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Are the skin cells still able to be damaged by the sun even if they are dead from a previous sunburn?

Are the skin cells still able to be damaged by the sun even if they are dead from a previous sunburn?

The tissue just: Below the dead skin is vulnerable. Don't give your body a double whammy. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sunburn (Definition)

An intense inflammatory response to excessive sun exposure that represents the body's reaction to the tissue damage resulting ...Read more


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I got sunburned on my leg. My skin has turned slightly shiny. Is this a good sign? It looks like it's it may become dead skin

Hydrate: After a sun burn, always try to hydrate the skin. Drink plenty of water. When you get out of the shower, while your skin is still soaking wet, rub in baby oil for 20 seconds, then towel dry. In addition, next time you get a sun burn, take 2 asperin (not tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen) every 6 hours for the first day. If it is a bad burn, then go see your dr immediately ...Read more

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I'm peeling the dead skin (dandruff) caused by sunburn on my scalp, good idea?

I'm peeling the dead skin (dandruff) caused by sunburn on my scalp, good idea?

Peeling off dead: Skin might accidentally lead to pulling off deeper layers of skin. If dead skin is peeling it can be lightly trimmed. ...Read more

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Got a sunburn on my forehead that is starting to peel and get flaky! I'm putting aloe Vera whenever I can but its so tempting to peel the dead skin.

Got a sunburn on my forehead that is starting to peel and get flaky! I'm putting aloe Vera whenever I can but its so tempting to peel the dead skin.

Aloe and Neosporin: Seems like you are almost over First and possibly Second degree burn. Continue using the Aloe and add an antibiotic ointment OTC such as Neosporin to promote moisture and hopefully prevent a secondary skin infection.
If the dead skin is truly ready to fall of, it probably won't be a problem.
Probably washing the area well with soap and water will help remove the dead skin. ...Read more

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How can you remove blisters on skin from sunburn?

How can you remove blisters on skin from sunburn?

Leave blister intact: Keep sunburn cool with 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 medical care for severe pain, fever, lack of improvement of symptoms within several days or if a large surface area is blistered. ...Read more

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What is the best way to remove flaking skin from mild sunburn? Peel it?

What is the best way to remove flaking skin from mild sunburn? Peel it?

Emollients: Add emoliients, especially ointment or cream based moisturizers, and use liberally and frequently. ...Read more

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My lips got sunburned last week and blistered. Overnight the blister bled and some skin got removed from my lip. My lip no longer bleeds but the skin?

My lips got sunburned last week and blistered. Overnight the blister bled and some skin got removed from my lip. My lip no longer bleeds but the skin?

Lip burns: 39 year old gentleman with lip burns. How painful are your burns? If they were minor first degree burns simply applying topical antibiotic ointment or lip balm will help but if it was a painful blistering partial thickness burn or a serious burn with blisters that you can tell is deep but has no pain you may require a full exam to determine whether you require further treatment. Wear lip sunscreen ...Read more

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How come sunburns turn your skin red?

How come sunburns turn your skin red?

Inflammation: Radiation from the sun injures the skin. Your body jumps into healing by creating inflammation to bring fresh healthy blood and healing factors to the area. The blood vessels dilate to get the healthy blood there and get the injured tissues healed. This inflammatory response makes things red, hot, swollen, and painful but, is absolutely necessary for things to heal. ...Read more

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Can you apply skin lotion to a sunburn?

Yes: Yes. Sunburned skin should be hydrated, and lotion is a good way to to keep the skin moisturized. You can also use aloe gel to cool the skin. ...Read more

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Is it okay to peel the skin after a sunburn?

Is it okay to peel the skin after a sunburn?

Don't peel skin.: Keep sunburn cool with 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 medical care for severe pain, fever, lack of improvement of symptoms within several days or if a large surface area is blistered. ...Read more

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Why does sunburned skin have that warm-feeling?

Inflammation: When you have a sunburn your skin is inflamed. Inflamed skin is warm to the touch. ...Read more

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How does one treat flakey skin after a sunburn?

How does one treat flakey skin after a sunburn?

Hydrate: Sunburned skin should be hydrated, and lotion is a good way to to keep the skin moisturized. You can also use aloe gel to cool the skin. ...Read more

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Can people with darker skin tones get sunburns?

Yes: Darker skinned individuals have greater protection to the Sun's Ultraviolet radiation. A darker skin type may be able to tolerate exposure longer without burning, however, given enough time or exposure they will get a sun burn. ...Read more

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Skin is feeling itchy a month after sunburn, help?

Skin is feeling itchy a month after sunburn, help?

Hydrate well w water: Antihistamines can be used for itching. Moisturize skin. Aloe vera straight from the plant helps w healing. ...Read more

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My sons head is swelling from sunburn. What do I do?

My sons head is swelling from sunburn. What do I do?

Med tx: If he has significant burn to the point that there is visible swelling - would seek medical care. In the meantime, keep sunburn cool with 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. ...Read more

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How effective is sunblock against sunburns, skin damage?

How effective is sunblock against sunburns, skin damage?

Sunblock is a must!: Protect with SPF 15+ & be sensible about how much sun you're getting. Avoid tanning booths & unnecessary uv light. Hats, sunglasses, SPF make-up & sportswear are also important to consider. Avoid sunscreens with potential carcinogens. The physical blocks (zinc and titanium) are great. Be vigilant about protecting your skin from future cancers & premature aging. It's better to prevent than correct! ...Read more

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When your skin peels off after a sunburn, what happens to the hair?

When your skin peels off after a sunburn, what happens to the hair?

Typically nothing: Hair follicles are much deeper so unless you get a full thickness burn which usually means scarring, the hair follicles are not touched ...Read more

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What causes sunburns? What is happening to your skin and why are they red and painful?

What causes sunburns? What is happening to your skin and why are they red and painful?

UV radiation: Sunburn is a radiation burn caused by the UV rays in the sun. It's red and painful because it's a burn. Daily sunscreen is the best prevention along with avoiding the sun during peak day hours (10am-2pm). Sunscreen should have SPF of at least 30. Wear it even if you're indoors b/c UV can pass through building and car windows. ...Read more

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I got a sunburn but healed up there are white patches on my tanned skin is this normal?

Damage to cells: As injured skin heals, the body creates inflammation which means fresh blood goes to the area and with it, many kinds of healing factors and cells. One type is called melanocytes which carry our skin pigment melanin. A healing occurs, these cells may or may not return to the area and give it the brownish or lack of coloration you see. There might be some changes as the injury matures. ...Read more

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What are some good remedies for a sunburn is very dark red and hurts when touched or the skin moves?

What are some good remedies for a sunburn is very dark red and hurts when touched or the skin moves?

Prednisone: For very severe sunburns where it develops a sun poisoning like effect systemic or oral stereos are helpful to calm the inflammation. It is best to avoid systemic steroids in diabetics and people with high blood pressure. ...Read more

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What is it called when a part of the protective layer of skin has Been permanently damaged by sunburn?

Poiklioderma: This may be what you are talking about its a red/brown discoloration with small vessels and pigments. Its common to see on the throat and neck where we often neglect to put on sunscreen. There are some lasers that can correct this such as the Long Pulse 532 ...Read more

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How can I stop peeling my skin from a sunburn?

One deterrent: Think about how painful it will be if you start to tug on dead skin and accidentally pull up deep layers of skin. That makes me shudder just to think about it. ...Read more

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How can you deal with a peeling sunburned skin?

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. ...Read more

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What could the red patch of skin on my face be if not a sunburn?

What could the red patch of skin on my face be if not a sunburn?

Uncertain: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. ...Read more