Even after years of telling people to use sunscreen, sunburns still seem to be pretty common and judging by social media, people love to share their pain, so how do we cool the burn? here’s a few things that may surprise you, first aspirin or ibuprofen not only eases the pain, they cut the inflammation, that’s a hallmark of sunburn but no aspirin for children, another anti-inflammatory for sunburn is cortisone cream as long as you don’t use it over too much body area, cool water or green tea compresses also eases and vernon soothe the skin and there’s something you might have in the refrigerator, you could use milk compresses. If you’re gonna use milk, it’s better to use full fat milk, a lot of people drink skim milk but the fat is very good cuz it’s very soothing to the skin so that’s important. You could use yogurt, greek yogurt is very good because it also has a lot of fat content so that’s very soothing as well, a poultice of baking soda and cool water is soothing because the pH is similar to skin, aloe vera gel is healing but avoid those with fragrance because that can irritate the skin and even though it sounds like a good idea, ice is a no-no, that’s the worst thing you can do because then you’re putting a cold burn on top of a hot likewise avoid creams with local anesthetics, while they might feel good, they tend to sensitize, people only seen severe allergic reactions from that. Another thing to avoid, butter or petroleum jelly on a sunburn that keeps heat in the skin, use a light moisturizer instead to soothe the skin but if you feel weak or dizzy or develop fever and chills, go see a doctor.

You can also try these home treatments for sunburn:

Soak in a bath with these natural ingredients:

Oatmeal: Put ground oatmeal in a sachet or sock and add it to your bath water.

Baking soda or cornstarch: Both help to relieve itching and inflammation when mixed with bath water.

Cider vinegar: Soaking in a vinegar bath can ease pain, inflammation, and itching.

Make skin-soothing remedies you can put on burnt skin using items from around your kitchen:

Witch hazel: Put this anti-inflammatory astringent onto a clean cloth and apply to the affected area.

Oatmeal: Create a paste with rolled oats, honey and milk.

Tea: Brew some black, green or chamomile tea, let it cool and soak a clean cloth in the mixture. You can even add mint leaves to enhance the cooling effect.

Baking soda or cornstarch: Create a paste with either ingredient and water.

Coconut oil: Cool the affected area with cool water then apply the oil.

Go easy on natural home remedies and treatments at first to make sure you aren’t allergic to the ingredient(s), and to avoid further irritation or damage to your skin. To prevent an infection don’t put anything on blisters or open wounds.

How to treat blisters and peeling:

Don’t burst blisters. If they burst on their own, wash the area gently with soap and water, apply an antibiotic, and cover with a non-stick gauze bandage.

Handle peeling gently. Skin peeling is a natural process. It happens a few days after you get a sunburn. Continue to moisturize; you can use an aloe vera lotion or gel.

Avoid products that end with “caine,” like benzocaine. Some people are allergic to them.

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