How to Sooth a Tanning Bed Burn

Did you get a little Crispy in the tanning bed?  I did this week.  Here is what I found to sooth the burn.

The burn will not really set in until the next day.  As soon as you start feeling the burn pour vinegar on it, pour vinegar on a towel and lay it on the burnt area, or pour a few cups in your bath water and soak for 1 hour.  Repeat this several times over the next day or two.  This will take the heat out of the burn.  If you don’t have any vinegar try taking a cool shower.  Also don’t forget to drink plenty of water!

I also learned that you should NOT put Aloe on a tanning bed burn until it is no longer hot to the touch.  You must first use the vinegar to get the heat out.  Putting aloe on a bad hot burn can create a layer and hold the heat inside your skin, and may actually make it more painful.

When your tanning bed burn is no longer hot to the touch then use aloe or lotion to sooth the tightness of the skin.  My legs actually swelled up and were very tight.  The bath seemed to sooth them the most.  Then next to is to deal with the dreaded itch.  I am on day 4 and the itch is setting in.  The best soothing thing I have found is Avon’s soothing itch spray with aloe along with lotion.

I wish you the best of luck with your burn, and I really do hope that this helps someone!  and oh.. i’m not looking forward to the peeling.  I’ll let you know how that goes.

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One Response to How to Sooth a Tanning Bed Burn

  1. collegeramble says:

    If you use a cocoa butter lotion with vitamin E, like Palmer’s Cocoa butter, it helps prevent peeling, at least it has for me in the past.

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