We’re right in the middle of summer, an ideal time to receive a doozy of a sunburn. If you’ve been out in the sun too long and ended up with red, tender skin, you know the pain a sunburn can cause. Luckily, there are ways to soothe this pain.
Sunburns aren’t just painful – they’re potentially dangerous. Frequent and severe sunburns can even increase the risk of skin cancer. Because of this, it’s important to be mindful of the amount of time you spend in the sun. However, if you still wind up with a sunburn, read on to the treatment tips below.
Sunscreen – If you want to avoid sunburns, applying sunscreen is your best bet. Once you’ve applied it, keep in mind that it needs to be reapplied every 30 minutes.
Cold Shower – After you’ve been burned, there’s nothing quite as soothing as a cool shower. Avoid using bar soaps, which can irritate the skin even further.
Milk – Applying cool (not cold) milk to the skin can create a film that will ease the pain of the burn. You can use a cotton ball or sterile gauze soaked in milk to the affected area.
Aloe Vera – Aloe vera can help treat a number of skin problems, including sunburns. While it doesn’t exactly heal the burn, it can provide relief almost immediately. Aloe vera can be applied as often as 5-6 times daily.
Oatmeal – Adding oatmeal to bathwater can provide you with immediate relief from the pain of a sunburn. Add a cup of oatmeal to cool bathwater and soak for around 20 minutes.
Cucumbers – Cucumbers are great at hydrating and cooling, and they also have antioxidants and analgesic properties. Blend cucumbers in a blender and apply the paste to the sunburn.
Here at SpringRock Dental, your health is important to us – and not just your dental health! Please remember to stock up on the sunscreen and stay safe and burn-free this summer! To make an appointment with Dr. Michael Plous, please contact our Aurora, CO dental office today.