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Know How to Treat Sunburn Naturally at Home

Updated on July 18, 2013

What is Sunburn?

Sunburn is primarily a form of ‘radiation’ burn which is known to occur owing to excessive exposure to the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. The prime symptom include redness of the skin though in extreme cases it may even lead to fatigue and dizziness too. It can be really troublesome for you. There are luckily various natural home remedies available which can help you get rid of suntan blisters.

Say no to Sunburn Naturally
Say no to Sunburn Naturally | Source

What are the Symptoms of Sunburn?

Symptoms of Sunburn Treatment may occur within 24 hours after exposure to the harmful radiations of the sun. Therefore it is always recommended that you need to use a good sunscreen whenever you go out. The skin becomes red and tender. In extreme cases, the burns may even lead to severe swelling, redness and severe pain too. At times, the person may even suffer from fever and nausea.

Are you the One With Suntan!! Not Anymore for Sure
Are you the One With Suntan!! Not Anymore for Sure

Interesting Sunburn Facts

  • Those who have five or more suntan develop the chance of getting skin cancer.
  • Animals too may suffer from burn marks caused by sun.
  • You are more likely to be suntanned during mid-day.
  • Sunburns also occurs on cloudy days.
  • Apply sunscreens before 30 minutes of going out in the sun.

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Sunburn Treatment: How to Do

Most important thing to be kept in mind is that you should not scratch or prick the sunburns, rather leave them as it is.

  • It is advised to apply a medicated first aid spray on these blisters as often as you can. This is helpful in reducing the pain and itching.
  • If you find them to be rupturing then it is best to apply an antibacterial ointment to the blisters. This prevents the infection from spreading to other areas.
  • Maintaining proper hygiene is a must, so always wash the area with warm and with a soft towel.
  • If you suffer from mild form of sunburn then it is best to apply a aftersunscreen which will cool and moisturise your skin. Buy moisturisers which have aloevera as one of the ingredients.
  • It is advised that you should take shower with cold water.
  • You need to increase the intake of fluids in your body especially water, juices.
  • Take high protein rich food in your diet.
  • Whenever you go out in the sun, make sure you are covering your entire body. Prefer to wear a scarf or hat, and wear goggles too.
  • You can also apply calamine lotion which too soothes the skin.

Natural Home Remedies for Sunburn
Natural Home Remedies for Sunburn | Source

How to Treat Sunburn Naturally

Aloe vera: You can apply fresh aloe vera gel on the affected region because it tends to have soothing and anti inflammatory properties.

Lavender Essential Oil: This is an essential oil which not just helps to treat the suntanning but also prevents peeling of the skin too.

Ice and Cold Showers: On a regular routine too in case of any kinds of burns we apply ice to it and the same holds true in sunburns too. Just go out and take a cold shower to help relieve burning sensation.

Yoghurt: You can use natural unsweetened yoghurt on burns caused by sun and get relief since it really cools your skin.

Vinegar: Applying cold vinegar on the affected area too helps in giving relief to the inflammation. Vinegar is known for its antiseptic properties and helps in cooling the skin.

Baking Soda: Baking Soda is antiseptic and works as an exfoliant on the skin. Just mix baking soda with water and with the help of cotton balls apply on the affected region.

Potato Peels: Potato peels not just provides moisture to the skin but also heals the skin because it is known to contain anti bacterial properties.

Milk: Milk is one of the best when it comes to relieving burning sensation caused due to sunburns. It soothes pain and itching too.

Cucumber: You can apply slices of cucumber or else cucumber juice and get relief from redness and inflammation because cucumbers are known to cool down the skin.

Honey: Honey is anti bacterial and can heal pain and wounds.

Vitamin E Oil and Vitamin C: Applying vitamin E oil also helps as it moisturizes your skin and heals too. Vitamin C too is known to prevent suntan. This is so because both of these vitamins acts as antioxidants and help to soothe down the skin.

What you Should Know About Sunburn Treatment:

If the pain and itching persists then you can take anti- inflammatory medication like aspirin and ibuprofen.

  • If you are affected area has started showing signs of peeling off, then it is best to use a moisturising cream but only after you have consulted the doctor.
  • You should consult doctor if suntan treatment at home does not work or if you find out that these blisters tend to increase to other body parts.
  • Before applying any of the medicated creams, make sure to read the instructions given on the label and do not take any of the doses more than recommended.
  • If you are pregnant then all the more, it is important to take medicine under doctor’s supervision.
  • Keep the blisters open and do not cover them with a tape.
  • Don’t wear shoes or blisters which causes rubbing or itching to your body and may aggravate the situation all the more.
  • Before and after applying ointment always wash your hands with soap so that the infection does not spread to other areas.


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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Very useful and informative hub. Thanks for sharing and I´ll pin this to my health board for later use.

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      Shadaan Alam 4 years ago from India

      @Rajan: Thanks for sharing this up and for stopping by.

      @Rebeccamealey: Yeah you are right, these natural remedies will surely help the one with sunburns.

      @Heidi: Oh that means, you must be quite aware of sunburns and how to deal with it. thanks for stopping by.

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      Heidi Thorne 4 years ago from Chicago Area

      Even if you do use sunscreens, aftercare for skin is STILL important. Sunscreens aren't 100 percent. Glad to see someone emphasize the dizziness and nausea post-sun symptoms. Some years back, we used to hang out at the pool. Used sunscreens, but after coming home, I was just miserable. Since I've had to have laser peels at the dermatologist for sun damage, I'm very aware of the sun care issues. Thanks for spreading the word!

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      How useful for the sunburn victim. Hopefully, we won't have to use these too often. I just hate sunburns!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very useful hub and glad for the natural remedies in here. Sharing this hub and voting it up and useful.

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      Shadaan Alam 4 years ago from India

      Thanks, for liking it

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      Dil Vil 4 years ago from India

      Great info, i like this hub. Thank you

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      passionate77 4 years ago

      thanks for the concern shadaan, stay blessed honey! as always love your sweet smile and encouraging words my sweet loving friend, you really are a precious treasure in this hub pages journey. thanks God that i met so nice and lovely human beings here, blessings to all who always encourage me and appreciate my work.

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      Shadaan Alam 4 years ago from India

      Thanks Rushi for liking this hub, yeah natural remedies are far better because they are not harmful. Hope you are fine and your health too has improved

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      passionate77 4 years ago

      wow so nice and lovely post, i always love the posts on natural remedies, obviously nothing can compare to natural elements when it comes to treat the skin safe and sound at home. nice article shadaan dear, love your hubs a lot, thanks for sharing, stay blessed dear!