Once you have a sunburn the damage is done. There is no quick fix to sunburn treatment. Sunburn can take up to 12-24 hours after sun exposure for you to know the full extent of the damage. It could take several days for your skin to begin the healing process.
Here are some sunburn treatment steps you can take to help ease your pain:
Keep the skin cool, by applying a cool-damp towel, cold compress (do not use ice)to the affected skin or take a cool bath.
Keep the skin moist by apply moisturizing cream (non-oil based), aloe vera cream or gel or other over the counter sunburn products (check with your pharmacist).
Leave blisters alone. Do not break them, that will slow down the healing process and risk an infection. To protect the blisters, lightly cover with a non-stick sterile gauge pad.
If necessary, take a pain reliever such as, Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin or other). Follow label instructions.
Take the pain reliever until redness and soreness is alleviated.
Skin that is peeling should be treated gently. Within a few days when the affected area begins to peel continue using moisturizing cream.
Use sunscreen liberally and frequently to prevent further damage to your sunburn. Some studies have shown that we only use half of the recommended amount.
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