Any one know any REALLY good home remedies for bad sunburns? Besides the obvious of course

Tiffany - posted on 06/06/2010 ( 139 moms have responded )

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I'm desperate here it hurts SOOO bad and nothing helps for longer than 20 minutes!

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CARRIE - posted on 06/11/2010

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I know this works because I've done it myself. The whole reason a sunburn is so painful is because your skin is holding in the heat and just making it continue to be painful. So run a room temp bath.....not too hot or cold. Then add about 6 cups of apple cider vinegar. Soak for as long as you can then rinse off in the shower. After you dry yourself off apply aloe gel. The aloe will help keep your skin from becoming dry and tight. You can repeat again after a few hours or the next day if needed but, usually it only takes one time. Everyone I have told about this that has tried it told me it was a miracle how much better they felt afterward.

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Put your aloe vera gel in the refrigerator and keep applying it frequently during the day. You can get an old washcloth and soak it in cold apple cider vinegar. Lay it over the sunburn and let it sit there until it the cloth gets too warm for you. The vinegar helps take out the pain. You could also put the vinegar in a spray bottle and apply it that way. It stinks but really does help.

Debbie - posted on 06/20/2010

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Cold, plain yogurt on the burned areas will help a lot, aloe vera gels help at first but end up keeping in the heat and ultimately it causes more discomfort and blistering. Keep shower water as cool as you can stand it...more heat=more severe burn.

Lacey - posted on 06/10/2010

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Vit. E works to help calm the burn and sooth the itch... you can also use it for stretch mark, scars, rashes and anything skin related... Either pop open a Vit. E gel cap and rub on area 3-5 times a day or hop over to the store and get some vit E. creams.. NO OILS...

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Karen - posted on 06/25/2011

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BAG BALM!!!! This comes in a green tin with pictures of cows on it! They use this stuff for cows for their utters when they get tender, but it works for humans too!!! You can't get this stuff too many places but check your local CVS or other drug stores for it!! But this stuff is the best ever for a sunburn!! I always use it!! WONDERFUL!! Highly recommend it!!

Yvonne - posted on 06/25/2011

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I love your reply Lisbeth but what heppens when you're on holiday with your foster kids,you're 52 years old and not a drop of breast milk in sight (lol) xx

Stifler's - posted on 06/23/2011

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What's the obvious? I use aloe vera and lavender oil. Lavender oil apparently stops you from peeling and aloe soothes the skin and takes the redness out. According to my mum anyway.

Kristine - posted on 06/23/2011

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Put Lavender Essential Oil on it. Make sure is a good Essential Oil. It helps heal and it takes the pain out. I have also used the Lavender Essential Oil for burns,bug bites, rashes and diaper rash. I burned myself at work and they had me put this on. I was skeptical but tried it and it took the pain away and I don't even have a scar from it. I had burned myself with a heat gun. I put it on every hour the first day. My friends have me get it for them too now that they have tried it. It really works.I buy a large bottle and split it with my grown children to use. I keep a bottle in my medicine cabinet all the time.

Yvonne - posted on 07/08/2010

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All good advice from the moms,but Tiffany whats the obvious one my love? don't get burned,i know its a bit late for me to say it now,you won't do it again will you.

I mean this all very light heartedly, good luck sweetie finding some relief for more than 20 mins.xxxx

Joelle - posted on 06/25/2010

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Not sure if anyone has this yet because there are 1,000,000 posts. But, Vinagar helps the skin recover quickly and milk helps sooth it. You'll have some funky, stinky skin...but, whatever works!

Amber - posted on 06/23/2010

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noxema, the stuff for acne, I know it sounds strange but it really works, it is what my mom used on us for years and now I use it on all my sunburns.

Heather - posted on 06/21/2010

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I've heard that plain yogurt on the skin will work. Also, aspercreme will take away the pain.

Brittani - posted on 06/21/2010

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whenever this happens to me, i sit in an empty bathtub with towell drenched in vinegar over my burn. it smells bad, but it sure does help.

Mari - posted on 06/20/2010

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oh, one more thing, do take beta Carotine vitamine coupe of month prior to sun month, it does help as well with sunburns and sensitivity to sun.

