Sunburn: 15 Remedies To Get Rid of Redness, Dark Peeled Skin.

This page covers sunburn prevention and treatment. Sunburns, a common summer ailment caused by UV radiation, can range from mild to severe and affect anyone exposed to too much sun without protection. Even brief sun exposure can cause significant skin damage, leading to redness, pain, and blistering. This post discusses the dangers of sunburn, prevention methods, and treatment tips to soothe and heal sunburned skin. It also offers advice on the best sunscreens, sun hats, and other sun protection measures. Although it may seem minor, sunburn can have serious long-term consequences like increased risk of skin cancer and premature aging, along with short-term pain and discomfort. Here are some tips to help you avoid sunburn and stay protected from harmful UV rays.

What is Sunburn?

Sunburn is also known as Dhup ki kalima (Hindi/Urdu), Surya prakashane honara twache cha kshobh (Marathi), Venirkattikku (Tamil), Shai ban (Chinese), quemadura del sol (Spanish), queimadura de sol (Portuguese), Rode pora theke bamcara (Bengali), zagar (Russian). When it comes to the sun, a little bit goes a long way. Although sunshine helps the body manufacture vitamin D, an important nutrient, but can cause sunburn.

Causes and Symptoms

Sunburn occurs from overexposure to bright sunlight or ultraviolet radiation, such as from a solar lamp. The severity of inflammation depends on the degree of exposure. Melanin, the pigment in our skin, offers some protection, but it has its limits. Using chemical products like deodorants, soaps, perfumes, cough medicines, and other medications can weaken the skin, making it more susceptible to sunburn. Fair-skinned individuals or those unaccustomed to sun exposure are also more prone to sunburn. Symptoms include redness, soreness, dizziness, nausea, a sensation of heat, blistering, sensitivity to light, and skin peeling. Repeated sunburns can lead to premature aging, wrinkles, and DNA damage, potentially causing skin cancer. Here are some tips to prevent sunburn and remedies to treat it effectively.

Remove Sunburn from Face Quickly with DIY Home Cure

1. Sandalwood

  • Sandalwood has been known for centuries for its cooling and soothing properties, as well as its anti-inflammatory effects. It can help reduce redness, itching, and swelling caused by sunburns. It also helps to soothe pain associated with sunburns. To use sandalwood for sunburns, mix one teaspoon of sandalwood powder with enough water to create a paste. Then, apply it directly to the sunburned area and let it sit for 15 minutes. Rinse off with cool water. Repeat as necessary.
  • Make a paste of sandalwood and turmeric by mixing equal amounts of these herbs with a little cool water. Apply gently to the sunburned area. It will have a cooling effect. Note: This paste will stain your skin yellow for at least a couple of days and will also stain any clothing it touches.

2. Aloe Vera

  • Aloe applied to the affected areas is always a good recommendation. For minor burns or sunburn, first run the affected area under cold tap water for at least 10 minutes, then bathe in Aloe Vera gel.
  • Apply Aloe Vera cream to the site of the burn. You can also use some pure Aloe Vera gel (with no preservatives added), or if you have access to an aloe plant, lightly rub a piece of the plant on the sunburned area.
  • Aloe vera gel is one of the oldest home remedies for sunburns. It helps to soothe the skin, moisturize it and reduce inflammation. It also helps to restore your skin’s natural pH balance. It is known to be soothing, cooling, and moisturizing.

3. Green Tea Bag

  • Tea compresses are a time honored treatment for sunburns. Pour 1/2 cup boiling water into a cup. Dunk green tea or black tea bag of your choice. Steep and let cool to room temperature. Dip the clean cloth into the tea and apply to the burn. Green tea contains polyphenols which can help reduce inflammation and pain associated with sunburns.
  • Apply the cooled tea bag directly to the irritated skin. Green tea extracts applied to the skin provide some protection against the detrimental effects of ultraviolet light. Consuming green tea does, too. Although it protects against skin damage from solar radiation, topical green tea extract appears to be more effective when applied before, rather than after, sunburn.
  • Soaking tea bags in cool water and applying them directly to the affected area can help reduce redness, swelling and pain.
  • Use wet teabags to apply to sunburned areas.

4. Fuller’s Earth

Fullers earth, a highly absorbent type of clay, draws out oils and impurities from the skin. To treat sunburn, make a paste with fullers earth and water, then apply it to the sunburned area. The paste helps draw out heat, reduce inflammation, and soothe the skin. It also removes any toxins or impurities caused by the sunburn. Leave the fullers earth on the skin until it dries, then wash it off with cool water.

