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What To Do About A Nasty Sunburn

A Comprehensive Guide


Sun burn happens to the best of us. Even though we all ALWAYS put on plenty of sunscreen of at least SPF 30, am I right (wink, wink)? 

Even if we do take the proper precautions, or if we occasionally forget, sometimes sunburn happens. And boy, does it hurt! Here are a few ways to make that horrible consequence just a little less horrible:

If you get burnt, immediately make it your life mission to avoid the sun! Stay away from the possibility of getting burnt AGAIN. A sunburn already causes damage to the skin, but double burns can be incredibly dangerous.
Use LOTS of lotion on your burn, and I mean LOTS! Keep that burn lathered up in order to restore hydration to the skin. Using Aloe Vera can be a great cooling technique, as well as a way to repair the damaged skin. If you are burnt, try to avoid products with benzocaine or lidocaine.
One of the most important things you can do for a sunburn is to drink TONS of water. Your body can become dehydrated quickly from the damage and the work it takes to repair the burn. Drink lots of water to rehydrate your skin and allow your body to heal. You will feel so much better.
Sometimes you just want to make it stop hurting and heating you up! Take a nice quick dip in a cool lake (but quick so you don't burn more!), take a cool bath (but not ice water!), or place a nice cool compress on the burn (but make sure to wrap it in a towel). Your skin will be thanking you!
Pain relievers can really help you handle the uncomfortable feeling you are in. Take some ibuprofen or aspirin regularly for the pain. Try it for the first couple days of the burn and use it as needed as the burn begins to heal.
Losing clothing is your friend with a sunburn. You will avoid irritation of the burn and let the heat emanating from your body to escape. You will feel cooler, more comfortable, and allow your burn to heal properly.
If you think you outdid yourself this time, it may be time to check with your doctor. If your burn is blistering on more than 20% of your body or if it is not healing over longer periods of time, you will want to see your doctor immediately for professional medial attention.

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Take these tips and use them! You can use one, more than one, or all. You will be feeling better in no time. Just be more careful next time! Sunburn increases your chances of developing melanoma skin cancer. 1 in 5 Americans will have skin cancer during their lifetimes. Don't let that be you!

†The information and supporting material on this website are for informational purposes only. The objective of this website is to offer broad consumer understanding and knowledge of various health, wellness, and cosmetic topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.