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Best Help For Sunburn
Aloe vera: Aloe vera (aloe barbadensis) can reduce redness, pain, itching & swelling from a burn. It has anesthetic, anti-inflammatory & antibacterial / antifungal qualities. It can speed burn healing by stimulating growth of new skin. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories and acetomenophen can be very helpful. Hydrate well and don't peel off any deep layers. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Alvin'sBestSnakeOil: Of course I'm being facetious b/c there really isn't one best lotion for everyone. So before looking for solutions, focus on causes of dry skin eg http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dry-skin/basics/causes/con-20030009. Check out http://www.webmd.com/beauty/dry-skin-13/cosmetic-procedures-skin-care-dry-skin for helpful ingredients in dry skin lotions. Failing that, go c ur Dermatologist. ...Read more
Depends on the cause: There are many things that could cause a skin rash. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, sun exposure, insect bites, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more
Not really: Cool compresses; aloe vera gel (avoid the ones with Benzocaine as they can cause allergic skin reaction); topical otc steroid cream for more painful burns (remember to use very sparingly to avoid potential skin damage). Prevention is even better: sun blocks that protect against uva & uvb applied b4 exposure; long sleeves, broad-brimmed hats, pants. For sever blistering, see fp. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Avoidance: If there is no itching, try to avoid scented or antibacterial soap and apply a moisturizer on the skin routinely within 3 minutes after bathing. Avoid contact with irritants (organic solvents, hand sanitizer etc). If the skin appears clean , a few days of topical 1% hydrocortisone cream may help calm the skin down but the best answer is still "avoiding the irritants". ...Read more
Sunburn: Aloe vera (aloe barbadensis) can reduce redness, pain, itching ; swelling from a burn. It has anesthetic, anti-inflammatory ; antibacterial / antifungal qualities. It can speed burn healing by stimulating growth of new skin. You can also place cool, moist compresses over the skin. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories ;acetomenophen can be very helpful. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can be used for itching. Hydrate well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Keloids: As the previous vice president for the keloid foundation, I am going to very frank. The lotions and potions over the counter can pretty much do nothing for a keloid. You need strong topical steroids, interferon or steroids in the form of injections. Please seek out a very experienced dermatologist if you decide you want to start treat and stick with it. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sunburn: Keep sunburn cool w 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 med care for severe pain, fever, lack of improvement of sxs w/i several days or if a large surface area is blistered. Drink h2o. ...Read more
Eczema care: Get cerave or cristco shortening and long rolls of gauze. Lather up the ghoo on the skin and wrap it lightly overnight and do it nightly until the skin is well moisturized and then apply the moisturizer daily twice a day especially after a shower and don't use hot water when you shower. ...Read more
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