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A 30-year-old female asked:

i got a really bad sunburn. it has since healed, but i have a darker patch of skin within the "tan" area. is this normal?

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
Post-inflammatory: Increased pigment is common after any skin injury. Protect from sun and heat. Prescription bleaching creams are more effective than OTC. Often this improves over time without treatment.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

I have a really bad sunburn and it has started peeling and exposing the fresh skin underneath. It is swollen and extremely red in some places. How do I keep it moist?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Don't pull on skin: Keep sunburn cool with moist cool/cold compresses. Avoid alcohol containing products. Break off pieces of aloe vera plant & apply sap to skin. Consider non-steroidal anti-inflammatory meds to reduce pain. Don’t yank off peeling skin or burst blisters. Seek medical care for severe pain, fever, lack of improvement of symptoms within several days or if a large surface area is blistered.
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A 22-year-old female asked:

I got a bad sunburn a couple months ago & I peeled but have started to again. Also some tiny white/pale bumps appear around the pale peeled skin.Help?

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Dr. Elliot Duboys
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Milia: These are typically milia and are self limited. However, in order to be completely sure - I would suggest seeing your family physician and asking for a diagnosis and recommendation.

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