Treating sunburns--- what do you do for one?

United States
May 31, 2008 9:39pm CST
It seems like I am a bit sunburned now after going swimming in the pool... even with a sunscreen with SP30. What do you do for your sunburn when you get one?
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• United States
1 Jun 08
This is right up my alley! I am very fair complected and I burn very easily. I always take some ibprofren, cool shower, and aloe. I recommend putting the aloe in your fridge to keep it cool. It really takes the pain away! Nozema cream also helps!
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• United States
2 Jun 08
Thanks for your kindness in sharing your remedy for sunburn... You have helped many people who will be reading this.
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@cortjo73 (6500)
• United States
1 Jun 08
I use Aloe. You can buy some from the store in a bottle but, sometimes whatever they mix in with the Aloe makes people itch and sting and they have to hop in the shower to wash it off. My hubby has that problem. So, my suggestion would be either to get a small bottle of it and try it on one small area and see how you handle it. That way, if you have an aversion to it, you can just use a wet washcloth to wipe it off. You can buy Aloe plants and just break a piece of it off and use it. But, I don't know how much Aloe you can get from one broken leaf. I have heard people bath in asprin. I have never tried that but, I have heard it relieves the pain. Or, you might consider dissolving some in a bottle and spraying it on your skin. You could simply take some asprin too the normal way. Make sure that you drink lots of water for the next couple of days to keep yourself hydrated and to help you heal a little faster. It will also help with the peeling. You really need to keep yourself extra hydrated right now.
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• United States
2 Jun 08
Thanks for telling me about the need to hydrate more... And thanks for telling about the fact that some of those aloe products can cause bad symptoms... I have noticed that in the past too.
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@cortjo73 (6500)
• United States
2 Jun 08
My pleasure! I'm sure you already knew that you needed to hydrate but, it couldn't hurt to remind you. I thought of another thing that I have heard of. I have heard that if you bath in oatmeal...and I know it sounds weird...it helps relieve the pain. Have you found relief? Are you feeling better? I hope that you were able to find a remedy or some help. I used to bet a lot of sunburns up until a couple years ago when it sort of hit me how very harmful the sun can be and I started getting worried. So, now I only get a little bit of sun each day while I am sitting outside during my lunch hour, reading my book. Take care and I hope you feel better!
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• United States
3 Jun 08
I was lucky... It wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be... Thank God that the sunblock did something... I used lotion on my face and arms and they appear fine now. I am hoping that what we posted here will help others who have worse sunburns than I did. Thanks for posting and thanks even more for caring and for being a friend here.
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
1 Jun 08
put vinegar on it
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• United States
2 Jun 08
Thankd for the advice.
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
3 Jun 08
your welcome
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@hellcowboy (7383)
• United States
1 Jun 08
Usually when I get sunburned,and I burn real easily, even if I am in the sun for twenty minutes I will start to burn,my mom tells me to put aloe vera on the burn.
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• United States
2 Jun 08
Your mom is smart... Thanks for posting.
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• United States
3 Jun 08
Yeah I know my mom is very smart,as are all moms, because moms always know what to do,and they always know whats going on,have a good day,good luck in your life,and Happy Posting.
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@sweet99 (11)
2 Jun 08
My Auntie has used Greek Yourgot on sunburn.
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• United States
3 Jun 08
I must admit that I would not want to put Greek Yougert on a sunburn... I would want to eat the yougert instead... yummy. Thanks for posting.
@fifileigh (3619)
• United States
2 Jun 08
someone said aloe vera is good for sunburns. i usually put some kind of lotion or cream on it. then it starts peeling, then it turns to tan.
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• United States
3 Jun 08
Thanks for posting about what you do for sunburns.
• United States
2 Jun 08
I used to have a really good cream that contained silver. I worked great! First you put it on sunburnt areas and dont touch after. It would be white when applying it but after awhile it would turn grey and you could remove it. I would find my sunburn healed (well not entierly). And trust me I have had soe horrible sunburn!
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• United States
2 Jun 08
Thanks for sharing about that product.
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• United States
1 Jun 08
well i never tan i just burn but it DOES take alot for me to burn so when i do its really severe. so i usually stay out of the sun at any cost and i have an aloe plant so i cut off a stem and rub th juice on the burn as much as i can.
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• United States
2 Jun 08
Thanks for posting about the aloe.
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@nanayangel (7839)
• Philippines
1 Jun 08
Hi there White Heron! I think you should try coppertone's. It has 50 SPF. When I get sunburn, I apply petroleum jelly on it.
• United States
2 Jun 08
Thanks for posting and for giving me your recommendations.
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• United States
1 Jun 08
I agree with the cool bath theory that others have proposed. I always felt really dried out when I got a sunburn so that should help. I once read that when you're trying to sleep and the sheets are all scratchy on your skin you should sprinkle some cornstarch on the sheets. I haven't had a sunburn since I read that so I haven't tried it.
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• United States
2 Jun 08
Thanks for telling me about the cornstarch... I appreciate it. I was wondering what to use the cornstarch in my cupboard for.
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@kenzie45230 (3560)
• United States
1 Jun 08
To relieve the warmth and pain, my grandmother taught us to use vinegar. It stinks, but it does work. I've used aloe to help too. But my favorite thing is a commercial product for "after tan". Even though a sunburn isn't a tan, it always helped me. It kept my skin moist, eased the pain and actually helped the burn turn to tan.
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• United States
2 Jun 08
Thanks for mentioning that product... After tan... I have heard that it is good.
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• United States
3 Jun 08
Well, before I go out into the sun for certain period of time, I would use a high spf sun tan at all costs. If I do happen to get a sunburn, I would go inside and put some certain cream on the sunburnt area. Especially whenever I do go swimming. Right?
• United States
3 Jun 08
Right. Thanks for posting.