When a sunburn begins to heal, the itch can seem almost unbearable. The temptation to scratch it may be intense, but scratching the burned skin can lead to infection or scarring. In addition, scratching will only provide momentary relief--the itch will return, and will be worse.
A sunburn’s itch may return from time to time until skin has completely healed; however, there are a few things you can do to promote faster healing and reduce the itch, all at the same time.
Things You'll Need
- Aloe vera gel
- Topical anesthetic
Take a cool shower. Use only a very mild soap in the shower, and only if necessary--otherwise, just rinse off under cool water and then pat yourself dry.
Apply a topical anesthetic to the burned and itchy areas. These anesthetics are sold as sprays or creams and will numb the skin, providing temporary relief.
Spread aloe vera gel over the burned area. This will speed the healing of the burn. In addition to using aloe vera, you may use a skin moisturizer to keep the skin hydrated--this will keep it from becoming so dry and itchy.
Dress in light, loose clothing. The less fabric touching the itchy areas, the better.
Reapply a topical anesthetic as frequently as necessary, but no more than the label indicates is safe. Keep the skin cool--avoid more exposure to the sun until it is completely healed.