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Sunburn

You thought you had it covered.

Broad-spectrum sunscreen (protects against UVA and UVB rays) — Check

SPF 30 or higher — Check

Water resistance — Check

Still, you got a bit of a burn. Now what?

Here are some tips from the American Academy of Dermatology on how to treat a sunburn:

  • Get out of the sun and begin treating as soon as possible.
  • Take cool baths to reduce the heat.
  • Moisturize to help ease the discomfort caused by dryness. As soon as you get out of the bathtub, gently pat yourself dry, but leave a little water on your skin. Then apply a moisturizer to trap the water in your skin.
  • Apply hydrocortisone cream that you can buy without a prescription to help ease discomfort.
  • Take aspirin or ibuprofen. This can help reduce the swelling, redness and discomfort.
  • Drink extra water. A sunburn draws fluid to the skin surface and away from the rest of the body. Drinking extra water prevents dehydration.
  • Do not treat sunburns with “-caine” products (such as benzocaine).

If your skin blisters, you have a second-degree sunburn. Dermatologists recommend that you:

  • Allow the blisters to heal untouched. Blisters form to help your skin heal and protect you from infection.
  • If the blisters cover a large area, such as the entire back, or you have chills, a headache or a fever, seek immediate medical care.
  • With any sunburn, you should avoid the sun while your skin heals. Be sure to cover the sunburn every time you head outdoors.