How to Heal a Sunburn Overnight with Two Simple Ingredients

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In need of a sunburn remedy?

Having spent a good chunk of my adult life living in the tropics, I’ve become pretty familiar with how my skin reacts to the sun. I know how much of a tan I need to keep from getting a sunburn, how many hours I can spend out with no sunscreen on, and when it’s time to cover up or get in the shade. I almost never got sunburned once I learned how to adjust to the strong rays beaming down nearly every day in Hawaii.

I also learned how to maintain the number one best defense against sunburn—a healthy diet low in PUFA and plentiful in protective saturated fat and antioxidants. My number two defense was always to take internal sunscreen in the form of astaxanthin when the sunshine-iest weather is upon you. And I’ve developed a love of slathering on coconut oil (which has a natural sun-protection factor) pretty much every day, but especially any time I know I’m going to be particularly sun-exposed.

And yet, with all these in place, and no matter how sun-experienced you are, burns can still happen. Now that I live in the only seasonally-sunny Pacific Northwest, I have been missing out on another effective means of sunburn prevention—a suntan! 

So, just a couple weekends ago, during the first major heatwave of the summer here in Portland, I spent a little too much time out by the pool at my brother and sister-in-law’s house. It was just too dang hot to do anything else, and while I managed to keep the rest of me burn-free, my shoulders wound up fairly scorched.

Now, mine weren’t quite as red as the one in the pic up top (that’s not me), as I usually just don’t burn that badly no matter what. So, I’m not saying my remedy will take away a 3rd-degree, blistering beast of a burn overnight, but for the average sunburn from an accidental overexposure to otherwise-beneficial UV rays? This is just the ticket.

I just happened to have photographic evidence of the burn, shown here when my 12-week-old puppy who has yet to figure out that he can indeed swim in the pool with me instead of on top of me:


(He had already fallen in once and wasn’t about to make that mistake again, apparently.)

Thankfully, I got rid of the redness on my shoulders, quickly and easily.

Sunburn Remedy: Instant Relief and Overnight Healing

I actually didn’t even realize I was sunburned until the next morning, when the pain of my stinging skin woke me up early. But I knew just want to do! I grabbed my sunburn remedy ingredients, and in just a few minutes, the stinging stopped and I was on my way to burn-free skin! By the very next day, it was basically gone. This works way better for me than aloe vera ever did!

Remember this sunburn remedy the next time you get burnt, and your skin will thank you. It’ll heal the burn much more quickly than you ever thought was possible!

Sunburn remedy healing supplies:

Heal your sunburn overnight in just 2 steps:

  1. First, wet the washcloth with cold water, then splash on a little apple cider vinegar to the cloth. Dab the wet cloth onto your sunburn, soaking the skin. You should notice instant relief from any stinging! It feels sooo good on a sunburn. After a few minutes, your skin should be dry.
  2. Now, liberally rub on some coconut oil to the sunburned area. UPDATE: I now use Lavender and Peppermint essential oils with the coconut oil, just by melting a little in my hand, and adding about 2 drops Lavender, and one drop Peppermint. The Lavender really helps to heal the burn, and the Peppermint cools the skin and releases heat. I highly recommend it! But only if you’re using therapeutic-grade essential oils. Learn more and find out where to order them HERE. By the next day, your skin should be significantly healed. I recommend continuing with the coconut oil for several days to promote healing and to help ease the skin peeling that is usually inevitable after a burn. Exfoliate and lubricate (with more coconut oil)! 😉

This worked like a charm for my most recent sunburn. Immediate relief from the stinging, and literally the next day, it wasn’t red anymore. Maaaybe the slightest bit pink. But the sting never came back. Just to be sure, though, I dabbed on another round of the apple cider vinegar, let it dry, then followed with more coconut oil. The following day, it was just tanned skin!

Give this remedy a try next time you get a little too crispy from the sun, and say goodbye to that burn!

What do you use for a sunburn remedy?

Any other tried-and-true remedies you use for a sunburn? Or have you also had success with apple cider vinegar and/or coconut oil? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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147 Responses to How to Heal a Sunburn Overnight with Two Simple Ingredients
  1. Amanda says:

    Agreed. I use coconut oil on my redness too. NOt ACV, but just coconut oil. Sometimes with a couple drops of lavender essential oil. 2 years now without peeling and a nice tan.

  2. Ginny says:

    I really wish I would have known about this 20 years ago! I ended up with a sunburn so bad, I had half dollar sized blisters covering my shoulders, back, chest and hips. For almost an entire month, it looked like it had just happened. I will definitely remember this remedy!!

