Sunburn Remedies

Apple Cider Vinegar

13 User Reviews
5 star (11) 
  85%
1 star (2) 
  15%


Posted by Ruth Ann (Gordon, GA)
5 out of 5 stars

When I was young, my great grandmother told me Apple Cider Vinegar stopped a sunburn from hurting and peeling faster than anything. Boy when I cooked, I took a sponge, soaked it in vinegar and put it on the sunburn and right away it helped. I also poured it in bath water.


Apple Cider Vinegar, Coconut Oil

2 User Reviews
5 star (2) 
  100%


Posted by Cheri (Wellington, Florida) on 07/06/2021
5 out of 5 stars

Apple Cider Vinegar, Coconut Oil for Sunburn

I was hesitant to try this because the thought of any type of vinegar on my lobster red knees was excruciating. But I knew I wouldn't be able to sleep that night if I didn't do something (Aloe Vera gel had done nothing thus far), so I put my faith in these positive reviews and tried it. I placed ACV drenched paper towels on the affected areas. Ooooh, did it send a zinger up my spine when I placed those wet towels on my scorched sunburned skin. But it didn't last long. I let them soak for 30 minutes (totally painless after the first few seconds), then rubbed coconut oil in.

I could feel the difference immediately. I didn't wake up once from the discomfort that night. I would say it took the pain from an 8/10 down to a 3/10. I didn't even apply it the following day because I'm lazy, and because the pain is now very tolerable. It seems like ACV is the answer for every ailment on this site. I have tried it for a bunch of issues and it hasn't worked for me personally. But this time, man, did it deliver. Thank you Earth Clinic! Once again, you spared me a great deal of unnecessary suffering!


Apple Cider Vinegar, Coconut Oil
Posted by Lauren B (San Francisco, Ca) on 05/10/2014
5 out of 5 stars

Apple Cider Vinegar & Coconut Oil for Sun Burn

This absolutely helped my horrible sunburn! I did the below routine 3x in 24 hours, and didn't even get to start it until 36 hours after sun damage. I noticed a slight reduction in pain/redness but the REAL help was with reduced peeling in the following 5 days. I KNOW from past experience I would have peeled much worse.

-Take 2 paper towels together, fold to the size of affected area
-Lay on a plate of ACV, let them soak it all up
-Place damp/soaked paper towels on sunburn
-Let sit for 20 minutes
-Lather in coconut oil after dry


Avoid Aspartame

2 User Reviews
1 star (1) 
  50%
(1) 
  50%


Posted by Rhonda (Anadarko, Oklahoma) on 02/16/2008
0 out of 5 stars

A few summers ago I began to have a severe reaction to the sunlight on my skin. Burning (as a chemical would), swelling, itching and then the days following the skin exposed to the sun would peel away. I thought I was having a reaction to a new sunscreen. After complaining to my mother, she reported once having the same problems. Her pharmacist told her she was experiencing an apartame overdose. I quit the diet stuff, and after a couple of weeks I was able to go back outside. What a relief to find out such a simple solution! I'm convinced the stuff is poison!

Replied by Terri
(Pittsburgh, PA)
04/27/2009
1 out of 5 stars

Warning

Aspartame is POISON. 19 years ago i started getting a rash when i was in the sun for any extended period. I went to the doctors and he was not able t figure out what was causing this. then my hair started falling out. i was sent to a dermatologist and after much lab work and other test it came back that i had developed Lupus. I was taking a number of different medications. In 2002 a friend emailed me an artical on aspartame and how it can affect lupus, MS, MD patients. I stopped using that poison that day. Over the next few months my test were showing signs of improvement. After a little more than a year i was off of all medication. i just had my yearly check up and everything is still great. STAY AWAY FROM THAT POISON


Baking Soda

4 User Reviews
5 star (3) 
  75%
1 star (1) 
  25%


Posted by Julie (Tn) on 08/24/2020 4 posts
1 out of 5 stars

I tried the baking soda paste remedy for a bad sunburn on my legs after reading about it here on Earthclinic (from which I've gotten much great information over the years). It backfired, badly. Not only did it NOT remove the heat/inflammation; it made it worse. It stung when applying it, and after I gently washed it off (wincing the whole time), my legs were even redder and felt like they were on fire.

