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7 Things You Should Never Do To A Sunburn

Posted by Ann V. On 2016 Oct 5th

7 Things You Should Never Do To A Sunburn

In case you are dealing with sunburn, don’t overlook the symptoms. Here are some important and dangerous things which you need to know about this skin condition.

Do you love spending time outside in the sun?

Arguably it is one of the best parts of summer. There is nothing better than heading outdoors for a beach party and soaking up the sun. But it doesn’t do necessarily good to your skin.

Yes, whether you like to play games and sports outside or are partying on the beach, sitting too much in the sun and getting more of those harmful UV rays can be dangerous. And the biggest problem with spending more time in the sun is - sunburns.

Mostly people don’t wear sunscreen when they go outside. They either forget or choose not to wear the same due as it leaves your skin greasy and sticky. Moreover, many of you commit severe mistakes when putting on sunscreen. And even if you are putting on a sunscreen, there are good chances for you to deal with itchy burns.

What Is Sunburn?

The U.S. National Library of Medicine defines sunburn as “a reddening of the skin that occurs after you are exposed to the sun or other ultraviolet light”. There are a number of symptoms indicating toward this skin problem, including tenderness, reddened skin, skin that is warm to the touch, blistering, and skin peeling (general after few days).

Sunburns can be one of three different degrees. The most dangerous needs a severe sunburn treatment. Now depending on the symptoms, a dermatologist can tell you which degree you are dealing with. Regardless of this, there are few things which you should never do to sunburn.

Here is a list of 7 such things which have to be avoided to prevent the condition from becoming worse. Have a look:

Ignoring Mild Symptoms

When you are having fun in the sun, it is common to overlook that slight sunburn. Well, you might love to stay outside and keep enjoying yourself, but not at the cost of your skin’s health. Ignoring the signs of sunburn can be a major mistake. Hence, if you start noticing slight pinkness or mild pain, it is an alarming bell to prevent the condition from turning worse. Next time you start noticing any symptoms, get out of the sun immediately or cover up right away.

Scratching Your Burn

Burns are usually itchy. But you need to control over the urge to scratch. Else you can be in trouble. Scratching can make the problem worse. It can cause greater infection and be making it intense. If it feels too itchy, you can consider the application of a numbing cream. You can switch to Dr.Numb®, a topical anesthetic which comes with 5% lidocaine and is FDA approved. It helps greatly to control the itching sensation, providing your greater relief.

Going Back To The Sun

Usually, sunburn signs may not start appearing until hours after sun exposure. If you have noticed any o them, it’s important to stay out of the sun as far as possible. Experts believe that it is not a good idea to apply more sunscreen and stay outside. The best thing you can do is move into the shade or go inside, avoiding sun’s direct rays. Similarly, if you are still recovering from a burn, it is recommended to wait until it heals completely before exposing it to the sun again.

Using It As A 'Base Tan'

Are you among those who love to get a bit of color in the summer? Using it as a “base tan” or as a sun protection is completely a myth. Reason being, a tan will never protect against a sunburn and it has an SPF of less than 4. So, ultimately, exposing your skin to the sun, whether you choose to tan or burn, leads to damage. What more? It also increases your risk of skin cancer and premature aging.

Peeling Your Skin Along

There are chances that your skin starts to peel after a sunburn. In such a case, it might seem like a good idea to peel off the loose skin. But it isn’t at all! Instead, you need to treat peeling skin very gently. Say a strict NO to peeling it off with your fingers or scrubbing it off using an exfoliant. Try to keep your skin moisturized and let it heal on its own.

Popping Up Blisters

Just like peeling skin, you may start to notice blisters forming on the skin surface. And similar to the above case, it will be tempting to pop these blisters. Again, it’s a big NO to popping and just let them be. Actually, popping blisters can lead to severe infection. Plus, later you might have to deal with scarring. In case, a blister opens on its own, clean it gently using a cotton dab, followed by application of an antibiotic ointment. You can consider covering it with a bandage if required. Let them heal on their own!

Using Home Remedies (without considering your skin’s condition)

Though home remedies work well for sunburn, you must be aware of your skin type beforehand. For instance, some people have aloe allergies. This means if it is your first time getting a sunburn, slathering aloe all over your burn can lead to a negative reaction. In such a case, do a patch test on part of your body first. However, if you are not allergic to aloe, it will be a great way to relieve sunburn pain. Just be careful.

So, every time it is not about treating the problem. Sometimes it is also about what not to do.

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