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Why is my sunburn bumpy: Difference Between Heat Rash, Sun Poisoning, and Sunburn


Difference Between Heat Rash, Sun Poisoning, and Sunburn

After spending a hot summer day outside, it’s common to come back inside and find a patch of red skin that was exposed to the sun. Or maybe a few days later a red and tender spot appears, even if it was covered while you were outside. While most people might assume the red spot is sunburn, there are actually multiple conditions it could be: a heat rash, sun poisoning, or a sunburn.

The names all sound the same, they look similar, and sometimes all three have the same symptoms. But all three require entirely different treatments.

The good news is that after reading this blog, you’ll be able to tell the difference between all three. To start off, we’re defining the less common of those three conditions.

What is a Heat Rash?

Heat rash is a common name for a rash that dermatologists call “miliaria.” While sunburns show up where the skin was exposed to the sun, heat rashes usually occur in places that are covered up from the sun. That’s because heat rashes are a result of temporary blockage of the sweat ducts. This might occur after being outside for a long period of time during hot temperatures. The heavy sweating that results can trigger miliaria, especially if the skin has been covered by clothing, especially tightly fitting clothing like stretchy workout clothes, or even in some cases, by very heavy occlusive lotions and sunscreens.

A heat rash appears like clusters of small, itchy red bumps. Sometimes, tiny water blisters, or even pus bumps, can develop.

What is Sun Poisoning?

Just like a sunburn, sun poisoning occurs where the skin was exposed to the sun. However, this is a temporary allergic reaction to the sun, which dermatologists call Polymorphous Light Eruption. This typically develops in a distinctive way, as it is almost always seen after the first intense sun exposure following a period of time. Since the skin has not been “hardened” to sun by repeated exposure, it is much more prone to react. The classic scenario would be a mid-winter Caribbean cruise when the skin suddenly encounters tropical sun after months of winter darkness. The rash typically looks like very itchy “whelps,” raised bumps that look like hives or mosquito bumps.

How to Tell the Difference Between a Heat Rash, Sun Poisoning, or a Sunburn:

Sunburn is the easiest to recognize. It is strictly confined to sun-exposed skin, often with sharp cutoffs where clothing protected the skin. Unlike the other two rashes above, which itch, sunburns are painful, with a burning and tenderness of the skin, although later as the skin heals, itching can become prominent. When trying to distinguish a difference between the three, the most important things to consider are location and appearance.

  • Where is the spot located? If it’s on a place of skin that wasn’t covered either with clothing or sunscreen, then it could be a sunburn or sun poisoning. If it’s in a place that was covered up and where moisture might have gotten trapped, say under your armpit, then it could be a heat rash.
  • What does it look like? Does it look smooth or is bumpy? If it’s smooth, then it’s probably sunburn. If it’s bumpy, then it could be a heat rash or sun poisoning.
  • How long has it been there? Typically, a heat rash will disappear after a few days, while a more severe sunburn or sun poisoning will stick around for a while.
  • How long ago were you exposed to the sun? While a sunburn or sun poisoning can appear just a few hours after being outside, heat rashes take more time to appear. Sometimes they don’t appear until weeks later.
  • Do you have any additional symptoms outside of your skin being uncomfortable? For example, do you feel nausea, a pounding headache, or maybe have a fever? This is usually a sign of a severe sunburn. The damage results in your skin releasing a number of chemicals into the bloodstream which can trigger fever and flu-like symptoms.

Having a sunburn, heat rash, or sun poisoning is not a pleasant experience. That’s why it’s extremely important to protect yourself and your skin. Limit your time outdoors, wear the right kind of sunscreen, and make sure you aren’t wearing too restrictive clothing.

If you have any more questions about the difference between these three conditions, click here to make an appointment with Avail Dermatology’s talented staff of expert dermatologists.

Polymorphic light eruption – NHS

Polymorphic light eruption is a fairly common skin rash triggered by exposure to sunlight or artificial ultraviolet (UV) light.

Symptoms of polymorphic light eruption

An itchy or burning rash appears within hours, or up to 2 to 3 days after exposure to sunlight.

It lasts for up to 2 weeks, healing without scarring.

The rash usually appears on the parts of the skin exposed to sunlight, typically the head, neck, chest and arms.

The face is not always affected.

The rash


The rash can take many different forms (polymorphic):

  • you may get crops of 2mm to 5mm raised, pink or red spots, but redness may be harder to see on brown and black skin
  • some people get blisters that turn into larger, dry patches – it looks a bit like eczema
  • less commonly, the patches look like a target or “bulls-eye” (it looks a bit like erythema multiforme)

Polymorphic light eruption can be easily mistaken for heat rash (prickly heat).