  3. Vonnie Schultz Albrecht says:

    When I was a little girl, I had some horrific sunburns every summer. Mom often used Noxzema which was cooling and soothing. Not sure what was in it (besides camphor)…I probably wouldn’t think of using it now. Anyway – one summer, she heard about using vinegar, and we had a winner! It really does take out the sting, and I was a much more comfortable kid. As I got older, I learned the value of gradual sun exposure and a good tan. I seldom had trouble with sunburn when I was careful. Of course, sunscreen wasn’t available,and the commercial brands of suntan lotion were primarily coconut oil! We used baby oil (can’t believe it now!) most of the time. Nothing like a good broil on a summer’s day!
    Thanks for all the good stuff – love getting your emails!

  4. Yes! I love vinegar for removing the sting of sunburns and coconut oil is always my go-to moisturizer!

  5. Edy says:

    I have used vinegar before to take the sting out of a sunburn. Does the coconut oil prevent peeling later on?

  6. Bag balm is also amazing! And blue goo. One of my boys and I are super fair. We deal with sunburns at least once each summer as much as we try to avoid it. Coconut oil just seems to rock for everything! :)

  7. Pdudley says:

    Being 66 years old I used Corn Huskers lotion on my self and all my children and grandchildren. I kept a bottle cold in the refrigerator when my children were young and it would immediately cool when applied with cotton balls. Sun Burns treated with Corn Huskers do not peel and you can put blue jeans on burned legs immediately without pain. Give it a try. You can purchase in any Walmart Pharmacy or any drug store.

    • Ruby says:

      Growing up my mom used Corn Huskers too. I burned my back 2 ce as a teenager (2 different summers) and my mom used hot water(as hot as you can stand it) shower the night that you burn it. Then for 5 days we used corn huskers. later she found an after burn lotion with Tea Tree Oil from Walgreens that worked just as well.

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  9. Rachel says:

    having doggy paws all over your shoulders probably didn’t help 😉 when I overdid the sun recently, anything touching my shoulders hurt so much – I also used coconut oil, but if it happens again I’ll use the apple cider vinegar first!

  10. Jamie says:

    My shoulders and ears got a little red on a trip to the Bahamas after spending all day under the sun in a swimsuit. If I hadn’t been taking astaxanthin at the time, it would have been worse. When I noticed the redness, I got out of the sun, applied aloe vera, and doubled up on the astaxanthin. The next day I was brown as a berry! (And note that I have blonde hair and blue eyes. Most would assume I wear sunblock, but I don’t!)

  11. Sarah Grant says:

    I sunburn really badly every year due to the looong North Idaho wi ters and then KABLAM, it’s hot sunny summer!!!! For years my go to healing potion has been a mix of about 1 tbspn coconut oil and about five-ten drops of high quality melaleuca oil (tea tree oil). It soothes the burn, reduces inflammationand stops the sting, and usually by the next day I’m good to go! I’ve seen horribly red burns like the one in your picture fade to light pink overnight with this remedy (on friends and neighbors, my family has never burned that badly!). 😀

  12. Scarlet says:

    I’m in the tropics, too and get burned extremely easily.

    I’ve used the vinegar trick many times and it works well. Once, I didn’t have vinegar so I used my own urine (!!!) and it worked great. Mustard is also effective.

  13. Tara says:

    I just wanted to say that the picture of your(?) sunburned shoulder made my eyes water…it looks horrendous! OUCH.

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  15. Ionestar says:

    Does it have to be apple cider vinegar? Where I am strange enough I don’t find this type of vinegar. The most common is the wine grape vinegar. Would it work the same?

    • ButterBeliever says:

      I’m not sure, but I think it would because my mom told me that my grandmother used to use plain white vinegar on sunburns when she and her sisters were kids. Give it a try!

      • Kathryn Mcneal says:

        I know this was written last year but I wanted to say that I’ve always used white vinegar on my bad burns, it also helps when you have sun poisoning too. Only thing I’ve noticed is that it burns a bit when you dab it on.

    • Autumn says:

      Yes it would I used regular vinager an it worked just as well

  16. monika says:

    My to go to home remedy agaist sunburn is plain yoghurt.
    When I get a burn I just plaster yoghurt all over me. I leave it on for at least 15 minutes but prefer half an hour. Yoy feel the yoghurt pull out the heat from your skin. After I shower and use coconut oil to moisten my skin.

  17. Gena D says:

    I use aloe lotion not the gel but a lotion works wonders. I think the gel locks in the heat after its first put on and can actually make a bad burn worse. I used to work at a summer camp and have seen more than my fair share of burns (on me and the kids).

    • Dana says:

      If vinegar has a cooling effect on burns then use the vinegar first and then apply the gel. Although if you use aloe straight from the leaf I don’t see any reason it would lock in the heat. Usually it’s fats that do that.

