42 Sunburn Remedies that Work

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I was visiting my dad’s house and while I was there, we went out on the boat all day. I had sunblock on and even reapplied! This STILL happened.

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Look familiar?

We’ve asked anyone and everyone for their sunburn relief feedback. You all came up with some awesome ideas!

Starting with you organizedCHAOSonline facebook friends, here’s a list of 43 sunburn remedies from over-the-counter lotions to some odd-sounding solutions.

  1. ALOE VERA, COCONUT OIL AND PURE HONEY. Lucy Polovitch recommends running it all together on your skin. Then, wear something old so your sheets don’t get oily. The next morning, the burn should be gone.
  2. ALOE VERA WITH LIDOCAINE (REFRIGERATED). Dina Whitehead, Jennifer Geiselhardt and Angella Schwartz are firm believers.
  3. SCOTCH. Matthew Allen always has practical feedback.
  4. WHITE CIDER VINEGAR. Stephanie Vitale recommends this home remedy even though it’s stinky…it’s effective. Add 1 cup to bath water. We also received a similar comment from someone who soaks towels in vinegar and lays them on the burn for about 30 minutes. Then, she rubs aloe vera with lidocaine over the burn.
  5. NOXZEMA. Tina Milbourn’s go-to is an old standby.
  6. LIME JUICE. Marcy Britt was given this tip in Barbados. It’s similar to the vinegar remedy but smells better.
  7. VINEGAR AND COCO BUTTER. Angie Summers also says that vinegar and water (much like above) works just as well.
  8. LAVENDER OIL. Sarah Baize says the oil works for both sunburns and just regular ol’ burns.
  9. VITAMIN C. Get the chewable kind. According to Lynn Bertrand, her little pale freckled red-headed boy was given this tip by a pediatrician. The vitamin pulls the toxins out of your system and the burn fades within a day.
  10. BREAST MILK. Right now, Hilary Herron uses it on her sunburn. I guess if it’s available near you or in you, go for it!
  11. BURT’S BEES AFTER SUN LOTION (with aloe)
  12. WINDEX. This screams “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” doesn’t it?
  13. MAYONNAISE. Rub it on the skin to take away the burn and peeling.
  14. VANILLA EXTRACT. This was recommended to us by an anesthesiologist.
  15. BENADRYL SPRAY
  16. MUSTARD
  17. TEA BAGS. Run a warm bath and add about 7 black tea bags. It will also make your skin look tan. A quicker way is to place it on your skin. The instructions are HERE. Note: Black tea stains so when you blot it off your skin, use a towel you don’t mind staining.
  18. SILVER SULFADIAZINE. This was a recommendation from someone with a prescription. The product is not over the counter.
  19. SOLARCAINE
  20. CETAPHIL CREAM
  21. SHAVING CREAM. Some say to get the kind with menthol.
  22. CUCUMBERS. Rub them on your skin. It works just like aloe.
  23. WITCH HAZEL. FYI, witch hazel works to instantly relieve pain for just about anything. .
  24. OATMEAL BATH. Messy solution but it works. Instructions HERE.
  25. COCONUT OIL AND LAVENDER OIL. Mix the oil and a few drops of the essential oil and your burn should be better by the next day.
  26. WHOLE MILK. Another person recommended coconut milk. Pour into a bath and relax.
  27. IBUPROFEN. It takes away the inflammation.
  28. AQUAPHOR. Personal note: We use Aquaphor for everything from scrapes & cuts, dry skin and burns. It’s amazing stuff.
  29. FOILE. This can be used instead of vinegar. It has a scent but not nearly as pungent as vinegar.
  30. B&W SALVE
  31. HAWAIIAN TROPIC AFTER SUN LOTION
  32. REXALL BURN RELIEF SPRAY
  33. COLD WET COTTON SHIRTS
  34. JERGENS – CHERRY ALMOND
  35. BAKING SODA AND POTATOES. We received this information from a lady who said her grandma came over with the two items. Grandma covered her back with baking soda and then put sliced potatoes (circles) over the top of the baking soda. It drew all the head out. Grandma even flipped the potatoes when they got hot. Instant relief.
  36. GOLD BOND MEDICATED CREAM. Look for the orange tube
  37. OCEAN POTION
  38. CLINIQUE AFTER SUN LOTION
  39. MARY KAY REPLENISHING GEL
  40. BANANA BOAT AFTER SUN LOTION
  41. PREPARATION H. It decreases inflammation and reduces the sting.
  42. PLAIN YOGURT. Apply a thick coat (don’t rub in). Within about 15 minutes, your skin will have soaked it in. Take a shower after that time.
  43. BUTT PASTE. It’s in the baby section. Hey, if it can relieve diaper rash…

Are there any more remedies that we may have missed?

We’ve only tried a couple of the above suggestions so we’d love to hear back on whether or not any of these worked for you.

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THINGS TO REMEMBER:

  • Check sunblock for expiration date.
  • Reapply sunblock about every 20-30 minutes.
  • You are likely to burn between 10am and 4pm, according to WebMD.
  • Wear sunblock even if it’s cloudy. The UV rays are still intense on overcast days.

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3 Comments

  1. I haven’t bothered with anything but aloe vera gel (with or without Lidocaine) in decades! If it is a mild burn, I use the pure aloe vera gel, if there is pain, then the gel with the Lidocaine is WONDERFUL! And Lidocaine has been used by dentists and physicians for decades … very safe.

  2. Most sunscreen is toxic, carcinogenic, and is horrible for the skin, no wonder it doesn’t prevent a sunburn. But if you want a remedy after the fact, doTERRA lavender oil! For reals!

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