Prickly heat is caused by warm weather or overheating, rather than sunlight or UV light.

The skin in prickly heat does not “harden” or desensitise, as it can do in polymorphic light eruption.

Polymorphic light eruption is thought to affect about 10% to 15% of the UK population.

Sunlight exposure

The rash may be a rare occurrence or may happen every time the skin is exposed to sunlight. It ranges from mild to severe.

Sometimes as little as 20 minutes of sun exposure is enough to cause the problem, and it can even develop through thin clothing or if you’re sitting near a window.

But for most people with polymorphic light eruption, the rash develops after several hours outside on a sunny day.

If further sun is avoided, the rash may settle and disappear without a trace within a couple of weeks.

It may or may not return when skin is re-exposed to sunlight.

If the skin is exposed to more sunlight before the rash has cleared up, it’ll probably get much worse and spread.

For many people with polymorphic skin eruption, the rash appears every spring and remains a problem throughout summer before settling down by autumn.

Who’s affected

Polymorphic light eruption is more common in women than men.

It particularly affects people who have white skin, although it can also affect those with brown and black skin.

It usually starts between the ages of 20 and 40, although it sometimes affects children.

Causes of polymorphic light eruption

Polymorphic light eruption is thought to be caused by UV light altering a substance in the skin, which the immune system reacts to, resulting in the skin becoming inflamed.

It’s not passed down through families, but about 1 in 5 people with the condition have an affected relative as it’s a fairly common condition.

It’s not infectious, so there’s no risk of catching polymorphic light eruption from another person.

Treatments for polymorphic light eruption

There’s no cure for polymorphic light eruption, but using sunscreens and careful avoidance of the sun will help you manage the rash.

Avoid the sun, particularly between 11am and 3pm when the sun’s rays are at their strongest, and wear protective clothing when outdoors (unless your doctor has advised you to try hardening your skin).

Introduce your skin to sunlight gradually in the spring.


You may be prescribed sunscreens to help prevent the rash developing.

Use a sunscreen that is SPF 50 or above with a UVA rating of 4 or 5 stars. Apply sunscreen thickly and evenly around 15 to 30 minutes before going out into the sun

Reapply every 2 hours and straight after you’ve dried yourself off after swimming.

Steroid creams and ointments 

A GP can prescribe corticosteroid (steroid) cream or ointment that’s only applied when the rash appears.

You should apply it sparingly, as often as the GP advises. Do not apply it when there’s no rash.

Desensitisation or UV treatment

It’s sometimes possible to increase the resistance of your skin to the sun.

This involves visiting a hospital dermatology department 3 times a week for 4 to 6 weeks in the spring.

Your skin is gradually exposed to a little more UV light every visit to try to build up your skin’s resistance.

The effects of desensitisation are lost in the winter, so you’ll have to build up your resistance again in the spring.

Hardening or toughening

A GP or dermatologist may advise you to try increasing the resistance of your skin at home.

This is known as “hardening” and involves going outside for short periods in the spring to build up your resistance.

You might find the time is as short as a few minutes at first, but you may be able to gradually build up to longer times.

You’ll have to be careful not to overdo it but, as you begin to understand more about how much light triggers your rash, you’ll be able to judge how long to stay out.

Like desensitisation, the effects of hardening are lost in the winter, so you’ll have to build up your resistance again in the spring.

Vitamin D

People with polymorphic light eruption are at greater risk of vitamin D deficiency, as a certain amount of sun exposure is needed to make your own vitamin D.

A GP can advise whether you need treatment with vitamin D supplements.


Many people with polymorphic light eruption find their skin improves over the years.

Your skin may harden (become more resistant to sunlight) during the summer, which means more sun can be tolerated without your skin reacting.

The rash may even eventually clear up on its own, although this is unusual.

Hardening of the skin does not always happen, and some people with very sensitive skin may even get the rash in the winter.

For these people, it may be a long-term condition to manage with lifestyle changes and creams.

Page last reviewed: 28 July 2021
Next review due: 28 July 2024

Sun Poisoning: Symptoms and Treatment

Sun poisoning doesn’t really mean you’ve been poisoned. It is often the term used for a severe case of sunburn. This is usually a burn from ultraviolet (UV) radiation that inflames your skin.

Symptoms of Sun Poisoning

Within just 15 minutes of being in the sun, you can be sunburned. But you might not know it right away. The redness and discomfort might not show up for a few hours.

