Important: Quark (or yogurt) should never be applied directly to open wounds! This also applies to severe sunburn with blisters. The effect of cottage cheese/yogurt as a home remedy for sunburn has not yet been examined in significant studies. Basically, cooling is recommended for sunburn, so some may find a quark wrap beneficial. A quark shell probably won’t do any harm. However, whether the quark has another special use has not been studied enough. It’s also unclear exactly how the quark is supposed to work – if it works.
Aloe vera as a home remedy for sunburn
Aloe vera preparations are said to relieve many ailments, including sunburn and other burns. Applied in gel form, the plant, which belongs to the grass family, is said to speed up the healing process. The ingredients in aloe vera preparations come from the water-storing tissue of the leaves. Some also swear by dripping the juice of the plant directly onto injured skin. (How) does aloe vera help? Studies on aloe vera abound. However, many are based on insufficient scientific standards, so no general statement about effectiveness can be made. The extent to which aloe vera actually promotes wound healing has not yet been conclusively proven by significant studies. However, many find the cooling effect of aloe vera gel to be beneficial.
Other sunburn remedies: tea, vinegar, ice cubes
In addition to cottage cheese, yogurt and aloe vera, there are many other home remedies for sunburn, the benefits of which have also not been sufficiently documented. These include, for example, poultices with apple cider vinegar, boiled and cooled tea bags or lemon juice. Sometimes, however, so-called home remedies can do more harm than good. Lemon juice or too much apple cider vinegar concentrate on sunburn can lead to skin irritation in sensitive people. Beware of ice cubes or freezing cold pads: These should not be placed directly on the skin – otherwise there is a risk of frostbite with other skin lesions. A protective cloth should always be placed between the cooling source and the skin.
Sunburn: When Home Remedies Are Not Enough
When you get a sunburn, the first thing to do is to protect yourself from the sun! Those affected should then cool the skin well, for example with moist cold compresses or gels, creams and lotions from the pharmacy. If necessary, preparations containing cortisone can also be helpful for the application, but sometimes these measures and/or home remedies are not enough. Medical advice is needed when a large area of skin is affected. The same applies if the sunburn is very severe, for example if blisters form. You should also see a doctor if you have symptoms such as fever, chills, nausea, or headache.