Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Home Remedies for Sunburn

Most sunburns can be treated at home.  Here are some home remedies to try and ease the pain.
  • Milk - According to The Skin Cancer Foundation milk can cool the skin and create a soothing protein film to ease pain and discomfort.  Soak a washcloth in cold skim milk and apply it directly to the affected areas for 10 minutes at a time.
  • Yogurt - can  cool a burn and its probiotics can ease inflammation and help skin heal.  Spread a small amount of plain, unsweetened yogurt on the burnt skin and leave it on for 5 minutes before rinsing off.
  • Aloe Vera - The gel naturally cools and moisturizes the skin.  It can also dull the pain and reduce the stinging sensation.  Apply the gel from the fresh aloe leaf directly to the burn.  
  • Ice - Wrap ice in a soft towel and apply to the burn. Do not place ice directly on the skin because it can cause frostbite and more damage.
  • Cool Water - A cool (but not cold) bath, shower, or moist compress can take away heat and pain. Make sure to use only water and not any products like bath oils, soap, or bubble bath.
  • Oatmeal - Finely ground oatmeal works as an anti-inflammatory when mixed with bath water. You can make your own by pulverizing a cup of instant or slow-cooking oatmeal in a blender or food processor until it has a smooth, fine consistency. 
  • Witch Hazel -  Use a washcloth with this anti-inflammatory astringent and apply to the skin three times a day for 20 minutes to help with pain and itching.
Drink Plenty of Water

Sunburn makes you get very dry inside, so make sure your child drinks lots of extra water to help prevent dehydration.


Sunburn can range in severity.  If you notice any signs of infection or it is accompanied by fever, headaches or confusion call a doctor.

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