You can become severely sunburned if you stay in the sun a long time and don’t wear protection. You are more likely to sunburn if you have light skin and fair hair.

Severe sunburn or sun poisoning can cause symptoms such as the following:

Treating Sun Poisoning

For severe sunburn, these simple remedies usually do the trick:

  • Get out of the sun.
  • Take a cool (not cold) shower or bath or apply cool compresses.
  • Drink extra fluids for a few days.
  • Take ibuprofen or acetaminophen to relieve pain.
  • Use aloe gel or a moisturizer.
  • Completely cover sunburned areas when going outside.

Seek immediate medical care for these symptoms:

Preventing Sun Poisoning

Follow the basics of sun safety:

  • Wear a sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30 and says “broad-spectrum” on the label, which means that it protects against the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. Put it on all over about 15 to 30 minutes before going out in the sun. Reapply at least every 2 hours and after you’ve been sweating or in the water.
  • Limit your sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and remember that water, snow, and sand can intensify the sun’s damaging rays.
  • Wear sunglasses, a hat, and protective clothing.

Check on your medications. Ask your doctor if anything you take might make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. For example, some acne medications, antibiotics, antidepressants, diuretics, heart drugs, and birth control pills make skin more sensitive. So can some antibacterial medications and fragrances that go on your skin.

Other Types of Sun Poisoning

Sun poisoning may also refer to two types of reactions to sunlight:

Polymorphous light eruption (PMLE). PMLE is a reaction that does not appear to be linked to drugs or diseases. It happens in people who are at risk and who are exposed to intense sunlight that they’re not used to. For example, people living in northern climates could experience this if taking a winter vacation in a tropical climate.

Symptoms are a severe skin rash, usually appearing several hours after going out in the sun. The rash may be itchy and include:

  • Small bumps over the sun-exposed areas of the body
  • Dense clumps of bumps
  • Hives, usually on the arms, lower legs, and chest

An inherited form of PMLE occurs in Native Americans. It can last from spring until fall. Symptoms at first include redness, burning, and itching, which usually last 2 or 3 days but can persist for weeks. Other symptoms may begin within a few hours of sun exposure but go away in a few hours. They include:

Treatment for PMLE depends on its severity. Other than staying out of the sun and protecting yourself when you are in the sun, you may not need treatment. The rash can clear by itself within 7 to 10 days.

Solar urticaria. Symptoms may develop within minutes of exposure to sun. If large areas of skin are involved, symptoms may include:

  • Itchiness
  • Redness
  • Raised areas on the skin (hives or wheals)
  • Wheezing
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of consciousness

Although the rash usually goes away within hours, you may experience the reaction off and on throughout the years. Antihistamines can treat some cases, but see your doctor for advice.

Other treatment or prevention for PMLE or solar urticaria may include:

  • Steroids that go on your skin
  • Sunscreen that says “broad-spectrum” on the label, which means it protects against the sun’s UVA and UVB radiation
  • Phototherapy with psoralen UV light (PUVA) to desensitize skin to UV light

How to Manage Your Summer Rash

It’s important to note that heat rash can be brought on in an indoor setting as well. Mancuso, a clinical lecturer in dermatology at Michigan Medicine, says this condition is also seen in patients who are sick in the hospital and lay on their back for extended periods of time. Keeping the skin cool and avoiding hot, humid conditions is beneficial in keeping heat rash at bay.

She says air conditioning, wearing loose fitting clothing, and changing out of sweaty clothes frequently all can help avert blocked sweat glands. Additionally, using an anti-perspirant deodorant in the underarms but also in other skin folds (groin folds, thighs, under breasts, etc.) can be helpful to decrease sweating.

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Likewise, there are factors that can make someone more prone to get heat rash. Those with hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, are more likely to develop the rash. Someone with sensitive skin or another skin condition is also at a potentially greater risk.  

Distinguishing and treatment

“If you see a dermatologist and tell them you have a heat rash, they will probably want to know more about the rash and even see pictures of it,” says Mancuso. “Always take a picture, because there’s different skin conditions that do a great job disguising as heat rash.

Conditions commonly mistaken for heat rash:

  • In older adults, Grover’s disease is worsened by heat and occurs on the back and chest.

  • In younger children, eczema can be aggravated by heat.

  • Some people have physical urticaria, which generates hives from heat, sun, sweat or water exposure.

  • Polymorphous light eruption is a true sun allergy and can be brought on by varying amounts of light exposure.

If you think you have a heat rash, Mancuso says wearing loose-fitting clothing aids in quick resolution within a few days.

