Some of us love to see our skin tanned, however, sometimes we get a little bit more sun than needed, and in return, our skin pays the price. Our skin can burn if it gets too much sun without proper protection from sunscreen and clothes. To help heal and soothe stinging skin, it is important to treat Sunburn as soon as we notice it. Follow these dermatologists’ tips to help relieve the discomfort.
Sunburn is not fun, we need to take good care of them. The best secret of all is prevention, so always remember to apply your SPF when going out, and reapply it often as needed, especially during summer.
- Apply Aloe vera on the area affected. Remember that aloe vera can work as a moisturizer and has some anti-inflammatory properties too. You can apply the plant directly to your skin. But commercial products work just fine. Don’t forget to refrigerate it first, this will give a cooling effect.
- Apply cold compress, every couple of hours, this will help you with the discomfort.
- Use a light moisturizer, make sure it contains aloe vera and antioxidants.
- Drink extra water, sunburns can make you lose extra water through your skin.
- Take showers with cool water, this will relieve you a little bit of the burning sensation.
- Call the Doctor if you develop fever, dizziness, or blisters.
- Take painkillers such as Paracetamol or Ibuprofen.
- Usage of heavy moisturizers or lotions, especially if they have alcohol or fragrances as they can irritate your skin.
- Exfoliating. This will stop the healing process in the area causing irritation. Avoid any kind of exfoliation and wait at least three days after healing before doing it
- Wearing tight clothes in the sunburn area. Instead, choose loose clothes as these allow your skin to breathe.
- Taking hot showers, baths, or going to sauna or steam room.
- Popping the blisters. This can increase the risk of infection.
- Don’t expose yourself again to sun without proper sunscreen.