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:
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.
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.
Take aspirin or ibuprofen. This will help reduce any swelling or redness.
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.
If blisters appear, let them heal on their own. Blisters from a sunburn signal second-degree burns. No matter what, don’t pop them.
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