Dealing with sunburn
Your Ballantyne dermatologist knows that almost everyone has experienced severe sunburn after falling asleep while sunbathing or playing too long on the water. But the truth is that your skin can burn even on a cloudy day if it gets too much sun without proper protection. The biggest piece of advice that we can offer is that you need to begin treating sunburn as soon as you notice it. At the first sign of sunburn, you need to get out of the sun and indoors. Once you are indoors, consider the following that can help to relieve your discomfort:
- Put a cold, damp towel on your skin
Doing this for 10 to 15 minutes a day, is most effective for cooling down the skin. The pain of sunburn is highest during the first 12 to 48 hours. You can also take cool baths or showers, which will help to relieve the pain. Carefully and gently pat yourself to remove most of the water, but leave a little water on your skin. It is important that you apply a moisturizer to help prevent dry skin.
- Use a healing moisturizer to help soothe sunburned skin
Lotions or creams that contain Aloe Vera are ideal for helping to heal and relieve pain and to help make your skin feel better. Do not to use lotions or creams that have petroleum, benzocaine, or lidocaine as part of the ingredients. Creams or lotions that are petroleum based can trap the heat in your skin, making the pain even worse. Benzocaine and lidocaine can irritate your skin.
- Drink plenty of water
When your skin is sunburned, you basically lose a lot of moisture and fluids. Drinking extra water when you are sunburned helps to rehydrate your skin and your body according to Ballantyne dermatologist.
- Do not pop blisters
If your skin blisters, it means that you have suffered a second degree burn. Popping the blisters will only make your sunburn worse. The blisters are one of the ways that your body protects burned skin and protects you from infection.
- Notify your healthcare professional if you feel sick
It is highly advisable that you notify or visit the doctor if you feel dizzy, weak, nauseous, or have chills. These symptoms can be a sign of a more severe illness that could be related to your overexposure to the sun.
- Take extra care to protect sunburned skin
Although it may be uncomfortable, it is important that you wear clothing that covers your skin when exposed to sunlight. The basic rule of thumb is to wear clothing that blocks light when you hold it up and look through it.
- Consult with a Charlotte dermatologist or Ballantyne Dermatologist
Although many consider it to be a minor and temporary condition, sunburned skin is damaged skin, and the excessive exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause long-term damage to your skin. Most importantly, sunburn increases your risk for getting skin cancer. This is why we strongly urge everyone, regardless of age, to protect their skin from the sun.
Skin treatment by your Ballantyne dermatologists
If you have questions about your sunburn, or want to learn how to better protect your skin from the sun, visit a board-certified Ballantyne dermatologist. The doctors at Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte can provide high quality, innovative skin treatments, and cosmetic dermatology in a caring and professional environment. Dr. Nixon and Dr. Haught are board certified dermatologists whose dedication, experience, and knowledge will provide the best possible treatment for your skin, hair, and cosmetic concerns. Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte also offers medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology; including removal of skin cancer. They provide a full range of cosmetic offerings such as skin tightening, fat reduction, chemical peels, Botox® treatments, microdermabrasion, and more. They provide treatment for both adult and pediatric patients. Located in the Ballantyne area of Charlotte, call their office today for a skin care evaluation and analysis.