Should I use vinegar for sunburn? If that question sounds familiar to you, then this article was written with you in mind. You will not only learn the place the various types of vinegar holds in as far as treatment of sunburns is concerned but also get handy instructions on how to use vinegar for this purpose.
Is Vinegar Good For Sunburn
The question, “Is vinegar good for sunburn” is a common concern in online discussion boards (forums) serving the health and skin care niches. Well, the straight answer to that question is, yes, vinegar is an old time, proven home remedy for sunburns. The acetic acid in vinegar helps to relieve sunburn itching, pain and inflammation.
It is however important to mention at this point that vinegar is typically very acidic and is advisable to dilute it with cool water before applying it to the skin.
Note also that vinegar is not suitable for treatment of ruptured skin and should be avoided if your skin has any abrasions. For instance, you should not apply it to recently shaved areas of skin.
It is also not advisable not use vinegar on blistered sunburns. Instead use an antibiotic cream such as Neosporin or Bacitracin and most importantly, do not pop the blisters.
What Kind of Vinegar for Sunburn or Type
With a great array of vinegars, you may be left wondering what kind of vinegar to use for relieving of sunburn itching, peeling, and pain.
Well, any type of vinegar can help to relieve sunburn, but most skin experts seem to agree that cider vinegar is the most effective in treatment of sunburns, more so for prevention of skin peeling and blistering. We have already mentioned apple cider vinegar in another article about treatment of sunburned scalps.
Vinegar Bath for Sunburn
In addition to vinegar soaks highlighted in subsequent sections of this article, you may as well consider getting a vinegar bath for sunburn pain, inflammation, and itching relief. Using vinegar bath for sunburn relief can also help to minimize chances of blistering.
Vinegar baths are especially great for individuals who have sustained sunburn on large areas of their body.
The idea is to get a lukewarm water bath as you normally would but adding 2 cups of vinegar (preferably apple cider vinegar) into the water. If using a bathing tub, soaking in the water for 15 to 30 minutes is an especially great approach to this treatment option. Repeat this for 2 to 3 daily.
Ideally, you should get your vinegar from a health food store where high chances are that it is wood-aged as opposed to chemically-aged, a common characteristic of supermarket obtained apple cider vinegar.
White Vinegar for Sunburn
You probably have white vinegar in your kitchen and are wondering if it is handy for sunburn relief. If that is the case, then you will delight to know that you may as well use white vinegar for sunburn relief.
Using white vinegar for sunburn relief is as easy as draping a washcloth soaked in a white vinegar mixture or spraying the solution directly on the affected area of the skin. We have already highlighted the steps involved in the apple cider vinegar for sunburn section, which is included in a subsequent section of this guide.
Why vinegar works in soothing sunburns is still unclear and various theories have been advanced. One such theory is that since vinegar evaporates at low temperatures, it helps to cool the skin and reverse the damage caused to the skin.
The acetic acid in vinegar – which is also a component of aspirin – is believed to reduce inflammation and pain in a similar manner as aspirin medications. Vinegar is also thought to help restore the skin’s pH level which has already been altered by the UV rays from the sun and as a result, the sunburn heals faster.
Apple Cider Vinegar for Sunburn
If you will agree, apple cider vinegar has got to be one of the best home remedies with numerous health benefits and soothing of sunburned skin is just one of them. Using apple cider vinegar for sunburn is a pretty easy home remedy that is nevertheless very effective.
This treatment plan will help you to make the most out of that bottle of apple cider vinegar lying in your kitchen cabinet and say goodbye to that soreness and redness that has characterized your skin for the last few days:
- Make an apple cider vinegar rinse by mixing apple cider vinegar and cool water in ratio of 1:1 as needed. For example, you could mix 1 glass of cool water to 1 glass of water.
- Take a lukewarm water shower to get rid of lotions and other chemicals – Do not use soap – and then rinse your skin with cool water.
- Pat (not rub) your skin dry with a clean towel.
- Now soak a small wash cloth into the apple cider vinegar solution and drape it over the sunburned areas of the skin. If you like you can as well use a spray bottle.
- Leave the washcloth on the sunburned area for as long as 15 minutes and once it becomes warm, re-soak it in your solution.
- Repeat for 2 to 3 times a day until the pain and inflation has significantly improved.
Some people might have concerns with the pungent smell of vinegar but it will clear away in less than an hour.
Extra tips for faster healing of sunburn
In addition to using vinegar for sunburn treatment, you will also want to observe the following guidelines to facilitate faster healing:
- Do not subject your skin to further damage from the sun or any other UV radiation sources e.g. tanning beds.
- In case of sunburned scalp, avoid using heat-based styling such as blow drying as this can make the sunburn more severe
- Get plenty of water to ensure proper hydration
- Soothe the skin with aloe vera gel or fresh sap from an aloe vera plant
- Get green tea rinses 2-3 times a day to soothe the sunburned skin