What people tend to forget most of the time is that the sun is giant ball of fire and not just a random tanning machine that is free and effective. And we have ruined our environment so much, especially the ozone layer which protects us from the harmful rays of the sun. In today’s day and age even the sun has become a danger to us. The harmful rays can now freely reach down to the earth and hurt us in more than one way.
When a person is exposed to such sunlight that contains these UV rays, the first thing that is affected on their body is their skin. The rays reach deep into the surface of the skin and damage it. Long exposure can lead to first and second degree burns. But if you are careful and I mean really, really careful, there might be a chance you can enjoy the sun without being burnt to a crisp. Sometimes, even after taking precautions, one develops small symptoms like red skin and itching that eventually lead to blisters. But beware; these blisters aren’t like any other common blisters. They are caused by the sun by two types of rays:
- UA rays
- UB rays
UA rays exert themselves deep into the skin and cause blisters, red skin and itching. However UB rays are lethal and can show the symptoms of UA rays at first but then eventually take a wrong turn and may even cause cancer and drawing of blood. And this is after being too careful.
So if you develop these Sun Burn blisters and want to find a way to heal them at home, the remedies mentioned below will help you recover.
- People who have a lighter skin tend to get sun burned fast meaning they are most likely to develop sun burn blisters.
- Theses blisters may form after exposure to the mid-day sun for 15-30 minutes depending on the skin color.
- The duration of the presence of theses sunburn blisters is 3-6 days.
- The blisters may be accompanied by red skin, itchiness and uncomfortable pain around the perimeter of the blister.
14. Avoid The Sun
If your sunburn has now developed into the stage in which it has blisters too, you need to avoid the company of the sun at all costs for your skin health. Further exposure to the sun is to be avoided if the skin around your blisters becomes red and itchy. That will only damage it further more. Stay in the safe and cool place you call a home because theses sunburn blisters can develop into nasty rashes or dirty infections if the sun is exposed to them. The best way to heal them is to avoid the rays of the biggest star in the universe. Tough one that but at least try.
13. Use Cold Compress
This method is really simple and it relieves pain that comes with the blistering. If the blisters are itchy and induce pain, one of the most pain relieving methods is to use cold compress to reduce the pain.
- Take a towel and dip it in cold water.
- Wring it and then gently let it cover the affected area of the sunburn with blisters.
- Repeat the process several times to reduce pain and get sunburn relief.
- It is vital you use cold water and not warm.
- Repeating the process increases the chances of the pain decreasing.
12. Don’t Bathe With Warm Water
After being in the already scorching sun, avoid using warm water to do anything physical with your body like bathing. The warm water will just induce more pain ad worsen the state of the sunburn blisters. Use cold water instead; it will help with reducing the pain.
- The use of warm water while having sun burn blisters may lead to popping of the blisters before time.
- Popping of the blisters before time causes skin infections.
- Use of warm water in this state will be painful.
11. Aloe Vera
Aloe is a natural remedy for the conditions of the skin like pimples, acne and low degree burns. This plant contains a special gel which helps fight off the bacteria and nurse the skin back to its original state. In the case of sunburn blisters, it’s like killing two birds with one stone. Using Aloe Vera won’t just help you heal the blisters but also aid in the process of healing the sun burnt skin around the pimples by reducing the pain.
All you need is a leaf of Aloe Vera, cut it from the center revealing the gel. Rub the gel over the blisters and sun burnt skin. Use this twice a day for 3 days for sunburn relief and will definitely see noticeable results.
Petroleum Jelly if used in a slightly cooled state is very relieving and beneficial for the sun burn blisters. Before using it to apply on the blisters, cool it over night in the fridge and so that the effect of the Jelly when applied to sunburn would be relieving as well as help in healing the red skin and the blisters. The Vaseline helps fight off the bacteria too.
“Sun Burn blisters can be treated at home with ease. Although if the problem gets out of hand and infections start to develop, one should always consult a doctor. Otherwise, the common sun burn from sleeping in the sun, playing in the sun and just generally being exposed to the sun for too long can be healed by using cool and refreshing remedies like cucumber paste or lettuce leaves and aloe Vera.”
9. Dry Bandages
If the temperatures are always high where you live, there is a high chance of your sun burn blisters popping before time. The danger of the blisters popping before time is that they can infect with bacteria and turn worse than they already were.
To prevent this from happening, always have a dry bandage on hand. Keep it on the area where the blistering is there and wrap it around so that it doesn’t pop due to the heat. Use a very light material, perhaps gauze in case of sunburn.
8. Lettuce Leaves
Among all the vegetables, lettuce is considered one of the cool vegetables as it has a refreshing effect. This can be used to your advantage and you can use lettuce to treat the blisters in two ways.
