What to Do if You Get a Sun Burn

By ·
What to Do if You Get a Sun Burn featured image

Sunburns not only cause discomfort, but they also lead to long-term damage. Applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen as needed is the best way to prevent getting a sunburn, as is wearing protective clothing and seeking shade. But, if you happen to get one, here’s what the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) suggests you do:

  1. Take cool baths or showers to alleviate any pain. Once you get out of the shower or bathtub, gently pat yourself dry and leave a little water on your skin.

  2. Apply a moisturizer to help trap water in your skin. Use one with aloe vera or soy (both ingredients are soothing to the skin) or an overthe- counter hydrocortisone cream.

  3. Take aspirin or ibuprofen. This will help reduce any swelling or redness.

  4. Drink a lot of water. The sun dehydrates skin and draws fluid to the skin’s surface. Extra water will help rehydrate the entire body.

  5. If blisters appear, let them heal on their own. Blisters from a sunburn signal second-degree burns. No matter what, don’t pop them.


Related Posts:
5 Ways to Erase Sun Damage
How the Sun Damages Your Skin
Fight Sun Damage Year Round: The Ultimate Protectors
How To Reboot Your Skin After Vacation

Find a Doctor

Find a NewBeauty "Top Beauty Doctor" Near you

Give the Gift of Luxury

NewBeauty uses cookies for various reasons, including to analyze and improve its content and advertising. Please review our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use for more about how we use this data. By continuing to use this site, you agree to these policies.