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Best remedy for sunburn skin discoloration?

Best remedy for sunburn skin discoloration?

Sunblock/BBL therapy: Sun burn discoloration can be a pink or brown color and if you use sunblock over a few weeks to months, it will settle. If not settling then there were likely other problems like infection that may have prolonged the inflammation. Rarely, broad based light (bbl) treatments may be needed to lighten the area. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sunburn (Definition)

An intense inflammatory response to excessive exposure to the sun that causes damage ...Read more


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What is better: homemade skin care treatment or not homemade?

What is better: homemade skin care treatment or not homemade?

That's such a broad: question. some homemade products are ok. but purchased products are typically much more advanced so i would not do homemade if you are looking for anti aging. But if you want a mask for your skin, some homemade products are fine ...Read more

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Is aloe vera a good sunburn treatment ?

Is aloe vera a good sunburn treatment ?

Yes: Aloe vera (aloe barbadensis) can reduce redness, pain, itching & swelling from a burn. It has anesthetic, anti-inflammatory & antibacterial / antifungal qualities. ...Read more

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What's an organic homemade cure for cracked lips?

What's an organic homemade cure for cracked lips?

Honey, beeswax: Honey, put it on your lips, go to sleep, wake up and they'll be softer. Beeswax also good at holding moisture. ...Read more

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Best treatments for rubbed raw skin?

Best treatments for rubbed raw skin?

2 fold: First you need mental health treatment to stop this type of behavior. It is usually due to anxiety and this can cause atopic dermatitis. Discuss this in detail with your doctor. Second you need first aid initially then long term treatment to help heal it and avoid infection. Clean it thoroughly using hydrogen peroxide and apply neopsporin until you see a doctor. ...Read more

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Would laser skin resurfacing be an effective anti-aging treatment for sun-spots?

Would laser skin resurfacing be an effective anti-aging treatment for sun-spots?

Usually yes: Laser skin resurfacing is often very effective and safe anti-aging and skin rejuvenation treatment. It normally improves the overall skin texture and also will lead to replenishment of the normal collagen and elastic fibers in the skin. A skin care professional or facial plastic surgeon should be able to advise you as to what is best for you. ...Read more

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Do natural face mask works for treating ice pick scars, box scars and acne?

Do natural face mask works for treating ice pick scars, box scars and acne?

There are many: different types of natural face masks. Don't know which one you are referring to. In general - chronic scarring would not resolve using face masks. ...Read more

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What are the best natural remedies for skincare tips for sun damaged skin, acne scars, and hyperpigmentation?

What are the best natural remedies for skincare tips for sun damaged skin, acne scars, and hyperpigmentation?

Pangea Organics: Try pangea products. They are plant based (not weird chemicals), organic, vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free and fairtrade. The high antioxidant content found in these products supports collagen retention, helps stimulate micro-circulation, gently purifies, brightens skin tone and helps prevent discoloration and moisture loss. http://www.pangeaorganics.com/buffalo. ...Read more

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Best treatment for wild parsnip rash?

Best treatment for wild parsnip rash?

Wild parsnip rash.: Have never heard of this. Need to see pictures. If I knew your age and where you lived I could answer better. But I did google it and found best to wash skin with Dawn or alcohol as soon as you come in contact. Best treatment is to avoid it of course. I show to your Dr. who knows what works best were you live. Could be poison Ivy if out in woods. ...Read more

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Treatment for chicken pox scars?

Treatment for chicken pox scars?

Depends on: Where the scars are many: fillers excision face lift laser fraxel pixel chemical peels see a plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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What homemade mask or treatments for bad acne actually work?

What homemade mask or treatments for bad acne actually work?

Adjuncts: There are dozens listed online, many of them obviously silly and perhaps cruel pranks. Experiment with them only as adjuncts to scientific rx, which starts with topical benzoyl peroxide -- if the acne is severe, a physician will need to help manage it. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Which is a more effective treatment for acne scars: chemical peeling or laser skin resurfacing?

Which is a more effective treatment for acne scars: chemical peeling or laser skin resurfacing?

Laser resurfacing: Laser is more effective overall. By using different lasers and laser techniques the depth of surface removed can be finely controlled for optimal response and result. No method is 100% successful. ...Read more

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Topical treatment for acne scars?

Topical treatment for acne scars?

