Have a Sunburn? What You Should Do

Here at our office, we treat patients for a variety of different skin care concerns, including fine lines and wrinkles. As the leading cause of premature aging, sun damage cannot only cause fine lines, wrinkles, and sunspots, but it can also lead to sunburns. Depending on the sunburnt that you have will determine how you should treat it.

Severe Sunburns:

If you have a severe sunburn that’s causing your skin to peel or blister, then make sure that you don’t pick at it. Although you may want to drain your blisters or get rid of excess skin, it’s better to just let your skin take care of itself so that you don’t cause scarring.

Another thing you can do is apply hydrocortisone cream to your skin to help soothe it. Also, try taking an over the counter anti-inflammatory drug like ibuprofen. Iburpofen is great at helping fight swelling and pain in the skin.

Moderate Sunburns:

Moderate sunburns usually don’t cause swelling, peeling, or blisters, but they can still be painful. Try applying some aloe vera gel or lotion to your skin to help it heal. Another thing you can do is use a cold compress to help cool down the skin.

Slight Sunburns:

Slight sunburns can usually just be left alone, but if they are a little bit painful then try applying a little bit of aloe vera to your skin.

No matter what kind of sunburn you have, try to stay out of the sun for as long as possible so that your skin heals. If you want to learn more about ways that you can better take care of your skin, contact our Bloomington office at (309) 662-6772.

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