Blotchy Skin After a Suntan | Home Remedies for Blotchy Skin

What Causes Blotchy Skin

Suntan is a protective response of normal skin to ultraviolet light. It is completely physiological and many a time it follows simple sunburn. Suntan often occurs in people who are pigmented and is a result of excessive secretion of melanin in melanocytes after direct exposure to sun rays. Suntan normally tends to disappear on its own within a variable period and does not need any active intervention but there are certain home remedies which are safe and effective in reducing suntan faster.

Natural Skin Care

  • Cover yourself completely before going outdoors especially in afternoon.
    A full sleeve top, a cap or scarf can help.
  • Preferably use a sunscreen before leaving home. This will help protect your skin from scorching sun rays.
  • The best preventive measure would be to avoid stepping out in sun during the peak hours between 12 noon to 4 pm, when ultraviolet rays are most intense.

Home Remedies for Blotchy Skin

  1. Avoid salty, pungent and sour food. Cool, sweet, light and liquid diet is recommended.
  2. After an immediate skin tan, dip the exposed area into cold water, so that further damage to skin will stop.
  3. Drink plenty of water to keep your skin cool and hydrated.
  4. Apply sandalwood powder over the tanned area. Sandalwood has cooling properties and helps heal blotchy skin post tan.
  5. Cucumber makes a good home kitchen remedy. Fine slices of cucumber can be massaged over the tanned skin area as it cools and refreshes the skin.
  6. Yoghurt can also be applied over face, arms and legs, as it acts as a great coolant and can be applied immediately after you come home from outdoors. Yoghurt also has a skin softening effect.
  7. Even buttermilk can be applied over tanned skin surface. It has a bleaching effect and therefore, reduces skin discoloration.


  1. Anna said:

    Hello: A few years ago I wore just a tank top outside to work in, and my arms got really burned and tanned. As a result I now have some blotchy spots up & down both arms as a result of this sun exposure. This has been several years now, and I want to know a good home remedy to get rid of this splotchiness. I have been told tea tree oil would work. Can you advise me on what to use to cure the blotchy spots and the tanned and burned spots.

    January 5, 2010
    • Salina said:

      Managing sun tans and sun burns

      The sun can play havoc on the skin, making it look dry, dull, and leathery. Excessive sun exposure should be prevented at all costs. As much as possible, stay indoors, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the afternoon, when the sun is strongest.

      – Always use a good sun block. This will prevent further skin damage. Use one that is not too oily or greasy.

      – Everyday, before bath, rub yogurt on to the affected part. Yogurt is a natural beauty remedy that protects the skin from sun damage. It will lighten the area considerably, reduce spots and blotches and relieve burns. A daily application for about a month is necessary, before results become evident.

      – Rose water is another effective home remedy. Rub on rose water all over the exposed area, before retiring to bed. Leave over night. The rose water will work all night and improve the skin tone and texture.

      January 18, 2010

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