Many of us have experienced accidental sunburn. Maybe you didn’t plan to be outside and abandoned Sun cream – You may not have resubmitted your application later that day, or you may have missed one or two seats.
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Whatever happens, your skin is hot, puffy and lobster colored. What’s now? Dermatologist Melissa Piliang, MDtalk to us about sunburn relief and how to protect yourself from sunburn next time.
Tips to soothe and ease sunburn
Here are some ways to ease sunburn.
1. Reduce skin temperature
First of all, “Get out of the sun immediately and cool your skin,” says Dr. Piliang. “Take it in a cool bath or shower to lower your skin temperature.”
This helps reduce inflammation. However, keep it short – a long time in the water dries the skin.
If you have only burned a smaller area, you can cool it with a cold compress such as a damp towel or washcloth. Gently place it on the burn site until your skin becomes cooler to the touch.
While your skin is still moist, apply a moisturizer or lotion to retain moisture, advises dr. Piliang. In the first days after the initial burn, apply a moisturizer frequently to reduce dryness.
Just be sure not to moisturize the skin until it has cooled, otherwise you will retain heat and cause more pain and inflammation.
3. Apply anti-itch treatment
If you feel itchy, try applying a thin layer of 1% hydrocortisone cream on the sunburn.
4. Relieve the pain
To reduce pain or burns, apply a cooling aloe vera gel to immediately reduce sunburn.
“Continue to use those cool compresses,” says Dr. Piliang. “They feel great and lighten the burning sensation a bit.
And feel free to buy painkillers if you really hurt.
“You can take something anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen, naproxen or aspirin,” says Dr. Piliang.
5. Avoid greases with irritants
Skip greases and Vaseline that trap heat.
Avoid topical treatments that end in ‘-price’, such as benzocaine and lidocaine, which can cause allergic reactions that can worsen inflammation.
“Transfer any creams that contain alcohol, as this will dry out your skin and make it harder to heal,” warns Dr. Piliang.
6. Maintain hydration
Sunburn pulls fluid out of other parts of the body into the skin, which can happen quickly dehydrated you. What helps with sunburn is irrigation.
“It is very important to make sure that you moisturize well,” notes Dr. Piliang. “Drink plenty of water. Sports drinks that replenish electrolytes can also help.
7. Do not touch the blisters
Even if you may be tempted, don’t touch those sunburns blisters. You will do more harm than good.
“To prevent infection and scarring, allow the blisters to heal on their own,” advises Dr. Piliang.
8. Know when to see a doctor
Sometimes home remedies don’t help, so it’s best to see a doctor.
“Talk to your doctor if you have a large area of blisters, severe pain or fever, chills, dizziness, or confusion,” says Dr. Piliang.
Protection against accidental sunburn
The next time you go outside, be sure to take these precautions.
Find a shadow
What can you do to reduce the chance of burns the next time you’re without sunscreen? “Find a shadow,” says Dr. Piliang. “It can really help.”
You can also carry your shadow with you. She recommends having a hat in the car (and it’s best to wear it every time you’re in the sun).
A tightly woven fabric is best, as well as a 2-3-inch wide hem that protects your face, ears and neck.
Wear protective clothing
Consider hiding protective clothing in your car as well.
It’s a good habit when you’re in the sun to wear a loose-fitting long-sleeved shirt and long pants, although white clothing doesn’t protect like darker colors. As with hats, the denser the fabric, the more protection you will get.
“You can also buy SPF shirts in large stores at an affordable price,” notes Dr. Piliang.
If you can’t invest in new clothes, you can wash your existing natural ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) from UPF 5 to UPF 30. Just add them to your local pharmacy or online. normal wash cycle and this will take 20 washes.
Apply sunscreen every day
It may sound crazy, but for many of us forget to apply sunscreen.
“You have to make sure you’re dressed enough,” says Dr. Piliang. “To cover the whole body, you need an ounce of sunscreen – both in a glass.
You can choose from a chemical or mineral sunscreen (also sometimes referred to as physical sunscreen) containing titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.
“Chemical sunscreens experience a chemical reaction with the skin and act like a sponge and absorb that ultraviolet light so as not to damage the skin,” explains Dr. Piliang. “Chemical sunscreens can be a little more irritating. If you have sensitive skin, then you really want to look for a mineral sunscreen.
And don’t forget to re-apply sunscreen all day long – another major mistake many of us make.
“You want to re-apply the sunscreen about every 90 minutes,” adds Dr. Piliang. “If you were in the water, you got out and took off the towel, then you want to apply it again, because when you got out of the water, you washed a lot of water.