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What to Do (and Not Do) After Getting Sunburned

The Best Products to Use After Being Sunburnt

Getting sunburnt is a common occurrence, especially during the summer months. While there is no cure for sunburn, there are a number of products that can help to relieve the pain, itching, and inflammation.

Here are some of the best products to use after being sunburnt:

  • Cool compresses: Applying cool, wet compresses to the sunburned area can help to reduce pain and inflammation. You can use a washcloth or towel that has been soaked in cold water, or you can use a commercial cold compress. Opens in a new window Cool compresses for sunburn

  • Aloe vera gel: Aloe vera is a natural plant that has been shown to be effective in treating sunburn. It can help to soothe the skin, reduce inflammation, and promote healing. You can find aloe vera gel in most drugstores. Opens in a new window Aloe vera gel for sunburn

  • Hydrocortisone cream: Hydrocortisone cream is a topical steroid that can help to reduce inflammation and itching. It is available over-the-counter in most drugstores. Opens in a new window Hydrocortisone cream for sunburn

  • Calamine lotion: Calamine lotion is a topical medication that can help to relieve itching and irritation. It is available over-the-counter in most drugstores. Opens in a new window Calamine lotion for sunburn

  • Pain relievers: Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, can help to relieve pain and inflammation. Opens in a new window Pain relievers for sunburn

  • Moisturizer: Keeping the skin moisturized can help to reduce peeling and dryness. You can use a regular moisturizer or a moisturizer specifically designed for sunburned skin. Opens in a new window Moisturizer for sunburn

Here are some additional tips for treating sunburn:

  • Stay out of the sun. This is the most important thing you can do to help your sunburn heal.

  • Drink plenty of fluids. Sunburn can cause dehydration, so it is important to drink plenty of fluids.

  • Wear loose-fitting clothing. This will help to protect your skin from the sun and prevent further irritation.

  • Avoid scratching. Scratching will only make your sunburn worse.

  • If your sunburn is severe, see a doctor. Severe sunburn can cause blistering and other complications.

With proper care, most sunburns will heal within a few days. However, if your sunburn is severe or if you have any concerns, see a professional.

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