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Top 6 Ways to Treat a Sunburn

Posted by Dan Narsete on


“I'm sorry, if you were right, I'd agree with you.” –Robin Williams
You’re at the pool, the beach, or on a hike enjoying yourself. After a period of time, your face, back or certain parts of your body start to feel warm. Then hot. Then red. It’s happened. You have a sunburn. 

Though that’s a bit on the dramatic level, it’s happened to all of us. Now, what do we do?

 #1 Get out of the sun

Not rocket science, BUT how many times have you seen people that are cherry-red give the “I’m already burned, so what does it matter?” kind of attitude. The problem with that is the skin is now compromised. Additional exposure to UV rays means an increase of free-radical development and potential for skin cancer.  Take a time-out and go indoors. At the least, get into the shade. If you must be in the sun, put protective (UV reflective) clothing on and stay out of the sun as much as possible.

#2 Drink water

Academy of Dermatology “a sunburn draws fluid to the surface of the skin and away from the body.” Depending on your skin, the average person’s skin is made up of upwards of 60%+ water. So, drink more water and consider consuming something to replace lost electrolytes.

#3 Cool Compress 

According to Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Amy Paul “low fat or skim milk has a protein that will soothe a burn…try applying a cool compress soaked with milk that preferably is skim or low-fat.”

#4 Take a cold shower or bath

If nothing else, it feels good. Really good. One thing to remember is to avoid scrubbing an area that’s burned. Again, commonsense should prevail here.  Also consider using an occlusive moisturizer without a bunch of additives in it. Remember, we don’t want to make it worse.

#5 Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS)

Let’s be clear, we’re not telling you how much or what to take. Please ask a licensed physician this question. But, according to the American Academy of Dermatology “consider taking aspirin or ibuprofen to help reduce any swelling, redness and discomfort.” Not a bad idea.

#6 Consult a licensed physician

If you have blisters, are dizzy, have fevers, chills, or are unsure of any symptoms following a sunburn, go see a physician. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

This isn’t a complete list of treatments following sunburns, but it’s a good start. Hopefully you learned some things here to help you or someone you care about. If you are too busy and want an easy solution try taking our customized skin care quiz. With it we can create a personalized skin care experience just for you!

Stay safe,
Team Reflect

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