Caring for a Sunburn

Getting a blistering sunburn significantly increases our risk of developing a serious type of skin cancer called malignant melanoma. Skin cancer usually occurs from a sunburn received during childhood. As the Earth’s ozone layer thins, we are even more vulnerable to ultraviolet (UV) rays that can cause skin cancer.

Treating a sunburn quickly and with healing ingredients is important to help reduce the damage and to protect against further damage.

Aloe Vera Gel
For sunburn there is nothing better than aloe vera gel; it is antibacterial and deeply healing for burns in part because of aloectin B, which stimulates the immune system. Aloe vera gel is used in hospitals for burn victims. Aloe Vera comes from the aloe vera plant, and the gel may be squeezed from its leaves, or you can buy pure aloe vera gel as a product in most health food stores.

Vitamin E Cream
One of the antioxidants, vitamin E creams, ointments and oils, can help heal sunburn damage and shorten its effects.

Increase Your Vitamin C
Another antioxidant, increasing your vitamin C intake while sunburned will help you heal.

Black Tea Sunburn Soother
The tannins in cool black tea will help sooth a sunburn.

Baking Soda Bath
Have a cool bath to which 1/2 a cup of baking soda has been added.

Calendula Creams
Calendula is one of the most healing plants. The flowers are emollient, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antiviral. They are immune system stimulants and rich in carotenoids. Look in your health food store for calendula creams and ointments.

Avoid: Petroleum jelly, as it will hold in the heat.

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Lydia Price

When I was a child I always sunburned very badly. Good Old Doc Benton told my mom to always get the heat out of it first because you will continue to burn even if the heat source is removed. I soaked in very cool water. Next came the black tea, the tannins are indeed good for you. After that, you can use any kind of moisturizer you want. {We used rosewater lotion}.

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra2 years ago

Thank you Annie, for Sharing this!

Actually, Olive Oil works best. It can turn a Sunburn into a Tan, Overnight!

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

Thank you what a great article.

Robert O.
Robert O.4 years ago

Thanks Annie.

John S.
Past Member 4 years ago

Thanks, all good stuff.

K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Paula P.
Paula P.5 years ago

I burned myself BADLY being dumb 4 days ago - I pulled the heating unit from the electric griddle when finished 'griddling' pancakes and dropped and tried catching it as a reflex action. Well, I caught it alright.

Rather than the automatic 'run under cold water', I grabbed the Made from Earth Aloe & Jojoba Lotion and slowly dribbled it into my hand and let it run over the side where the worst part of the burn was. Because it had been in the frig and was cold, I could feel the relief right away but as it dried, it hurt like heck.

I repeated the application throughout the day about 5 times, using maybe 4 drops each time. It is now 4 days since I was that dumb and I never got a blister, never had it bubble up, it never scabbed over, and this morning I can barely see it. It did scar a teeny bit, but nothing like I thought it would based on my past experiences of burning myself. This situation alone will definitely ensure I NEVER run out of this stuff.

Dan S.
Dan S.5 years ago

Very good article, I've followed a few articles about aloe vera now and every time I find something new. I have a sensible skin and I get sunburns every time I'm exposed to the sun more than 30 minutes, I usually used yogurt to calm my skin but I really hope aloe vera works better

gail d.
gail dair5 years ago


Yvonne Mendes Siblini

Fish oil and evening primrose oil supplements can be added too to treat sunburns.