      I know with regular burns, the first-degree or mild second-degree type you sometimes get when you’re cooking, I’ll run cold water over that sucker first before I apply anything else. Need to reduce the temp so as not to trap it in. I would be curious to try vinegar next time. (I don’t burn myself often, but there’s always a next time!)

  18. Monna says:

    We grow Aloe vera at our house and apply it at the first sign of a burn. Magic!

  19. Mia says:

    My tried and true remedy is a two step process.

    I immediately dump my hands n a bucket of ice and ice any burn t take the heat out and moisturize the skin. I am really really pale, and I simply don’t tan just red and back to white. The ice feels like heaven and you can literally see the red seep out and feel the water go in. After icing, I break off some f the fresh aloe Vera plants and go to town lathering all over the burn. The combo works wonders and I rarely peel because of the initial icing I think.

    It’s magic and I’ve done if for three years now at the slightest burn and its gone by the next day. Then I just use Vaseline usually to re moisturize the skin.

  20. MIchelle says:

    When I get burnt I put on egg whites on where I’ve been burnt and leave it on over night. The next day the pain and redness is gone.

  21. Beth Horne-Bowling says:

    My struggle with fair skin and sunburns has been a fight every summer of my life. It was my family doctor that finally gave me the ONLY cure that really worked, and we’d tried everything from apple cider vinegar, butter, Noxema and washcloths with ice! I would have allergic reactions that made me scream with pain! What finally worked and prevented blistering was Benedryl and Ibuprophen every six hours for 48 hours after the burn. The burn would disappear, leaving me with only a little tan (I never tanned much anyway) and took away all the pain. Remember, TANS ARE DANGEROUS! They are scar tissue, just ask your dermatologist! Any more than ten minutes to twenty minutes in the sun is too much, and ALWAYS use heavy duty sunscreen if you’re going to be out longer, and cover up!! Be safe! The tans you get today will turn into melanomas later in life! I saw both my parents have surgery for them in their forties and fifties, and it was very scary! BE SAFE!!!

    • Dana says:

      This is not true and I don’t care if a dermatologist said it–someone needs to go back to school. Or the school itself needs to teach some actual science, not propaganda that fattens the bank accounts of the sunscreen industry.

      The sun rays that cause melanomas are UVA rays. The rays that cause tanning are UVB rays. People have been known to get melanoma on parts of their bodies that are rarely exposed to the sun.

      It’s actually pretty scary in that most sunscreens DO NOT adequately protect against UVA. And staying indoors a lot guarantees UVA exposure because it’ll go through windows while UVB doesn’t. But no one will tell you this because most people just don’t know.

  22. marasou says:

    I’ve been using a brew of Black Tea and Aloe Vera (brew the tea in warmed aloe vera juice or gel)with Lavender Essential oil added. After it dries on the skin, I apply Coconut Oil. This treatment has resulted in quick healing for my kids (bad mama!) and myself. I’ll add the ACV and see what difference that makes. Any idea how the ACV works in this situation? Do you think it needs to be raw?

  23. Erica says:

    I don’t get out in the sun too much, any more, and coconut oil does help. But years ago I got a nasty painful burn, especially near my armpits. I took Viva papertowels, folded, and soaked them in buttermilk, then applied to the burn. I let the pads sit for about 20 minutes, till they were drying out and beginning to stink. Then I took a shower to wash it off, and the pain was gone.

  24. thisfarmwife says:

    Neat solution, I hadn’t tried those before, I’ve always just used aloe but what’s cool is there is a rarely a day where we don’t have cider vinegar and coconut oil on hand! Thanks!

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  26. Currently Burnt says:

    I’m trying this remedy out right now. I was studying outside in the Australian sun today and the backs of my legs are tomato red (always happens this early in the season). So I’ve got to go to work in 2 hours, lets see how we’ll ACV gets rid of stinging! :)

  27. Leana woren says:

    I rarely burn but if I do I use burn cream like acriflex or burn shield and it works a treat. I think people nowadays are becoming more skin aware though which is a great thing. Hate seeing older women with such bad sun damage that they look like leather handbags

  28. Alia says:

    yeah its a big issue, according to research almost fifty present of all adults reported sun skin damage at least once in a year. sunscreen helps block both UVA and UVB radiation.

    • Dana says:

      Sunscreen is notoriously bad at blocking UVA. And you don’t want to block UVB all the time. That’s how you make vitamin D: UVB triggers it.

      • Rachel says:

        Sunscreen is a huge area of debate but I have done a ton of research and believe devita products to be the best around. I buy mine from vitacost for a discount but they are still pretty spendy but are totally natural and only contain zinc and yes they block the uva rays. Out in the sun all day you need to block those rays but a quick walk to the store or 10-15 min on a nice day is plenty of time to get the uvbs you need. So sad a lot of sunscreen seem to actually be causing the worst kinds of skin cancer but I have been so happy with devita my face looks years younger.

