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Home Remedies for Relieving Sunburn

Updated on June 5, 2012

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Sunburns are quite a nuisance.  Though the signs and symptoms of sunburn will last only for a couple of days, people will find ways to speed up the healing process.  Through the years, getting rid of it entails using unique and bizarre sunburn remedies. 

First of all I’m not a medical professional to ascertain the effectiveness of these remedies.  Of course using only medically approved treatments for sunburn is recommended.  But come on, where’s the imagination there?  So allow me to share some of the common (and some weird) sunburn remedies known to man. 

Aloe vera

This is a natural sunburn remedy utilizing the slimy, fleshy parts of the plant.  The aloe vera plant leaves are thick and fleshy with lots of liquid inside.  You can get as much as you need and refrigerate it so it will be cooler and soothing to the affected area.  Strip away the hard covering and expose the flesh of the leaves and gently rub on the skin. 

Cucumber, potato or onion

Slice some cucumber, potato or onion and place them on the affected area.  Cooling them in the refrigerator will make it more soothing.


Crush peppermint leaves or turn it into paste.  Place the leaves or

Apple cider (and other vinegar)

Using cotton balls dipped in apple cider, gently rub the skin.  Keep the affected are moist to prevent itching, blistering and peeling. 

Turmeric power with milk

Take 1 tablespoon of turmeric and mix with 3 tablespoons of milk.  Gently apply on the affected area using circular strokes.  Let it dry for a couple of minutes and rinse.

Yogurt and other mil products

Apply the yogurt on the affected area and leave to dry.  Rinse with cold water after approximately 15 minutes.  Though plain yogurt is acceptable, adding mashed strawberries is said to be better. 


Scoop some on the affected area and leave to dry.  Rinse after several minutes.

Vitamin E capsules

Instead of taking them, you take the liquid inside of the medicine and rub it on the skin.   I guess vitamin e in tablet form will not work here.  Use soft gel Vitamin E instead.

Coke, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper and some other cola

Pour cola on the affected part and rinse with cold water afterwards.  It does not really matter if you use diet or regular.


I’m not really sure but all home remedies include Windex.  Is this really a clean all and cure all product?  

Treatments for sunburn come in many forms.  However some are more creative than others.  For me, a cold shower and tons of moisturizer works best.  If you’ve tried any of these before do tell us how it worked out for you.  


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      JP Carlos 6 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      I hope so too fucsia. But statistics show that majority of people get sunburn every year. I wrote this hub because I had a nasty sunburn after going to the beach. :)

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      fucsia 6 years ago

      Thanks for these useful tips. Anyway I hope not to need them!

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      JP Carlos 6 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hi shua74. Thanks for the additional info.

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      shua74 6 years ago

      aqua velva and cortisone cream mixed as a paste seems to be a good one as well

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      JP Carlos 6 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Thanks for dropping by and for the comments. I'm glad I was able to give new information for you.

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      Thanks for the great info. Some of the info I knew, and some is new to me. Well written and informative. Rated up and useful.

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      capncrunch 6 years ago from New Orleans

      Hello jpcmc,

      I find it interesting that no matter where a person comes from, some kind of home remedy is available. When I was a young kid, my grandmother used a plant leaf from her yard to aid my foot after stepping on a nail. It really did work although I'm not sure what kind of plant. Good Hub!