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Can you apply skin lotion to a sunburn?

Can you apply skin lotion to a sunburn?

reason?: Sunburn occurs when solar radiation damages the skin. Unfortunately, not even the world's greatest skin lotion can bring dead skin back to life and I am betting that rubbing the skin is causing you intense pain. Using Motrin or advil (ibuprofen) to decrease the inflammation and applying an over-the-counter gel with Benzocaine as well as protecting the area will pay biggest dividends. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sunburn (Definition)

Sunburn is an intense inflammatory response to excessive sun exposure. It actually represents the body's reaction to tissue damage ...Read more


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Would it be a good idea to put lotion on skin that is peeling after sunburn?

Would it be a good idea to put lotion on skin that is peeling after sunburn?

Great Idea: 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. ...Read more

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I have peeling skin on my face and it looks horrible due to sunburn! Should I put any creams/lotions or will it make it worse? face looks really dirty

I have peeling skin on my face and it looks horrible due to sunburn! Should I put any creams/lotions or will it make it worse? face looks really dirty

Apply unscented: moisturizing lotion. Do not try to peel the skin yourself. Although that may seem to help, it will just peel more and possibly lead to bleeding, infection and scarring. Be careful of any makeup you apply, which could make the peeling worse. Also, stay out of the sun until this is healed and then make sure you're diligent with sunscreen and re-applying for the future. ...Read more

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Scratching sunburned-peeling skin that causes fliud to come out? what is this fluid? aloe vera after sun lotion was used beforehand.

Tissue fluid: Damaged, burned tissue exudes fluid leaking out of ruptured cells. Not dangerous. Nothing magic about aloe. Any lubricating oil or ointment will be beneficial.Water is also useful. Avoid antiseptics and antibiotics. Avoid bacitracin, neosporin, etc. Next time prepare to better protect yourself from sun damage. ...Read more

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Does lotion help sunburn?

Does lotion help sunburn?

Aloe straight from : The plant is recommended. Lotions w aloe don't have a high enough aloe concentration. Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) can v redness, pain, itching ; swelling from burns. It has anesthetic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial ; antifungal qualities. It speeds burn healing by stimulating new skin growth. ...Read more

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Is baby lotion good for sunburns?

Baby lotion: As long as it is a first degree burn, not blistering, baby oil or aloe vera should be fine to sooth the burn. I prefer aloe vera. If there are blisters, it is a second degree burn, and you should see a physician. ...Read more

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