Quick Action Plan for Sunburn

  1. Avoid sunburn by staying out of direct sunlight for one hour before and three hours after noon, or wear protective clothing and headgear.
  2. Avoid sunscreens. Studies indicate that they inhibit the skin’s production of vitamin D and thereby increase the incidence of skin cancer.
  3. If sunburned, determine whether it is a third degree burn, which can cause severe damage, including infection. First degree burns cause redness and tenderness, second degree burns cause swelling, pain and water blisters. Third degree burns require medical attention.
  4. Use hydrotherapy on the affected area, including water, ice, cold temperature and cool compresses.
  5. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of pure water, sipping throughout the day.
  6. Apply any of the following frequently so that the skin will not dehydrate and can absorb what it needs to fight inflammation and regenerate healthy cells: aloe vera gel, PABA, calendula lotion, Rescue Remedy cream, lavender and chamomile spray, or a mixture of 2 parts apple cider vinegar to 1 part olive oil.
  7. Supplements are helpful in healing sunburn; take vitamins A, C and E, as well as calcium, potassium and magnesium.
  8. Avoid repeated over-exposure to the sun so that the sensitive skin can heal.
  9. If symptoms persist, see a health care provider.