  29. Jerry says:

    Had pretty bad sun burn on upper legs, applied aloe vera gel at the night the same day; then found this remedy and applied the next day – in just one day, the sting has pretty much gone, the redness remains but it doesn’t bother.

    Great remedy, many thanks for sharing!

    P.S. I used normal white vinegar, and light olive oil, they worked for me fine.

  30. Mandie Mostert says:

    I always use a spf50 sunscreen as I stay in Namibia. When I do burn though, I apply a thick layer of camphor cream to the burned area. No peeling at all and its slightly pink the next day.

  31. kd says:

    I’m sore from a tan cause of the bulbs begin new how can. I get rid of the sunburn feel

  32. Lisa says:

    I was at my kids football game, got really red from the sun. When I got home I took a shower and after I put on coconut oil, then vitamin e lotion, like I do after every shower. The next morning looked at my sunburn, and it was gone.

  33. Kathrine says:

    can you use coconut oil Conditioner does it do the same as Organic coconut oil?????????

  34. Fallon says:

    I have a photoshoot in the morning and have been working up to get a bit of colour in a tanning bed, but a new lady at the salon today put me in the wrong bed without my knowing and now I’m frighteningly red. I’ve done the apple cider and coconut thing tonight but the pain hasn’t decreased… :( I hope at least some of the redness goes away or the photographer is gonna be ticked and I’ll look like a lobster on TV! Any other remedies to at least alleviate the redness?

  35. Samantha says:

    Could I use regular lotion or shea butter instead of the coconut oil?

  36. Sarah says:

    My son got sunburned yesterday at the beach and put on coconut oil overnight. Just read your post so this morning I’ve applied acv and he said that before it felt like acupuncture all over his back but after the acv the pricking had gone.

    Will apply more coconut oil once it’s dried.

    Thanks for the remedy!

  37. Jacquelyn says:

    I have a very bad sunburn right now from being told to stay too long in a tanning bed….I just applied the Apple cider vinegar and coconut oil, already feeling better. Will let you know in the morning…if I don’t peel or blister it will be a miracle!

    • Rebecca says:

      Please update about the tanning bed situation. In in the same boat and i cannot get anything to work. I’ve tried a Luke warn bath with vinger, but that didn’t work. I’ve also been applying a lotion that containing also and vitamin e. buttons doesn’t really work either.

    • Zoe says:

      I hope you’ll follow up. Was hoping there would be a comment from someone who had tried it. If it worked, I’m pinning it !!

  38. Abigail Logan says:

    I got sun poisoning from staying outside for over five hours at a festival and it was horrible. I was burning and itching to point it was so painful that I wanted to go to the hospital. I tried taking cold showers and aloe but it didn’t work so I tried taking a warm shower and it eased the itching and burning. But now it’s peeling and it hurts so I’ll try to this to ease the pain.

  39. whitney says:

    I’ve been tanning in a booth everyday for 9 mins I go to zoom tan so its quick and I’m only doing it because I am having dinner with my newest daughters father. He has been gone for a year now and he finally gets to meet his 4 month old for the first time. But I reall want to look good for him. Well anyways I have been tanning for three days and in between my breasts it is painfully red and swollen. I’m going to try this remedy because aloe and cocoa butter are not working for me. I have to tan for another 6 more days then I can pick up her dad. What can I use to cover a sunburn while I’m in a tanning booth so it cannot burn anymore? Any suggestions? I’m going to try the vinegar right now I’m hoping I have coconut oil.

    • ButterBeliever says:

      Aw darn, sorry about your burn. (And congrats about your baby and father homecoming!) If it were me, I’d wait on the tanning until my burn was all the way healed. But, I guess if it really is only that one area that’s burned, you could just cover it up with a towel? I think I still vote on just letting it heal before hitting the booth again.

  40. rooney says:

    can I use any vinegar??!

  41. ashley says:

    can i use normal vinegar instead of the apple one? because i don’t have it and i don’t know where to get it either

    • Kathryn Mcneal says:

      ashley i use white vinegar and it works great stings a bit but hey my shoulders are badly burned, hope u feel better with ur burn.

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  44. Tara Kristin Marks says:

    I smell absolutely disgusting!!! This better work 😉

  45. Morgan Jones says:

    How come i did the apple cider vinigar and the coconut oil and the sting is still here? I dabbed and did everything right is there an amount of vinigar you’re supposed to use?

    • ButterBeliever says:

      I do the vinegar (enough to cover the area, as far as the amount), then wait until it’s dry, and lightly apply the coconut oil usually at least a half hour later. I don’t know if the timing has any effect, but that’s what works for me.

  46. Morgan Jones says:

    Why didn’t it work? I had all the stuff and my sunburn still hurts and it actually made it feel worse. Was there an amount of vinegar i was supposed to use? Or coconut oil?