5. Yoghurt

Yoghurt is packed with probiotics which can help to reduce inflammation. Applying chilled yoghurt to the affected area can also help to cool the area. To use, apply a thin layer of plain yogurt to the affected area and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing it off with cool water.

6. Coriander Leaves

Coriander leaves are rich in antioxidants and can help soothe the skin and reduce inflammation. When applied topically, coriander leaves may help reduce the redness and pain caused by sunburns. Coriander leaves can also help protect the skin from further damage by providing a barrier against the sun’s UV rays. Additionally, the antibacterial properties of coriander leaves can help reduce the risk of infection. Mix equal parts of ground coriander leaves and cool water together until it forms a paste. Gently apply the paste to the sunburned area. Allow the paste to sit on the skin for 20 minutes. Rinse off and repeat as needed.

7. Oil

  • Lavender Essential Oil: Possibly the only essential oil that is safe to apply neat to large areas of the skin, lavender oil is a key first aid remedy for home use and when traveling. Apply the oil to minor burns and sunburn to promote healing and ease discomfort. OR Add a few drops of lavender and chamomile oils to a tub of live yogurt, and apply to affected areas to soothe, encourage healing, and reduce inflammation.
  • Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is a natural anti-inflammatory and helps to soothe and moisturize the skin. Apply coconut oil directly to the sunburned area for relief.  It is also popular to help with the healing process.

8. Cucumber

Apply fresh cucumber or cucumber juice to sunburned skin to cool it down. Cucumbers has cooling properties and can help reduce the pain of a sunburn. Simply cut a cucumber into slices and place them directly on the sunburned area. Blend it into a paste to help soothe sunburns. The cooling effect of cucumbers can help to reduce inflammation and pain.

9. Rose Water

Rose water has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and cooling properties which can help reduce the redness, pain, and swelling of sunburns. It can also help to moisturize the skin and speed up the healing process. Applying it directly to the skin can also help to soothe the burning sensation and provide relief.

10. Watermelon

Watermelon is high in antioxidants, which can help reduce inflammation and irritation. It can be a helpful remedy for sunburns.  The minerals in watermelon, such as potassium, also help to hydrate the skin and reduce the redness associated with sunburns. Additionally, the high water content in watermelon helps to soothe sunburned skin. To use watermelon for sunburn relief, blend the fruit into a paste and apply it directly to the affected area. Leave it on for 15 minutes and rinse it off.

11. Witch Hazel Compress

Take 1oz. (25g.) cut bark and 2 cups (500ml.) water. Simmer together for 10 minutes. Strain and allow to cool. Dip a cloth into the decoction, wring, and apply for a half-hour, wetting it again as needed.

12. Sunscreen

Choose a waterproof sunscreen with a minimum of 30 SPF (preferably, 50 SPF), with both UVA and UVB block, and apply it generously 30 minutes before sun exposure. Pay special attention to your face, nose, ears, and shoulders. Reapply every hour or after you go in the water. Use a sunscreen on a regular basis, including on cloudy days, since 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays pass through the clouds.

13. Cold Compress

  • Place an ice bag or a bag of frozen food (like corn, peas, or beans) on the affected area to cool the skin. But don’t leave ice touching your skin for more than a minute or two without a break.
  • Use cold compresses to reduce the pain and irritation of a sunburn. Simply soak a cloth in cold water and apply it directly to the affected area.
  • Take a gauze pad, dip it into cool milk (either cow’s milk or goat’s milk), and apply it directly to the sunburn. If you have no milk available, use a cloth dipped in cool water, but milk is better.
  • Apply a little fresh cream (from milk) directly on the sunburned skin.
  • Sliced tomatoes placed onto the burned area will soothe and heal the damaged skin.
  • The flesh of a ripe avocado soothes sunburned skin.

14. Comfrey Root

A tea made from comfrey root makes a soothing remedy for sunburn. Add 2 teaspoons of chopped comfrey root to 1 cup of water. Cover and bring to the boil. Once boiling, remove from the heat and leave to steep for 15 minutes. Soak a cloth in the cooled liquid and place on affected area.

