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Sunburn relief?

Asked by kb12345 (429points) July 26th, 2012

I typically never burn. Yesterday there was an over cast and I didn’t wear any protection on my face. Just my right side is severley burnt. I wore large sunglasses so a lot of my cheek was protected but the part between my eyebrow and hair line is extremly burnt. Also my lower cheek/jaw area is very burnt. The skin is starting to get thicker like the step before the bubbles. I have been using tea bags for relief and also just keeping it very moisturised with a gentle face cream. What else can I do to help with this painful burn on the side of my face? It almost feels like dull or numb when I touch it too

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Tropical_Willie's avatar

Ice and tea bags.

Aethelflaed's avatar

Aloe, and a good non-petroleum or mineral oil moisturizer, like olive oil, cocoa butter, or shea butter. If you have some lidocaine, that could help as well.

livelaughlove21's avatar

I’ve used ice and tea bags and aloe, and all kinds of lotions before and only got relief for a few minutes. Last summer, I discovered this gel used for sunburn relief. It’s blue and the word “ICE” is pretty big on the bottle. I wish I could remember the name of this stuff, but you should be able to find it at Wal-Mart or a drug store. It’s AMAZING. It feels really cold going on and keeps the burn away for a couple of hours at least.

bkcunningham's avatar

Some people I know swear by using vinegar on sunburns. I don’t burn. My former mother-in-law was a natural redhead and swore by Balmex diaper rash cream on sunburns. I personally saw her with a water blister on her nose she was burnt so badly. She used the Balmex and the burn nearly disappeared before your eyes.

SpatzieLover's avatar

Aloe externally & Advil internally for a couple of days and all will feel better quickly.

Dsg's avatar

Aloe vera. You might be able to find some that contains lidocaine. Lidocaine will help relieve some of the pain. I once had a sunburn so bad on my back legs that all I could do was lay down on my stomach. My skin was so tight, it hurt to walk!
I had a friend put paper towels that had been soaked in white vinegar. It helped to relieve some of the sting. Best of luck!

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