Sunburn can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort. There is really no reason for you to be careless about using sunscreens.
You could kick yourself for having forgotten to use sunscreen or shoot yourself for deliberately discarding it. Instead, you’ve abused your skin and are now paying a high price in terms of discomfort and loss of sleep. The terrible experience should teach you a lesson: never get caught without your sunscreen. The following advice from the experts could be helpful:
1) Take a pain reliever: Take two tablets of a pain reliever every four hours (Aspirin, Tylenol, Advil, etc). These could help relieve the pain, itching, and swelling of a mild to moderate burn.
2) Expect the burn to continue for a while: You’ve gotten too much sun; now your regret is too late.
3) Soothing compresses: The burn could cause your skin to get inflamed. Cool it down as follows: You might want to add some ice cubes. Dip a cloth into the liquid and lay it over the burn. Repeat every few minutes. Apply several times a day for 10 to l5 minutes each time.
4) Skim milk: Studies have shown that milk protein is very soothing. Mix one cup skim milk with 4 cups of water and add some ice cubes therein.
5) Aluminum acetate: In the event the itching gets too intense, try mixing Buro-Sol antiseptic powder or Domeboro’s powder (available in pharmacies) with water. This mixture helps keep the skin from getting too dry or itchy. Follow directions on package.
6) Oatmeal: Dermatologist Fredric Haberman, M.D., a clinical instructor of medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University, recommends oatmeal water that could effectively soothe the skin. Wrap dry oatmeal in cheesecloth or gauze. Run cool water through it, after which discard the oatmeal. Do this every 2 to 4 hours.
7) Wich hazel: Moisten a cloth with wich hazel and apply.
8) Cool bath.
9) Vinegar: Mix 1 cup of white vinegar into a tub of cool water and soak therein. Proven to be effective.
10) Aveeno powder: Add this into a tub of cool water. Soak for 15 to 20 minutes.
11) Baking soda: Sprinkle baking soda into tepid bathwater. Do not towel off; let the solution dry on your skin.
12) Go easy on soap.
13) Use an ice pack.
14) Drink lots of water.
15) Get a good night’s rest.
16 Don’t make the same mistake twice.