Mari - posted on 06/20/2010

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I know it may sound silly and complete waste of food but sourcream helps, at least for me but then to make sure you have time to lay down, don't move, relax and let it do it's work ... I am very fair skinned and for me 20 minutes in the sun is enough, I am burned by then, so this helps me and of coarse Aloe Vera is big time helper as well. Good luck!

Rach - posted on 06/20/2010

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Tea in the bath water, you can just put your standard tea bags and let them bop around in the bath or use green tea. Which ever. Hope you have it sorted :)

Anna - posted on 06/20/2010

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I never knew vinegar helps I will try it one day!!! I see alot of people talking about vinegar on here really interesting..

Liz - posted on 06/20/2010

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try this a lettuce-seed decoction
Dosage 250 ml three times aday.Propertys calming and sedative
1tblsp lettice seeds 250ml water
in saucepan boil the seeds in water 4 ten mins then strain . use when cool

Patti - posted on 06/19/2010

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I've heard(i've never tried) that if you take a vinegar bath it takes the sting away(I know stinky) but worth a shot if it hurts that bad. good luck

Holli - posted on 06/19/2010

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Haven't tried it but I heard putting some yogurt on it before bed and it should feel better by morning.

Debra - posted on 06/19/2010

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You may smell like a pickle but soak a towel in vinegar and wear it until it gets a little dry. Then resoak the towel. This helps to take the heat out of the sunburn.

Lorna - posted on 06/19/2010

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I always use vinegar, get a rag and soak it with vinegar and lay it on your sunburn.

Julie Ann - posted on 06/19/2010

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Did you place a cool rag on it to take the burn out? That is the first and most important step!

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natural yogurt! Put it in the fridge so its nice and cold - then lather it on (over a towel of course!) Works a treat and oh so soothing!

Naomi - posted on 06/19/2010

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Aloe gel works best for me. I have some with lidocaine that's extra cooling, but regular works, too. I've heard crushed-up ibuprofen made into a paste works, too (it's an anti-inflammatory). Taking it by mouth has seemed to help me in the past. Make sure you drink lots and lots of water, too. And then when you're done drinking lots of water, drink some more. Hope it feels better soon. I know how much it sucks.

Jennifer - posted on 06/19/2010

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Room temperature milk (or slightly cooler but NOT cold); soak a compress in the milk and apply to burned area for about 20min. remove and rinse area so the milk doesn't sour and you don't stink. I've read many,many reports that milk is quite effective.

Bonnie - posted on 06/19/2010

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Deff give tylenol and the obvious lotions. There are some gels that have a numbing additive like lidocane that helps too

Heather - posted on 06/19/2010

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I used Noxema original cream in the jar at night. I put it on real thick and left it on and I was able to sleep. During the day I alternated pure aloe vera gel and jergens face and hand lotion (it's pink and in a white jar with a pink lid) That specific one. I guess it's the oils that is in that formula that heals the skin. I never blistered or peeled. I literally put it on like every other hour all day because the paid does come back. So you will have to endure a little bit of suffering. I learned my lesson and now I put spf 50 waterproof sunblock on before I even leave my house for the beach. I still somehow get really tan though! :)

Autumn - posted on 06/18/2010

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I know the feeling having been there many many times. The Aloe and then I tend to mix it with pain releaving nepsoerian. It's worked for me for longer and I've had really bad with blistering so I hope it helps.

Karen - posted on 06/18/2010

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lavender and camomile oil mixed with aloe.
also the vinegar previously mentioned is very good

Madilyn - posted on 06/18/2010

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I used Banana Boat Ocean Potion which is Aloe Vera gel with Lidocane(pain reliever) and it worked amazingly and instantly.

Anita - posted on 06/18/2010

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If you have any MelaGel (from Melaleuca) you can use that. It keeps us from peeling after our burns.

Jodi - posted on 06/18/2010

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Lavender!! The good stuff from Young Living!! Works wonders!!! If you need some, let me know.

Jodi

Moya - posted on 06/18/2010

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yeppers, apple cider vinegar, a fan and a nose plug. i'm born and raised on the beach, my moms mom, my mom, and now i do this to my sunbathing teenage daughter. it honestly works!!! good luck!

Rebekah - posted on 06/17/2010

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Cool, wet paper towel will help take the fever out. I heard putting vinegar on bread, putting it in the microwave, and then putting it on the sunburn helps but I have never tried it myself.

