How to Treat a Sunburned Face with Natural Remedies

To treat your sunburned face you can use natural remedies like the ones we'll explain throughout this article. However, prevention is always the best medicine.
How to Treat a Sunburned Face with Natural Remedies
María Vijande

Reviewed and approved by the pharmacist María Vijande.

Written by María Vijande

Last update: 15 December, 2022

Having a sunburned face is a very common problem as soon as the weather starts getting sunnier. This condition usually appears within a few hours after exposure to excess ultraviolet light from the sun or artificial sources such as solar lamps.

The intense and repeated exposure to the sun that results in sunburn increases the risk of skin damage and certain diseases. These include:

  • Dry or wrinkled skin
  • Dark and rough spots
  • Skin cancer

To treat your sunburned face you can use natural remedies like the ones we’ll explain throughout this article. However, there’s no better treatment than good prevention. So, it’s best to protect your skin with sunscreen if you’re going to be exposed to intense solar radiation.

In addition, you should protect your skin on both sunny and cold or cloudy days. UV rays are present no matter what the weather’s like–not always as intensely, but they still penetrate the body.

Effects of the sun on the appearance of skin cancer

The skin uses sunlight to help make vitamin D, which is important for bone formation. But, sometimes, ultraviolet rays can be harmful.

UV rays penetrate the outer layers of the skin and pass into the deeper layers, where they can damage or kill skin cells. People who have little melanin and burn very easily should protect themselves even more. In addition, they should limit total exposure time and avoid the sun between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Frequent exposure to ultraviolet rays for several years is the main cause of skin cancer. Therefore, it’s important to check and detect suspicious spots or changes in an existing skin lesion. Early detection and treatment are critical to increasing skin cancer survival rates.

Read also: 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Skin Cancer

Natural remedies to treat a sunburned face

1. Watermelon and melon

Watermelon and canteloupe.
Watermelon and melon are moisturizing fruits that can refresh the skin in case of a burn.

If the damage is already done, and, unfortunately, you already have a sunburned face, then there’s a natural remedy many don’t know about. It involves two fruits: watermelon and melon. In the case of watermelon, you can use the peel to relieve the pain of burns, since it has a high moisturizing effect.

  • First, wash the burn with cold water and then gently apply the peel of a watermelon slice to the affected area. This effect increases if the watermelon skin still has some pulp.
  • Then, let it sit for about 15 minutes before washing the area again with cold water.

On the other hand, in the case of cantaloupes, the most useful part is the pulp. Therefore, to treat a sunburned face you must extract all the seeds from the fruit. Once you’ve removed the seeds, remove all the pulp, and create a kind of doughy mass.

With a gauze, spread the pulp over the burned area and leave it on for about 10 minutes. Then, remove it and wash your face with cold water.

2. Natural aloe vera gel to treat a sunburned face

The gel contained in the aloe vera plant is full of water and essential nutrients that stimulate cell repair to restore sun-damaged skin. Its properties combat dryness and soothe the irritation that sunburn causes.

  • What you have to do is cut a leaf of this plant and extract the gel inside. Then, clean the affected area and apply a generous amount of the product.
  • Wait until it dries and then remove any excess with a damp cloth. If the burn is recent, apply this gel two or three times a day.

3. Camomile tea

A cup of chamomile tea.
Chamomile tea is a natural tonic that helps regenerate the skin against the aggressions the sun’s UV rays produce.

Chamomile has a multitude of soothing and anti-inflammatory medicinal properties. Both properties are ideal for treating a sunburned face and the itching that these lesions produce.

  • What you need to do is prepare an infusion and let it cool. Then, use a cloth or a towel to soak with the liquid and apply it to the affected area.


There are many natural remedies to treat a sunburned face besides those we mentioned above. Just the same, the best thing you can do is prevent sunburn from happening in the first place.  Sunburn and ultraviolet rays are the main risk factors for skin cancer, so there’s no excuse for not protecting yourself from it.

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.