“For severe itching, anti-itch lotions such as Sarna or other topical steroids like hydrocortisone can be used,” she adds.

If these treatments don’t help or cause worsening of the rash, it’s worth seeing a doctor for further treatment or to be evaluated for other types of rashes, as the rash could be a recurrent problem. Take pictures of the rash in case it goes away before your appointment, and remember to protect yourself and your skin whenever you’re exposed to sunlight.

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Sun Allergy: Symptoms, Causes, Treatments


What is sun allergy?

A sun allergy is a condition that happens when the immune system reacts to sunlight.

The immune system treats sun-altered skin as foreign cells, leading to the reactions. The reactions that can occur include a rash, blisters or hives. Only people with sensitivity to the sun will exhibit symptoms. For some, the reaction could occur after only a few moments of exposure to the sun.

Sun allergies are fairly common although they are often not reported.

What are types of sun allergy?

There are several types of sun allergy. These include:

  • Actinic prurigo: This is an inherited version of sun allergy. Symptoms are stronger than other types and it is common among Native American populations, although it affect all races, including Caucasians. Symptoms can begin in childhood.
  • Photoallergic reaction: This type occurs when a chemical applied to the skin reacts with sunlight. Several types of medications, as well as sunscreens, cosmetics, and fragrances can cause the reaction. Symptoms sometimes do not show for two to three days.
  • Polymorphyic light eruption (PMLE): This is the most common form of sun allergy. About 10% to 15% of the U.S. population is affected. It occurs more in women than men and usually starts in their teens and twenties. PMLE is usually seen as a rash that causes itching and can appear as blisters or small reddened areas. Most cases occur during the spring. Symptoms usually appear a few hours after exposure to the sun.
  • Solar urticaria: This sun allergy is rare and produces hives. Hives can appear only after a few minutes of sun exposure. It mostly affects young women. Symptoms can be mild or severe to the point of anaphylactic shock (a life-threatening allergic reaction).

Symptoms and Causes

What are the symptoms of sun allergy?

  • Actinic prurigo: This usually presents as very itchy crusted bumps (nodules).
  • PMLE and photoallergic reaction: A burning or itchy rash and fluid-filled blisters are common. The rash is often seen within two hours of exposure to the sun.
  • Solar urticaria: Hives occur in minutes for people with this reaction. Burning and a sensation of stinging may occur at first. The rash fades over days to weeks. In some cases, the skin may darken after the reaction.

Sun allergy is mostly seen in spring and early summer. With continued exposure to sun during summer months, the skin “hardens” and the likelihood of developing sun allergy diminishes.

What parts of the body are most affected by sun allergy?

While a sun allergy reaction can occur anywhere on the body, it is most commonly seen on parts of the body exposed to the sun: arms, legs, hands, and the back of the neck.

In severe cases of sun allergy, even areas protected by clothing may be affected. Interestingly, areas of the skin that are normally exposed to the sun (such as face and back of the hands) are usually spared from sun allergy.

What causes sun allergy?

The cause is not known exactly. Some forms of sun allergy can be inherited, however.

Some medications can cause skin sensitivity, such as:

  • Antibiotics.
  • Antihistamines.
  • Chemotherapy medications.
  • Cardiac drugs.
  • Diuretics.
  • Drugs for diabetes,

Diagnosis and Tests

How is sun allergy diagnosed?

Your provider will look at your skin and take a medical and family history in order to make the diagnosis. In some cases, you might have other tests. These could include blood tests, phototesting or a skin biopsy.

In addition to diagnosing skin allergy, these tests will help rule out other skin problems, such as eczema and lupus.

Management and Treatment

How is sun allergy managed and treated?

  • Seek shade during the hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., the hours of maximum sun exposure.
  • Use sunscreen, particularly a type that is SPF 30 or greater, is broad spectrum (protecting against UVA and UVB) and resistant to water.
  • Keep the affected areas moistened to help with some symptoms.
  • Check any medications you use to see if they cause photosensitivity.
  • Consult with a dermatologist to help determine the best course of treatment for your sun allergies.

Rashes (for Kids) – Nemours Kidshealth

Question: What is red and itchy, but can also be bumpy, lumpy, or scaly?

Answer: If you said a rash, you’re right!

Types of Rashes

A rash can also be called dermatitis (say: dur-muh-TYE-tus), which is swelling (puffiness) or irritation of the skin. It can be red, dry, scaly, and itchy. Rashes also can include lumps, bumps, blisters, and even pimples. Most people have had a rash or two. When you were a baby, you probably had diaper rash!