15. DIY Kitchen Remedies

  1. Egg: Another home remedy suggests applying stiffly whipped egg whites to the burned skin. Leave to dry then wash off gently with chamomile tea.
  2. Calendula: Calendula speeds the healing of burns.
  3. Lettuce: Pulverize some lettuce and apply the pulp directly to the sunburn.
  4. Turmeric: Turmeric is a natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agent. Make a paste of turmeric powder and water and apply it on the affected area to reduce pain and inflammation.
  5. Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is a natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. Applying a diluted solution to the affected area can help to reduce inflammation and pain.
  6. Baking Soda: Baking soda can be used to make a paste that can be applied to the affected area. It is known to be a natural anti-inflammatory and can help to reduce pain and swelling.
  7. Potatoes: Applying raw potato slices to the affected area can help to reduce pain and inflammation. It is also known to help soothe the skin.
  8. Oatmeal Bath: Oatmeal can help to reduce inflammation and pain associated with sunburns. Add one cup of oatmeal to warm bath water and soak in the bath for 15-20 minutes. This will help to soothe the sunburned skin.

Tips to Prevent Sunburn for Beautiful Skin this Summer

  • Avoid or minimize exposure to sunlight from 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. Those are the peak hours of the sun’s strength.
  • If there is damage externally, there is damage internally, it’s also really important to eat high-antioxidant foods like blueberries to help the body heal. Drink plenty of water, too, to rehydrate yourself.
  • Rub a little vitamin E oil into the affected area, soon after the burning, to help the healing process and prevent peels and scarring.
  • Limit your time in the direct sun to no more than half an hour.  At high altitudes, even this may be too long.
  • For sunburns, try a cream or gel with menthol or camphor. Either will help take the sting away.
  • Some sunscreens now contain green tea. Farmers in Asia don’t have the skin cancer rate we have in the United States, and the thinking is it’s because they drink a lot of green tea. Studies show that the nutrients in green tea actually protect against skin cancer, so it’s a good idea to add some to your diet, too.
  • When you have a wound of significant size, your body needs extra protein for healing. Chicken—white and dark meat— provides ample protein. When you’ve plucked the bones clean, use them to make delicious bone soup.
  • Before going into the sun, apply neem oil to the exposed parts of the body. Neem is a good sun blocker that will help protect your skin.
  • Drink coconut water or coconut milk.
  • Before and after showering, apply neem oil to your skin. Coconut oil is also helpful.
  • Sunburn can trigger psoriasis so take care and avoid sunburn. So keep yourself cool this summer.


Q. Do sunburns turn into tans?
No, sunburns do not turn into tans. Sunburns are a skin injury caused by overexposure to the sun, while a tan is a cosmetic effect caused by the skin producing more melanin when exposed to the sun. Sunburns can lead to long-term skin damage and should be avoided.

Q. Can a human tongue be sunburned?
Yes, a human tongue can be sunburned, although it is uncommon. Sunburns can occur on any exposed area of skin, and the tongue is no exception.

Q. How long will it be before this sunburn returns back to a normal colour? How long does it take for a sunburn to heal?
It depends on the severity of the sunburn. Generally, mild sunburns will begin to heal in a few days, while severe sunburns may take several weeks or longer to heal.

Q. What is the worst part of your body to get sunburnt?
The worst part of the body to get sunburnt is the face, as it is exposed to the sun most of the time and is very delicate.

Q. How can a sauna affect a sunburn?
Saunas can worsen sunburn. The heat from the sauna can cause the skin to become irritated and worsen the sunburn. It is best to avoid saunas if you have a sunburn.

Q. How long should I wait to tan after a sunburn?

You should wait at least one to two weeks before attempting to tan after a sunburn. It is important to allow your skin to heal and repair itself before exposing it to more UV rays.

Q. How long does sunburn last?

Sunburn typically lasts for up to three days. However, it can take up to a week for the redness to completely fade and for the skin to return to its normal color.

Q. Which cream is best for sunburn?

There are many creams available that can help soothe sunburns. Some of the most popular options include aloe vera gel, hydrocortisone cream, and products that contain lidocaine or menthol. It is best to consult with a dermatologist to determine which cream is best for your particular sunburn.

Q. Is it possible to get a sunburn in the shade?

Yes, it is possible to get a sunburn in the shade. Sunburns occur when ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun penetrates the skin and damages the cells. Although shade can block some of the UV radiation from the sun, it does not block it all. Therefore, it is possible to get sunburned in the shade.

Q. Should you peel your skin when a sunburn starts peeling, or leave it alone?

It is best to leave the skin alone and let it peel naturally. Peeling the skin can cause further damage and increase the risk of infection. It is also important to keep the skin moisturized to prevent further irritation.

