Heal Your Sunburn

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Everyone wants to have perfect skin on summer as they go bare under the sun. But as the summer bids goodbye, your skin is getting red and painful. It is the sunburn caused by too much sun exposure. Here is how to treat it.

The sun fried your top layer of skin sucking out the moisture. Your skin is red, tender, itchy and warm to touch. To hydrate, apply a thick fragrance- free cream that contains oatmeal three times a day to soothe the pain. Placing a towel soaked in a bowl of water and ice on top of the burned skin is a big help too to get rid of the uncomfortable pain. It is important to keep the burn hydrated, yet avoid applying pressure. Use light cotton materials like soft towel or sterilized pad to avoid infections.

When your top and second layers of skin were burned, it caused blood vessels between them to expand and produce blisters hours or days later. Your skin is itchy, tender and really sore. Do not puncture or scratch the blisters. Use spray or hydrocortisone cream on the affected area twice a day. You may also drink over-the-counter pain killers to alleviate the pain while the blisters are healing.

Your skin is tight, dry and extremely painful when all three layers of your skin are scorched dead. This is due to severe sunburn. It is sometimes accompanied by blisters, fever, nausea, dizziness and headaches. You may apply topical creams but it is best to seek the help of a medical professional if you have the mentioned symptoms.

As they say, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. Avoid sun exposure during hours of peak sun rays as much as possible. If going out can’t be prevented, apply generous amount of sunscreen of least SPF30 most especially on your face then re-apply after swimming or every 2 hours while you are outdoors. You may also wear hats to protect your face and hair, and wear sunglasses to protect your eyes as well from sun damage.