Will rubbing aloe vera on your sunburn help?
Aloe vera is touted as the “burn plant,” the perfect natural remedy for a bad sunburn, and according to some studies aloe vera can help. Initial research has shown aloe vera aids the skin in healing from sunburns and mild burns. In addition, aloe vera oil can moisturize the skin, helping you avoid the peeling normally associated with sun damage.
There are different ways to apply aloe vera oil. Some people use the whole aloe vera plant and split the leaves to apply the sap to their skin. Others will purchase commercial aloe vera oil at the super market to apply to a sunburn. You can place the aloe vera plant or oil in your refrigerator a few minutes before applying it to immediately cool the skin. This should help the itching and stinging associated with a bad sunburn.
Although aloe vera can be used to treat minor sunburns, more severe burns may require medical care from your doctor. For more information about the personalized care provided by our dermatologists, using the latest technology and treatment options, please visit our medical services section.