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Why does skin peel after a sun burn?

Why does skin peel after a sun burn?

Repair: Sunburn is an injury and a new layer replaces the damaged layer. It is the damaged layer tha is peeling off.Allow itvto peel naturally. Do not peel it off prematurely. ...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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How long after a sun burn for it to peel? Can some medication prevent the peeling?

How long after a sun burn for it to peel?  Can some medication prevent the peeling?

Aloe Vera: Aloe vera will sooth the burn, you can also take an anti-inflammatory. The skin will likely peel as it was already damaged. Prevention is the key, burns are unhealthy and could lead to skin cancer. ...Read more

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I have white itchy patches on my abdomon back and chest! its flaking and peeling like after a sun burn but very itchy! what is it?

I have white itchy patches on my abdomon back and chest! its flaking and peeling like after a sun burn but very itchy! what is it?

Contact Dermatitis: Contact dermatitis is a condition in which the skin becomes red, sore, or inflamed after direct contact with a substance. There are two kinds of contact dermatitis: irritant or allergic. ...Read more

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I got really bad sun burn last summer and i think my face is still peeling?

I got really  bad sun burn last summer and  i think my face is still peeling?

Sun burn: It is not likely that your peeling face is directly related to the sun burn of last summer. However it is not normal to have a peeling face and you should see a dermatologist to have the cause evaluated and to have proper therapy prescribed. ...Read more

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Got a sunburn on vaca. There is a dark burn like mark on my shoulder now. Peeling and discolored skin underneath. Not sure how to treat. ?

Got a sunburn on vaca. There is a dark burn like mark on my shoulder now. Peeling and discolored skin underneath. Not sure how to treat. ?

Sunburn: Do you like your skin nice and crispy, or the type that just melts in your mouth? You charred your shoulder recently and while we think that might be just be just fine for a steer that we intend to consume we do not think it's fine for humans. I assume you don't engage in cannabalism. Use plenty of hi SPF sunscreen oil-base. For the burn, sulfadiazine. ...Read more

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Bad sunburn on back+stomach 10days ago. Done peeling now have brown freckle like spots on back of shoulders where burn was worst. Is this skin cancer?

Bad sunburn on back+stomach 10days ago. Done peeling now have brown freckle like spots on back of shoulders where burn was worst. Is this skin cancer?

Sun protection: Sun exposure can cause skin cancer, but this happens over many years of exposure. It is important to have good sun protection at all times. However, for severe sunburns, it does take time to heal from the exposure. Please see your doctor if these spots do not clear up in 2weeks as he or she may have some recommendations for helping your skin heal. ...Read more

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Help?!? Can i put aloe on my severe peeling sunburn? I'm very uncomfortable so i tried it and now areas are stinging and hurting not the whole burn

Help?!?  Can i put aloe on my severe peeling sunburn? I'm very uncomfortable so i tried it and now areas are stinging and hurting not the whole burn

Discontinue: Anytime you put something on an open area of skin, like a burn, and it hurts more, you should discontinue it. It may be the aloe, but it may also be preservatives or other chemicals in the aloe cream that are causing the worsening of pain. If you are that uncomfortable, take ibuprofen, put cool (not cold) compresses on the burn area and change often. If that does not help, you need to see doc! ...Read more

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