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i need help with my sunburn!

i was in the pool and my upper back, shoulders, and face got burned so bad! Smiley Sad i was in so much pain, my shirt rubbed on it, and now my burn is peeling! i look scaley and like a lizard! i wouldn't mind so much as it is summer and i don't have to go to school, but in 9 days, i have to go to califronia for a week! i'll be at the pool and beach in a swimsuit (a bikkini, can't buy another last minute) and my mom is going to want to take millions of pictures! and put them on facebook! how can i quickly heal my burn and get back to normal? kudus to you if you help!

Hi, Try using the Koress cooling yogurt. You'll instantly...


Try using the Koress cooling yogurt. You'll instantly notice the redness going down and a cooling sensation. It will also help reduce peeling and irritation. I've seen girls that are lobster red put this on and in minutes the red has calmed down.

Go to your local nursery and pick up an Aloe plant.  It w...

Go to your local nursery and pick up an Aloe plant.  It will be one of the best beauty investments you'll ever make, guaranteed! Not only great for sunburns, but also regular burns, acne, other wounds, ect.  I sware...this is a miracle plant and should be a basic staple in everyone's beauty collection!

Oh nanobear, Ouch!! I feel your pain, actually I've felt...

Oh nanobear, Ouch!! I feel your pain, actually I've felt your pain many times. Once it went beyond sunburn, I had to go the doctor, I had sun poisoning and had a few Rx treatment oroducts that cost about 8 or 10 mllion dollars. But they helped,( no idea what they were) How long has it been since you got your sunburn? Usually things with Aloe and Cocoa Butter are excellent, you don't have to get something insanely expensive. You might want to try using Aveeno Oatmeal Soothing Bath and Body Treatments. I remember my mom using the Oatmeal Bath when we were little kids, so they've been around a long time and have a great reputation. The Oatmeal bath does start getting a big gunky after a while and when you can't take that anymore, that's when you know it's time to get out. It's so good for your skin though. Aveeno makes some other wonderful products, some anti-itch treatments, which you may start needing. I suggest using multiples. Showere in AM b4 school and put on an oatmeal product, come home take another quick cool shower and then try Cocoa Butter, next time use Aloe. You could just choose one of these but sometmes it helps using different things. This all depends on your skin though, if you're normally sensitive you might be better off trying just 1 or 2.


You could also call your GP or Dermatologist, which would not be a bad idea at all, they won't necessarily make you come in, but they may be able to give you some good ideas once you explain what stage of this you're in and that you need to get it cleared up ASAP. Some of the products I used' back then' may now not be Rx treatments anymore, they might be over the counter at this point.


You should also definitely stay away from overly fragranced products, especially if they are faux-scented products. Something from bath and body works would likely not be your best bet. You want to keep items as natural and gentle as possible. The quick cool showers and gentle products with gentle ingredients should serve you well. You could go to and read a little more about there products, stay away from the foaming bath products though. They have various anti-itch treatment products that may be helpful as this progresses. If you don't have time to wait to get something mail order you could ask your pharmacist or grocery chain to order it for you. They usually are pretty accomidating and can get products pretty quickly.


I hope this info was helpful. I hope you have a wonderful time and that your skin is in good shape by then. Just make sure to wash off as soon as possible after being in the water (pool or beach water, especially pool though) and continue to moisturize religiously. Have a great time and rock that bikini, I'm sure you'll be in great shape by then. I hope you'll come back in and fill us in on the products you use and how your trip was, okay? Enjoy yourself.

I know how you feel. I live in 90-104 degree weather most...

I know how you feel. I live in 90-104 degree weather most of the year and I go to the beach every year and I went through the exact same thing on Memorial day weekend. Here's the best thing in the world and nothing works as good as this: I buy mine at Walmart.


Pure Aloe Vera gel.   straight from aloe plant is better,...

Pure Aloe Vera gel.


straight from aloe plant is better, but you can get aloe vera gel anywhere (with the generic moisturizers in any walmart/target etc). Take a shower, gently smooth the shower gel over the skin to get the sunscreen and dirt off, don't rub. When you are out, apply aloe vera gel liberally at all places that look red, and reapply as soon as it dries a bit.


I used to live in South Texas and while I apply SPF to face, I forgot that my dress is strapless. It was a whole day event (7hrs) under 90-110 degree sun. By 4pm, my neck is redder than my lips. I immediately brought 100% Aloe Vera gel, went home, took a shower, then locked myself in my room (cuz I was half naked in order to get gel over all the burns). I repeat that until night and just wore a t-shirt over it and slept. Do it any time you have a chance to, and 2 days later, I was as good as new.

My experience with sunburn is that when it's peeling, don...

