Many sun worshippers, outdoor lovers and those with sensitive skin know the pain of sunburn all too well. Most people know the best treatment for sunburn pain is prevention. Medical professionals always recommend sunscreen that blocks harmful UV rays to protect the skin. Sunscreen adds a necessary layer of protection that helps to protect the skin. Sunburn is highly damaging to the skin. It can cause permanent damage, premature aging and skin cancer later in life. Sunburn as the name suggests is a burn to the skin. You would never dip your hand in a pot of water, turn on the gas and wait for your hand to turn red and become burned, but when you bake in the sun for hours unprotected or wearing too little protection, that is exactly what you are doing. Sunburn leaves the skin red, burning, blistering, hot and in pain. Sunburn suffers look for quick relief for sunburn pain to get them out of their misery. There are a few remedies that will help your skin feel better, but only time will really help. Sunburn is quite uncomfortable and downright painful. While you are waiting for your skin to heal, you can make yourself a little more comfortable.
Relieving Sunburn Pain with Vinegar
Mix 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a small bowl and stir to blend the ingredients
Dip a sterile gauze pad or sterile cotton balls into the mixture.
Gently apply the oil and vinegar soaked pads to the sunburned areas.
Stop the hurt with Tea
Bring 1 quart of water to a boil and turn the heat off the kettle or pot.
Add 10 to 12 Black Tea bags or 2 to 3 tablespoons of loose Black tea.
Allow the tea to steep.
Remove the tea bags or strain the loose tea.
Allow the tea to cool to room temperature.
Put the tea in the refrigerator until it is chilled.
Dip a soft washcloth into the tea, wring out the excess liquid and apply to sunburned skin.
Do not rub the skin, only lay the wash cloth on painful burned areas for relief.
Vitamin E for Sunburn Pain Relief
Pierce a few Vitamin E capsules.
Apply the Vitamin E oil to the sunburn. Use a sterile cotton ball, sterile gauze or your finger tips to gently apply.
Aloe Vera Helps Sunburn Pain
Break off a piece of fresh Aloe Vera.
Apply the thick gel like liquid from inside of the Aloe plant to sunburned skin for cooling relief. Aloe vera gel can also be bought, but be sure to buy natural aloe vera gel which is available in health food stores, natural pharmacies and online.
A Bath to Soothe the Skin
Run a barely warm bath.
Add 1 1/2 to 2 cups of baking soda to the bath water.
Sit, soak and relax in the tub for at least 20 minutes to cool the painful sunburn.
Grab the Buttermilk, evaporated Milk or Yogurt for Pain Relief
Dab your sunburn with refrigerated buttermilk, evaporated milk or plain yogurt to soothe sunburn pain. Buttermilk works the best because of the high fat content. The high fat content has burn soothing properties.
Another Soothing Bath
Take a bath with colloidal oatmeal such as Aveeno Oatmeal Bath. Colloidal oatmeal will help to ease the burn.
Sunburn Pain Relief Tips
Take an over the counter pain reliever such as Tylenol or Advil to be more comfortable.
Drink plenty of fluids to rehydrate your body. Sports drinks are the best rehydration option. Double your normal fluid intake because sunburn causes dehydration.
Of course the best remedy for sunburn pain is prevention. Always wear sunscreen and stay out of the sun especially if you are very fair, taking certain prescription or over the counter medications which can make you more sunburn prone.
If you develop a fever or if sunburn causes large breaking blisters see a medical professional. Do not use any home treatment for sunburn if you have a suspected case of sun poisoning.