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A 41-year-old member asked:

How can one stop skin peeling after a sunburn?

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Charles Davant
Family Medicine 49 years experience
You can't: A sunburn kills skin cells and they are going to come off one way or the other.
Dr. Keimun Slaughter
Facial Plastic Surgery 12 years experience
Sun protection: The most effective way to prevent peeling is to prevent the burn with quality sun blocks and/or complete avoidance of damaging UV rays.
Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine 37 years experience
You can't: The skin damaged from the burn will peel off. Prevention of sunburn is the key.
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
Lubricate: After a shower, rub in an emollient such as vaseline or Aquaphor.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

How common is skin peeling after a sunburn?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 44 years experience
Very.: In fact, peeling is a sign that your sunburn is healing, as the damaged skin is sloughed off and new skin replaces it.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What are some ways to stop skin peeling after sunburn?

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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 years experience
Simple Care: Sunburn is response of the tissues to injury from solar radiation. It is simply inflammation which means increase blood flow to the area to promote healing. Do not use ice as this can injure already injured skin. Cool water soaks can help as can taking anti-inflammation medicines like Motrin or advil (ibuprofen). Avoid any further damage as this can cause scarring . Good skin cream applied daily/gently helps.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How do you stop skin from peeling?

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Dr. James Hargan
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 23 years experience
Why peeling?: Need to figure out why it is peeling in the first place. May want to consult a dermatologist on this before spending tons of cash on stuff that wont work, because it wont be addressing what is actually wrong. Could be as simple as keeping it moist with gentle moisturizer, to as complex as some sort of dermatitis or infectious process that would need medical intervention.
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A 18-year-old female asked:

What to do if my skin is peeling off after my sunburn heals?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Arnold Lentnek
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Common after “significant” sunburn. Apply some non-perfumed body lotion (lanolin, aquaphore). Be more careful next time and use sunblock
A 40-year-old member asked:

How can you deal with a peeling sunburned skin?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stephen Weber
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
Keep skin moist: You will want to avoid further sun exposure. Keep your skin moist - an aloe containing product tends to be very soothing. Shower or bathe with water that is not too hot. Try not to repeat the sunburn!

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