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Sunburn: Treatment and relief

What is sunburn?

Sunburn is an example of a minor burn that is caused by overexposure to UV rays.

Minor sunburn will often heal within a few days with appropriate treatment.

Sunburnt areas should be kept moist to help soothe pain and assist in healing. By keeping the area moist, the risk of scarring is also minimised. The use of a hydrating gel such as SOLOSITE can help sunburn by creating an environment which allows less painful healing. More severe sunburn may require hospitalisation. If you are unsure about the severity of the sunburn, please consult a healthcare professional.

Sunburn treatment

  • Apply fast effective first-aid
  • Place under cool running water for at least 20 minutes immediately or within the first 3 hours after the burn occurred
  • Do not use ice or iced water
  • Remove clothing and jewellery – can continue to burn
  • Do not break blisters
  • Do not apply butter, oils, creams, ointments or powders

Always seek medical advice if the sunburn is:

  • Larger than the size of an adult’s palm
  • Larger than the size of a 20c piece for children
  • On the face, hands, feet
  • On young children and the elderly.
  • In pregnant women

Refer to a health care professional if the patient has underlying medical conditions.

Treatment options

High flex required



Normal skin



Fragile/sensitive skin


Visit (Australian and New Zealand Burn Association) for further information. 

This product may not be right for you. Always read the label and instructions for use before purchase.

If symptoms worsen or change unexpectedly, talk to your healthcare professional.