And this morning, I see little pinprick abrasion-like areas of blood where the baking soda irritated the skin so badly. I don't doubt others who say it worked for them; but I can't imagine how.

It's like rubbing salt into a wound (which makes sense considering the sodium level of baking soda). I feel constrained to warn readers against this protocol. If you must try it, proceed with extreme caution. If it stings, don't wait the recommended 15-20 minutes to see if it gets better. Wash it off immediately.

Replied by Cpn
(Somewhere)
08/24/2020

Try aluminum foil next time. It has worked for sunburn and when I have burned my hands / fingers while cooking.

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)
08/26/2020
5 out of 5 stars

Julie, baking soda might be too strong for a harsh burn but it DOES work, and fast - at least for me - for minor kitchen mishaps.

And yes, silver foil also works a treat.


Baking Soda
Posted by Nadezhda (Charleston, Sc) on 07/11/2015
5 out of 5 stars

It's the best thing I have tried that actually works. I came to this website and tried this baking soda method of getting rid of sunburn. And I should say it worked out perfectly... You mix baking soda with a little bit of water, until it gets smooth. Then you put it with a cotton ball or your clean finger on the area where it's burned. Wait until it gets dried and then with a wet wash cloth pat it off. And just feel great!!! It doesn't take the color off, but it definitely takes the heat and pain off.


Baking Soda
Posted by Beth (Middle Earth, New Zealand) on 11/08/2008
5 out of 5 stars

My husband had severe sunburn around his neck (where the tshirt didnt cover). I made a thick wet paste of baking soda and water, applied it directly to the burn and left it there to dry. Immediately he had relief and the heat from the burn cooled down. When the paste dried, I reapplied more water to the dried baking soda and patting it all back until the pain was gone. I dont know the reason why baking soda works on burns but it does.


Calendula Ointment

1 User Review
5 star (1) 
  100%


Posted by Candice (Victorville, United States of America) on 03/20/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Every since I was little we have always used vinegar after a bad sunburn it helps to take away some of the sting but last 2 summers ago I fell asleep in the sun at the beach (in southern California) and burned so bad that even vinegar didnt help. I had read previously in a health magazine to take vitamins, drink plenty of water and to apply Calendula ointment topically to the skin, desperate I tried it and it worked wonderful! It numbed the pain. I purchased it at my health food store for about $7, but it was money well spent.


Castor Oil

1 User Review
5 star (1) 
  100%


Posted by Sharon (Redding, California) on 08/26/2008
5 out of 5 stars

My daughter sunburned the shin's on both legs. They had 3rd degree burns. Big yellow blisters. She could not walk for about 3 days. I was told by an elderly man to soak gauze in Caster Oil and wrap her legs with the gauze and leave it for 3 days. The next day my daughter was able to walk. The 3rd day I removed the gauze and she was healed. Blisters gone. Her legs were just a shade pink. It left no scars. Awesome stuff.

Replied by Whisperingsage
(N Ca)
07/15/2017
48 posts

That wasn't third degree, that was second degree. Third degree is charred and black.


CBD Oil and Fresh Aloe

1 User Review
5 star (1) 
  100%


Posted by Angela (NYC/NJ) on 06/26/2021
5 out of 5 stars

I would like to share a miracle remedy for really bad sunburn that I treated my husband and daughter with- the results surpassed my “already high”expectations!