But some rashes, especially combined with a fever, can be signs of serious illnesses. Hives, also called urticaria (say: ur-tuh-KAR-ee-ah), also can be serious because they can be a sign of an allergic reaction and the person may need immediate medical attention.

Hives, which are reddish or pale swellings, appear on a person’s body when a chemical called histamine (say: HIS-tuh-meen) is released in response to an allergen. The trigger could be a certain food, medicine, or bug bite. A virus also can cause hives.

Here are some other common types of rashes:

  • Eczema (say: EK-zuh-muh), also called atopic dermatitis, is a common rash for kids. Eczema can cause dry, chapped, bumpy areas around the elbows and knees or more serious cases of red, scaly, and swollen skin all over the body.
  • Irritant contact dermatitis is caused by skin contact with something irritating, such as a chemical, soap, or detergent. It can be red, swollen, and itchy. Even sunburn can be a kind of irritant dermatitis because it’s red and might itch while it’s healing.
  • Allergic contact dermatitis is a rash caused by contact with an allergen (say: AL-ur-jun). An allergen is something you are allergic to, such as rubber, hair dye, or nickel, a metal found in some jewelry. If you have nickel allergy, you might get a red, scaly, crusty rash wherever the jewelry touched the skin, like around your finger if you were wearing a ring.

    Urushiol (say: yoo-ROO-shee-ol), an oil or resin contained in poison ivy, oak, and sumac, also can cause this kind of rash.


What to Do If You Get a Rash

Some rashes form right away and others can take several days to occur. When a rash appears, you usually know it because it will start to bother you. If you develop a rash, tell a parent or another adult as soon as you can. For instance, you might want to see the school nurse if you are at school.

Try not to scratch. If you do, the rash may take longer to heal and you’ll be more likely to develop an infection or scar.

A visit to the doctor is a good idea if you have a rash. Although all rashes may look alike to you, your doctor or a dermatologist (say: dur-muh-TOLuh-jist), a skin doctor, knows the difference. And knowing which kind of rash you have can help the dermatologist choose the best treatment to heal your rash.

For eczema, the doctor may suggest special moisturizers called emollients (say: ih-MOL-yunts). Emollients retain the water in your skin, keeping it soft and smooth while soothing the itchy feeling.

For poison ivy, the doctor may recommend cool showers and calamine lotion. In more severe cases, a liquid or pill medicine called an antihistamine might be needed. It decreases itching and redness.

For rashes that are caused by an allergen, including hives, the doctor will probably want more information. He or she will want to find out which food, substance, medicine, or insect caused your rash or hives. The doctor might recommend a medical test to determine which allergens are causing you trouble. It’s important to find this out because the best way to prevent rashes and hives caused by allergens is to avoid the problem food, substance, medicine, or bug.


Rash Prevention

Prevention is also the name of the game when it comes to other kinds of rashes:

  • If a poison plant is your problem, learn what the plant looks like and avoid it. It also may help to wear long sleeves and pants when you’re camping or hiking in the woods.
  • If bugs bug you, have a parent help you apply some insect repellent when you’ll be going outside.
  • For allergic dermatitis or irritant contact dermatitis, try to avoid that substance. If you are allergic to nickel, wear only nickel-free jewelry. Or if you discover that bubble bath bothers your skin, don’t use it.
  • With eczema, stay away from harsh soaps that might dry out your skin. Also, make an effort to moisturize your skin with creams or ointments. Short, cool showers are a good idea, too, because hot showers and baths can further dry out your skin.
  • When it comes to sun, you should always wear sunscreen to avoid a red and itchy sunburn.

Being a kid means getting a few rashes. But now you know what to do if you get that awful itchy feeling!

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Burns that a person receives in the bright sun are called sunburns.

Sunburns of the face and body are more likely to be received by people with pale skin, children and people who rarely go to the sun and suffer from skin diseases.

First degree sunburn is the most common. They are characterized by redness and soreness of the skin.

Longer exposure to sunlight results in second-degree burns with fluid-filled blisters.In extremely rare cases, solar radiation can cause more severe burns.

A person with fair skin can get sunburn in just 15-30 minutes. The first symptoms of sunburn appear two to six hours after the injury.

Symptoms of sunburn.

  • The skin becomes inflamed and reddened.
  • Touching the skin causes pain.
  • The skin swells slightly for several days after exposure to sunlight and then blisters and crusts.
  • Body temperature may rise.

Treatment of sunburn.

To restore the skin after sunburn, use creams, ointments, sprays, lotions, gels.

