9 Ways to Treat Sunburns

9 Ways to Treat Sunburns

Last update: 23 November, 2018

Both external and internal hydration is important to speed up the recovery of a sunburn, it soothes your irritated tissues and promote skin repair.

A sunburn is a painful skin lesion which is the outcome of being overexposed to aggressive ultraviolet (UV) rays.

It causes a noticeable redness on the tissue’s surface, almost always accompanied by tenderness, irritation, and other uncomfortable symptoms that last for several days. Sunburns are more normal during the summer, although you can get them at any time if you don’t take any precautions.

While their symptoms are sporadic, they almost always cause permanent skin damage that accelerates aging and increases the risk of cancer. This is why it’s important to know how to treat sunburns if the necessary precautions weren’t taken. Consider these 9 great ways to treat sunburns whenever you experience this problem.

  1. Take a Shower
    woman taking a shower

Taking a warm shower is one of the first steps to control the burning and itching caused by a sunburn.

  • You shouldn’t use hot or cold water since the tissues are very sensitive.

Read this article too: What to Do after a Burn

  1. Avoid Using Soaps or Gels

Applying perfumed soaps or shower gels can be harmful because these products irritate tissues and hinder the regeneration process.

  • It’s best to avoid these products until your symptoms improve.
  • Instead, you can use natural antiseptic solutions such as witch hazel or common marigold water.
  1. Apply Aloe Vera Gel
    aloe vera on a wooden spoon

Aloe vera gel is one of the best natural treatments to soothe skin in cases of sunburn. It has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that soothe irritation and reduce the risk of infection.

  • Its moisturizing properties replenish moisture in the affected areas and promote healing and regeneration.
  • Best of all, it doesn’t cause allergic reactions and can be used several times a day to soothe burning and itching.
  1. Use a Moisturizing Lotion

Burns really take a toll on your skin, disrupting oil production and making you prone to excessively dry and scaly skin.

  • You shouldn’t use oily creams. Instead you are better off applying vitamin E-enriched lotions.
  • These products soothe irritated tissues and help retain skin moisture to promote its repair.
  1. Drink More Water
    a woman holding a glass of water

Skin dehydration is one of the side effects of sunburn. This is why drinking more water than usual is important to prevent dehydration. This liquid helps repair vital inner tissues, not only because it provides a surplus of hydration, but because it also improves blood circulation for ideal cellular oxygenation.

  1. Take Over-the-Counter Pain Killers

Over-the-counter painkillers are valid alternatives when your sunburns cause pain, mild fever, and headaches.

  • You can take acetaminophen or ibuprofen (no more than two pills a day).
  • Keep in mind that you shouldn’t give aspirin to younger patients.
  1. Apply Chamomile
    chamomile tea

A cold chamomile tea can reduce burning, itching, and other symptoms related to this injury.  Bathing in it or applying cold chamomile compresses has an anti-inflammatory effect that provides relief without any side effects.

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  1. Use Ice Packs

You shouldn’t use ice if your sunburn is very recent. However, after 12 to 24 hours, you can use ice packs to lower your symptoms.

  • The cold temperature relaxes the affected areas and provides a sense of relief for the irritation and pain.
  • Although the feeling is unpleasant at first, it gradually produces a soothing effect.
  1. Protect Your Skin From the Sun
    woman applying sunscreen

While your skin is burned, you must avoid any type of sun exposure. If UV rays have contact with the affected areas, it can worsen the condition and increase the risk of cancer. You have to use good sunscreen and clothes that cover up your burns completely.

Is your skin suffering from sun exposure? If you’re sunburned, make sure to keep these tips in mind and treat it carefully. See a dermatologist if you have blisters or notice any complications.

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