How to Soothe a Sunburn
First and foremost, prevention of a sunburn is key with the adequate use of sunscreen to protect the skin! However, in the circumstances that an individual gets too much sun exposure without sunscreen or clothing, there is a chance of burning. Burning of the skin can cause discomfort and pain, and here are some dermatology tips after sunburns:
Get out of the sun! It is best to stay indoors or wear clothing and sunscreen to protect the skin immediately after a sunburn.
Stay Hydrated! Sunburns can cause dehydration so by drinking a lot of water can help with recovery.
Take cool Baths/Showers! This can definitely help relieve some of the discomfort. Also keeping water on the skin can help alleviate some of the dryness.
Moisturize! Using moisturizers such as aloe vera or soy, especially after showers, can help calm down the skin. Also, avoiding any products that can cause irritation to the skin.
Take NSAIDs! If needed, individuals can take ibuprofen or aspirin to help alleviate any inflammation or erythema.
If you have more concerns regarding your sunburn, be sure to make an appointment with a Dermatologist or Dermatology PA at Beacon Skin & Surgeries. Also, keep in mind any past history of sunburns can cause long-lasting skin damage, which is why it is so important to get yearly total body skin exams to screen for any skin cancers caused by the sun!
The information above is from the American Academy of Dermatology.
P.S. Wear SPF!
Megan Bacall, PA-C