Written by Lisa Allen, MD
While over exposure to UV rays is not the most serious condition in the world, it can certainly be dangerous if an effective sunburn treatment isn’t applied quickly. Millions of people suffer with sunburn every year, and, most likely, almost everyone suffers one or two episodes each summer.
It is just too easy to stay in the sun too long and that is mainly because when we are outside having fun, the time slips away from us. No one intentionally gets red and blistered for the fun of it. Most of us are educated as to the damaging effects of sunburn, and while a mild sunburn used to be cool, that is no longer the case.
Sunburned people today are embarrassed that they let themselves get burned from over exposure to the sun. So, you not only have to suffer the pain, you also have to endure the ridicule and embarrassment that goes along with your red, blistered appearance.
Here are five sunburn treatments to avoid after you have cooked yourself, and now look like a lobster fresh out of the boiling pot:
- More Sun Exposure – Believe it or not, many people who already have red skin and even blisters, will return to the beach for more UV rays, and more serious damage to the skin. If you are already red, stay out of the sun especially between the hours of 10:00 am and 3:00 pm when the UV rays are particularly intense. It is truly insane to expose yourself to more secondary sun damage once you have cooked your skin.
- Loading Up On Sodas Or Beer – Drink plenty of water while you are healing from sunburn. Your body is already in a dehydrated state from the sunburn, drinking sodas and beer will dehydrate you even more.
- Jump In The Hot Tub – Damaged sunburn skin needs to stay cool not hot. Take cool, not cold baths. Oatmeal baths are recommended as they add moisture to the damaged areas. Soak in the bath for about 30 minutes; you should start feeling some relief.
- Break Or Pop The Blisters – Although it is tempting to break them, leave them intact, breaking them will only slow down the healing process and increase the risk of infection. The blisters form a natural protective layer, which helps the burn to heal faster.
- Use Products That End In “Caine” – Many people are hyper allergic to these products. Instead use aloe based products; aloe is a plant based substance which makes a terrific home sunburn treatment. Do not use oil based products as they may clog the pores and delay healing by preventing the burn from breathing. Infection could even ensue.
If you want that burning pain to go away now, there is a simple treatment for sunburn that stops sunburn pain, blistering and peeling. It is a clinically tried sunburn treatment that reduces your painful symptoms by 85%, and it does it within just five minutes.