  47. Brooke Singer says:

    Thank you so much! This has helped me immensely! after only 10 minutes I could feel the burning subside, thank you again!

  48. Burnsnow says:

    Too much vinegar can dry out your skin and then it will kind of soak deeper than it should, basically like having a sheet of paper over your living skin,if the paper gets wet, so will you eventually, and vinegar son an open wound hurts, it’s just a disinfectant and dries out the burn itself, it should relieve it a little after a few dabs, then you should leave it, then use the moisturizer, then it will heal, everyone has different skin, so for a one people like me, it will hurt longer, I used too much vinegar and then aloe, it works, but I shouldn’t have kept on with the vinegar.

    Maybe this will help,
    Burnt forehead

  49. jaime says:

    I got burned yesterday and got a meeting tomorrow and i look like a lobster :( so im going go get some white vinegar from the local shop but would baby oil work instead of coconut oil :)

    • ButterBeliever says:

      I would NOT put baby oil on your skin, like ever. It’s a petroleum-based product and coats your skin with a barrier of, well, petrochemicals.

  50. Monica says:

    I like to add a drop or two of peppermint oil to the vinegar to offset the smell and help with the cooling sensation. Other than that, I can add my voice to the many that Apple Cider Vinegar and Coconut oil are the things to use for a burn.

    • Dana says:

      I don’t worry about vinegar smell. As soon as it dries out you won’t smell like it anymore. I use apple cider vinegar (not the raw stuff, that’s expensive, just the regular grocery store stuff) in my final laundry rinse and my clothes *do not* smell like vinegar.

  51. Lora says:

    Thank you so much for the good advice. I burned my shoulders and upper arms pretty bad today. I wet a cloth, poured the apple cider vinegar on it and placed it on the burned areas. The coconut oil afterwards heated for a bit but now I can move my arms without so much discomfort. Works really good…

  52. alondra says:

    i just tried this and my burn soothed instantly and cant wait for tomorrow to c the results

  53. April says:

    My face got really burned and I was wondering if cocoanut oil can or should be applied to the face. I’m worried about breaking out after.

  54. Mary says:

    I tried this last night after getting a bad sunburn and it’s only a little bit pink today and hardly hurts. Now I have a nice tan where it was.

  55. Mandy says:

    I got a horrible burn on my arms and shoulders and I have a school dance in a week and I don’t wanna look like a tomato, so I used coconut oil and shea butter oil. I don’t have any vinegar, so I improvised. I hope this works :)

    • ButterBeliever says:

      I really think the vinegar is key. And while apple cider is best, any kind will do. I worry that shea butter may form a barrier over the skin, potentially trapping in the heat of the burn. I’m not certain, though.

  56. mikey says:

    When do i take a shower? After putting on the cococut? Do i sleep with it on?

  57. dustin says:

    Well any one have a remedy for 2nd and 3rd degree burns on legs

    • ButterBeliever says:

      If it were me, I would treat with vinegar and also lavender essential oil, BUT I would also seek medical attention! That sounds serious.

      Vitamin E oil is great for preventing scarring on bad burns while they heal.

      • Autumn says:

        I got a kind of bad burn and I think I put too much vinegar on and now I have to go shopping tomorrow and I don’t have coconut oil will it be okay? Can I just use regular lotion?

  58. Sarah says:

    This did not work for me not sure if I’m doing something wrong but I did exactly what you said and I’m still lobster red! After 2 days

    • ButterBeliever says:

      Keep doing it! For a bad burn, I would apply the vinegar probably several times a day.

      But if you have blisters or anything serious-looking, get medical help of course.

      • Carmen says:

        Tea also works well.
        Make a strong solution of black tea (maximum tannic acid) and dab lightly on the burn. Let it dry, and apply another coat every 15 minutes or half an hour. Multiple coats seem to work the best. Don’t wash, but do put on a light coat of coconut oil before bed.
        Repeat in the morning if necessary.

  59. Jessica says:

    Thank you!! This worked wonders!!!!

  60. Rebecca M says:

    I got a pretty good burn on the back of one arm (missed a spot) while working at a ranch yesterday. Just put some natural apple cider vinegar (the cloudy one) on, let it dry and put some coconut oil on and it feels great! No more stinging. We will see how it feels tomorrow.

  61. SR says:

    Thanks for posting! My son turns 13 today and he did his own sunscreen at the water park yesterday and ended up with a miserable burn. He didn’t want to leave the house and wouldn’t even put a shirt on because of the pain. I just found your article and applied the apple cider vinegar and he feels a lot better. He said his pain went from a “7” to a “3”. Now he is ready to go something fun to celebrate his day. We’ll add the coconut oil tonight. thanks!

