I got a little overzealous today and spent way too much time in the sun. Long story short, I have a pretty bad sunburn and am wondering if people here have any homemade remedies or treatments for sunburns.
Any help is greatly appreciated.
I've always used aloe vera. If you have a plant, you can just cut off a leaf and rub it all over. If not, you can find all kinds of aloe gels or lotions at your local grocery or drug store.
Coconut oil inside and out. Eat it and slather it on. As Ryan says, I eat/use coconut oil for the sun, I eat a lot of it (works with butter too) and I apply it whilst I am in the sun and afterwards - I burn far less frequently and if I do get burnt it is very soothing.
An Aloe Vera leaf cut and applied directly on the burn helps too.
@Rob and Scott, do you guys eat alot of coconut milk and/or oil? There are a few people on marksdailyapple in the forum that claim they never burn now that theyve gone Paleo even though they used to burn very easily before. They all ate alot of coconut products.
For a cure, lots of fish oil (ingested, not applied externally!) should help, since sunburn is largely an inflammatory reaction and fish oil will suppress it. Green tea is also supposed to be effective.
Lots of vitamin A, carotenoids including lycopene, vitamin E and saturated fat will all help prevent sunburn, but I doubt they're anywhere near as potent as treatments after the event. (Lots of references here).
Ahhhh.... Sunburn. I think you're supposed to pee on the affected area to alleviate the stinging sensation.
No wait... I think that was for a jellyfish sting. j/k (Seinfeld).
I swear that increased Vit. D has reduced my susceptibility for sunburns from a proactive standpoint. I'm on board with coconut oil and aloe after the fact.
If your skin is still warm or hot to touch, get in some cold water now! Or drape yourself in a bunch of wet towels and put ice on top. Replace the water/towels/ice as they get warm, and do this until your skin is nice and cool and stays that way. If you do this soon enough after burning, you won't even get red. I've treated several painful sunburns this way, never even got pink. I don't know if this reverses any unseen, deep-skin tissue or DNA damage (probably not, I guess), but you won't spend days in pain or get unsightly redness or peeling. I would follow up with aloe of some sort once the skin is cool, and stay well moisturized and hydrated too, for the sake of thoroughness.
I suggest that you find a good quality kukui nut oil such as this one; but if you can't find kukui nut oil then try
and slather yourself with it morning and night until you're better.
I just did this to myself two weeks ago. So I slathered myself every morning and night with Alba kukui nut oil. I've healed just fine! No peeling!