Carolyne - posted on 06/17/2010

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You should go to a doctor if it is too bad and they will give you something in a prescription form. Don't suffer.

Stephanie - posted on 06/17/2010

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FWIW, a really bad sunburn can be a 2nd degree burn. If your burn is serious, you need a doctor, not home remedies. Feel better soon!

Sarah - posted on 06/17/2010

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Sometimes it is best to break out the big guns and go and get a can of Solarcaine. It is fabulous. I think that they make an aloe spray now too.

Debi - posted on 06/17/2010

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I am Really WHITE so when I get burnt I get a sheet and wrap myself in it get in the tub and pour white vinagar then after that put on aloe vera cream lotion every 3 hours to keep it moist. wear light clothes and stay out of the sun for a few days repeat the sheet for 3 days. hope you feel better soon

Amanda - posted on 06/17/2010

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Get a fresh tomato and quarter it and rub it all over your sun burn. it will draw the fire out but after the first hour you will want to reapply

Dana - posted on 06/17/2010

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Vinegar .... rub it over your sun burn with a cotton ball. It will take the sting out. You can also put it in luke warm water and soak in it.

Robin - posted on 06/17/2010

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Oh Yeah, make sure you use any type of lotion after any tea or vinegar baths so as to keep the skin from drying out, even Vaseline can be used if desperate>

Robin - posted on 06/17/2010

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There is a product called Dermo-plast, it is often given out to new mothers after they have had a vaginal birth with or without an episiodomy.(sp?) I think you might be able to find an alternative for it at an drug store, a small drug store like a family owned one that can make special orders as it is not a prescription needed item, but your larger pharmacies do not usually have access to order just one item like this as they order in bulk, but you could still ask them and see. And vinegar baths(do not put vinegar directly on the burn for fear of cell damage but in a bath it dilutes the vinegar and it will not a damage to the cells) as well as tea bags slightly brewed and rubbed on the body parts or a tea bath just tie the teabags together put them in a laundry bag or mesh bag and let the tub fill up with them hanging under the faucet. And of course tylenol or its generic is a good pain reliever, motrin based products do not do as well for sunburn cause they have anti-inflammatory in them and the tylenol or generic does not and with a sunburn a child and or adult do not need an anti-inflammatory as they can upset the stomach. Hope this helps!

Evonne - posted on 06/17/2010

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Get some 99% pure aloe vera (I like Trader Joes) add a few drops of lavender essential oil. The lavender will ease the pain and the itch, and it smells good. I use this on my son who can't stand any type of oil or lotion but he likes this one for some reason.

Kayla - posted on 06/17/2010

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try putting your aloe vera in the fridge,then put it on the sunburn.i had a 2nd degree sunburn and that's the only thing that helped at all

Merry - posted on 06/17/2010

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Breastmilk is VERY good at healing sunburn, it is a living organizm so it can heal much faster and better then aloe, etc. idk if you are nursing now but any way you can get some, it will help!

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Noxzema! I know that it sounds strange, but the original Noxzema cold cream (in the jar) was originally made as an after sunburn cream back in the 20's. When the developers found that it started to clear up bad skin, it was re-marketed!! But id REALLY works well on sunburns. Slather it on, and let it absorb into your skin. I burn, VERY easy ( 15mins. with 50spf sunscreen on!) It is the only thing that works. I have full relief within 10 - 15 minutes! I hope this helps!

Lisa - posted on 06/17/2010

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I heard apple cider vinegar. But I don't know if it works or not. It might be for preventing peeling.

Shanon - posted on 06/17/2010

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COLD Aloe vera gel is the BEST thing, you can also get it with lidocaine in it to numb the skin. PLEASE DO NOT use vinegar as it is an acid and using an acid will only cause more damage at the cellular level. Sure it feels good now but later when you have a new freckle or mole you will wonder where it came from. Sunburn is caused from damage the sun does at the cellular level and acids will only cause more damage. The best things are Aloe Vera, Noxema, and a HOT shower right away to force the body to cool it's self naturally. I am a person that has suffered MANY sunburns and eventually asked a few pharmacists and doctors what to do to cool them. They all agree that vinegar is BAD.... The best thing is to stay protected and use sun block of the highest SPF that you can get. "Prevention is half the cure." I hope this helps

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