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Do Spray Tans Prevent Sunburn
I have a weird tan from a sunburn last summer. Is there a safe way to even it out? I don't like tanning beds or spray tans.
Be sun smart: First understand your skin type for sensitivity to the sun. Avoid midday sun between 10am-2pm for prolonged outdoor activities. Daily sunblock with a broad spectrum spf 30 or higher. Use sun smart clothing which protects from uv rays. There are many brands like sun precautions company and the likes which make great hats and blouses. If you can tan a bit during summer it also helps prevent burns. ...Read more
Sunscreen: Sunscreens work via 2 possible ways: 1) chemical blocks that breakdown the uv rays as they pass through the skin and 2) physical blocks that prevent the uv rays from getting to the skin. I recommend the physical blocks (zinc and titanium) because they have a very good safety profile and work very effectively. If you are going to be in the sun - use a minimum of SPF 15 - follow product directions. ...Read more
Peeling and sunburn:
Peeling of the skin after a sunburn is unavoidable. Peeling is the the body's way of getting rid of skin cells damaged by the sunburn. This is a protective mechanism, as these damaged cells are at risk of becoming cancerous.
In the unfortunate event that you experience a sunburn, your best course of action is to cool the areas with a cooling gel or water. Cool aloe vera gel works quite well. ...Read more
Wear a hat: Physical defense with a hat is the obvious answer. There are different types of hats with protection for the back of the neck which is also prone to sunburns for people who work outdoors or just enjoy recreation. If your into water sports there lies the challenge. No matter how much sunblock used, if your skin is fair you will get injured without a cap. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
But....: There are medications that can cause you to burn more easily..... Even with sunscreen...Check with your doctor or pharmacy before you go to see if you are at a higher than normal risk of burning.... ...Read more
Use before exposure: Sunblock works best if applied before exposure. The protection factor you need depends on your skin type. I recommend "sports" or waterproof sunscreens but these should still be reapplied after swimming, toweling off, etc. Bear in mind that the uv exposure is greatest between 10A.M. And 2 P.M. Or at high altitudes. ...Read more
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
Sounds good: 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
I am experiencing a 2nd degree sunburn on my face. It is blistered all over and they have begun to weep. What should I be putting on it to help heal and PREVENT SCARRING?
Burns: You need burn cream and keep it clean ...Read more
My 3 year old son is very fair skinned and got a pretty red sunburn today. Used spray sunscreen. What's best way to treat sunburn for kids?
Pain relief.: The redness should fade over the next day. You can apply cool compresses for relief of the discomfort and give him Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen for the pain. Also make sure he drinks plenty of fluids, since he may also be somewhat dehydrated from the heat of the sun. If the burn is blistering, you should call your pediatrician. ...Read more
My sunburn is turning cranberry juice purple while working, what are some actions that I can take to prevent it, help it? Or should I go see a dr?
My 22year old daughter has a 2nd degree sunburn. We have neen treating it with liticane & alovera spray and oral pain medication.?
Sounds good: You can overdose on lidocaine, though, so be careful. Also, second degree means blisters -- if you can, do not pop them. The fluid inside is sterile. It's better if they deflate on their own. Once they open, the roof should be removed to avoid infection, and the wounds covered with topical antibiotic (neosporin or silvadene) to decrease scarring. ...Read more
Avoidance of the sun: The best prevention for skin cancer is sun avoidance. Uv light has cumulative effects on skin cancer risk (i.e. The more exposure the higher the risk.) long sleeve shirts, long pants, wide brim hats are best. Next would be a good quality sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 applied every one to two hours. ...Read more
Does broad spectrum sunscreen help prevent skin cancer or does it just prevent sunburn and do nothing to prevent skin cancers?
What are the risks of skin cancer associated with albinism? What is the best way to prevent bad sunburns and keep my skin cancer risk low?
Yes there is a high: Use sun screens when you go out in sun...Avoid sun and wear protective clothing and plenty of sunscreens. ...Read more
Mild sunburn 2mo ago. Lotion applied to prevent dry skin. Ever since arm won't stop itching badly, turns red and gets warm to the touch. Cause?
What's the best way to treat a sunburn on your face without clogging pores and preventing pimples?
I have really bad sunburn with a fever and nausea even while taking naprosyn, (naproxen) do I need to see my doctor? Is it ok also to use lidocaine spray?
Thanks for asking!: Yes, you should see a doctor. Lidocaine should be reserved for small areas to avoid toxicity. ...Read more