My experience with sunburn is that when it's peeling, don't peel it just let it peel on its own. When I've peeled it, I've been left with white patches that did not go away all season. I also have seen a friend never really get an even skin tone back. Also, I've used this stuff called LidacaIne (sp?) which is blue and medicated to numb it, and is sold in drugstores. The best remedy I know of is using pure aloe. I have an aloe plant that I pull off stems and squeeze out the aloe. It goes a long way, and works. The stuff in drugstores is not real aloe, and I've found doesn't really work. In the meantime, obviously stay out of the sun, that's better than even being in the sun but using high SPF. I've been on vacay and gotten burnt and thought that I could still go in the sun, just SPF it up, but it made it worse even with SPF on. And I used the 70 I put on my kids. I try to use a decent SPF even though I want a tan because you'll still tan no matter what, just keep the burning at kids wear 70 all summer, and they end up tan but have never been burnt.

im sure its obvious i didnt wright all this but i have tr...

im sure its obvious i didnt wright all this but i have tried most of them and they all help me Smiley Happy 



For large sunburned areas, an apple cider vinegar bath works wonders. Use a brand from the health food store that has been wood-aged, rather than one from the supermarket that may have been chemically-aged. Apple cider vinegar helps to balance the skin’s pH factor, its acid/alkaline balance. As with all parts of the body, when there is chemical balance, healing is supported.

 Add two cups apple cider vinegar to a bathtub of warm water.
 Let your child soak for 15 minutes. The skin will be calmed and soothed, and much of the pain will be immediately relieved. 
 After the bath, you can use one of the remedies described below to promote further healing.


Though it may not have all of us living to 120 (remember those Russian peasant ads of several years back?), yogurt is a natural healer. It is the antidote for the burn of hot, spicy food in Indian cooking by re-establishing acid/alkaline balance and works the same way for sunburned skin. For sunburn, I use compresses of natural yogurt to help cool and hydrate the skin. 
 Wrap whole-milk, full-fat, plain yogurt in several layers of cheesecloth and compress the burn. 
 Replace with fresh compresses as the yogurt warms on the skin. 
 Repeat compresses until the skin is cooled and soothed. 
 Yogurt can be spread over the entire body--turning an upsetting, painful sunburn into a fun spa treatment that girls, especially, will love. (And boys, too: my son Brian has always enjoyed our herbal “spa treatments”.) Leave the yogurt on for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse off in a cool shower.


No apple cider vinegar or plain yogurt in the house? Then check the deepest recess of your refrigerator for that box of baking soda you stashed there eons ago (hopefully, not too many eons--to effectively deodorize your fridge, baking soda should be changed about every 3 months). Like apple cider vinegar and yogurt, baking soda helps to balance pH, the skin’s acid/alkaline balance. 
 Add ¼ cup baking soda to a warm bath for an effective sunburn-healing soak.
 Have your child soak for 15 minutes.


Aloe has the unique ability to help skin renew itself by stimulating cellular metabolism, thereby promoting oxygen exchange and increasing the absorption of nutrients. Aloe contains the anti-oxidant vitamins A and C; the minerals copper, selenium, and magnesium; and zinc, a powerful virus fighter. This method is best used for more localized sunburns.
 Rather than cutting from the tip or half way down the stalk, cut it at its base.
 Slit the stalk horizontally, exposing the gelatinous interior.
 Using the thickest, juiciest section for the burn, cut a piece large enough to completely cover the burn and its surrounding tissue. 
 Place the entire piece on the area (gel and peel, gel side toward the burn).
 Cover the aloe with roller gauze and surgical tape to keep it firmly in place. 
 Leave on overnight or, if burn occurred early in the day, cut a fresh piece of aloe to make a new dressing and leave on overnight.
 The remaining stalk of aloe may be wrapped in plastic wrap and refrigerated over night.
 In the morning, cut a new piece of the refrigerated aloe to make a fresh dressing.
 Repeat applications twice a day until area is healed.

LAVENDER OIL (Lavandula off.)

The essential oil of lavender is one of the only essential oils that can safely be applied to the skin without diluting it in a carrier oil. Applying lavender oil will take the sting out of the burn, and heal it quickly. It’s calming aromatherapy properties will help to ease the emotional upset of a painful burn.

In Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art (Crossing Press), herbalist Mindy Green combines the essential oil of lavender with aloe to create a soothing preparation for sunburn relief.


 In a 6-8 ounce glass jar mix together 4 ounces aloe gel (fresh from the plant or purchased in the health food store), ½ teaspoon essential oil of lavender, one teaspoon apple cider vinegar, and the contents of two 400IU capsules Vitamin E (puncture the Vitamin E capsules with a straight pin to release the contents).
 Tighten a cap onto the jar and shake to blend ingredients.
 This mixture may be gently patted on the affected area and reapplied as often as needed for relief of the sunburn’s heat and inflammation.
 For increased cooling benefit and freshness, keep the mixture refrigerated.

