Sunburned! – Now What?
HOW TO FIX THAT BURNING, PEELING, ITCHING SKIN!
- Sunburn: inflammation of the skin caused by overexposure to ultraviolet rays.
- There are three degrees of burns; first degree being the least harmful, and third degree being the most.
- Aloe can help heal the sunburn quicker and hydrates the skin.
- Drinking water also helps sunburns heal.
- DO NOT PICK AT OR PEAL THE SUNBURN. THIS WILL ONLY CAUSE FOR BACTERIA TO GET INTO THE SUNBURN.
- When taking showers, make the water a bit cold so it can ease the pain of the sunburn
- Exfoliating body wash helps get peeling skin off without getting bacteria in. Just make sure to wash all the soap off!
- UV rays can also damage your eyes –so wear sun glasses.
The first time I got a serious sunburn was when I went to the beach this year. Don’t get me wrong, every sunburn is serious, but mine was worse than most. Because of my fair skin and lack of sun lotion, I developed myself a second-degree burn on my shoulders!!! Peeling, itching, pain!
I had put on sun lotion, but only twice in those four hours! At first I didn’t know it was that bad, but when you’re getting a sunburn, it takes a few hours for the damage to really show. My experience was not pleasant, but it was helped with medicines and other things that I put on to help it heal. Here, I’ll give you some facts about burns and how you can treat them.
First Degree Burns
- First degree burns are burns that appear red or pink and usually come from staying out in the sun to long.
- First degree burns don’t cause scarring to skin, but may cause discoloration.
- Most burns take up to 3-5 days to heal.
Second Degree Burns
- Second degree burns can appear white, pink, or red, and have moist, oozing blisters.
- These burns cause minimal scarring, depending on your body, but it is likely that you have discoloration.
- The healing process takes up to 21-35 days.
Third Degree Burns
- Third degree burns appears leathery and charred, and usually can come from hot chemicals, liquids, or direct contact with fire.
- These burns will cause scarring on your skin and will take years to fade.
- The healing process can take months for smaller areas to heal. Large areas will require grafting.
How to Help Scarring
- There are creams made just to help scarring fade away.
- The top 5 creams named by the Editors Choice Awards are #5 H-Scars, #4 Revitol, #3 Kelo-cote, #2 Talsyn-Cl, and #1 was Scarinex.
All of the information for scar creams will be in the resources.