  62. Nina says:

    Whoa, is everyone using some magical apple cider vinegar? I burnt on accident today and it stings everywhere, so I practically ran for the vinegar. As soon as I applied it it stung so hard I almost cried. I didn’t burn particularly badly, so it can’t be that my burns are ‘too severe’. :(

    • ButterBeliever says:

      Did you use it the same way, by putting it on an already wet washcloth (so the vinegar would be diluted with water)?

  63. Jennifer says:

    Extra strong black tea, cooled, then soak rags(it will stain), ring, place on the burned area. It draws the burn(pain) out. It was what was used in some hospitals originally for burn victims(1910s). And a bonus because of the staining, it can make you look like you have a great tan, too.

    • Jennifer says:

      wrong kind of ring, I meant wring. Also, keep applying until the rag no longer gets warm to the touch after it’s been on your skin.

  64. Angi says:

    Wow this really works great! I tried it on my back and shoulders and it really helps! For more serious burns you should get medical attention, but if you can’t for some reason, raw honey is amazing on burns. Seriously good stuff, but kind of pricey to use on a large area. It prevents and heals infection, and will heal the burn quickly. If you don’t have honey or just need pain relief you can also use sliced raw potatoes on it, or a thin paste of corn starch and water. They’ll help with the pain, but won’t really do much for infection.

  65. Anette says:

    Would it work with ordinary acv too?

  66. Katie P says:

    Doing this right now! Waiting for the ACV to completely dry then I’m applying the coconut oil. Already feels better! I will probably do this again in the morning just to continue to healing process. Fingers crossed for no peeling! :)

  67. trydar says:

    sunburnt myself a week ago, went online looking for remedies, found this one, said why not and gave it a shot.

    while it didn’t work overnight exactly, it did help me heal up much faster than I thought possible. I used the vinegar for 3 days and the oil for 5 days.

    the vinegar took away the pain and heat very quickly and kept it away each day. the coconut oil did the rest, and only my ears (which got the worst of the burn) peeled. the redness seems to be settling down into a decent tan, and I thought it would be a red, peeling mess for days.

    would recommend this to others! =)

  68. Jasmine says:

    Wow, gotta try this… as I always forget suncream. The one time I got burnt really badly on my shoulders we ended up using a cream from a friend who was having radiation treatment and used it for the burns. It was the only thing that worked. I think it was called Aqueous Cream.

  69. Meagan says:

    I was out at my kids soccer tournament this weekend, and my face is like a tomato. I have very fair skin, along side rosacea. When I was younger I had 2nd degree sunburn from not reapplying sun block in an 8 hr period whoops! So I burn very fast. I had googled vinegar remedies for burns and found your page, looked in the cupboard and only have white vinegar, so I tempted your remedy. Soaked my skin, once it dried, I applied the coconut oil and went to bed. Smelled like a French fry forsure lol woke up and it looked faded but about an hour later I’m a tomato again. So I have no don’t the process again.
    Question, when you apply the oil, is it supposed to stay greasy on your face/body? Like mines not soaking in at all, how often through the day should I wash off and continue the process would you suggest? I work from home so no problems here

  70. Amy says:

    I was going to post a picture of my sunburn I got over the weekend but it would not post:( Yes I should have done this and I should of done that but I can’t change it now.:( Believe me if I could I would. My knees are both swelled which makes it hard to walk. I keep geeting dizzy and just about lose my cookies when I go to move or stand up.Anyways Im not 100% sure but pretty sure I have 2nd degree burns:( I try the Apple Cider Vingar thing and I wish I would have thought of it yesterday when it stung so bad.;( I applied the Apple Cider and if definately helped with the on fire feeling. I just applied the Coconut Oil and it feels a lot better!! Only problem Im having trouble with is my knees and thighs are so swelled its very hard to walk.:( Hopefully my dizziness and feeling like im going to lose my cookies goes away fast!!! Any advice to help with that would be great!!! But at least the burning fire feeling is not so intense any more. Hopefully tomorrow it will feel a lot better. Thank you for the advice!!!;)

  71. Cindy says:

    Do you have to use organic or would the regular stuff work as well

    • ButterBeliever says:

      I’ve never tried anything but raw, organic ACV. I have heard of people having success with plain white vinegar, though.

  72. Larry the Lobster! says:

    I hoped that this great sounding two-step remedy would provide the amazing relief that the article and nearly all comments touted. I was an idiot yesterday and got the worst sunburn of my life on my legs on a 6-hour catamaran tour. No sunblock, no cover, no brains. Extremely red, luckily not blistering, but starting about 12 hours later, after sitting and resting, I couldn’t get up and walk due to severe pain in my legs. If I push through the pain, then after a few minutes I can start to walk, and the pain subsides as long as I keep moving slow and steady. However, the sunburn pain is still there. If I sit down, I have to start over working through the pain to walk. So I figure, my sunburn is very severe, but again, thankfully, short of second-degree burns. So no surprise, the ACV didn’t work any miracles for me. I’m still in pain, so I’ll hope things will get better overnight with rest and hydration and aloe gel. I’m not going to try the coconut oil in case that it, too, should NOT be used with my severe burn.

