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How to Treat Sunburned Skin

The best way to prevent sunburn in the first place is to make sure that you always wear a broad spectrum sunscreen that will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays. Even though sunscreen is the number one way to shield your skin from the sun, it’s not foolproof. If you end up leaving a fun-filled day in the sun looking like a lobster, you may be in more pain than you care to admit. Because sunburns cause a lot of pain and discomfort, we have a few ways that you can find relief and get your skin healed before you know it. Let’s take a closer look at a few suggestions.

Take Some NSAIDs

If you want to combat the pain and swelling, take some over the counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen or Motrin. These types of drugs are great at helping you find quick relief without any addictive properties.

Ice It

If your skin is hot to the touch, this is completely normal. Because you have a burn, your skin will be extra warm and will radiate off heat. To help get rid of that extra heat in your skin, try taking an ice cube and rubbing it directly on the skin; this will hopefully help to calm your skin down and help you heal a lot faster.

Apply a moisturizer

In addition to applying aloe vera gel or lotion, try applying some cream to your skin as well. Lotions or creams will help to moisturize your skin so that you don’t peel too much after your burn. If you do start to peel, make sure that you don’t pick at it because that may lead to scarring.

Stay Out of the Sun

The last thing you want to do is expose your skin to more sun damage if you have a sunburn. Try to stay out of the sun as much as possible when you have a sunburn; the more time your skin has to heal, the better.

If you want to learn more about ways to help your skin heal after a sunburn, contact our Nashua office and call  (603) 886-5506.

Posted in: Skin Cancer, Skin Care

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