First aid for sunburn: Immediately cover the burn area with a dry, clean cloth. Apply a cooling compress to relieve burning and pain. Disinfect the burn site. If you have fermented milk products at hand, then you can lubricate the damaged areas of the skin with them.Use products that have analgesic and wound healing effects. In case of severe burns, consult a doctor.

Spray for sunburn: Spray for sunburns suitable for adults and children, eg panthenol, olazol.

Cream for sunburn: Silvederm has an antiseptic effect, Levomikol has an anti-inflammatory effect.

Ointment for sunburn: methyluracil has a high regenerating ability, fasin – is a combined preparation based on fat, it contains synthomycin , faratsilin and anestezin .Ointment rescuer relieves redness and pain.

Folk remedies for sunburn.

Kefir, simple milk. We apply them in a cool form, avoiding drying, after which we rinse off and repeat the procedure. These remedies eliminate pain, relieve irritation, moisturize pain, relieve irritation, and moisturize damaged skin.

Be careful in the summer sun, take care of yourself!

Sunburn and its consequences – HealthInfo

Sunburn is an inflammation of the skin caused by excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation.Similar burns can be obtained if you spend a lot of time under the artificial sun of a solarium. UV radiation can also harm your eyes.

Sunburn can cause irreversible damage. So, burns received at an early age increase the risk of developing skin cancer in the future. In addition, repeated excessive ultraviolet radiation can leave scars, freckles, lead to dryness and premature aging of the skin, increase the risk of developing cataracts and macular degeneration – one of the main causes of blindness

UV rays are invisible light waves, the source of which is both the sun and solarium lamps.
The sun emits three main types of ultraviolet rays:

  • Ultraviolet A (UV – A)
  • Ultraviolet B (UV – B)
  • Ultraviolet C (UV – C)

A and B radiation only reaches the surface of the Earth, ultraviolet C rays are trapped by the ozone layer. While UV-B was previously thought to be the most likely cause of skin cancer, recent studies have shown that type A rays can also be quite dangerous.
The most intense ultraviolet radiation is observed in the middle of the day from 10 to 15 hours, especially in late spring, summer and early autumn. But even the weaker winter sun can damage your skin and eyes.
The radiation intensity depends on altitude and latitude: the higher above sea level and the closer to the equator, the stronger it is.
In addition, UV radiation tends to “bounce” off reflective surfaces such as snow, water or sand. Thus, a skier, swimmer, fisherman or just a person lying on the beach is at increased risk of this “reflected” radiation.

Sunburn symptoms

  • The skin at the site of the burn becomes inflamed and reddens, touching it hurts.
  • Skin may swell, blister, or crust within a few days of sun exposure. Some people may develop a rash.
  • General body temperature sometimes rises. In this case, you should be wary of dehydration.
  • The severity of symptoms depends mainly on the following factors:
  • Skin type
  • Location and duration of sun exposure
  • Medicines you are taking
  • Degrees of sun protection of the cream.

Sometimes there are no obvious symptoms of sunburn, but prolonged exposure to the sun can still affect the skin, increasing the risk of wrinkles, freckles and skin cancer.

Symptoms of severe sunburn (sunstroke)

In severe cases, the following symptoms can occur (their appearance requires urgent medical attention):

  • Fever
  • Dizziness
  • Chills
  • Nausea
  • Rapid breathing
  • Dehydration
  • Painful blisters on the skin
  • Loss of consciousness shock

First aid for sunburn

If you suspect sunstroke, seek immediate medical attention. While waiting for the doctor, the victim should not be given cold water to drink (this increases the chill), the compresses should also be soaked not with cold, but with cool water.

For moderate symptoms, the victim should drink as much as possible to prevent dehydration. In addition, you must:

  • Make cool compresses (you can wet clothes) to lower body temperature and reduce pain
  • Take a cool bath without soap (it irritates burned skin even more).In no case should you wipe the skin after a bath, just dab it slightly
  • Apply a moisturizing or softening lotion or cream. In this case, you must first consult a doctor, since some cosmetics contain benzocaine, which can cause an allergic reaction, and a number of ointments slow down the healing of the skin, blocking access to oxygen
  • In the presence of blisters, a bandage should be applied to the affected area to prevent the penetration of infection
  • Pain relievers can be taken for severe discomfort.

Sunburn treatment

Currently, sunburn treatment is mainly aimed at reducing symptoms. This is mainly oral or local use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which help to reduce not only the inflammatory process, but also pain.

The use of steroid drugs in this case, such as, for example, prednisone, is inappropriate, since the drug does not promote early healing and, moreover, has a number of side effects.
Aloe Vera Cream, while not healing the burn itself, relieves some of the symptoms.
Local anesthetics (benzocaine) have been shown to relieve symptoms, but their effectiveness in treating sunburn has not been adequately supported by clinical trials.

