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.
How to apply aloe vera
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 supermarket to apply to a sunburn. If you do purchase an aloe vera product in a store, check the label to make sure that what you buy is pure. Manufacturers sometimes add water and other fillers like preservatives, thickeners, or colors to the aloe vera gel. 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. Learn more information about the personalized care provided by our dermatologists and make an appointment by calling (501) 686-8000.