Remedy for a Sunburn

Sunburns are often not thought of as a potential calamity when doing fun stuff out in the summer, but can create discomfort and perhaps major pain when the sun goes down. Sunburns are sometimes sneaky in that they don’t always turn the skin red or cause pain immediately, and may actually take several hours to show up. Later, difficulty sleeping due to pain and lack of mobility may lead to sleep deprivation. Let’s take a look at how the sunburn issue can be alleviated, and how you can still enjoy the sun without facing debilitating pain.

How can I prevent sunburns?

  • Wearing sunscreen lotion is absolutely the best prevention method, and carrying lotion at all times when the sun is out and shining is exceptionally important. Avoiding sunlight altogether is another method, but almost impossible and not nearly as enjoyable. Just be sure to use sunscreen as protection.
  • Vitamins E and C are also both excellent preventative measures, but aren’t great at healing the pain caused by a burn. So as a consistent preventative treatment, vitamin E in particular is effective because of its antioxidant properties that heal sunburns as they happen.

What are the symptoms of sunburns?

  • Red skin that is painful to the touch.

How do I get rid of sunburns?

  • It’s not really possible to get rid of a sunburn, so treatment is the only option. Starting with some anti-inflammatory medication is not a bad idea, as it will ease redness and pain.
  • Take as many cool showers as you’d like.
  • Use a moisturizing lotion that prevents peeling and doesn’t contain alcohol, which will dry out the skin.
  • Apply antibacterial ointment to blistered areas.
  • If taking meds aren’t your thing, soaking a cloth in cold milk and placing it on the burned areas will help because the fats, proteins, and pH levels in the milk possess anti-inflammatory properties.
  • The old favorite, Aloe Vera gel, has a long history of providing immediate relief because it has anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants.
  • Another product worth trying is coconut oil, a natural product that is often cited as both a preventative measure and to soothe sunburns.
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