6 Ways to treat a sunburn

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6 Ways To Treat A Sunburn: Combating Inflammation & Heat

While most people don’t intentionally mean to get badly sunburned, things like losing track of time, nodding off while you are sunbathing, or forgetting to put sunscreen on before leaving the house, are all common reasons. Beyond this, it can be very easy to mistake a cloudy, overcast day, as being non-threatening to your skin, which results in a nasty burn if you stay out for more than an hour or two. The issue with sunburns is that they are very dangerous for damage accumulation; you won’t know that you have a sunburn until you are as red as a lobster and utterly miserable. Now, while the most common method for treating sunburns is to take preventative measures, for those who have a sunburn now and want to treat it, read on.

1.    Cool That Burn Right Down As Quickly As Possible.

If you have access to a refreshing pool or a lake, consider taking a quick dip in it every once in a while to cool the skin down. Do not stay in the pool or lake for more than a few minutes as you do not want to increase your exposure to the sun. Follow up this technique with cold compresses, cool showers, or a damp cloth. Do not apply ice to the skin, avoid drying, and avoid harsh soaps.

2. Moisturize Like Crazy, But Only When Your Skin is Damp.

Take a cold, damp cloth to your skin and pat it down gently. Once your skin is damp, use a gentle moisturizer that has no perfumes or additives and moisturizes the burn. Do not use petroleum or oil-based lotions as these will trap the heat into your skin and make the injury worse. Repeat to avoid your skin from peeling.

3.    Take Anti-Inflammatory Drugs to Calm The Swelling.

To help reduce the swelling that you have and to make your sunburn a little bit more bearable, get some aspirin or ibuprofen to help with the inflammation. Take these as directed until the burn feels better. You can also get some over-the-counter cortisone cream which will also help calm down the redness.  If you have a mild sunburn, consider purchasing some Aloe Vera, which is a natural way to soothe the skin.

4. Make Sure You Are Drinking Fluids.

Your sunburn is going to be drawing up a lot of fluids from the rest of your body to bring them to your skin’s surface. This is done to try to heal the skin and cool it down. When you do not replenish the fluids that your body is using up, you can become dehydrated. To get your skin to heal, take in plenty of fluids but mostly water. Try to stay away from drinks or beverages that have a lot of sugar in them or are dehydrating themselves.

5.    Let Your Skin Breathe With Loose Clothing.

You will want to wear loose clothing that is made out of cotton. Not only is cotton very soft, so there is less irritation to your skin, but the cotton allows your skin to breathe – eliminating the heat that is coming off of your sunburn.

6.    Leave Those Blisters Alone.

Do not pop the blisters you see, no matter how tempting it is. When your skin blisters, this is a second-degree burn. If you pop them, you are opening yourself up to risk for infection. Leave them be as they protect the skin underneath them.

If you find yourself blistering over a large area or feel yourself becoming very ill with any of the following symptoms; fever, chills, dizziness, or confusion, then you need to seek medical attention right away. Signs of infection include oozing pus, red streaks, and severe blistering. Always remember to wear SPF and protective clothing when spending extended time in the sun. For normal to dry skin, try a hydrating SPF. If your skin is combination to oily or you prefer a matte finish, a matte SPF is a great choice. If you want a flawless finish and evened complexion, a tinted SPF is the way to go.