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zak h
Whats the best way to cure a sunburn fast?

Unfortunately, there is no fast-fix sunburn treatment. Once sunburn occurs, you can't do much to limit damage to your skin. However, the following tips may reduce your pain and discomfort in the hours and days following sunburn:

Take anti-inflammatory medication, such as Aspirin or Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), on a regular basis according to the label instructions until redness and soreness subsides.
Apply cold compresses — such as a towel dampened with cool tap water — to the affected skin. Or take a cool bath.
Apply a moisturizing Cream, aloe or 1 percent Hydrocortisone cream to affected skin. A low-dose (0.5 percent to 1 percent) Hydrocortisone cream may decrease pain and swelling, and speed up healing.
Some dermatologists warn against using products that claim to relieve sunburn pain but may actually irritate your skin or cause an allergic reaction. These include topical "-caine" products, such as Benzocaine.

Keep in mind that it may take four to six hours after sun exposure to know the full extent and severity of sunburn. If blisters form, don't break them. They contain your natural body fluid (serum) and are a protective layer. Also, breaking blisters slows the healing process and increases the risk of infection. If needed, you can lightly cover blisters with gauze.

Within a few days, your body will start to heal itself by getting rid of the top layer of damaged skin — the "peeling" process. Following this process, your skin may have an irregular color and pattern for a time.

Seek medical care for sunburn if:

Severe sunburn covers a large portion of your body with blisters
Sunburn is accompanied by a high fever or extreme pain
Severe sunburn doesn't respond to at-home care within a few days

Preperation H, yeah I know what it is normally used for, exactly why it works so great for burns, it takes away the sting, and lessens the inflammation. Try it.

The first step is to stop your skin from burning. Just moving out of the sun won't stop it. You should apply a cool wet towel to the area, or lie in a cool bath if its all over you. DO NOT apply moisturiser until about a day after, as this doesnt allow the skin to breathe.
After a day or so of on and off cool water, you can apply any sort of 'sun burn cream'. There are so many on the market, and heaps have the same effect.
Make sure you don't get burnt on top of the already burnt area!
Drink heaps of water to stay hydrated.

Slather with tons of aloe vera gel and keep your skin moist.

Janet C
Hey there Zak! You can buy an aloe vera plant at any local nursery, sometimes you can find them at whole foods or natural markets like Trader Joe's or Whole Foods. Cut off the spines, then peel the green part of one side of the leaf (peel it carefully, you don't want to lose the valuable contents inside of the leaf. I usually cut the inside off), then slather the goo that comes out of it onto the back, or wherever you are sunburned. When that first part dries up, squeeze the layer under the first by running your thumb over it. You'll find it gets wet all over again. Continue to do this until your whole burned area is covered. You may have to reapply it a couple of times, depending upon how burned you are. You might have to use more than one leaf. They have commercial ones in drugstores, but there is no replacement for fresh Aloe on the skin. It's really a miracle cure for burns of any kind.

I was in Hawaii and ended up with a 2nd degree burn. One of the locals steered me towards an aloe plant in the parking lot. She told me the same thing I'm telling you. I couldn't even walk because the backs of my legs were so swollen and sun burned so badly. I put the Aloe on and within minutes the pain and swelling disappeared. I was able to sleep.

I guarantee that you won't be disappointed. Make sure you keep yourself hydrated and happy healing!

honestly the best way for me is to use lots and lots of solarcaine. it really does help relieve the pain

Stay hydrated, and keep lots of lotion or aloe on on the burned skin. And after it heals, if you have an unsightly tan line, use a loofa or some other type of semi-rough body sponge to help scrape off dead skin and get down to your normal skin tone faster.

Use solar Cain and its almost instant.

According to the many medical websites that I have visited here are some things that you can do to ease a sunburn.
1) Drink plenty of water as It will help your body to heal faster and fight dehydration. 2) take an over the counter pain Reliever to help sooth the pain. 3) take cool baths to help pull the heat out of the skin, 4) do not apply creamy ointments as they will actually trap the heat and make things worse, 5) use aloe vera on the skin to help cool the skin for long periods of time-- you can also place body Lotion in the refrigerator for a few hours and this will help as well if you have no aloe vera. 6) cover your body up with very lightweight clothing, especially over the burn to protect it from getting any more sun exposure. 7) This may sound silly but you can also use vinegar mixed with water to cool the burn as well. Mix 1/4 cup vinegar with 3 and a 1/2 cups water. 8) fill a tub with cool water and mix in a half cup of baking soda. It will help to soothe the burn and keep it from burning deeper.9) At all times in the future, wear an spf Sunscreen of at least 30 or stronger to protect yourself from a future burn and 9) Avoid the sun if at all possible in the future. The more times you burn the higher your risk of developing skin cancer in the future to come.

Jason Homan
Hi Zak. H, Aloe has always been known to be a great treatment for sunburn. If you're lucky enough to have access to an aloe plant, take a leaf and apply the gel from it. If you don't have an aloe plant, you will have to go the store to get aloe vera in the bottle. Just make sure you look for 100% aloe vera that contains no added ingredients. A regular dose of Vitamin E will also help to decrease skin inflammation. Vitamin E can be found in wheat germ or vegetable oils, especially sunflower oil, soybean oil, and nuts. If you decide to go with the supplement, make sure you only get the natural form. Another inflammation reducer is Aspirin; however, it only works if take within the first twenty-four hours of being overexposed to the sun.

If you don't feel like going to the store for your relief, then you can always try some home remedies. A cool, not cold, bath can relieve your pain. You can add 1 cup of vinegar to tepid bath water for pain relief, or try a 1/4 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup cornstarch combination. Just make sure you don't add bubbles or fragrances to the bath water.

Vegetables are known to help as a sunburn remedy. When applied to the burn, thinly sliced cucumbers, potatoes, or apples can be soothing and may even help reduce the inflammation. Dabbing milk on the sunburn with gauze for 20 minutes every 2 to 4 hours may also do the trick.

So if you find yourself with sunburns, try one of the remedies listed above. However, if you have the chills, nausea, fever, faintness, fatigue, purple blotches or discoloration on your skin, excessive blistering, or intense itching, it's time to skip the remedies and head to the doctor.
Jason Homan

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