist and its so relaxing. The pain goes away with the water on me almost every 5 seconds lol. And i stay near a fan bc the air also feels great. I learnt (after i got the blisters) that you do not want to sweat because the sweat causes blisters and it has no where to escape. So try to not sweat. Hopefully there will b no next time but if there ever is i will no to stay indoors and to try keeping the sweating down.

        • angel
        Reply

        Honey and a luke warm shower or bath.

      • Shelby
      Reply

      I agree with you. I am the same way. the only way i tan is to go buy a spray tan of sorts but I love my pale skin. Granted i don’t have the blond hair and blue eyes associated with it, I have dark hair and brown eyes and pale as can be. I pink in 15 minutes of unprotected sun exposure. I’m almost twenty and have to be careful with the sun and my pale skin. They really should advertise fair skin being just as beautiful as a tan.

        • kelly
        Reply

        I am a redhead with a very fair complexion and sunscreen does nothing for me I still burn unfortunately I even burn through regular clothing and tinted windows but I have found that sports and outdoor stores have clothing with spf already in them that combined with sun screen helps greatly. I would love for the media to portray fair skin as beautiful. I have a little girl that can tan and I still make her wear sun screen please don’t think just because you can TAN means you won’t develop skin cancer. Also florida isn’t kind to fair skinned people. I use to do a lukewarm bath with tea then air dry and split an aloe leaf and put it on. Now I take a shower as I can stand it use tea compresses and then use aloe with lidocaine (not sure if I spelt that right) there is a great gel called ocean potion it’s made by banana boat and is more comfortable than the green one also store in fridge for more relief

    • Jessica
    Reply

    ALWAYS WEAR SUNSCREEN!!! BUT IF I HAPPENS THAT YOU DO GET BURNT IMMEDIATLY APPLY ALOE VERA ON THE BURNS AND AS SOON AS POSSIBLE USE COLD COMPRESSES AND COOL TEA BATHS!! IT WORKS FOR ME SO TRY IT AND LET ME KNOW!!!

      • Amanda
      Reply

      What kind of tea packs do you use?

        • bethany
        Reply

        i used some orange pekoe & mint tea:)

      • Brandie
      Reply

      aloe vera will not help if you don’t first draw the heat out of a burn. Aloe will trap in the heat and the burn will heal slowly.

        • suni
        Reply

        how do you get the heat out?

          • kevin
          Reply

          in order to get the burn out you can try and soak in a hot bath for 15-20 min as hot as you can stand it will open your pours and release the heat vapor then use the aloe vera to heal

            • Laura

            Never use heat to untrap heat! That’s the worst thing you can do!!!!!!! Using solarcaine or tea to cool down is way better. Best reccomendation is to use burn cream or gel to remove heat

            • sherrie

            my father was in the ambulance service, when i was a child i got badly sunburnt, he put hot towels on my sunburn then rub unvita (wrong spelling)- it is a fish oil cream and it stinks, but it worked well and i have never been burnt as bad since,i now go brown, if i am silly enough to get caught out in the sun without protection.

            • Bree Gillespie

            I got severely burned outside in the sun, and am very fair skinned to start. i TOOK A SUPER HOT shower trying to fight fire with fire and ended up at the ER with 2nd degree burns and blistering! The dr said that was the dumbest thing i could have done! DO NOT DO THIS EVER!!!! If it’ that bad go to the ER to start with

          • Michelle
          Reply

          I burn every summer I know it’s bad, I am VERY fair skinned. the best relief of the pain and burn is to take a bath with Luke warm water and 2 cups of baking soda! Then air dry ur body no towel, you dint want to wipe the baking soda off it soothes the skin and takes the burn out!

            • Julia

            How long do you sit in the bath?

