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Home Remedies for Sunburn

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

So you want to find some health home remedies for a sunburn? Sunburns are a direct result of overexposure to sunlight or a sun-equivalent. Getting sunburned is a very common occurrence and nearly everyone can relate to this experience. Anyone who visits a beach, goes fishing, is working long hours in the yard, or simply caught outdoors on a hot day can sunburn. Improper tanning beds are also another common cause for sunburn. Although seldom fatal, sunburns can cause a significant amount of discomfort. Fortunately, there are many home remedies for sunburn to treat this uncomfortable ailment.

Sunburn Causes

A sunburn occurs when your skin literally becomes burned. This burn is caused by ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which causes inflammation of the skin. Injury typically starts within 30 minutes of exposure. Travel to regions close to the equator, and places at high altitudes all offer the unwary visitor an opportunity to be injured by harmful UV rays. An excessive amount of exposure to sunlight, and also tanning beds, can cause sunburns. However, normal limited exposure to UV radiation can produce the natural release of beneficial vitamin D in the skin.

Mild occurrences of sunburn usually result in minor skin redness and irritation. However, with more intense exposure, severe burns victims can experience shock and even death. Extreme sunburn can be incredibly painful. In the beginning, your skin will turn red about 2-6 hours after exposure and will feel irritated. The peak effects of sunburn become more pronounced at 12-24 hours.

Home Remedies for Sunburn

While the best type of natural home remedy prior to a sunburn starts prior to your exposure to the sun, if you are preparing for an excursion for an extended period into the sun, you should practice these self care tips.

If you feel yourself burning, your first step should be to get out of the sun. If this is not possible, try to cover as much exposed skin as possible. Get out of the tanning bed, if that is your source of UV radiation.

Once you have removed yourself from the immediate cause of sunburn, you should try to relieve the discomfort. Medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen are useful especially when these over the counter drugs are taken early on.

If your sunburn is mild, a natural home remedy for your sunburn is to apply a cool compress made of equal parts milk and water. You may also use cold compresses with Burow solution. This type of compress can be found at your local drugstore. Dissolve 1 packet in 1 pint of water. Soak gauze or a soft clean cloth in it. Gently wring out the cloth and apply to the sunburned area for 20-30 minutes. Change the cloth and reapply a fresh solution every 2-3 hours.

Another very common natural home remedy for sunburn is aloe. Virtually anyone raised in a beach community knows the secret of aloe-based lotions. There are many commercial types available. If you have aloe growing in your front yard, you can even tear apart a leaf of the plant and apply the cool jelly like substances from the leaves directly onto your damaged skin.

Cool baths may help, but you should avoid ice cold baths. Also remember to avoid bath salts, oils, and perfumes because these may produce adverse reactions. Avoid scrubbing the skin or shaving the skin. Use soft towels to and pat your skin dry. Absolutely do not rub the skin. Use a light, fragrance-free skin moisturizer. Obviously, you should stay out of the sun while you are sunburned.

The Best Natural Home Remedy for Sunburn is Prevention

The best natural home remedy for suburns is to simply avoid the sun. While this advice is often not practical, you can mitigate your exposure to sun damage by wearing wide brimmed hats, wearing long sleeve shirts, and long pants. Apply sunscreen to the face, lips, and any other exposed sensitive skin. The higher the SPF rating, the greater the sun protection offered. SPF is a ratio of the time it takes to produce a skin reaction on protected and unprotected skin. Therefore, an 30 SPF sunscreen should allow you to be exposed 30 times longer than with no sunscreen. However, in practice, this is not 100% true.


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