Sunburn Treatment: 5 Top Remedies to Ease Your Pain and Irritation

Sunburn Treatment: 5 Top Remedies to Ease Your Pain and Irritation

Bajaj Finserv Health
March 29, 20225 mins read

Key Takeaways

  • Sunburn during summer is as common as winter hair fall
  • There are numerous home remedies for sunburn treatment
  • Get to know how to heal sunburn with 5 easy remedies

Imagine stepping out of the house in scorching heat without using a sunscreen? This sounds scary as you may be affected by sunburn. While you eagerly wait for summers so that you can enjoy outdoors, make sure to protect yourself from sunburn. Just like winter hair fall is common due to dry weather, harmful UV rays of sun during summer can affect your skin. This skin damage is called sunburn. UV rays from sun as well as artificial sources can be responsible for sunburn. That time you have to follow home remedies for sunburn treatment. 

Sunburn can lead to inflammation and reddening in your outermost skin layers. In severe cases, you may find blisters on your skin, and need to undergo blisters treatment to stop any further skin damage. If you do not undergo proper sunburn treatment, it may even result in skin cancer. Depending on the severity of your sunburn, symptoms vary. For instance, in case of first-degree sunburn, you may experience the following:

  • Pain 
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Blisters

However, a more intense damage in skin may lead to second-degree sunburn that includes: 

  • Swelling and presence of blisters on a large area
  • Skin turning extremely red
  • Formation of white discoloration on the sunburn
  • Pain

If you are wondering, how to heal sunburn at home, it’s very simple. To know about easy remedies for sunburn and how to protect your skin with them, read on.

Additional Read: Blisters Treatments

Tips for sunburn treatment on face

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Best remedies for sunburn treatment

Cool down your skin with cold water or ice 

As you know, sunburn is the inflammation of your skin. One best remedy for sunburn is to apply ice or cold water on the inflamed area. If you are near a pool or a lake, jump into it to relieve yourself from the pain caused due to sunburn. However, ensure that pool does not contain chlorinated water as chlorine may worsen your skin inflammation.

If you are applying ice on the affected area, make sure that you do not place it directly on the sunburn. Since a sunburned skin is highly sensitive, applying ice directly may damage it further. A smart and safe way is to wrap ice in a damp cloth and place it on the burn. This helps in the absorption of heat from the skin and reduces your swelling. This is one of simplest sunburn treatment options you can try instantly!

Additional Reading: Common symptoms of sunburnSunburn Treatment - 59 

Take an oatmeal and baking soda bath to reduce sunburn 

If you can see your skin peeling on the affected area, taking a bath with baking soda can provide relief. Add a few spoons of baking soda inside a bucket of cold water and take a bath. If you have a bathtub, you may soak yourself in it for at least 15-20 minutes. This can reduce sun damage. You may also add a cup of oats along with it to minimize irritation.  

Presence of oats in the bathwater helps retain the moisture of your skin and improves its texture.

Ensure that you do not scrub your skin while taking these baths or after them. This may worsen your rash and increase inflammation. This is an effective home remedy for sunburn that can give you quick relief from pain.

Apply aloe vera gel to soothe your skin 

Be it any skin condition like burns or wounds, applying aloe vera gel helps in the healing process. Apart from sunburn treatment, you can use this gel to treat stomach problems as well. A compound called aloin present in aloe vera contains anti-inflammatory properties [1]. This gel also helps moisturize your skin and reduce its peeling, which is common during sunburn. Break a chunky part of the plant and rub its gel directly on your skin to get a soothing relief from sunburn.

Reduce sunburn irritation with freshly brewed tea 

Whether it is black, green or chamomile tea, applying it directly on the affected area can ease your irritation. Tannic acid present in black and green tea helps reduce heat on your sunburn [2]. The presence of antioxidants in tea helps in skin repair. First, allow the freshly brewed tea to col down. Then apply tea on the affected part using a fresh clean cloth.

Additional Read: Benefits of Green Tea 

Sunburn treatment with hydrocortisone cream 

This is a corticosteroid that can heal swelling, itchiness and other types of skin irritations. You may apply it on the affected sunburn area. This helps reduce your pain and swelling. Make sure to apply a small amount on the area thrice or four times in a day to see effective results.


While you can follow these easy home remedies to treat sunburn, make sure to stay hydrated and wear comfortable and loose clothing. Be covered when you step out of the house during hot summers. In case your symptoms do not subside, consult a doctor without delay. Connect to top dermatologists on Bajaj Finserv Health via doctor consultation and address your concerns.

Be it sunburn treatment or for contact dermatitis treatment, the team of renowned specialists will ensure to provide best medical care. You can also check out comprehensive Bajaj Health Insurance Plans with numerous features. Bajaj Health Insurance Policies are affordable and cover illness and wellness conditions. 

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