            • R.kenny

            15-20 min

        • Jess
        Reply

        I’m from Australia! Born & raised on Queenslands Sunshine Coast :-). So because we spend our lives on the beach & surfing almost everyday we have a few sunburn remedies we use when we forget the sunscreen!.. Firstly you need to stop the burning, usually for us that means cold showers as soon as you realise you’re burnt! If you don’t stop the heat straight away you will continue to burn! Then the after sun spray, usually with green tea & aloe vera, just keep applying it as soon as its dried add another layer. Have a hot shower before bed it will hurt like a mother to begin with but once the burn start to stop hurting begin turning the cold water up until you have it at cold! The heat will open the pores and the cold will soothe the burns, once out the shower air dry (sit on ya bed naked for 20mins with a fan or air con on) once dry start with the after sun spray again, continue the spray until you go to sleep, when you wake up the sunburns will either have turned to a tan or it will almost be gone. Never takes longer than 2days for the sunburn to be gone! πŸ˜€

      • Hanna
      Reply

      I know i need to wear it more! My mom got very mad at me when i did not wear it when i went tanning with my friends!!!! tea is so soothing!!! I RECOMMEND
      IT!!!!

        • Sandstorm
        Reply

        I went swimming at a big party from like 9 AM to like 2 pM and i got sunburned really red but no blisters and its so red and it hurts bad too and i cant move the top halef of my body perfectly, etc. and i need a very effective way to get rid of it-FAST. pls anything i will try!

          • angel
          Reply

          try honey. then a luke warm shower or bath. also ruba few cut up raw potatoes. It works!!!

    • Teresa Jarman
    Reply

    Just an added note to the tea thing for sunburn. When I and my sisters were little many many years ago, we were all severely sunburned the community pool (before sun screen was invented). My dad used all of his white t-shirts and soaked them in ice tea and laid them on our little burnt backs and shoulders…how soothing that was!!!!

      • Brenna
      Reply

      Advil PM helps if you want to get some sleep and need pain relief.

      • Izzy
      Reply

      No matter what you do.. Do NOT put foundation on your burn ! I did because I looked like a lobster and I didn’t want my bf to laugh at me. It just makes it redder and more painful ! It makes the burn hurt more too. I have very fair skin so I always burn. I use aloe and take cool baths. Sometimes hot baths work too !

      • amber
      Reply

      It really worked ???..I got a burn now n it hurts so much I cant move

        • angel
        Reply

        I would try honey. Just plain honey, softly rub that on your skin, then wait about fifteen minutes then take a luke warm shower. It really releives the pain. I tried that and it worked tremendously!! And you might want to cut up a raw potatoe to lightly rub afterwards.

      • Heidi
      Reply

      My 15 yr old son is in agony. He is 5 days into a bad sunburn on his back that gave him blisters on his shoulders. He has been suffering, but now the pain is worsening as it is peeling. My husband made some iced tea-plain, & put a thick towel in it & laid it on my son’s back. The first application was on too thin a towel, & it dried out. He was hurting so bad that he hurt to breathe. He is now on the 4th rewetting of the towel & is feeling so much better. At bedtime, will put some 1% hydrocortisone cream on it for the night. Tea really does help.

        • JennJennPA
        Reply

        if you have blisters and extreme pain touched with fatigue you need to give water and gatorade and see a doc blisters are a sign of SECOND DEGREE BURNS and POSSIBLE SUN POISONING. do not let them go back into the sun for 1-2 weeks and find an after gel that contains aloe, vitamin e, and LIDOCAINE, aloe is soothing but lidocaine is a pain reliever. and will help most. if you get burned and literally wanna curl up in bed and not move and sleep and not have an appetite and are having bad chills you need to see a doc asap.

