Of course you didn’t mean to get sunburned! Maybe you fell asleep or lost track of time, but it’s important to prevent it from happening again. Your risk for melanoma doubles if you have had more than five sunburns. Your skin will heal, but real damage has been done.
Did you know that certain medications can increase sun sensitivity?
Some of the most common ones are Antibiotics (Tetracylines, Flouroquinolones, Sulfonamides), Diuretics (Furosemide, Hydrochlorothiazide), and oral and topical retinoids (Isotretinoin, Acitretin, Tazarotene, Tretinoin). The above are just a few medications that can cause photosensitivity. It is absolutely fine to take these medications, it’s just when taking these drugs you need to be extra diligent about sun protection.
Nursing your Sunburn
The best way to treat a sunburn is to prevent one from happening in the first place, but in case it does happen here are several ways to heal your scorched skin!
- Take a cool bath-try adding one cup of organic apple cider vinegar to a bath to promote healing. Soak in an oatmeal bath-helpful for itchy skin.
- Lock in moisture while skin is damp such as applying skin moisturizer immediately after taking a shower.
- Aloe vera leaf or plant.
- Whole-milk compresses.
- Raw potato-slice or grate and apply to area. The starch in potatoes will help cool inflammation and ease topical pain.
- Apply plain yogurt topically.
- Vitamin E topically and orally-helps with inflammation.
- Black Tea-brew a batch of strong tea and let it steep and put in the fridge to cool. Use an old rag to apply as often as needed. This helps the burn heal and takes out the sting.
- Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray-helps to soothe, soften and calm skin.
- Colorescience Sunforgettable Setting Mist contains vitamin e, vanilla and sandalwood to soothe skin. Colorescience skin calming primer has cactus extract and antioxidants to soothe and heal skin and also neutralizes redness.
Decrease the Inflammation
Take a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), such as ibuprofen or aspirin. You can also use a 1% over-the-counter cortisone cream for a few days to help calm redness and swelling.
Rehydrate by drinking extra liquids such as water and sports drinks that help replenish electrolytes while your skin heals.
Avoid exfoliation, vitamin A and retinoids during this time.
Please do not pick at blisters or peeling skin! See a doctor if you have a severe burn or blisters.