How Long Do Sun Blisters Last & Ways To Get Rid Of Them

How Long Do Sun Blisters Last?

Being exposed to the sun for long hours especially when you are not used to being out in the sun for prolonged duration may cause you to have sunburn or sun blisters. These blisters pop up as a result of the sun’s rays falling directly on the skin, especially on the face, lips, and cheeks. They are basically red in color and may sometimes cause pain and tenderness. Usually, they are not a cause for concern except cosmetically and they run their course and fade away on their own but if treatment is not given to these Sun Blisters then they tend to last longer than they usually would. There are some factors on which it depends as to how long the Sun Blisters will last. These factors are:

Overall Symptoms: Usually the symptoms of Sun Blisters last for a week to 10 days but the effects it has on the skin may last for much longer than that. For severe cases of Sun Blisters it may take about two weeks or sometimes even more for the symptoms to resolve. The symptoms of mild cases of Sun Blisters go away within a couple of days.

The onset of sun blisters may be about six to seven hours after exposure to sun and you may begin to feel pain soon thereafter. If treatment is given soon after appearance of Sun Blisters then the recovery may be hastened and you may be able to get rid of sun blisters within three or four days.

How Long Do Sun Blisters Last?

Rashes: Once the initial Sun Blisters advances and progresses to rashes then it may take around 6-7 days for the rashes to go away. They may appear as pimples which then may start to turn red in color and may go on to form a rash. There may also be swelling present. Using calamine lotion is perhaps the best treatment for Sun Blisters as it prevents formation of rashes and also prevents itchiness of the skin and inflammation.

Swelling: Swelling caused due to sun blisters does not last very long and may stay there for a couple of days at maximum. Immediate treatment may resolve the swelling with 8-12 hours. Pain caused along with the swelling as a result of Sun Blisters may be treated with NSAIDs or corticosteroids. It should be noted here that any type oily or greasy products should never be used on the Sun Blisters as it may increase inflammation and swelling.

Pain: The Pain due to Sun Blisters may last for four or five of days but if immediate treatment is given you may get relief within a couple of days of having the symptoms of Sun Blisters. You can use pain killers for pain if required for relief of symptoms caused due to Sun Blisters.

Ways To Get Rid Of Sun Blisters

Sun Blisters may be an annoyance and there are quite a few lotions and medications available in the market which may hasten the process of recovery but there are certain home remedies which one can follow to get rid of Sun Blisters. 

These Home Remedies To Get Rid of Sun Blisters Are:

Cold Compresses

Applying cold compresses over the area of the Sun Blisters for 15-20 minutes two to three times a day is an effective home remedy for reducing the inflammation and swelling and also reduce the pain caused due to Sun Blisters. It should be noted here that direct ice should never be applied on the blisters. Instead you need to wrap some ice cubes on a towel and then apply it on to the affected area. 

Aloe Vera

This is a Home Remedy for various ailments and Sun Blisters is also one of them. It not only helps in reducing pain and inflammation due to its antiinflammatory properties but also helps with the swelling caused due to Sun Blisters and expedites recovery. All you need to do is cut a fresh Aloe Vera leaf from the middle and remove its gel. Apply the gel on the affected area and allow it to dry. Then wash the area with water.


Vinegar is also quite an effective Home Remedy for Sun Blisters. Make a solution of vinegar mixed with water. Dip a cotton ball on the solution and apply it gently on the affected area. Do this a couple of times a day for best relief of symptoms of Syn Blisters.


One can even try using Oatmeal as a home remedy to treat Sun Blisters. It soothes the skin and facilitates faster healing. All you need to do is add a couple of cups of powdered oatmeal in a bucket of water and then take a bath with this solution.


Turmeric is a natural healer. It has healing properties in abundance and promotes reduction of inflammation and pain caused due to Sun Blisters. Mix some turmeric powder in a few drops of water and make a paste of it. Apply this paste on the affected area and leave it on for about 15 minutes. Then clean the area with warm water.

In summary, Sun Blisters is a common occurrence especially if you are exposed to sun for prolonged periods of time. If symptoms are treated early it may take about four days for them to resolve. Apart from the usual medications and lotions that are available, there are certain Home Remedies mentioned above which can help in getting rid of Sun Blisters.

Team PainAssist
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Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Team PainAssist, Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:July 11, 2017

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