Can Tea Heal A Sunburn?

Published: July 10, 2013
Dear Can Tea Heal A Sunburn?,

Someone told me you could use tea for a sunburn. Is that true?

Dear Can Tea Heal A Sunburn?,

Black tea contains an antioxidant called tannic acid, which can help heal sunburned skin and decrease redness. To benefit from this at-home remedy, chill a moistened tea bag (green or black tea will work) and then rub it gently on your skin.

While there are various treatments and home remedies that can help ease the symptoms associated with sunburn, it’s definitely best to take preventative measures so your skin doesn’t get burned in the first place. According to the Mayo Clinic, you want to avoid the sun between 10am and 4pm, provide as much cover for yourself as you can from the sun, use a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher liberally and frequently, and wear sunglasses when outdoors.

For general information on sunburn, including symptoms and treatments, go to the Maya Clinic webpage on Sunburn.

If you ever have any questions or concerns about sun damage to your skin, check in with your doctor. If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network primary care physicians, adolescent medicine specialists or dermatologists.