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what to put on sunburn?


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Stupid me was in the sun yesterday without any sunblock, and I'm pretty red and it aches. Does anyone know any healing stuff to put on it. I've put on the aloe lotion stuff, but it still aches. Thank you :)

Edited Apr 22 2008 04:28 by nycgirl
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Lavender Oil will take some of the sting out & turn it into a tan pretty quickly.

Cortisone works wonders.  :)

Although not it's intentional use (mainly used for itching and bug bites) I read this somewhere and tried it.  It really works.  Although you will still peel if the burn was really bad, the pain and most of the redness will be pretty much gone within 24 hours.

For the pain, there are all kinds of cooling products you can buy that help a little.  The main thing is to keep it moisturized, stay hydrated, and take some pain medication /anti-inflammatory (aspirin, ibuprofen) if needed.

If you put the bottle of aloe in the fridge, it'll feel great to put in on your sunburn.  

Solarcaine is a good topical anesthetic spray available at most drugstores.

Keep up with the aloe vera for moisture.

Soaking in an Aveeno bath will help control itching.

Good luck!

I agree with the aloe in the fridge and also take an advil if it's achy.

take motrin and put some aloe.  also-  a cooling spray such as medic-quick helps a lot.  and, time-  it's the worst three days with a bad burn.  I know first hand!  but motrin def works!!  but moisturize your butt off!

Chilled Noxema works nicely, too. :)

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aloe is the way to go. lotion with aloe in it (st. ives has a good one) or a sunburn cooling aloe gel

aloe is great, but there's nothing like the feeling of solarcaine.  cools you right down, and dries fast, so it doesn't stick to your clothes.
Original Post by spjesq:

Chilled Noxema works nicely, too. :)

 You must be in my age group because I was going to say Noxema. Works really good, also my sister washes her face nightly with it and she has beautiful skin in her 60's. I should have followed in her beauty care habit. lol

Go to Rite-Aid Walgreens, whatever drug store you have near you.

Get aloe, in the bottle, that's BLUE in color, instead of green. If it's the right kind, it has a built in pain reliever (lidocaine I think), and is SO SO SO amazing for your burnt crispy skin. I have translucent fair ivory skin, so I never tan, I only burn.

I live by that stuff in the summer.

Original Post by nasuoni:

Go to Rite-Aid Walgreens, whatever drug store you have near you.

Get aloe, in the bottle, that's BLUE in color, instead of green. If it's the right kind, it has a built in pain reliever (lidocaine I think), and is SO SO SO amazing for your burnt crispy skin. I have translucent fair ivory skin, so I never tan, I only burn.

I live by that stuff in the summer.

 Totally agree!!  I am partial to Ocean Potion Brand, but some stores have their own private label.  Lidocaine and Aloe....Ahhhhhhhh.

I have a sunburn, too (and I was using sunscreen), and I have the hardest time finding something for my sunburn that does NOT contain aloe! (I'm allergic to aloe!) ....

I use Solarcaine sprain the first 12 hours, after that I tend to just use lotion stored in the fridge.

OUCH.

MOLLY

Ouch !!! Fair skin and sunburn, I feel and know your pain.

If it's burnt, it probably won't turn into a tan, it will just peel. Take ibuprofen for the pain, soothe your sore skin with lotion (pretty much anything unscented that will soak in) and drink LOTS of water to rehydrate.

Okay, this is weird, but I make a concoction that I use for sunburns, bug bites, zits, (or "stress bumps" as my mom calls them) as a foot deodorant and body deodorant.  My S.O. calls it my "Windex."  It just works for so many issues!

For three ounces, I use the recipe below (found it in a natural health book as a recipe for deodorant with lemon essential oil in it also, but the lemon oil made my skin itch...)

-  2 oz vodka (Everclear works even better, but it can get expensive)

-  1 oz witch hazel (I buy at Wal-mart - it's expensive at the health food store)

-  10 drops lavender essential oil

-  -  -  Pour vodka into bottle with a spray-top.  Add the lavender essential oil and shake well.  Pour the witch hazel in and shake.  Shake bottle before each use.

I make it in liter-size batches and just multiply the amounts.  One of my friends uses it now, too, and she said she just uses rubbing alcohol instead of the vodka/Everclear and it works for her.  I use it every day, and I started making it because my skin is very, very sensitive and sometimes even too sensitive for deodorant - my underarms get so irritated.  Anyway, good luck with your sunburn.  OUCH!!    Embarassed

Aloe or make a paste with baking soda the directions are usually on the box.

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