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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!
Dr. Coyle Connolly
Dermatology 29 years experience
Sunburn : Fragrance free moisturizing cream and Hydrocortisone cream for any mild redness or itch for several days may help. Avoid any sun exposure until the area has healed.

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A 18-year-old female asked:

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

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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 46-year-old member asked:

Is it okay to peel the skin after a sunburn?

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Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
No: Please leave it alone. You may well end up removing more than just dead skin. Dead skin will slough off by itself.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How can you stop skin from peeling on your face (no sunburn)?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 years experience
Happy Skin: Skin is the major protection of our delicate internal tissues from a harsh environment, it is susceptible to injury itself. Sun, shaving and chemicals are very irritating as well as constant exposure to moisture reduces protective skin oils and sets the skin up for injury. The trick is to apply good protective skin cream frequently and minimize ongoing damage. Clean it often using gentle means.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How common is skin peeling after a sunburn?

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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 48-year-old member asked:

Skin is peeling and is extremely rough from a sunburn, help?

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Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
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Burns: Cooling, cleaning and dressing are important. May need tetanus shot. Slivadene 1% cream, and possibly antibiotic, may need med for pain. For these, you need to see a doctor.

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