Fading creams: The gold standard for lightening dark marks is hydroquinone. You can purchase fading creams that contain 2-3% hydroquinone without a prescription (ambi, atra, porcelana, nadinola, to name a few). You should also be careful to protect your skin with sunscreen, as sun will make dark marks darker. Stronger prescription fading creams and chemical peels exist. Pitted scars require laser resurfacing. ...Read more

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What is a good skin treatment for dry skin & acne for sensitive skin?

What is a good skin treatment for dry skin & acne for sensitive skin?

Avene products: For sensitive dry skin and acne, try to use the avene line which is made for dry and sensitive skin. Over the counter cetaphil is fine but benzoyl peroxide should be used sparining. Also using omega 3 fish oil, vitamin b and d can help with skin healing. ...Read more

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Homemade remedies for wart on neck?

Homemade remedies for wart on neck?

No home made : Remedy , first try one of the over the counter ointments , if it fails see your doctor ...Read more

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What is sunburn treatment?

What is sunburn treatment?

Number one best : Treatment is avoidance. Other than that keep it moisturized and treat the pain.... If blisters develop... Or pain can not be controlled then see your pcp and ask for a dermatological referral. I have used silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) in the past if it is contraindicated based on burn location, etc. ...Read more

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Is aloe vera a good sunburn treatment ?

Yes: Aloe vera (aloe barbadensis) can reduce redness, pain, itching & swelling from a burn. It has anesthetic, anti-inflammatory & antibacterial / antifungal qualities. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for a mild sunburn?

What is the best treatment for a mild sunburn?

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 more

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How can a sunburn cause cellulitis and what is the treatment?

How can a sunburn cause cellulitis and what is the treatment?

Yes and no: A sunburn can open the skin barrier to surface germs that can enter the oozing open wound and cause cellulitis or impetigo. Keeping the burn clean and using antibiotic sprays or ointments can prevent this. If it is progressing, see the doc for additional measures. ...Read more

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Face feels hot like a sunburn, from being too close to the bonfire? Any treatment?

Face feels hot like a sunburn, from being too close to the bonfire?  Any treatment?

Burn: Apply aloe or moisturizing cream to the affected skin. Avoid products containing alcohol, which can further dry out skin. Beware of sunburn treatment products containing anesthetics, such as benzocaine. There's little evidence that these products are effective. In some cases, they may even irritate the skin. Mild topical otc cortisone cream is also helpful. ...Read more

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What's the best way treatment for sunburns?

Aloe Vera: Hydrate well, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories or tylenol (acetaminophen) with topical application of aloe vera. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for swollen legs due to sunburn?

What is the treatment for swollen legs due to sunburn?

First: take an anti-: Inflammatory agents. For Ibuprofen the dose is 10 mg/kg/dose taken after meals every 8 hrs. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is not an anti-inflammatory drug and it also taken every 4 hrs. It is much less doable outside a hospital setting. Tylenol (acetaminophen) dosing is 10-15 mg/kg/dose every 4 hrs. ...Read more

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I have sunburn around my lower face with lots of small blisters, a few have now started to turn white, what is it? And what is the best treatment?

I have sunburn around my lower face with lots of small blisters, a few have now started to turn white, what is it? And what is the best treatment?

Won'tGetBurnedAgain: The ones that have turned white may be infected so best to gently wash with soap and water using a washcloth to break them up, then apply a thin layer of an antibacterial ointment. If it starts to spread or increase in pain, start throbbing and feel like you got sunburned again, see your doctor. Use plenty of sunblock in the future, and add some extra to that area, it'll be sensitive for a while ...Read more

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My wife broke out in a rash (face primarily) when she took nyquil. It is like a sunburn. No other symptoms...Should she seek emergency treatment?

My wife broke out in a rash (face primarily) when she took nyquil. It is like a sunburn. No other symptoms...Should she seek emergency treatment?

Likely an allergy: Based on the description you give i would think this is an allergic reaction to one of the components in nyquil. The various nyquil products contain any one or more of about 7 different medicines so it may be a challenge figuring out what caused the reaction. You and your wife are the best judge of whether she should be seen now. If this does not start to improve then you should be seen soon. ...Read more

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Have sunburn blisters on shoulder they are popping been pitting the green after sunburn aloe on them not sure if ooze is clear due to the treatment.

Have sunburn blisters on shoulder they are popping been pitting the green after sunburn aloe on them not sure if ooze is clear due to the treatment.

