Summer means lots of out-of-doors time. Whether at beaches, BBQs, hanging out in the park or at the pool. most people catch more sun rays this season than other times of the year. If you don’t apply your sunscreen all the time you will most likely get a sunburn.
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In the process, some will get a suntan while others, unfortunately, will experience the painful redness, peeling, and blistering that can occur with a bad sunburn, especially if you have sensitive skin.
How apple cider vinegar can help
There are several ways you can use apple cider vinegar to help treat sunburn. Although most methods recommend diluting apple cider vinegar before applying it to the skin, there are no reliable sources that provide a specific vinegar-to-water ratio.
Some methods you can try:
01. Filling a spray bottle with vinegar and water to spray on sunburned skin.
02. Dipping a washcloth in vinegar, wringing the cloth out, and patting it gently on the affected areas.
03. Taking a cool bath with diluted apple cider vinegar.
Make sure the vinegar is well diluted, as high concentrations can cause a burning sensation.
Some steps you can take to soothe your sunburn
Fill a spray bottle with apple cider vinegar or white distilled vinegar. Which one you choose is a matter of convenience–they work equally well.
Mist the sunburned areas of your body with the vinegar spray from the bottle. Spray the sunburn every few hours or whenever the pain returns.
Soak a couple of washcloths with apple cider vinegar or distilled white vinegar. Lay the washcloths on the sunburned areas for approximately 15 minutes at a time
Use a cotton ball soaked in vinegar to use on your face.
After your sunburn has cooled down, spread some yogurt and leave on for approx 10 minutes and then rinse with cool water.
Vinegar can cause its own burns
Apple cider is touted as a hair clarifier, facial toner, wart reducer, and acne treatment. It has some antimicrobial benefits. But undiluted apple cider vinegar has been known to cause its own burns, so make sure it’s properly diluted.
In 2012, there was one reported case of an eight-year-old boy suffering chemical burns after apple cider vinegar was applied to an infected area on his leg.