Apple Cider Vinegar for Sunburn: Can it Really Help in Curing the Condition?

how to use apple cider vinegar for sunburn

Outdoor activities are fun during summer but often we get over exposed to the UV rays, causing sunburn. When more exposed to sun the melanin production in our exposed skin increases and causes sunburn. Sunburns are associated with darkening, reddening, blisters and stinging sensation. Here are some effective methods we listed on how to use apple cider vinegar for sunburn relief.

Does Apple Cider Vinegar Help Sunburn?

  • Apple cider vinegar has been trusted by traditions and is very well known for its healing benefits.
  • Apple cider vinegar is made from a fermenting the apple juice and by adding acid forming bacteria etc.
  • Apple cider vinegar is alkaline/ acetic properties ,Vitamin C and Vitamin B gives a good astringent affect which has a healing and cleansing effect on skin, hence is very effective in treating sunburn.

How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Sunburn

Apple cider vinegar could be used with variety of natural ingredients which will work best for your skin to treat sunburn. Below are some of them:

1. Apple Cider Vinegar for Sunburn

Raw Apple cider vinegar (pure and unfiltered) vinegar is always more effective. This is the simplest recipe.

You’ll Require:

  • 1 cup Apple cider vinegar
  • few cotton balls

Preparation time: 3 minutes.

How to do:

  • Dip cotton ball in apple cider vinegar solution
  • Apply this to the affected areas. Alternatively,
  • Apple cider vinegar could also be diluted into water for bath.

Best time to apply: Before bath.

How it works: The goodness and nutrients of ACV helps soothe skin and heals the sunburn.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar and Aloe Vera for Sunburn

You’ll need:

  • 1 teaspoon of raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of lavender oil
  • 1/3 cup of Aloe Vera  gel
  • 2 Vitamin E capsules

Preparation time: 5 to 10 minutes.

How to do:

  • Make a mixture of 1 teaspoon of raw Apple cider vinegar , 1 teaspoon of lavender oil , 1/3 cup of Aloe Vera  gel and oil from 2 Vitamin E capsules.
  • Massage this mixture onto the affected areas and leave it for 15 mins and wash off with cool water.
  • The left over concoction can be stored in refrigerator for further user.

Best time to apply: Before bath.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar and Coconut oil for Sunburn


  • Cotton cloths
  • Raw Apple cider vinegar
  • Coconut, Peppermint and lavender Oils

How to do:

  • Wet the cotton cloth with cold water and sprinkle some
  • Apple cider vinegar onto the cloth now wrap around this cloth to the affected areas.
  • It will give an instant relief to the stinging sensation.
  • After a few minutes, take out the cloth a mix few drops of essential oils on your inner palm, mix and rub in the sun-burnt areas.

Best time to apply: Before bath.

How it works: Essential oils give a cooling and healing touch to the sun-burnt skin.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar and Herbs for Sunburn

Apple cider vinegar works the best when combined with other soothing herbs like Mint, Lavender.

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup of water
  • Mint leaves
  • lavender flowers
  • dried plantain leaves
  • Apple cider vinegar

Preparation time: 5 to 10 minutes.

How to do:

  • For this recipe bring 1 cup of water to boil and add Mint leaves, lavender flowers and dried plantain leaves.
  • Let this mixture cool down and strain it.
  • Add equal amount of Apple cider vinegar in this mixture and store this in a spray container and use it directly on the sun-burnt areas.

5. Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda for Sunburn

Peppermint has the natural menthol cooling effect whereas baking soda antiseptic and soothing properties and along with Apple cider vinegar with its alkaline effect provides instant relief soothe sunburns.


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  • ¼ cup of Apple cider vinegar
  • few drops of peppermint oil

How to do:

  • Prepare a mixture of baking soda and Apple cider vinegar each  and add few drops of peppermint oil to it.
  • Apply this mixture to the sun-burnt areas.
  • Keep it for a while and Later on wash it off.

Best time to apply: before bath.

How it Works: Apple cider vinegar indeed is a very beneficial ingredient with its power packed healing properties.

Tips and Precautions:

  • Sun damage to the skin could sometimes be much severe and intense.
  • Always protect yourself from the harmful rays especially in peak summer.
  • The rays are much intense from 10 am to 3 pm. Take utmost care and protect yourself while outdoors.
  • Always use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) 15 or higher while going outdoors.
  • Keep your body hydrated with plenty of fluids and water intake.
  • Don’t burst any blister. Always use an antibacterial soap to prevent any kind of secondary infection
  • Protect your eyes with sunglasses while going outdoors and also wear light colored clothes which don’t absorb much light and produces less heat.

So now enjoy the sun and don’t worry about getting Sunburn ever again!

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