One more suggestion, feeding your children sweet potatoes will make them less likely to burn! A small sweet potato contains more than twice the daily need for beta carotene which helps to reduce the redness and inflammation of a sunburn. “Beta carotene accumulates in the skin, providing partial protection for 24 hours against sun damage”, says University of Arizona’s school of public health professor, Ronald Watson, PhD.

As safe as we try to make our homes for our children, they’re loaded with danger. Household chemicals, cooking appliances, electrical equipment and outlets are part of their everyday environment. Sometimes little hands reach for pots, hot plates or wires even before we have a chance to warn them. Whatever the severity of the burn, immediate action must be taken.


 Burns that appear more than reddened or mildly blistered should be immediately seen by your doctor or emergency room personnel. 
 If the skin is charred or severely blistered do not bathe it in water. If clothing or anything else is attached to the skin, leave it alone. Simply cover the area with a clean cotton cloth and allow the area to be professionally treated.
 You can give your child Rescue Remedy, a Bach Flower Essence found in health food stores (4 drops in a few ounces of water) to sip for shock and trauma while seeking emergency help--and you might like to sip some, too!

 Burns that seem manageable at home should be immediately bathed in cold water or cooled with cold water compresses for several minutes (use a soft cotton cloth such as a diaper, cotton napkin or old sheet or pillowcase torn into strips). This helps reduce the pain and inflammation, and prevents the burn from penetrating deeper into the skin.
 Completely cover the burned area with the remedy you choose and cover with a bandage. 
 If the area is too sensitive to be touched with the herbal preparation, use it to saturate a piece of gauze large enough to cover the burn and its surrounding tissue.
 Reapply 2-3 times a day. 
 The herbal preparations can be used for as long as you feel necessary. Prolonged use will promote healing and after a day or two the bandage will probably no longer be needed.

VITAMIN E. Puncture a vitamin E capsule with a straight pin, and spread a thick layer of the oil on the burned skin. I always keep a bottle of Vitamin E oil in my kitchen.

LAVENDER OIL (Lavandula off.). This is one of the only essential oils that can be applied directly to the skin without dilution (see sunburns, above).

ST. JOHN’S WORT OIL (Hypericum perforatum). Apply undiluted to the burn.

COMFREY OINTMENT (Symphytum off.). Apply directly on the burn.


This is one of Dr. John R. Christopher’s most famous and well-used treatments for burns. The herbal ingredients are anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial. They soothe tissue, and encourage growth of new skin. It can be used for severely reddened and blistered burns (if you feel comfortable handling them at home), or can be used a few days after medical treatment, with your doctor’s approval.
 Mix together 1 tablespoon each (leftover mixture can be stored in a small container to be used later):
Powdered comfrey root
Wheat germ oil
If you prefer, as a benefit of honey’s preservative properties, a larger quantity of the herbal mixture can be prepared and stored for a few days at room temperature.
 Cover the burned area and its surrounding tissue with a thick coating of the herbal mixture.
 Cover with a bandage.
 Check dressing twice a day. The ointment will be absorbed by the body. Add more ointment without removing old material. 
 When the body is no longer absorbing the mixture as quickly, replenish once a day until the site is completely renewed with freshly grown skin.
 To reduce the possibility of scarring, continue applying the wheat germ oil or apply castor oil until the skin has been totally restored.


Uncooked, raw, natural honey (purchased in a health food store) is a sweet, sticky way to ease the pain of a mild burn. Its anti-microbial and hydrating properties work to keep the area free of infection and well-moisturized. Scientific study of honey indicates that its trace amounts of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids help make it an effective treatment for burns, scrapes and minor sore throats.
 Gently apply a thick coating to take the hurt away in just seconds!
 Cover with gauze to keep the honey from messing clothing.
 Apply twice a day until the area is no longer sensitive.

ALOE (Aloe vera)

While preparing dinner, I accidentally scalded myself with boiling water. Even after bathing the area in cold water for several minutes, the resulting burn proved to be too much for my old standby, Vitamin E. When the Vitamin E oil sizzled as it was applied to the burn, I knew a more powerful botanical therapy was required. My lovely aloe plant--something no household should be without--was standing ready to be pressed into service. Aloe can be used for a sunburn or any other burn. See directions above in section on sunburns.

When I used the aloe on my scalding burn, I made one mistake: I failed to bind the aloe securely. In the morning, the area covered by the gel alone was still hot, reddened, and blistered. The area covered by the gel and peel, however, was totally healed--not even a hint of redness remained! This taught me how important it is to cover a burn with both the gel and peel of the aloe plant.

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