Home Remedies for Sun Damage

Your skin can suffer sun damage on any day, in any weather–indoors and out. Pink skin that feels hot and painful to the touch represents mild sunburn. Red, blistered skin that persists and peels is severe, and can become a health threat, if it becomes infected. Skin that is deeply wrinkled from long-term exposure may have serious reactions to further sun damage. Home remedies tackle both the pain symptoms and the dry, sensitive skin conditions that result from excessive exposure to the sun. The right sunburn treatment will take the sting away, heal skin quickly and restore your appearance.

Protect Skin From Future Sun Damage

Compounding sun damage raises your risk for skin cancer. Home remedies for sunburn treatment should begin with sensitive skin protection from further harm. Outdoors, your vulnerable skin can smart from additional direct sun exposure, which may cause permanent changes to a damaged epidermis, according to the Skin Sciences Foundation. To relieve pain and prevent more harm, always wear a protective hat, sunglasses and clothing, and stay out of direct sunlight between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The Skin Cancer Foundation notes that the sun can follow you inside, with UVA rays’ ability to penetrate clouds and glass. Wear an SPF 15, 30 or higher-strength sunscreen product during the day on all exposed skin.

Treat Inflammation and Swelling

A soon as you show symptoms of sun damage, combine an over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever with topical applications of cool compresses for sunburn treatment. Skin care specialists at the Mayo Clinic recommend ibuprofen as safe for children and adults. Take pain relievers as directed for a couple of days to bring down the heat and swelling of inflamed tissue. Soft washcloths soaked in cool water both hydrate and reduce inflammation, when applied to sensitive burnt skin. For home remedies involving larger burns or throbbing pain, Mayo Clinic doctors suggest full immersion in a cool bath.

Prevent Dehydration and Infection

Home remedies after the initial redness and swelling subside should aim to restore your skin’s moisture balance. This will prevent skin from breaking and becoming infected. The American Academy of Dermatology advises using soothing moisturizing lotions on sensitive skin. Those that are fragrance free are less likely to irritate inflamed areas and ingredients, such as aloe vera and lanolin, serve to retard swelling and hold moisture on the skin. The University of Maryland Medical Center notes that “wet” sunburn treatments are not good for skin that has already formed blisters or begun peeling. Dry bandages may be more effective at staving off infection, as they will keep sores clean and keep you from handling them.

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