Should I see a doctor about sunburn ?

In mild cases, you do not need to do this. However, anyone who has suffered a serious sunburn, let alone sunstroke, must report it so that the case is recorded on a medical file.This will help the doctor later, for example, in identifying signs of skin cancer or other health problems that a sunburn can cause.

Why does the skin tan under ultraviolet rays?

Skin tone depends on the amount of melanin pigment in it. As a result of exposure to ultraviolet radiation, the production of melanin increases, the skin darkens. Tanning, in turn, protects the skin to some extent, as melanin blocks some of the UV rays.

Who is most susceptible to sunburn?

Individuals with certain skin pigmentation disorders (eg albinos) and those with particularly light skin have an increased risk of sunburn. In dermatology, six types of skin are distinguished in terms of their sensitivity to ultraviolet radiation.

Types 1 and 2: High Sensitivity

  • The first type is blondes or redheads with very light (pale or milky white) skin (possibly freckled) that never tans.Such people can get burned after being under the midday summer sun for less than half an hour.
  • The skin of the second type is slightly darker, possibly with freckles and capable of acquiring a light tan, but with a short exposure to the sun it easily burns.

Types 3 and 4: Medium sensitivity

  • The third skin type (so called Central European) is darker than the second skin type. Sun exposure can cause mild burns or light brown tanning.
  • Type 4 olive skin has a low risk of burns. Tans well to medium brown.
  • Types 5 and 6: Low sensitivity
  • Type 5 dark skin. Burns are rare, the tan is dark.
  • People with type 6 skin have black skin and never get burned.

It is often difficult to determine skin type based on color alone. To clarify, you need to know how quickly it burns and how much it tans.

Sun and disease

In some diseases, ultraviolet radiation can cause serious damage to the skin in the form of severe burns, blisters and even ulcers. Here are some of them:

  • Albinism: people with classic oculocutaneous albinism have no melanin in their skin and eyes, so they are very sensitive to ultraviolet rays and are prone to burns
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus: those who suffer from this disease have inflammation of tissues, including skin on the face. The “butterfly” characteristic of lupus on the nose and cheeks is very sensitive to UV rays (in fact, solar radiation worsens the cutaneous and even systemic manifestations of lupus).
  • Porphyria: This disease is characterized by a deficiency of enzymes involved in the synthesis of heme (part of the enzyme hemoglobin that is responsible for the transfer of oxygen from the respiratory system to the tissues) with increased production of porphyrins. Stimulating excess porphyrins in the skin by UV rays leads to chronic inflammation and blistering (these skin manifestations are a hallmark of some forms of porphyria).
  • Vitiligo: This is a relatively common disorder in which white, depigmented patches develop on the skin that are highly sensitive to sunlight.
  • Xeroderma pigmentosa: This disorder is the result of an inherited hypersensitivity to the carcinogenic effects of ultraviolet waves. Sunlight in this disease causes irreversible damage to DNA, so patients with xeroderma pigmentosa are hundreds of times more susceptible to skin cancer than other people.

Sun and medicines

A number of medicines have a photosensitizing effect, that is, they increase the sensitivity of the skin to the effects of sunlight or artificial ultraviolet rays. These are some non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, antibiotics of the tetracycline group, sulfonamides, diuretics, drugs for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, antidiabetic drugs, a number of psychotropic drugs and some drugs for the treatment of acne.

Sun and cancer

Prolonged exposure to the sun can provoke three types of skin cancer: malignant melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma.

Malignant melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, which usually develops from a mole (sometimes it occurs on a completely clean area of ​​the skin). Unlike a mole, melanoma has jagged borders, mostly black or brown (although it is sometimes reddish, white, or bluish). Malignant melanoma quickly metastasizes, but with timely diagnosis, in most cases it is treatable. Melanoma, diagnosed late, can be fatal.

Basal cell carcinoma grows more slowly and metastasizes less frequently than melanoma. It is a flat area of ​​pearl-colored skin with a slightly depressed center and translucent edges, it can bleed. Basal cell carcinoma is usually localized to the head, neck, upper body, and arms.If left untreated, it can cause serious health damage.
Squamous cell carcinoma – A hardened or scaly area of ​​skin that may bleed and cannot be affected by emollient creams. If left untreated, squamous cell carcinoma spreads to other parts of the body.

