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8 Ways to Treat Sunburn at Home

Home remedies for sunburn

Summer season is the time to head outside and absorb the sunlight. But along with the all those hours spent outdoors during the summer season, there often comes one unwanted and inevitable thing: sunburn. Fortunately for all of us, there are lots of household items you can use to cool the burning, itching, and peeling that come with damage from the sun.

Keep reading to know about home remedies that can help heal and soothe your skin.

Cool water

Sunburn, primarily, is an inflammation of the skin. One of the easiest ways to treat inflammation is to cool down the affected area. An effective way to immediately relieve sunburn, even while you’re still outside, is to hop in the water, whether it’s an ocean, lake, or stream. Dipping in and out throughout the day can help keep sunburn from worsening. Be cautious of pools, as chlorinated water can irritate the skin more. You should also avoid direct application of ice. Although it may look captivating when your skin is burning, it could actually cause even more damage to your extra sensitive sunburned skin.

You can also try popping in the bath to help cool and soothe your skin.

Baking soda and oatmeal

Putting a few full tablespoons of baking soda into a bathtub full of cool water and soaking for about 15 to 20 minutes helps reduce sun damage. Adding a cup of oats to the bath also soothes irritation and helps the skin retain its natural moisture.

Don’t scrub your skin, either in the bath or after getting out. Dab yourself dry with a soft towel — don’t rub.

Aloe vera

If you don’t have an aloe vera plant in your house, you should plant it. The gel inside this succulent plant has been used for many years for all types of ailments, from upset stomachs to kidney infections. It relieves the sunburn and most commonly found over the counter.

Breaking off a chunk of the plant and applying the gel directly to the skin provides immediate, soothing relief from the sting of minor sunburn. If you can’t get your hands on a plant, try a 100 percent aloe vera gel (not an aloe-based lotion or ointment). You can find these gels in most pharmacies.

Chamomile tea

Chamomile tea can be soothing to your spirit, but it can also soothe your sunburned and damaged skin. Brew the tea as you Generally would and let it cool. When it’s ready, soak a washcloth in it and apply it to the affected area.

If you are allergic to pollen, you shouldn’t try this treatment. It may lead to an allergic reaction in your skin.

Vinegar

Opinions are mixed about using vinegar for sunburn relief. Some sources say adding two cups of vinegar to cool bath water can help you relieve that sunburn, while others say the high acidity in vinegar worsen your condition. If you haven’t tried the treatment before on smaller, lighter sunburns, it’s best not to try it for larger, more severe burns.

Wear loose clothing

As your skin is repairing itself, always try to wear clothing that doesn’t stick to your skin. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, so it’s best to give it some space to breathe as it heals from a large traumatic episode like sunburn. Natural fibers, such as cotton or bamboo, make for the best post-sunburn coverings.

Drink lots of water

As your skin is fighting the damage from the sun’s rays, it requires moisture that it lost during your time out in the sun. If you aren’t already drinking required amount of water a day, an unpleasant sunburn should be reason enough to get you to start doing so.

Don’t forget the moisturizer

After the initial treatment, you skin will still need some tender loving care. One of the most essential things you can do to prevent skin from peeling — or at least keep it to a minimum — is to regularly apply moisturizer to the affected areas. Use scent- and dye-free moisturizer which is marketed for “sensitive skin” ,to minimize your skin irritation.

Get more information

Stay hydrated, keep cool, and if the sunburn is very painful, you can take some pain relievers such as ibuprofen. You should also make sure you stay covered up next time you go outside so your sunburn isn’t exposed to even more sun. Call a doctor if a sunburn causes you to have a high temperature or if you are experiencing signs of dehydration.

And remember, the easiest way to treat sunburn is to avoid its exposure.

Sources:

• Five ways to treat a sunburn. (n.d.). Retrieved from
https://skincancer.org/prevention/sunburn/five-ways-to-treat-a-sunburn

• Gupta, R.C. (2014, June). First aid: Sunburn. Retrieved from
https://kidshealth.org/parent/firstaid_safe/sheets/sunburn_sheet.html

• Radman, M. (2012, August 30). Soothing sunburn. Retrieved from
https://news.health.ufl.edu/2012/19791/multimedia/health-in-a-heartbeat/soothing-sunburn/

• Treating sunburn. (n.d.)
https://aad.org/dermatology-a-to-z/for-kids/about-skin/skin-cancer/treating-sunbur

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