  73. Karisma says:

    I was at the beach on Sunday, came home completely burnt. I took a cool bath and put cocoa butter on my burn. I went to sleep and woke up in pain, I took an Ib profen and put some vitamin E oil on my burn.. The sting is unbearable I checked my back and it’s starting to blister, it feels like a thousand pins on my shoulder and upper back. I seen this and ran to the kitchen grabbed the ACV and coconut oil. Mixed the ACV with cool water about 2 parts ACV one part water. Soaked a wash cloth and placed it on my shoulder the pain subsided Almost immediately repeated on the other side, when it dried I applied the coconut oil, being extra sensitive over the
    Blisters. I can honestly say that I might actually get some sleep tonight.

  74. Carol D says:

    Just spent the whole day gardening and related stuff at 30C so I googled and tried your method. My arms are bright red, but painless..THANK YOU!

  75. Kylie says:

    Please someone reply back! This is the first time i tried it and i don’t know if its suppose to be washed off or not! Its been about an hour and its still very greasy and its visible.

  76. Kylie says:

    Help please! My face got really sunburned and so i tried this but i don’t know if you’re suppose to wash off the coconut oil or leave it on to dry! Its been an hour and its still slick and greasy.

    • ButterBeliever says:

      Sounds like you used way too much. The amount I use absorbs into my skin within minutes. Hope you feel better soon!

  77. Julia says:

    I just recently tried this due to a bad sunburn on my back and when I did the vineger it made it hurt even worse and made it itch like crazy. Did I do something wrong??

    • ButterBeliever says:

      Did you dilute the vinegar? For a really bad burn, you may need to dilute it more than I did (by simply using a washcloth wet with water).

  78. Yuliana Perez says:

    This worked for me! I had a bad sunburn (though not as serious as having blisters, thankfully) and used this as soon as I found it online. I’m guessing it’s for mild sunburns so it makes sense that the healing would be quick. I was sunburned all over: shoulders, back, arms, thighs (they suffered the most) and legs and it didn’t happen overnight. However, I did see a significant change the next day and my skin was much happier :) Will continue this remedy because this Caribbean sun is no joke! Thanks a lot!

  79. CourtneyM says:

    Just tried this on my crappy burn I got yesterday my legs were so uncomfortable until now the apple cider took the sting right out!! It lessened the sting on my tummy and chest and a little on my face but I greased up with.coconut oil and feel better already! Thanks so much!!

  80. Abby says:

    Thank you so much for this! I wanted to let you and your readers know that yesterday I didn’t several hours at the pool with my daughter. We were having so much fun I didn’t realize how red I’d gotten. I came home and took a cold shower followed by a heavy dose of green goop. By bedtime I was miserable.

    Well, just the other day I’d picked up some coconut oil after reading about it’s benefits. It was on my bathroom counter as I was getting ready for bed. So I thought maybe the coconut oil would help with the burn so I googled it and your page came up.

    I followed your instructions exactly and this morning, although I’m still a bit pink, I’m nowhere near as red and I’m not in any pain. I’m going to do the process again today but so far I’m amazed!

    Thank you so much!! You saved my holiday weekend from being miserable!

  81. Phoebe says:

    I don’t exactly have vinegar on hand because we rented a vacation house, but i do happen to have vitamin E, and i could probably get regual vinegar at a local grocery store. I burnt my back and hips at the beach, and it’s been over 24 hours now. It just woke me up this morning feeling like someone scraped off my skin, but it isn’t blistering like a 2nd degree burn. I have an aloe gel but it only seems to provide temporary relief and a sticky back :( . Hopefully the vitamin E and vinegar will work!

    • Katie says:

      I’ve heard that “Burn Free Gel” works on sunburn if there is a Walgreens or something like that where you are. I’ve been using it for the last couple days, but because I have a lot of scars where I got burned, the skin is super sensitive and it hasn’t been as helpful as it normally is…I’m using this ^ remedy right now, and it seems to be helping :)

    • Shyanha says:

      Your sunburn is probably gone by now (I hope!) For the future, though, white vinegar does work. Apple cider just smells a bit better and stings Slightly less. You might toss green tea bags in your bag for the next vacation as the tea tannins are good for healing a burn as well and the tea is easily portable.

