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How To Treat Sunburn

Summer is just around the corner and that means pool parties, beach days, and outdoor activities are probably all on your calendar. However, it also means an increased risk of getting sunburned.

Sunburns happen when the skin is exposed to too much ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. UV radiation is a type of electromagnetic radiation that is invisible to the naked eye but can damage the skin.

If you are concerned about getting sunburned, we got you covered! We put together the following tips to help relieve the discomfort caused by it, in case you do experience one this summer:

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Take frequent cool baths or showers to help relieve the pain

It’s been proven by many doctors and skin experts that one of the most effective ways to treat sunburn is to take a cool shower or bath. This will help to take the heat out of the skin and also help relieve any pain that you may be feeling.

When taking cool baths, also use a mild soap, as this can help to further cleanse the skin and remove any irritants that may be causing discomfort. Avoid using any soaps that contain harsh chemicals or fragrances as these can further irritate the skin.

Use a moisturizer that contains aloe vera

Aloe vera is a great natural ingredient that can help to soothe and hydrate the skin. It is also very effective in helping to treat sunburn. Look for a moisturizer that contains aloe vera or even better, uses pure aloe vera gel.

Apply the moisturizer liberally to the affected area and allow it to soak in for maximum relief. You can also apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly to help lock in moisture.

Drink extra water

Sometimes, the reason why we get sunburns is that we are not properly hydrated. When the body is dehydrated, the skin is more susceptible to damage from the sun’s UV rays.

To help prevent this, make sure to drink plenty of water both before and after spending time in the sun. It is also a good idea to avoid caffeinated beverages as these can further contribute to dehydration.

If you do get sunburned, it is important to drink even more water to help your body heal. Try to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day and even more if you are sweating a lot or have diarrhea.

If your skin blisters, allow the blister to heal.

Skin blisters are one of the worst symptoms of sunburn as they can be very painful. If you do get blisters, it is important to leave them intact and allow them to heal on their own.

Do not pop the blisters as this can cause further damage to the skin and lead to infection. If the blisters are particularly large or painful, you can cover them with bandages.

If your skin blisters get worse, it’s best to seek medical attention from a doctor or dermatologist.

Take extra care to protect your sunburned skin while it heals

The healing process of a sunburn can take several days or even weeks. In the meantime, it is important to take extra care of your skin to prevent further damage.

Avoid exposing your sunburned skin to the sun. If you must go outside, make sure to cover up with clothing or sunscreen.

Also, avoid using any harsh soaps, detergents, or cosmetics as these can further irritate the skin. Choose gentle products instead and be sure to apply a moisturizer regularly.



Sunburns may hurt, but following these tips can help to ease the discomfort and also speed up the healing process. Remember to always take extra care of your skin when spending time outdoors and if you do get sunburned, seek medical attention if the symptoms worsen.

For more questions on sunburns or other skin-related problems, reach out to Team Dermatology. We have a team of highly qualified dermatologists who can help you with all your skin needs.

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TEAM Dermatology advises you of the departure of Dr. Kuda Maloney from our Memorial and Sugar Land locations in November of  2023.  Dr. Maloney will be pursuing interests outside of private practice and we wish her the best in achievement of her future endeavors. Please contact our office to arrange for your care with another provider in our offices.