My daughter and husband both had 2nd degree sunburns yesterday and were in horrible pain. My daughter-15--fainted from the pain of trying to walk. Behind her knees was where she was burnt the worst. I was able to treat them from serious pain to pain free within 20 minutes using chilled Aloe Vera jelly (fresh from my home plant) and 1000mg CBD oil with .03%thc. Which I purchased from Dr Sebi's website. I trust the brand completely. The sunburn sting never returned after the first treatment. Here's what I did:

1. Tested an area with a drop of Cbd oil to make sure no reaction.
2. Applied the Cbd oil directly onto the burn, massaging into the skin as carefully as possible.
3. Waited 5 minutes and then did the same with the jelly from the chilled aloe leaves.
4. Kept them hydrated!
5. Gave 0.5ml of the Cbd orally - mixed in a Gatorade. (It tastes gross in plain water) and actually- this was the first step I took, not last!

Within just a few minutes after Cbd application the heat coming off the skin of the burned areas dramatically cooled down. The stinging disappeared and my daughter'sF shaking stopped. The aloe cooled her whole body, as it usually does, giving great relief. She was able to walk back to her bed with my assistance immediately. She felt complete relief and fell right asleep. The whole process was 20 minutes.

Neither my husband nor my daughter experienced the burn or sting again. My daughter's pain behind the knees came back 8 hours after the treatment (when she woke up)so I treated her the same way and she was relieved once again.

Truly a miracle combination

Please note- I read online not to mix the Cbd oil into the aloe jelly. Apply them separately and a few minutes apart.


Cocoa Butter

1 User Review
5 star (1) 
  100%


Posted by Saul (Corpus Christi, Texas) on 09/10/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I can remember a couple of years ago,my car broke down 3 miles from my house and my daughter was with me. So I grabbed the stroller and took off my over shirt to cover the front of the stroller to protect her from the sun. So by he time I reached home in the blazing sun was body was burnt. As I took my daughter out of the stroller to hold her, I saw how badly burnt I was. So I ran to the bathroom and searched for anything that might help. But there was only Cocoa butter. I had nothing to lose, put it on and by the end of the night, my sunburn was almost gone,and the best part was, my skin didn't peel or get itchy. (use immediately when aware of sunburn).


Coconut Oil

7 User Reviews
5 star (7) 
  100%


Posted by Laura (Bryan, Tx, Usa) on 09/09/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I got a pretty bad sunburn today, and before I even got home it started hurting so I knew the first thing I was going to do when I got home was check this site for some relief. I have both ACV and extra virgin coconut oil, but decided to go with the oil so I wouldn't be so stinky. As soon as I applied the oil to my sunburn I got instant relief!! :) Thank you Earthclinic.


Coconut Oil
Posted by At Eastcoast (D.c.) on 06/14/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Yes!!! Organic Coconut oil out the jar, when slathered on a fresh burn or sunburn, seems to alleviate the pain quickly and actually cut down healing time a lot!!!


Coconut Oil
Posted by Dollface21338 (Harford, Ny, Usa) on 07/06/2010
5 out of 5 stars

Yay for Coconut Oil! I am fairly fair skinned with a moderate amount of freckles that really come out in the sun, auburn hair, and blue eyes. I usually use a smaller amount of SPF (8 in a tanning oil) and may get a little pink but am tan the next day. And I tend to get quite dark if I build it up. Well I decided to lay out on a float in the pool yesterday and exposed my bum to get rid of the tan lines. I didn't realize until later when I sat down how much damage had been done. After rubbing what seemed like an entire aloe plant on the area, I was still in so much pain. Then I remembered EarthClinic.com and knew that I had coconut oil. IMMEDIATE relief, literally! I can actually sit down and type this. I also have ACV but decided to stick with coconut oil. It just seems so much more soothing than the vinegar. Although I will probably try that the next time, just to see if there is a difference. I'd rather smell like a coconut than a pickle! lol


Coconut Oil
Posted by Pinkpanther (Houston, Tx) on 06/11/2009
5 out of 5 stars

coconut oil. my children love the smell. It relieves itch and pain. Gently rub in as soon as you find you have a sunburn. The healing process is faster than anything else i have used. -it is an oil so it will be greasy but when you rub it in you can see the skin absorb just what it needs. Spread extra that sits on top of skin to any other area like lotion. *Even if it is not a sunburned area.It is good to eat. Healing inside and out!



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