Vitamins C and E
You associate vitamin C with colds, but did you know it can play a role in everything from healing UTIs to soothing skin? Vitamin C promotes wound healing and the production of collagen, the base material for new skin. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps repair and protect your skin. To speed the healing, one home remedy for burns is to eat foods rich in vitamins C and E or take 2,000 milligrams of vitamin C and 1,000 IU of vitamin E for a week or so after your burn. You can even break open a vitamin E capsule and apply it directly on the burn to help it heal and prevent scarring. Also, check out these trusted home remedies for dry skin.
Use aloe vera instead of ice
Ice can restrict blood flow to the skin, and further damage tissue, says Pamela Hops, MD, author of Kitchen Cabinet Cures and integrative family physician at Flatiron Family Medical in New York City. Here’s how to treat a burn instead: Immediately place the burned area under cool running water, which helps the injury from spreading, and keep it there for at least 20 minutes if possible. What else works? Aloe, probably the most well-known home remedy for burns, will stop pain and inflammation, reduce swelling, and stimulate skin growth and repair. But if you don’t have any on hand, treating a burn with any of these other options should offer relief. Check out this A-Z guide of home remedies that are proven to work.