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Treating Sunburn with Emu Oil

Posted on May 31, 2009 with No Comments

A few posts back I mentioned Dermal Em sunburn treatment. Having grown-up in Florida and spending lot’s of time on the South Carolina coast has given me more exposure to the sun than I would like to count. Plus, as I ‘m getting into my 50′s I’m starting to see the results on my skin – a few spots on my arms and reappearing spider veins on my nose and cheeks.

My family returned Friday from a week at Edisto Beach. Everyone was tan except for my fair-skinned 14-year-old whose nose was burned, peeling and blistered. All of us have seen the signs of too much sun. His blistering had turned to scabs (yuk!) and I was afraid he would continue to pick and get some scarring.

We promptly sat him down and used some emu oil I had in the bathroom. Voila – 3 days have past and his nose is looking great…still burned and a bit scabbed, but you can tell the healing has begun and a lot of repair is in progress.

I have written a lot about emu oil. Yes, it is generally unknown as a remedy, but it has been in use for many years “down below” in Australia – where the bird is indigenous. It is a great product for treating burns, scars, stretchmarks, and lacerations from injury or surgery. Some folks are unfamiliar with it, but it has become widely used in many skin care and hair care products for its’ ability to penetrate deep into tissue promoting healing and collagen growth.

You might ask why I didn’t use Dermal Em, well because I didn’t have any. There is some at the plant, but it’s a two-hour drive and we wanted to get my son’s nose healing as soon as possible – hopefully avoiding any infection or further complications. Besides Dermal Em is emu oil with Vitamin E added and blended with menthol that helps cool the skin providing more immediate relief from sun burn.

Anyway, since this just happened Friday, I thought I would pass on some un-scientific, real-world results from just a couple of days application. With school out and many folks either heading to the pool, beach or at least more outside activities, it is good to know there is a very effective remedy for treating sunburn.

Remedies for a Bad Sunburn

Posted on May 25, 2009 with No Comments

I just got back from 3 days at the beach, and as usual and am looking for remedies for a bad sunburn on my nose.

Finding relief for the burning and peeling go back to when I was a kid growing up in Orlando. My Dad, who was a Remedies for a Bad Sunburndentist, always had an Aloe plant in the backyard and sent us scrambling to peel open the leaves and wipe the gooey insides on our face.

It felt soothing and seemed to make everything OK until it started to dry – making our skin tight and dried-out. Aloe and lidocaine have since become popular ingredients helping soothe and cool sunburns all over the planet in OTC products. And, while the healing effects have become widely known, we have found there are options to heal and treat you can consider, especially of the burn is severe (which mine is borderline!)

I have written several times about emu oil. It is a very popular remedy in Australia and somewhat in New Zealand. It is one of the few oils used in skin care products that is considered a “carrier” oil – meaning it is capable and has properties to penetrate to the subcutaneous layer of the skin. While this may not seem too important, many creams and lotions do not have a carrier oil – primarily because of expense (it’s not cheap). The benefits, as they say, out way the costs. The ability to penetrate deep greatly improves it’s – and other ingredients its formulated with – efficacy or effectiveness. Especially when considering sun burn remedies, getting to the lower layers of tissue is paramount.

With that said, emu oil, does several other things. First it is widely used to treat burns in general. It is a natural anti-bacterial, helping wounds to remain sterilized and fighting off infection, a primary concern to fight infection. It is a natural moisturizer, antiseptic and promotes healthy skin cell and collagen renewal. This helps prevent scars and improves elasticity and pliability of tissue.

If combined with vitamin e and menthol, as with my favorite remedy for bad sunburn, Dermal Em, you you get the soothing and cooling relief with the benefit of the healing power and regenerative qualities needed to avoid tightening, itchy or excessive peeling.

While there is plenty of discussion as to the difference between “bad” and “severe”, the fundamental premise of treatment is the same:

  • Drink plenty of fluid to avoid dehydration and to maintain body fluids
  • Provide no open wounds, keep the affected area moisturized, clean and sterilized, if possible
  • To relieve pain, itchy and soreness, products based with with emu oil, lidocaine or menthol (peppermint, spearmint) can help with the “heat”.

The best remedies for a bad sunburn I have found combine emu oil, vitamin e and menthol. The skin gets some relief with a light cooling sensation to burned tissue (I like the smell also), and the vitamin e and emu oil do a great job helping heal the burn.