Sun burns are the worst. They cause skin peeling and lead to burning pain and itching. If you have a heat rash around the peeling skin, then the discomfort could last for days. As tempting it may seem to remove the peeling skin from sunburn, it is important not to do so. It is best to let the dead skin fall off on its own. Here are some ways to treat sunburn skin peeling discoloration and discomfort.
Take care of the skin
As stated above, it can be extremely tempting to peel off the blistering skin. Avoid doing so and, as far as possible, refrain from touching the skin. If you touch the skin with dirty hands and fingernails, you might spread the germs to the delicate skin beneath and aggravate the infection. Once the skin starts to peel, let it fall off on its own and continue using cooling Aloe vera gel or Calamine lotion to soothe the burning and redness.
Avoid using soaps
In order to get rid of peeling skin from sunburn, you can take cool baths but avoid using soap or harsh body washes. These products could worsen sun damage and cause burning and stinging sensation on the already irritated skin. Also avoid showers as the shower water falling on sun burnt skin can be extremely painful. Instead, take a tub bath-soak in warm bath mixed with some colloidal oatmeal or baking soda. Both these remedies soothe the skin and can give you much needed relief from pain and inflammation.
Apply baking soda
It is very bad to peel sun burnt skin. If the pain, itching and stinging is keeping you up, head to the kitchen for some baking soda. Make a thick paste of baking soda and water and apply it on the burn. This will treat peeling skin and the soda will neutralize the stinging sensation and also speed up the healing process. Baking soda is indeed a well known remedy for sunburn skin peeling as it can relieve the pain and itch very quickly.
If you are experiencing severe sun burn, apply some extra virgin coconut oil to the skin to prevent peeling and discoloration. Slather the oil on fresh sun burn and reapply as often as needed during the day. This remedy will cut down the healing time a lot.
Tomato juice and buttermilk
A common question regarding sun burn is how long will the skin peel last for once you are sun burnt? There is no definite answer- some people suffer for days, others might experience relief within a day or two. To speed up healing, use the following folk remedy for sun burn. Mix about 2 tsp of tomato juice and 4tbsp of buttermilk. Apply the mixture to the peeling skin on face, shoulder, arms etc. Leave it untouched for about 30 minutes to 1 hour. Now you can rinse off with warm or cool water. Repeat daily or as needed until the sun burn skin peeling discoloration lasts.
Nature has provided us with the best sun protection possible in the form of Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera gel is readily available everywhere in grocery stores and drug stores. You can also plant this succulent in your garden and it needs very little maintenance. Aloe Vera gel is the best protection against sun burn and you can also use it after sun exposure when you are experiencing burning, peeling and other sun burn symptoms. Take pure aloe gel from the leaves and apply it directly on the peeling areas. You can also pharmacy-bought aloe creams or lotions. Reapply frequently throughout the day to speed up the healing.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is another wonderful remedy to heal sun burnt, peeling and discolored skin and prevent dryness. To use this remedy, dilute some organic apple cider vinegar with cool water. Soak a clean, soft cloth in the mixture and apply it to the peeling areas. The vinegar prevents infections, soothes irritation and heals the blisters quickly. You can reapply apple cider vinegar compress 2 times a day when suffering from sun burns.
This remedy for sun burn peeling skin discoloration has helped hundreds of people get fast relief from pain, dryness, burning, stinging and irritation. Crack open a couple of eggs and apply the egg white directly on the face, shoulders, arms and legs. Let it dry. Rinse off with cool water. This remedy quickly heals the sun burnt skin, prevents scars and also reduces the duration of peeling.
Some people experience severe itching, dryness, redness, swelling and irritation after sun exposure. This is enough to drive one nuts. To speed up healing, grind up some oatmeal (plain oatmeal-not flavored ones) and add it to tub water. Soak in this bath water for up to 20 minutes. This simple remedy can reduce itching, dryness, discomfort etc caused by sun burn.
To get rid of the burning sensation caused by sun burn, slice or grate some potatoes and apply the juice and place the slices on the burnt region. This remedy is as effective as aloe vera remedy to cool and soothe the skin.
This is one of the little known sun burn peeling skin discoloration remedies that works wonders! Apply sour cream to the red, irritated areas and leave it on for 1-2 hours before rinsing it with water. Reapply as needed for severe cases of sunburn.
Brew some orange or black pekoe tea and cool it completely. Pour or dab the tea on the sun burnt skin to prevent peeling and dryness. The reason why tea helps prevent skin peeling after sun exposure is on account of its tannins and catechins. You can also use the brewed tea bags on the face where the sun has damaged it. This will prevent scarring, peeling and burning.
If you have a tendency to sunburn, use precautions. Wear protective clothing that covers up the skin entirely and also use sun screen with SPF 15. Most importantly, avoid going out in the sun in the afternoon.