board certified Ballantyne dermatologist - Charlotte, NC

Dealing with sunburn

Your board certified Ballantyne dermatologist send out a timely warning regarding inadvertent sunburn. As we get the last throes of winter out of our system, we rush to get out in the springtime sun amongst the flowering dogwoods and magnolia blossoms. In our excitement, Inevitably, someone will experience severe sunburn. Some will fall asleep while sunbathing, others may spend too much time out on the water, or out on the golf course without any sun block. Many will be totally incognizant of the fact that their skin can burn even on cloudy days. Sunburn is largely preventable, but when it happens, it should be treated as soon as it is discovered. At the first sign of sunburn, get out of the sun. Consider these helpful tips that can provide relief from your discomfort:

Cool down your skin

  • Try using a cool, damp towel for 10 to 15 minutes for temporary pain relief.
  • Cool baths or showers are also will help to relieve the pain.
  • After showering, gently remove most of the water, leaving a little water on your skin.
  • Although it may be uncomfortable, wear clothing that covers your skin when exposed to sunlight.

Use a healing moisturizer

  • Apply a moisturizer to help prevent dry skin.
  • Lotions or creams that contain Aloe Vera are ideal for helping to heal and relieve pain
  • Do not to use lotions or creams that contain petroleum, benzocaine, or lidocaine. They can trap the heat in your skin, making the pain even worse.

Drink plenty of water

  • When your skin is sunburned, you need to replace lost moisture and fluids.
  • Drinking extra water helps to rehydrate your skin and your body.

Notify your healthcare professional if you feel sick

It is highly advisable that you call or visit a healthcare facility if you feel dizzy, weak, nauseous, or have chills according to a board certified Ballantyne dermatologist. These may be symptoms of a more severe illness, possibly related to your overexposure to the sun. If your skin blisters, you have suffered a second degree burn. Blisters are one of the ways that your body protects burned skin. Popping blisters will only make your sunburn worse. Remember that sunburned skin is damaged skin. 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 dermatologist. Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte can provide high quality, innovative skin treatments, and cosmetic dermatology in a caring and professional environment. Dr. Nixon is a board certified Ballantyne dermatologist whose dedication, experience, and knowledge will provide the best possible treatment for your skin. You can also find effective solutions for problems related to your hair and other 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.

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