It is the lycopene in tomatoes that soothes the pain of burns, as well as prevents blistering. The tomato should be sliced and placed on the skin, allowing the juice to dry on the burn itself. Eating tomatoes and other foods with lycopene, as well as beta-carotine, can help treat sunburns.
As skpennell said, the naturally-occuring lycopene in tomatoes is a natural anti-inflammatory and will help ease the pain from burns. You’ll want to first let tepid water (not cold or not) water flow over the burnt area. Slice a fresh, clean tomato in half and apply it to the skin. Hold it there until the pain subsides; repeat as necessary.
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