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« on: April 17, 2005 07:35:27 AM »

Hey y'all.  Summer is coming and I got a heinous sunburn yesterday...so I was thinking...Does anyone have any good remedies for sunburn?

I've found one that works better than aloe-based gels: Gold Bond Powder! Its not just for guys' balls and babies! (yellow container, if you use blue or green, you might be real sorry!)

Anything else would be greatly GREATLY appreciated. OH...and tips on not getting sunburned would be cool too! I'm very fair skinned and I live in the South, so no matter what I do I fry!


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« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2005 07:38:56 AM »

just apply the aftersun V thick and don't rub it in! works for me, skin just absorbs it! *shloop* (tried to write the absorbing noise....  Embarrassed)

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« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2005 08:01:18 AM »

What's that? Do you just get it from a drug store?  Thanks!

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« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2005 08:25:13 AM »

Poor you!! Burns are the pits.

Buy some 2% milk (or higher - something with a lot of milk fat) and apply it to your burn with a cotton ball or pad. I usually follow this up with a healthy coat of moisturizer, and I stay away from any oily moisturizers for the duration of my burn. Oil makes it difficult for your skin to heal properly, or so says my on-call pharmacist (my boyfriend).

This works. And no you won't smell like milk. I'm allergic to milk but it doesn't bother my skin, and it helps the burn heal when there's no Hawaiian Tropic medicated gel on hand. I used Hawaiian Tropic last summer in the Caribbean when we got hella burned on a scuba trip and it helped my skin heal quickly.

As for burn prevention, listen to my momma who at 49 looks 10 years younger - stay out of the sun and if you really can't avoid it, be fastidious with sunscreen (SPF 25 or higher) and wear a wide brimmed hat that covers your face, ears, and casts a shadow on your cleavage. This summer I'm going to get crafty with my coverups and find some sexy sheerish wraps and such for the beach.

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« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2005 08:36:30 AM »

As a native floridian, I've tried it all.... except that milk thing...
If you can get your hands on a live aloe plant, get one.  Snap off a leaf (if that's what you can call the branchey things...), cut it open, and smear it on your burn.  It smells bad, but if you've got a serious burn it's worth it, as this is the most effective relief and healing on the planet.
Also, Banana Boat After Sun Gel w/ vitamin E and aloe works wonders.  No smell really after it dries, though it does have a *bit* of an aloe scent when wet.
Don't take hot showers till the burn heals if you can bear cool showers.  Hot water will dry out the burn, cause more peeling, etc.
Stay out of the sun (obviously) til you are healed.

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« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2005 09:01:43 AM »

Ditto on using the actual aloe plant -- in my experience it is WAY more affective than purchased gel. 
                                       (I read somewhere that it is the pasteurization process that is necessary for packaging that causes
                                       the difference; the article claimed a 75% drop in efficacy, which is about my experience...)

I further recommend that you keep the aloe leaf in the 'fridge!  I split mine up the middle of the leaf, and pull back on the edges -- that way the bumps on the edging don't rub into your burn, which can actually hurt -- smear it on, and let it dry.  The cooling of the 'fridge makes it especially nice.

For really bad burns I've been known to soak a blouse in cool water before wearing it.  I don't know that it helps with healing, but it does make it feel better, and I don't think it does any harm.  Cold would shock the skin, 'tho, so no matter how tempting, try not to sit in front of the fan wearing the wet blouse until you've healed a bit. Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2005 09:03:56 AM »

Rubbing vinegar on your burn helps to cool it off and not hurt. It'll sting when you first put it on but afterwards it feels great.

My mom also made this cream with witch hazel in it and it works wonders to cool down the skin.

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« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2005 02:09:05 PM »

i have problems with soothing burns as well. i haven't tried anything that works really well yet, but i'll keep all these in mind.

the SPF [so says my Gramma] is how often you should apply the sunscreen. so, if you're using a SPF 15, apply and reapply every 15 minutes. wouldn't it be nice to have a SPF 120 or something?



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« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2005 03:05:29 PM »

yeah like aftersun...
like here:
i wish i needed it more often, i live in England. it rains.

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« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2005 08:42:22 PM »

Oh my god! I just realized that NOT only is the top of one of my ears burned too, but its getting huge and scary and swollen. I'm so scared. It's like I got burned with a curling iron. What do I do? I didn't think I got burned that bad. its so weird...

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