How To Treat A Sunburn If You Forget To Wear Sunscreen | 2022
Do you know how to treat a sunburn? Sunburn can really damage to the top layers of your skin. Sunburn is an inflammatory reaction to getting too much UV radiation from the sun’s rays. These rays cause reddening, inflammation, and even blistering and peeling in more extreme cases. If you experience skin peeling, this is a sign that your body is trying to shed its damaged skin cells.
If you’re experiencing unfortunate side effects due to a sunburn, there’s some good news. There are plenty of home remedies that can effectively treat your sunburn and help reduce any further damage.
Rehydrate And Treat Symptoms
Rehydration is critical. You must replace bodily fluids with water, juice, or sports drinks such as Gatorade or Powerade. Treat Symptoms with aloe or moisturizing lotion, that can be found over the counter, and apply to affected skin. Take a cold or cool bath or shower and apply a cold compress to the affected areas to help soothe the skin. Use over the counter pain medication, such as Tylenol and Ibuprofen, to treat any pain symptoms you’re experiencing.
If you’re experiencing a bad case of sunburn, and experience blisters, do not attempt to pop them. Leave blisters alone. Although unsightly and annoying, blisters are your bodies way of attempting to heal itself. It’s very important, at this stage, to protect your skin from any further exposure to the sun.
How To Treat A Sunburn With Home Remedies
Oatmeal Bath: Place ground oatmeal in a piece of cheese cloth, a sock will also work for an oatmeal bath on the fly, and add it to your bath water. Spend time soaking in this oatmeal bath for about 30 minutes per day. You can also use baking soda or cornstarch. Both baking soda and cornstarch help relieve the itching associated with sunburns, as well as the inflammation, when mixed with bath water.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Soaking in a bath with apple cider vinegar can ease pain, inflammation, and itching. Feel free to use this in place of an oatmeal bath, or vice versa, if you don’t have one or the other readily available.
Take it easy on the natural home remedies and treatments at first, just to make sure you aren’t allergic to any of the ingredients. Also, be careful to avoid further irritation or damage to your skin. In an effort to prevent an infection, don’t put anything on your blisters (if you have them) or any open wounds.
What About Treating Blisters And Peeling
Do not attempt to pop or drain blisters. If they pop or drain on their own, gently wash the area with warm soap and water, apply an antibiotic of your choice, and cover with a non-stick gauze bandage or Band-Aid.
Handle peeling skin gently. Skin peeling is a natural process of the sunburn you’ve received. It happens a few days after you first contracted your sunburn. Continue to moisturize your skin on a regular basis; you can use an aloe vera lotion or gel. Both are easily found at grocery and drug stores.
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