Ouch! Sunburn.

United States
May 14, 2008 3:28pm CST
I got really bad sunburn the last week. It got me thinking all the weird home remedies that people do for different things. With sunburn I've always just used aloe. My grandmother use to rub us down with apple vinegar. My husband said his grandmother put rubbing alcohol on his sunburn once. That just sounded painful to me. So, I was just wondering if anyone else did things differently.
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@pergammano (7755)
• Canada
19 May 08
First it must be treated! Sun removes the acetic acid from the skin! White Vinegar replaces the acetic acid....therefore tremendously soothes,replaces your natural acetic acid, therefore stops blistering and peeling, but MUST be applied OFTEN, at least once every half hour, for 24 hours! Then and only then, apply Aloe, or other soothing gels! Applying ANY form of petroleum jellies, creams, etc., INCREASES the burn, as the fats/oils readily heat up to the burnt skin temperature! Just like any OTHER burn, YOU DO NOT apply, any of the above. The Vinegar not only replaces the acid, but evaporates quickly so reduces skin temp. My nefarious past includes being a paramedic for 13 years...living on an Island surrounded by beaches, many of our calls were for "extreme sunburn"....first reduce body heat with a tepid bath...DO NOT DRY skin...let water evaporate, and liberally apply Vinegar, smell gone in minutes....and instant soothing!
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@nanayangel (7839)
• Philippines
19 May 08
Hi there staceylee! When we get sunburn, we usually just apply petroleum jelly on the burned area.
@sisterjinx (1136)
• United States
14 May 08
When I was a child I got sunburned really bad while visiting my dad in Florida. He used vinigar to sooth the burn. It soothed the burn but I don't think it does more than simply sooth it. Now when my kids get burned I use aloe, though if I don't have any on hand I will still go back to vinigar if I have to. Aloe does more to heal the burn and keep the skin healthy though.
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@meiteoh (421)
• Switzerland
14 May 08
I usually stick to just aloe - cut off a fresh slice from the pot outside, chuck it in the fridge and apply every hour. The cooling feel helps with taking off the heat - aloe is naturally a cooling agent (Chinese chi and all) so it's a double whammy thing. Besides, because it's succulent, it acts as a water-based moisturiser so you don't peel so badly either. Some people put on on creams but I don't suggest that because your skin needs as much air as it can possibly get after a burn. Creams might clog up the pores making it prone to pimples and what-not. Plus the oily feeling will probably make you feel worse.
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@tessah (6621)
• United States
14 May 08
the vinegar does take the shting out of a sunburn.. nice cool bath with a cup of vinegar mixed in saps the pain.. and it isnt enough to make you smell like a salad when yer done. aloe is good.. pretty much anything that moisturizes will do wonders. treat a sunburn the same way you would a regular burn.. truth of it is.. thats exactly what has happened. yer skin got cooked too much. i personally have always used noxema skin cream.. the cooling agents help take the shting out and it moisturizes all in one. hope you feel better soon
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• Lubbock, Texas
14 May 08
I grew up on a dairy farm. My mother always just splashed us with straight apple cider vinegar when we'd sunburn. Then one year my aunt was there and she insisted that since we had plenty of cows cream that Mama should use that after the splash, to sooth the skin. It soothed for a while, but now that I'm grown I think a cup of apple cider vinegar in a bathtub of body temperature water and just soak, then get out and put on aloe vera gel is the best sunburn remedy.
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• Canada
1 Jun 08
If you have an aloe vera plant put some of the cream from inside the leaves, on the burn, or if you don't, buy some cream with aloe in it, as a primary ingredient.