Although ideally, it is best to avoid sunburn, when they do occur, management is key to giving the skin an opportunity to attempt recovery. Read more...
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Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera is a common go-to sunburn treatment as it is affordable, over the counter, and easy to find. Its effects in managing the impact of sunburn has been studied. Overall, applying aloe to a sunburn can reduce the inflammation and redness associated with the burn. The hope is that by doing so, healing can start to kick in sooner.
Coconut oil has some anti-inflammatory effects on the skin but has not been as well studied for treating sunburn. It is used more commonly and studied for eczema. That being said, its sun protective effects have been minimally studied and found to perhaps block about 20 % of UV rays.
What are the best steps to take in managing a sunburn?
When it comes to managing a sunburn, the first step is focusing on reducing swelling and progression of the burn, soothing the discomfort associated with the burn, and healing any blisters or eroded areas that develop from skin sloughing after a burn. NSAIDs and anti-inflammatories can help with the first stage and even potentially steroid creams or oral if severe. Soothing discomfort and reducing redness is a great place for aloe to play a role. And, lastly, coconut oil may be better used later in management to help protect and restore the skin as it heals in.