- Method One:
Boil a few leaves of lettuce in two glasses of water. Drain it and then allow it cool off, then place it in the fridge to let it cool some more. Remove the lettuce from it and use the remaining solution to apply on the blisters.
- Method Two:
Keep the leaves in the refrigerator overnight and use them on the sunburn blisters to relieve pain
- Always use fresh lettuce.
- The cooler the lettuce solution, the better the effect.
- Method One is said to be more effective.
7. Use Light Cotton Clothes
The use of loose cotton clothes will help the blisters to remain untouched thus preventing them from popping and turning them into nasty infections. The circulation of air under your clothes will be better meaning your body will be cooled off most of the time. Cotton clothes are also very comfortable and are the ideal fabric to wear during summers.
- Use only pure cotton clothes for sunburn relief.
- The material should be as light as possible.
- Don’t wear it too tight, this will cause the blisters to pop before time.
6. Baking Soda
The application of baking soda for sunburn blisters is a wise idea. Due to its alkaline properties, baking soda helps soothe the skin and also relieve the itching that is common if you have blisters.
If more area is affected with blisters, it is recommended that you put 1-2 cups of baking soda in your bath and soak in it. If the area covered with blisters is small, you can make a paste of baking soda and water and apply it on the blisters.
- Baking soda will help relieve the itching as well as soothe the pain.
- Only use 2-3 teaspoons of baking soda when making a paste.
- Do not use more than twice a day in case of sunburn.
5. Tea Tree Oil
This remedy is for the initial symptoms of the blister as well as the later ones. You can use tea tree oil on the affected area by diluting it in water and using it with a cotton wrap or just applying it with your hands. The tea tree oil has anti-bacterial and anti-septic properties that prevent the blister from worsening and it also helps in healing the skin from the red marks and the itching. So it is highly recommended to use tea tree oil for effective sunburn relief.
Tomato is naturally a healing component in some f the medicines for the skin. Fresh tomato can also be used to treat any skin infection and condition. The most common way to use it is to extract the juice from it and apply it on the burnt or blistered area.
- You can combine tomato juice with buttermilk and then apply it on the blistering.
- You can mix 2 cups of tomato juice in your bath water and soak in it to get rid of sunburn blisters.
- You can use crushed tomato and crushed ice combined to have the desired effect.
Honey has antiseptic properties that speedup the process of healing and prevents infection on skin. You can apply it directly on the blistering as it is powerful healer on its own too.
- Mix honey with one tablespoon of vinegar and then apply on the affected area of sunburn.
- Skin burned by the skin can be healed by applying a mixture of honey and turmeric.
Use cumber directly on the blistering to have it cooled off. Cucumbers are very cool and refreshing vegetables and are commonly used to freshen because of its properties. You can use cucumbers to make a paste and then apply is on the burnt skin and the blistering. The cool effect will relieve the pain and prevent any kind infection due to cucumber’s anti-septic properties.
- This remedy can be used more than twice a day.
- Always use fresh cucumbers.
- Make a paste with buttermilk and water for quick sunburn relief.
Oatmeal is an ingredient that is commonly found in our pantries, it is a perfect home remedy for treating sun burns and blisters and skin conditions as such. It helps with the soothing of skin and aids the process of healing.
- The best way to use oatmeal is to take an oatmeal bath. Mix Oatmeal powder with the bath water and soak in it for 20 minutes. Your body will feel instantly relieved.
- Make a paste of oatmeal, water and buttermilk and apply it to your blisters. This is for if the blisters are spread o a small area.
These sunburn blisters are very nasty as they induce pain, are uncomfortable and very itchy to the skin. Sun burn blisters are the worst as they are caused by excessive heat exposure and they feel like there’s lava inside them. There is a constant burning sensation and alongside them being very painful, a layer of sensitive and red skin surrounds them which is very delicate.
Do-s Of Treating Blisters:
- Do give a good air circulation to the blisters if they are all over your body.
- Do always wear light fabric that covers your skin so that exposure to the sun is less and it prevents the blisters from popping early.
- Do bathe with cold water to relieve pain of sunburn.
- Do use things such as hats and sunglasses to minimize sun exposure.
- Do keep your body hydrated so that the blistering can heal from within as well as out.
Don’t-s Of Treating Blisters:
- Don’t use warm water to bathe or for any other activity that involves it being in contact with the blisters.
- Don’t pop your blisters by yourself, this causes infections.
- Don’t ice it is as it will cause the blister to pop and develop infections.
- Don’t stay out in the sun if you have sun burn blisters.