Sunburn Relief with Coconut Oil


Before applying coconut oil


It’s summertime!  That means school’s out, everyone is boating or at the beach, and for those of us who are blessed with fair skin, lots of sunburns!  I had my first bad sunburn of the summer a couple weeks ago.  It burned like crazy and aloe and lotions were not relieving the pain.  So I decided to try out coconut oil!  I already use it as a moisturizer and to relieve cooking burns, so why not try it for sunburns.


Good news!  It worked like a charm.  My skin was so dry it immediately absorbed it all.  It relieved the stinging and burning sensations and within half an hour it also relieved the red color on my skin.  Even within five minutes the redness decreased!  Plus it smells amazing and its an all natural product, so you don’t have to worry about putting any chemicals on your skin.  This is a big plus for pregnant women who only want to use natural products.  I am definitely going to keep using coconut oil on my sunburns, it is the best product I have found to relieve the burning!


5 minutes after applying coconut oil



I kept putting a little on each day after showers and two weeks later my skin is softer than ever and I never even peeled.  That is a major plus!  Next time you have a sunburn try it out for yourself.  You won’t be disappointed!


– JR





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24 Comments Post a comment

  1. June 7, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Thanks so much for this post! I too believe in the magical properties of coconut oil and was pretty sure it would treat a sunburn as you suggested it would! I just applied some to my boyfriends’ forehead! Great article!

    • June 8, 2011 at 9:34 am

      Thanks Dori! If he doesn’t want a messy, peeling forehead tell him to keep applying everyday. I never peeled!

  2. Jenny
    June 22, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    I just did this today! Thanks!

    • June 22, 2011 at 2:52 pm

      I got burnt again this weekend and used it again! It definitely stopped the burning and I’m nice and soft! How did it work out for you Jenny?

  3. June 27, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    My wife is quite possibly the fairest skinned person that I have ever known. We actually had the exact same type of experience the other week. My wife went out to a cookout and of course came home looking like a lobster. We tried using some medicated lotions and aloe with no success toward making her comfortable. We had the idea to try using coconut oil and similarly to your experience, within hours of applying it she was able to sit and lye down with no discomfort whatsoever. It was spectacular!


    • June 28, 2011 at 1:17 pm

      I’m so glad you and your wife discovered how great coconut oil is for sunburns! It will definitely be my only after sun moisturizer from now on!

    • rosanna
      July 26, 2012 at 12:54 am

      Not only does coconut oil help after the fact, but it can also protect you from sun damage in the first place. Try putting some coconut oil on before getting out in the sun next time. You will be so happy you did! It’s a natural sunscreen !!!!

  4. June 29, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Hi, thanks for a great site on coconut oil! I made a list on the “Best 5 Facts You Should Know about Coconut Oil” to spread the word. Hope you and your readers enjoy and rate if you like! If I’d seen your site before I would have referenced it!

    Best 5 Facts about Coconut Oil You Should Know

  5. susan
    February 3, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Hi! just found your site as I was looking for sunburn cures. I went to a tanning booth to get a base tan before my trip to Mexico in a week and I was building a fairly good base until yesterday when I burned! Yuck! I So do not want to peel. I have read many cocunut oil reviews online. You say you didnt peel. If I started using today, even though its 24 hours later will it still work???? Help! 🙂 Please! Thanks!
    *i have been using cocunt lotion, and aloe gel meanwhile and even soaked in vinegar.

    • February 7, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      Hi Susan! Keeping your skin moisturized with coconut oil will definitely help you avoid the peeling process. Just make sure to apply it a couple times a day, morning and night, for the best chance of no peeling skin. Have fun on your trip!

  6. Alison
    June 16, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Could you please tell me the brand of coconut oil you use? This is all new to me and I want to make sure I get the right stuff.

  7. Amac
    July 21, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Hi there I have a few questions! So I got a bad sunburn 3 days ago and I have massive blisters on my shoulders. When I had a concussion my parents suggested I used coconut oil for cooking, which is when I Iearned how wonderful coconut oil is. So this morning I wondered if it would help my burn! I saw this post and was pretty happy lol. I was wondering if you also put aloe on your burn after the oil? Also, one of my blisters literally just popped on its own :/ is it safe to put the coconut oil on the broken one? Oh one more question. Should I put gauze on my blisters after I apply the coconut oil? Thanks for the post!

    • July 25, 2012 at 9:36 am

      Thanks for the comment! Unfortunately, we cannot give medical advice, but coconut oil is a great moisturizer for your skin. I would consult your dermatologist about your blisters.

  8. Jon
    April 14, 2013 at 2:37 am

    I hear islanders use coconut oil as a sunscreen, obviously if you are fair skinned you will still burn if you stay out to long… but I good rule of thumb spring or summer, is from 8:00 am to 10:00 am get 15 minutes of sun everyday.. and until you actually get a tan, then you can start to go out in the sun more and not worry AS much.

  9. Veronica
    June 28, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    I tried this for a horrible burn I got the other day. I mixed in some essential lavender oil and a squeeze of 99% aloe vera. It definitely helps with the redness/pain (except my right shoulder which got it BAD). It does not however help with my crazy itchiness. But I do love using it. I already use it in my hair, on my face and for cooking. All around…coconut oil is awesome! 🙂

  10. Brighton
    May 29, 2014 at 12:04 am

    I was just wondering about it how you dab it on do you just like dab it on with a washcloth or what cuz I have a bad sunburn it makes my skin look purple. PLEASE HELP!!!!!

    • May 30, 2014 at 9:49 am

      You can just use your fingers and rub it on like you would lotion, a washcloth might hurt your sunburn depending on how soft it is. If you do use a washcloth just blot it on, don’t rub.

  11. Jess
    May 31, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Does the coconut oil have to be the raw kind. Or can it be LouAna or spectrum brand (I have both of these on hand)

    • June 3, 2014 at 10:26 am

      We recommend using extra-virgin, organic Kelapo coconut oil. It is one of the highest quality coconut oils you can buy.

  12. June 8, 2014 at 1:39 am

    Well, my shoulders got fried while doing some yardwork today. I have a tattoo that I’m worried about. But I’m an herbalist, and hate just about anything processed and unnatural. I, too, thought about the amazing healing and moisturizing properties of coconut oil and thought I’d give it a whirl. So far, so good. I can move my arms easier, and it doesn’t sting so badly, and it’s only been on for about ten minutes! Hopefully it’ll keep my skin from peeling like it did for you, and I pray my tattoo won’t fade (though it needs touched up anyway…)

  13. Kerri
    June 22, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    Is it ok too use coconut oil on sun burn open blisters?

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