How To Get Rid Of Redness From Sunburn?


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Rory Copus Profile
Rory Copus answered
It is quite difficult to get rid of redness from sunburn immediately as it is caused by damage to your skin which takes time to rectify itself. However there are a number of ways you can either disguise sunburn or help to hasten the speed at which it will fade.

The most immediate method to disguise sunburn is to apply an after sun with added false tan. This will soothe the burn, minimize the risk of peeling and will make the skin look more tanned as opposed to bright red. Another technique, which should only be used on minimal sunburn, is to use talcum powder to take the redness away. However talc has a drying effect on the skin which may make the skin more prone to peeling which is why it should only be used on minimal burn. To minimize the risk of peeling, you should first liberally apply a high-quality moisturizer and allow that to sink in for around an hour. This will replace moisture lost in the skin.

The above techniques are more related to disguising the burn; however in terms of best treating sunburn the following techniques should be used. Apply a cool compress to the burnt area: A mixture of water and milk can enhance the soothing effect of this. Similar to this, a cool bath may help alleviate the stinging sensation which accompanies sun burn. Do not add anything to the bath, such as salts, or bubble bath as these will dry the skin. Follow this with applying a good moisturizer or a specially designed after sun lotion to the skin. Aloe Vera gel is also good at soothing sunburn and stopping the stinging sensation. If the pain of sunburn is uncomfortable, aspirin-based medication can be taken to alleviate symptoms.
jenna radabaugh Profile
jenna radabaugh answered
VINIGAR! Its not the best of smells but it will take the red and burning away....the best part about it though is that it makes your burn turn into a tan instead of peeling. Depending on how bad your burnt you may still peel so keep it moisturized as well.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Aloe vera lotion works well, but, if you have the chance use an actual aloe plant. They both help quite a bit. Also, if you want to get rid of the sting try putting vinegar on the burn, it smells bad and stings for about 30 minutes but after that you won't feel it at all.
Jana (rhymes with banana) Profile
If you cannot avoid over-exposure to the sun, then the best home remedy is, believe it or not, vinegar.  Even pickle juice will work.  I have done it.  It restores the acidity that the burn removes and if you put it on a washcloth, full strength it will stop the burn and reduce blistering.  I stayed up all night once to keep compresses on my brother after a bad, bad sunburn.
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Anonymous answered
Usually when I get sunburned, which isn't often I put "Petroleum Jelly" or in the more popular term Vaseline on myself. It has a  cooling feeling and really takes the red away. It's also very inexpensive so you can probably pick some up (if you don't have it) for pretty cheap. You can also try creams with aloe vera, that tends to be very soothing! Good Luck
Cat Valentine Profile
Cat Valentine answered
I just recently got a sun burn well more like a tanning bed burn  but I used black tea bags. I filled my bathroom sink up half way with water. Added enough tea bags to make the water near black. Grab the tea bags and jus rub them on your skin. Let them soak on your skin for atleast an hour if you can leave it on over night that would be really great. The tea will rub off on clothing so make sure you are aware of that before beginning. After you let it soak hop in the shower and clean it all off. This relieved the sting almost instantly and the redness was gone within a day. Milk also helps really well. Sounds weird puttin milk on your body but damp a rag and put it on your face ull be glad you did. There are so many things you can do for a sun burn but everyone is different. Hope this helps.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Try using aloe vera this helps calm down the redness (fresh from the plant - do not use products with aloe vera in it). Drink lots of water. Take cold showers (do not use soap as this irritates the skin even more!). Wear soft, comfortable clothing, preferably cotton. Stay out of the sun as much as possible
Hope I helped!
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Anonymous answered
I'm a 15 year old girl and like most teenagers think she knows best. I'm now on holiday in the south of france and have been sun burnt worse than ever before. But I don't really want to go into a chemist to ask for all these different lotions which I can't pronounce in english let alone french! So I've worked with what I have and mixed all the things that are supposed to help sunburn into one mixture! I'm now sitting with paper towels on my legs and I must say my legs can't feel any pain at the moment. In the mixture ive got lemon juice, aloe vera, milk and water. I'm not sure if it will help in the long run but its working for the time being . X
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Anonymous answered
You have killed the outer layer of skin and your body has to heal this
area. The skin will dry and then peel off as the new skin is being
formed. This can take up to 2 weeks. In the meantime, to keep the
itching at a minimum, applying any moisturizing lotion will help as will
any product with aloe in it. Aloe Vera lotion helps you in this.
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Kyoko Katayama Profile
Kyoko Katayama answered
The redness is one component of inflammation secondary to the skin damage produced by over-exposure to the sun.  Plain aspirin, by mouth, will help clear the redness and the pain.
leeanzia Profile
leeanzia answered
The way to get rid of the sting out of a sunburn is to cut a tomato in half and rub that on your back it's how my mum got rid of the sting out of my sunburns when I was young.
Chris m Profile
Chris m answered
I found that oil of oregano works really well. My last sunburn I put it on that night , next day no pain, day 2 back in the sun! No blistering also!
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Anonymous answered
I heard if you pee in a bottle and put the urine in the microwave for 5 minutes and then let it cool for about 10 minutes and then mix it with lotion. Then all you have to do is rub it on your skin and the burn will go away instantly.

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