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I forgot my suntan lotion (sun-puckey to some) last weekend and now I've a mild sunburn.

My personal remedy is a cold shower when I get back to the house [when I know I'm burned] and periodically covering the burned areas with cold water throughout the day. I think it helps.

In the past I have tried Aloe but using the actual plant is sticky and smelly. This time I tried anti-bacterial cream (like Neosporen) and I think it did pretty well but that stunk a bit.

The strangest remedy I've ever heard was Head & Shoulders shampoo.

So what's the best (or strangest) cure you know of?
... this is somewhat URGENT!
 
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I have tried using sun block lotion itself and that helped...
 
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Originally posted by Marc Peabody:
In the past I have tried Aloe but using the actual plant is sticky and smelly.



Aloe can be purchased in cream form. Try Calendula ointment.
 
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Me too - buy the aloe in the gel form - it usually comes in a green gel in a pump or squeeze bottle. I slather it on, leaving the skin as unclothed as possible. As soon as it dries, put more on. When the skin starts to look green, take a shower & start all over again! If I can spend 1/2 a day doing that, it really seems to help me!
 
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Originally posted by Marc Peabody:
My personal remedy is a cold shower when I get back to the house [when I know I'm burned] and periodically covering the burned areas with cold water throughout the day. I think it helps.



Elocon cream works for me.
 
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Unfortunately some people are more prone to sunburn then others, and no amount of suntan lotion, creams, clothing and umbrellas can stop it.

I unfortunately have a somewhat Saxon complexion, meaning that I can go outside wearing one of those old fashioned diving suits and still get burnt. Its not like I'm not careful - I put on factor five thousand sun tan lotion, I sit in the shade, I wear a hat etc, but always go a shade of pink which the average lobster would be proud of.

Its the feet that are the worst bit - wearing shoes/sandals of any kind is absolute agony when your feet feel like they've been given the deep fat fryer treatment. Maybe the Germans have a good idea when it comes to wearing socks all the time.....

Normally I find that large amounts of after-sun (moisturiser) does help reduce the pain a bit, but usually its just a case of hobbling around for a few days until it all peels off and I'm pale and white again, ready for the next grilling.
 
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I guess it's the �South Indian sun treated skin�, I never get sunburn; that means more beer-money!

This might sound strange, and it probably is, even for Indians, but the 'ancient-Indian-remedy' would advice sandalwood paste for burns and related skin problems!

Well, this may not be that practical (what are the chances of finding a piece of sandalwood core in err, where ever Marc is based at, and grinding stone?), but this got to be the weirdest suggestion so far!



Note: 'Bear'-money! D'Oh!
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Originally posted by Ashok Mash:
I guess it's the �South Indian sun treated skin�, I never get sunburn; that means more bear-money!



I never had sun-burn (or better say allergy from sun-light/heat) till the age of 23.

But one day I found some rashes and hard skin on my face. And now I wear full sleevs shirt, avoid sun-light in summer as much as possible, wear specs, apply sun-lotion ... I hate all this...
 
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Originally posted by R K Singh:
... I hate all this...



Yeah, tell me about it.

Anyway, when I receive my next burn I will look for some of the recommended creams. Thanks.

The cold water + antibacterial cream method worked pretty well by the way. There was very little pain but my burn got a little itchy. I think it is because the new skin is eager for the old stuff to go and there was no pain to cover up the itchiness factor.
 
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Originally posted by Marc Peabody:
The cold water + antibacterial cream method worked pretty well by the way.



My problem is that my skin becomes very hard and it pains. I am using Elocon(dont know whether its available in US/ur country or not). This creams softens your skin and then slowly and painlessly removes the hard skin.

Last time I used this cream was last year June, when I went out in summer without applying sun-lotion.

I heard that if you drink lot of water with lemon then it decrases the chances of having sun burn.

As in Bangalore, its not that hot, and weather is cool and I am in side the room most of the time. I dont get so much sun-burn. But back in my home town, I cant get out with cream in summer.
 
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