          • Jenna
          Reply

          GET THAT CHILD TO THE ER NOW! Please!
          ~from a retired registered nurse

          • Shelly
          Reply

          I am feeling this pain with you right now. My 13 y/o, even though he was told about his sunscreen several time-“forgot” to use it. He spent the weekend with a friend in their salt water pool and he came home burnt. Each day it seems to get worse and now, 4 days in he can’t straighten out his arms, he has blisters on his shoulders, and he screamed as I literally forced him to be still while I applied Noxema. We have also done Lanacain and oral pain meds. Tonight, he couldn’t lay down-his entire back, shoulders, and the top part of his chest are SO red. I had to wake my husband up and we had to work as a team to get him in a position where he could just fall forward onto the pillows and get laid down. He is resting now-I have stayed awake just staring at him the last hour. I’m heart-broken because I NEVER realized a sunburn could get SO severe. I had to go into the bathroom and get my tears out after he went to sleep. I feel like such a horrific mother-in the past 2 months he has gotten poison ivy-TWICE, once in his eyes and now this sunburn. He said he can’t understand why he is the one that always gets hurt. *sigh* I feel the same. For one thing-he is blonde hair, blue eyes, and VERY pale-that’s his primary downfall.Well, will probably try a doc tomorrow, the weekend is tough and I’m not sure what they can do if I’m doing almost everything that’s been recommended. Also, not trying to undermine his pain AT ALL, but he is very spoiled and he tends to be a little dramatic so I hope and pray all this severe screaming isn’t the true level of his pain. i feel like a terrible parent. Welcome to summer, guys and gals!

            • Lisa

            Shelly-you could be describing my son. I was up half the night with him and he slept sitting up, leaned forward on the couch what little he did sleep. He said the exact same thing about being the one always ‘hurt’. I we used vinegar on brown paper bags 4 times last night to get him some relief to sleep. It really seemed to help at least for a little while.

        • Linda
        Reply

        I am a R.N. I hope you have taken your son to see a Dr. don’t hesitate.

      • Kat
      Reply

      My son took his shirt off during a sail boat race and did not put on sunscreen and burnt his shoulders and arms. The ibeprophan, vinager and strong tea applied directly to the sunburn took away the pain. We have a fan blowing on him as he falls a sleep.

        • Cbaby
        Reply

        Yesterday I was out in the sun trying to get a base tan so I wouldn’t burn as easily when I went camping that weekend, My plan back fired and I was lobster red! First i took some vitamin e and d and drank as much water as i could then I had a cold bath for 40min with 8 tea bags in the water and used a soaked cloth to rest on places that were not submerged. (it was pretty cold, i was shivering) After I got out and air dried, applied some aloe Vera pretty thick, then used my blender to mix up cucumber, a little water and a little aloe, mixed it very very well, put it in a spray bottle and sprayed it on me. I sprayed it all over most of my burnt areas and re-applied when it dried. (i did that for about an hour)and layed in front of a fan with the worst burns facing it… I woke up this morning and the areas I used the spray on are almost a tan! You can still see a good amount of redness in some areas that were harder to spray or that I was laying on while I slept. Worked great for me, hopes this helps

      • Paul
      Reply

      I was out motorcycle riding today in a short sleeve shirt and burned my arms pretty bad. I put some skin creme before I went to bed. It didn’t help the pain much but I figured if I could get to sleep it would probably feel better in the morning. Well, I woke up about 2am in alot of pain and my arms were so red they were almost purple.
      As I sat here trying to find some relief, I remembered an email that I had recieved last year sometime. It recommended using egg whites on the burn so here is what I tried: crack one egg or more if needed into a small bowl and remove the yolk. I then used a small paint brush an painted my arms with the egg whites. Since I had gotten the eggs out of the refer it cooled it off right away. It felt soooo good.
      As I sit here writing this post the egg has completley dried and the pain has gone away.
      If I remmember correctly, It has something to do with the natural enzymes in the egg but whatever it is it really works.
      Good luck.

        • angel
        Reply

        Im wondering why my little sisters eyes are a little puffy. We tried a bunch of things.

          • Kim
          Reply

          You should take her to see a doctor ASAP.

        • kinks
        Reply

        i would just like to advise anyone out on motorcycles, safety gear does not allow sunburn to happen as its coverage to protect yourself from injury nicely stops sunburn too as im sure sliding down a road removing your skin hurts twice as much as sunburn and cant be cured by egg white

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