Sunburn and Its Treatment

To protect skin from harmful UV rays, it is essential to stay in the shade, put on a broad spectrum, high factor sunscreen, and wear a hat and sunglasses. However, we understand that sometimes this is not possible. Sunburn is undoubtedly the greatest summer annoyance, characterized by red, hot, and sometimes painful skin that may later form blisters and peel. DNA is directly harmed by sunburn. Skin cells die as a result and become inflamed. It can raise our lifelong chance of getting skin cancer in old age. As a result, sunburn should be handled carefully.

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We may turn to skincare to relieve the affects of sunburn after moving into the shade, taking a cold bath, and drinking lots of water to prevent dehydration. Even more than ever, what we put on our skin is important. We cannot, however, just apply any product from our skincare section.

What Not To Do When Treating A Sunburn

Many people would be surprised to learn that your go-to moisturizer may actually exacerbate sunburn, especially if it's packed with petrolatum, a widely used skincare component. Body creams and lotions with substances like petrolatum or petroleum jelly should be avoided. This can warm the skin up too much or irritate the area. Petrolatum, sometimes known as petroleum jelly, is classified as an occlusive. Even while these substances are meant to treat dryness, they also lock in heat, which may fail to do your irritated skin any favors when what you really need is a quick cooling down.

How to Deal with a Sunburn Correctly

After a cool bath or shower, moisturize with a fragrance-free cream or moisturizer that excludes petrolatum because this will probably help to relieve inflammation more effectively. To decrease the look of peeling, this must be applied repeatedly and might have to be maintained for a few weeks. Gels and lotions with aloe vera or soy can also be beneficial. In addition to cooling down the skin, aloe vera also functions as an anti-inflammatory.

A little steroid cream can also be used. Sunburn-related discomfort and edema can be reduced, and the healing process can be sped up, with a 38-hour course of 0.5–1% hydrocortisone.

Prevention is preferable to treatment. Our greatest recommendation for preventing sunburn is to apply sunscreen before going outside and to reapply frequently throughout the day. Additionally, make careful to cover up and, if you can, find protection.

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