Q. What helps heal sunburn fast? What is the best home remedy for sunburn?
  • Take a cool bath or shower.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Apply aloe vera or a moisturizing cream.
  • Wear loose, lightweight clothing.
  • Use a cold compress.
  • Use over-the-counter pain relief.
  • Avoid further sun exposure. 
Q. How can I prevent sunburn?
  1. Wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, and reapply it every two hours.
  2. Wear protective clothing such as a wide-brimmed hat and long-sleeved shirt.
  3. Seek shade when outdoors, especially between the hours of 10am and 4pm when the sun’s rays are the strongest.
  4. Avoid tanning beds and sun lamps.
  5. Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun, even on cloudy days.
Q. How do you get rid of sun blisters?

Sun blisters should not be popped as this can lead to infection. Sun blisters should be left alone to heal on their own. To reduce pain and swelling, cool compresses can be applied to the affected area and over-the-counter pain medications can be taken. If a sun blister becomes red, warm, or painful or if it is accompanied by any fever or rash, medical attention should be sought.

Q. How do you treat severe sunburn? How to treat a really bad sunburn on face?
  • Take a cool shower or bath. Soak in cool water for 10-15 minutes to help reduce inflammation and pain.
  • Apply aloe vera. Aloe vera is a natural cooling agent that helps reduce inflammation and pain associated with sunburns.
  • Use a cold compress. Apply a cold compress to the affected area to help reduce swelling and pain.
  • Take ibuprofen or aspirin. Ibuprofen and aspirin can help reduce swelling and pain associated with sunburns.
  • Moisturize. Use a moisturizer that contains aloe vera or other cooling agents to help reduce inflammation and pain.
  • Wear loose clothing. Tight clothing can irritate the skin and cause further discomfort.
  • Avoid further sun exposure. Stay out of the sun and wear protective clothing and sunscreen when you do go outside.
Q. How do you treat sunburned lips?

Sunburned lips can be treated by applying a cold compress or aloe vera gel to the affected area. Additionally, it is important to stay hydrated and apply lip balm with a high SPF to protect the lips from further sun damage.

Q. Can dark skinned people get sunburns?

Yes, dark skinned and black people can get sunburns. While they may be less likely to get sunburns than lighter skinned people, they are still at risk of sun damage and should wear sunscreen and protective clothing when spending time outdoors.

Q. Will I damage my skin if I peel my sunburn?

You should not peel your sunburn as this can lead to further skin damage. Instead, you should allow your skin to heal naturally and apply a moisturizer to help keep your skin hydrated.

Q. Can sunburn lead to skin cancer?

Yes, sunburns can lead to skin cancer. Unprotected exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can increase your risk of skin cancer. Over time, this radiation can damage your skin cells, causing mutations in their DNA that can lead to skin cancer.

Q. What is the difference between sunburn and suntan?

Sunburn is a skin condition that occurs when the skin has been exposed to too much sun or ultraviolet radiation, resulting in red, tender, and sometimes blistered skin. Sunburn is a form of skin damage and can increase the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. A suntan is a change in the skin color caused by exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. The body produces more melanin, a pigment in the skin, to protect itself from the UV radiation. A suntan can provide some protection from sunburn, but it does not completely protect against the damage caused by UV radiation.

Q. What causes sunburned skin to peel?

Sunburned skin peels due to the damage caused to the skin by the UV radiation from the sun. When the skin is exposed to the sun for too long, the UV radiation damages the skin cells, leading to inflammation and the release of inflammatory proteins. These proteins cause the skin to dry out, leading to the peeling of the top layer of skin.

Q. Can eyes get sunburned?

Yes, eyes can get sunburned. When this happens, it is referred to as photokeratitis or “snow blindness”. This is caused by too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which can cause burning, redness, and pain in the eyes. Wearing sunglasses or protective eyewear can help protect your eyes from the sun’s UV rays and prevent sunburned eyes.

Q. Is it possible to still get sunburn even if wearing sunscreen?

Yes, it is possible to get sunburn even when wearing sunscreen. Sunscreen does not provide 100% protection from the sun and individual factors such as skin type and the length of time spent in the sun play a role in determining how much protection you get from the sunscreen. Additionally, wearing sunscreen does not completely prevent sunburn if the sunscreen is applied incorrectly or not frequently enough.

Q. How did ancient humans deal with sunburn?

Ancient humans likely did not have a specific way of dealing with sunburn, as the cause of sunburn was not well understood in the past. However, some cultures may have used natural remedies such as aloe vera, lavender, or chamomile to soothe the skin. Ancient humans also likely avoided sun exposure by wearing protective clothing, staying in the shade, or covering exposed skin with mud or other natural substances.

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