10 Remedies for a Sunburned Scalp and Hairline

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Cool Shower

If the burn is on the scalp, let cool shower water run over it until the sting is relieved (usually 5–20 minutes depending on severity)

OTC painkillers

Collins suggests over-the-counter anti-inflammatories for sunburn inflammation. Sunburned scalps and hairlines can sleep with these medications.

Cold Compress

Cool compresses twice a day relieve burn pain. Ice directly on the skin can cause damage, but ice water compresses can help. 

Aloe Vera Gel

Body burns require aloe vera gel.Aloe vera gel's anti-inflammatory and hydrating properties make it ideal for sunburns.

Hydrocortisone Cream

For scalp and hairline sunburns, both experts recommend applying 1% or over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream daily.

Obscure Topicals

 Hydrocortisone cream recommends gentle moisturizers like Aquaphor Healing Ointment or CeraVe Healing Ointment for peeling skin.

Avoid Heat Styling

While your scalp heals, avoid hot rollers, curling irons, straighteners, and blowdryers.which can worsen sunburn pain and damage.

Gently Cleanse

While healing, use gentle cleansers and skincare.Avoid perfumed or medicated shampoos and leave-in haircare products, which may irritate.

Avoid Sunlight

Staying in the shade helps burned people recover.Sun exposure worsens burn symptoms and delays healing.

Water Up

Hydrate your body to re-hydrate the sunburned scalp and hairline. Because burns dehydrate the body.


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