A couple of years ago my cousin and I went to the pool. Being naive, I decided I didn’t need sunscreen and my Irish-white-as-a-vampire skin protested very angrily for the next 3-4 days. I’ve experienced this sunburn pain more than once but this last instance made me get very serious about sunscreen, hats and a cover up if I’m going to be in the sun for extended periods of time.
If you’ve never experienced it, you might not know what I’m talking about when I say “crazy sunburn itch”. It feels like bugs crawling beneath your skin with a painful itch. It goes beyond that burning feeling and into the realm of “I’m losing my mind”. Scratching just makes it a hundred times worse.
To try and alleviate it I used:
- Aloe Vera (I suggest that you get a bottle that doesn’t have added colors or chemicals)
- Wet Hand Towel
Day 1: The first day it wasn’t as horrible. I kept applying Aloe Vera that I had been keeping in the fridge and then laying a wet hand towel on my back while laying on my stomach.
Day 2: I was fine. My skin was a little tight and stung a little but nothing is bad compared to day 3.
Day 3: Different things work for different people of course but for me, every time I had an itch attack I had to shower or take a bath. As soon as I came out I would slather on Aloe Vera and then spray on some Solarcaine. Then I tossed on my T-shirt to avoid air exposure to the skin. I took Ibuprofen and followed the directions for dosage that are on the back. I just had to keep repeating this process throughout the day.
Note: Make sure you are not allergic to Aloe Vera before you put it on a large area. It will only make the pain worse. And of course only take ibuprofin if you know you won’t have a reaction to it. I’ve also heard that taking Benadryl helps, but I didn’t try that myself. To clarify – I’m not a doctor and nothing in this post should be taken as medical advice.
I hope this helps some of you sunburn itch sufferers out there! If you know of other or more effective ways to treat this, comment below!