Best OTC Drugs 2024

Best OTC Choices in Sun Burn Relief

It can be helpful to seek over-the-counter relief from the pain and peeling of a sunburn. Here are Money’s picks for the best products for sunburn relief, along with data on their active ingredients and general notes about their efficacy and side effects.

The selections were chosen by, using a methodology that combines expert assessment with analysis of online reviews, ratings and other customer data.

The information provided on is for educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The products featured may not be right for everyone and may carry risk even if available without a prescription. Read the product’s label and consult with a professional for individual medical advice.

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Active Ingredients
Important Points
Aquaphor Healing Ointment Petrolatum
  • Preservative-free
  • Fragrance-free
  • Protects and treats chapped skin and lips
Aveeno Soothing Bath Treatment Colloidal oatmeal
  • Used in a bathtub
  • Must soak for 15-30 minutes
  • Fragrance-free
Banana Boat Soothing Aloe After Sun Gel Aloe barbadensis leaf juice
  • Applied as needed
  • Can be used on face
CeraVe Moisturizing Cream Cetearyl alcohol Petrolatum Ceramide NP Ceramide AP Ceramide EOP Dimethicone
  • Helps restore protective skin barrier
  • Fragrance-free
  • Non-greasy
Cetaphil Soothing Gel Cream with Aloe Allantoin
  • Provides 24 hours of moisture
  • Fragrance-free
  • Paraben-free
CVS Health Aftersun Cooling Gel with Lidocaine Lidocaine Aloe barbadensis leaf juice
  • Safe for people 2 years and older
  • Can use up to 4 times a day
  • Relieves pain and itching
Eucerin Aftersun lotion Glycerin Hydrogenated coco-glycerides Shea butter
  • Can be used as needed
  • Provides 24 hours of moisturizing
  • Non-greasy
Maui Vera Organic Sunburn Relief and After Sun Gel Aloe barbadensis juice
  • Can be applied up to 5 times a day
  • Paraben-free
  • Alcohol-free
Solarcaine Aloe Extra Burn Relief Gel Lidocaine
  • Fast relief of burns
  • Safe for people 2 years and older
  • Can use up to 4 times a day
  • Contains aloe
Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Glycerin Petrolatum Aloe barbadensis leaf juice
  • Should apply twice a day
  • Moisturizes skin
  • Calms irritated skin
No results match.

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