Burn blisters : The blistering will break and clear fluid will be noted. The aloe is soothing and helps with the healing process. This sounds normal ...Read more

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I was sunburned and now have a blister on my lip. Is this the same as a cold soar? What is an effective treatment? Maybe polysporn?

I was sunburned and now have a blister on my lip. Is this the same as a cold soar? What is an effective treatment? Maybe polysporn?

Sunburned lips: Lip blister is not the same as a cold sore. A cold sore is caused by a herpes virus. The best treatment is no treatment at all. Polysporin may be sensitizing to the skin on the blister. ...Read more

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I have a severe sunburn and in a lot of pain. Now my feet are swollen. Should I seek treatment at a hospital or doctor?

I have a severe sunburn and in a lot of pain. Now my feet are swollen. Should I seek treatment at a hospital or doctor?

Probably not: Time will heal you. Cool water will relieve pain. Emollient such as vaseline or Aquaphor will help. Even better, certain membranes such as bioclussive are excellent for this. I have large sheets of it for situations such as this. Avoid Bacitracin, Neosporin, or triple antibiotic because they are useless and because they so often cause allergic reactions. ...Read more

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Experiencing some scalp redness or irritation, scalp tenderness to touch and felt like sunburn on top of head. Few small red `spots' seen at top of head. Dr says dry scalp. Washed hair daily, used hair spray frequently. Stopped routine. Treatment?

Experiencing some scalp redness or irritation, scalp tenderness to touch and felt like sunburn on top of head. Few small red `spots' seen at top of head. Dr says dry scalp. Washed hair daily, used hair spray frequently. Stopped routine. Treatment?

Dry hair: Shampoos are more drying than soap as they remove more hair oils. If you use shampoos it's important to follow with a hair conditioner to restore oils for your hair and scalp. A skilled beautician can evaluate your hair and advise you about its status and give you advice on your hair care and hair care products. ...Read more

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What are some good sunburn treatments?

What are some good sunburn treatments?

Sunburn: First, don't get it, you know how that works. Next use Ibuprofen 600mg three times a day. Decaspray (rx) helps a bit. Silvadene oint is a standard in the us for 2nd degree burns. Unpasturized honey is also published as a therapy. ...Read more

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What are good treatments for a very painful sunburn?

What are good treatments for a very painful sunburn?

Aloe Vera: Keep your sunburn cool with moist cool/cold compresses. Avoid alcohol containing products. Break off pieces of aloe vera plant and apply the sap to your skin. Consider non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications to reduce pain. Don’t yank off peeling skin or burst blisters. Seek medical care if needed. ...Read more

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Why do sunburns itch and hurt? what are the best treatments for sunburns?

You burned yourself!: As your skin is healing it is sending in fibroblasts to heal the skin. The nerves in the skin that you damaged send off pain signals. You can treat yourself with appropriate doses of aspirin. And most of all, use a good sunscreen when you go outside during the summer (an SPF of 30 or more is usually fine) every 2 hrs, oil base and even on cloudy days. Clouds don't block UV light. Enjoy your summer ...Read more

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What are some treatments for severe sunburn with shivering?

Time: Aloe vera, Ibuprofen or Aspirin to reduce redness and inflammation causing fever, cold compresses or cool showers to try to reduce the temperature of your skin, drink plenty of fluids including low cal sports drink to avoid dehydration and imbalance of electrolytes. Invest in proper clothing, hat, and sunscreen to avoid another sunburn. There is no amount of safe sun. ...Read more

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Is there any treatments for red sunburn skin on cheeks and chin. I've had it for a couple of years or more?

If the redness: has been there continuously for at least a couple of years - it is likely that it is not a sunburn. I used to live in Britain and remember that the sun was seldom strong. Please do see your physician or a dermatologist for accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Take care. ...Read more

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What are good treatments for a really bad sunburn, other than aloe vera and vinegar?

What are good treatments for a really bad sunburn, other than aloe vera and vinegar?

Motrin and lotion: Unfortunately the options here are generally fairly limited. Having said that much of the discomfort is often the result of swelling and that can be helped with medicines such as Motrin or advil which work to reduce the swelling. In addition use of lotions and ice in the early periods will certainly help as well. Tylenol (acetaminophen) dose according to the label on the box will also help with pain and related sensitivity. ...Read more

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