  82. CelticRaven says:

    Hey ~ thanks so much! I have vitiligo and refuse to do the chemical bath of sunscreen. I have no melanin left in my skin, so I no longer tan (on the happy note, I’m not a spotted person anymore :). I cooked myself today and this technique worked like lucky charms ~ thanks a million!! The burn is warm but not stinging. Nice!

  83. Katie says:

    Hi! I’ve had a shoulder sunburn for the past three days, and it’s kept me from sleeping. I tried this last night, but I just dabbed the apple cider vinegar on, I forgot to use a cool cloth, and I slept through the night, but woke up early with it still hurting. I reapplied everything (correctly) this AM, hopefully I’ll have better luck this time :)

    • ButterBeliever says:

      I think the quicker you do it, the better it works. If you started three days after you had the burn, it might not be as effective. That’s just my guess!

      • Shyanha says:

        ButterBeliever is right – 3 days after is going to reduce the effectiveness. The vinegar should be wet on the skin and then you’ll reapply once it dries – I use a spray bottle or cotton ball. It’s going to sting, just a head’s up. After three days I’d go with aloe and coconut oil.

  84. 3rin says:

    Oh My Gosh THANK YOU!!!
    This worked so good! Thank you so much!

    Much Love,

  85. Erin says:

    What kind of coconut oil are we talking about? From the grocery store for cooking or from a summer section in CVS?

  86. Lina says:

    Hello! Thank you for these remedy, will try but have a few questions. I am getting sunburn very easily, especially my face and decollete area. Have very sensitive and hard to tan skin(
    Have a few questions. First, can I use these remedy on my face (apple cider)? Apple cider is it one time use at first and then just using coconut oil or everyday apply apple cider and then coconut oil? Please reply and thank you

    • Shyanha says:

      You can use apple cider vinegar on your face. You might consider a brimmed hat to keep your face shaded or use a higher spf sunblock. Just know the vinegar is going to sting. I apply it with a cotton ball and diluted with green tea. You shouldn’t need the vinegar beyond day 1.

  87. Shyanha says:

    I pop 400 mg ibuprofen to work on the heat and swelling, then pour a large glass of water to drink while I work on the remedies:

    Green tea (black works, too)
    Apple cider vinegar
    Lavender essential oil
    Peppermint essential oil
    Aloe Vera

    Brew the tea strong and let cool. Aloe immediately while prepping the rest.

    Mix together:
    2 T aloe
    8 drops lavender
    4 drops peppermint (start with 2 and test before going up to 4)
    Slather on as needed. The peppermint feels especially nice when air hits it so I keep a fan on.

    Mix together:
    1 C cooled Tea (it’s the tannins that are really good so the bottom most portion is where it’s at)
    Apple cider vinegar – this is going to sting so my daughter usually forgoes – about ¼ cup

    Because I’m usually tender I avoid the washcloths and put it in a spray bottle. Repeat the following: spray, let dry, spray, let dry . . . . You’re going to smell Fabulous /sarcasm but you’re far less likely to peel and it heals the burn faster than aloe alone.

  88. Denise says:

    Not sure if it actually works for me yet, but if you’re worried about smelling like vinegar, the coconut oil is completely overpowering. I smell like a tropical vacation.

  89. jkmoss says:

    Currently sitting in a lukewarm bath with 2 cups of the raw/organic apple cider vinegar. It stung like a you-know-what getting in but I’m feeling ok after 5-10 mins. Will try the coconut oil when I get out. Hopefully this works. I suffered today and had to go out without a bra (LOL) if things work out I’ll make another post to let you know!

  90. Kirsten says:

    I am laying in bed right now wishing I could try this. I was at the beach for three hours yesterday and while I put on sunscreen initially and wore a sunhat I stayed in the same sitting position the entire time and now I have these nice big sun burned patches on my upper legs and on my right shoulder down the front around my armpit. That one is bareable but the ones on my legs burn and sting quite a bit. I’ve been using aloe and it never occured to me to use coconut oil which I have (a nice big tub of it.) I’m pretty sure I have ACV too so I will be trying this in the morning for sure. I too will make another post if this works out for me too.

  91. Mackenzie says:

    I got the supplies to do this remedy today, but I did not get organic coconut oil. will that effect the quality at all? Also, my burn is about a day and a half old. Does the time effect it?

  92. Claire Lindenberg says:

    do we shower or do we just leave the coconut oil on and sleep all greasy like this..??

  93. EWR says:

    I have used the vinegar before and it works like advertised. Just tried the coconut oil and now I am hurting and itching like crazy. I think I will just stick with the vinegar and tea concoction for now. I guess it doesn’t help that I have a burn on top of a burn.

  94. Olivia Rose says:

    Could I use this on my acne prone face?

  95. Jeremiah Hoffman says:

    I did what you said and it seems to be working. It itches very badly and its still greasy. I hope I didn’t use too much. PLEASE REPLY ASAP!

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