8 Home Remedies for Sun Exposure | Q&A

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Q: Grandma, I am an athlete so I usually have to be in the sun. Because of this, my skin becomes very dark although I am naturally fair-skinned. I’m also having acne problems. Please suggest what I should do.

A: Dear S, it’s really difficult to concentrate on your sport if the harsh effects of the sun are bothering you. Although sun exposure is very common especially during summer, excessive UV rays can cause sun poisoning. This can be disabling and cause quite a bit of discomfort. So here some helpful home remedies for sun exposure you can try so you can get rid of those unwanted acne as well.

Home Remedies for Sun Exposure


1. Sunscreen – Make sure the one you bring has adequate protection against both UVB and UVA rays. Apply sunscreen half an hour before you hit the sun but remember to re-apply every once in a while. Apply it liberally because if you apply it too thinly the power of the SPF is reduced. So re-apply before, during and after your game, especially after perspiring a lot.

2. Sunglasses – This is extremely important in order to protect your eyes. They need to offer 99-100% protection from UV radiation. This can be seen on the label once you purchase them. [1]

3. Baking soda – Oil and dirt from too much sun exposure is probably causing your acne problems. So make sure you bathe before and after your game. Add a few tablespoons of baking soda to your cool bath. This is a great soothing sunburn remedy. When you’re done, resist the urge to towel off, allow it to air dry and do not wipe off the baking soda. Allow it to seep through.

4. Oatmeal – This is another great relief for your sunburned skin. In a tub of cool (not cold water because it may send your body into shock) water add one cup of oatmeal and mix it in. This is a great skin soothener. Dont put in any bubblebath, bathsalts or oils. And just like baking soda, allow it to air dry and dont towel off. [2]

5. Yogurt – A whole-milk, regular plain yogurt will do. Wrap it in a cheese cloth and use it like a compress. You can also just spread it in the affected areas for ten to fifteen minutes. Rinse it off in cool shower afterwards.

6. Aloe – Aloe is great in stimulating skin cell metabolism and aids in skin cell regeneration. You can cut fresh allow using the gel inside. Rub it gently over your skin. It will relieve your sunburn pain and will keep your skin from drying. [3]

7. Vinegar – This is one of the great home remedies for sun exposure that can be found right in your kitchen. Mix one part vinegar and one part water to a spray bottle. Apply directly to the sunburn as this will give you great relief treatment.

8. Coconut oil – Smear all over face and arms in order to prevent and soothe your sunburn during long exposures to the sun. Yes, it can seemingly do it all, that is why it is one of the most effective home remedies for sun exposure. [4]