Both basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma , if diagnosed at an early stage, have a high cure rate, therefore it is necessary to undergo an annual examination by a dermatologist for cancer and precancerous skin conditions.

Skin cancer prevention is as follows:

  • Limit your time in the sun and avoid sunbathing from 10:00 to 15:00.
  • Wear protective clothing: wide-brimmed hats, trousers, long-sleeved shirts (dark dense fabrics protect the skin better than light and light ones).
  • Remember that you can get burned even in cloudy weather (clouds do not trap ultraviolet rays) or while in water.
  • Remember that sand, water and snow reflect the sun’s rays and increase the likelihood of sunburn
  • Use sunscreen with a sunscreen filter of at least 15 SPF, and for light skin, the sun protection factor should be even higher.The cream must be applied a few minutes before going outside and renewed more often.

How sunscreens work

Sunscreens are designed to protect your skin from UV radiation. However, it is important to remember that many of them are only a barrier to UVB rays and are less effective against type A radiation.

All sunscreens fall into two broad groups:

  • Physical sunscreens scatter and reflect type A and V.They contain substances such as zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, ferric chloride, ichthyol and talc. The use of physical sunscreens is not very convenient from a cosmetic point of view, as they (with the exception of zinc oxide) are dark in color and stain clothing.
  • Chemical sunscreens, on the other hand, absorb ultraviolet rays, usually type B. This is para-aminobenzoic acid (although it is highly allergenic) and its derivatives, salicylates, camphor derivatives.Recently, UV-A protection has also been developed: dibenzoylmethane, benzophenone, camphor derivatives.

The most effective combination of chemical and physical sunscreens.

What is SPF?

SPF – sun protection factor, indicating how long the skin can “with impunity” be in the sun. The time is calculated in comparison with the period during which unprotected skin may tan slightly. For example, if this takes 20 minutes, then with SPF 15, when used correctly, it makes it possible to sunbathe for 300 minutes.
It is customary to apply sunscreen in a fairly dense layer 15-30 minutes before sun exposure. Reapplication is recommended after 1-2 hours, although some experts recommend doing this more often. The minimum protection for most people, according to experts, should be 15 SPF. The shelf life of a sunscreen filter (on average it is about three years) also matters. If it has expired, you should not use sunscreen.

Can antioxidants protect against sunburn?

Antioxidants are natural or synthetic substances that prevent oxidative reactions by stabilizing free radicals, thereby protecting cells from damage.Since ultraviolet light contributes to the formation of free radicals, theoretically – antioxidants: vitamins A, C, E and green tea are suitable for protecting the skin. True, this theory has not yet been confirmed by clinical trials.

Sunburn in Brief

  • Sunburn can cause permanent damage and skin cancer.
  • UVA and UVB rays can cause severe damage to the skin.
  • Ultraviolet rays are reflected from water, snow, sand.
  • The best way to prevent sunburn is to stay out of the sun for too long.
  • Sunscreen and clothing can reduce sun damage.
  • When outside, wear sunscreen and renew more often.

What they treat us: remedies for burns

In the long term after severe burns, medication should help to cope with increased levels of catecholamines and cortisol, as well as insulin resistance. These tasks will be solved by anabolics, beta-adrenergic receptor agonists and drugs that lower blood sugar levels, but only a doctor should prescribe them.

3D technologies have found application in skin grafting. A very recent article suggests using a mask printed on a 3D printer when transplanting skin onto the face (the surface is undoubtedly very uneven) so that the skin has time to fix in a new place. Another relative innovation in skin grafting – the use of recombinant human growth hormone – has been recognized by the Cochrane Collaboration as an effective therapy option. It is known that with such treatment, mortality and time spent in the hospital are reduced, wounds heal faster, but blood sugar levels rise, so it must be used with caution.

Indicator.Ru recommends: water and analgesics instead of ice, antibiotics and oils

First aid standards in the treatment of burns have not changed for a long time. The burnt surface must be held under running cold water. Aspirin or ibuprofen are the best pain relievers, and science offers too little data on lidocaine. If, after the wound has healed, severe itching appears at the site of the burn, it will be advisable to prescribe antihistamines, but they help only 20% of patients.

Antibiotics for the prevention of burns only train the resistance of bacteria (and some even increase the frequency of wound infections), ice makes the wound deeper, the oil does not allow it to cool. The situation with ointments is ambiguous, so it is better not to apply anything before the arrival of the doctors so that the infection does not get to the affected area. Blisters do not need to be opened on their own: there is no scientific evidence that would confirm that healing will go faster this way, but bacteria or fungi are very easy to bring in.

In the struggle between fats and carbohydrates for the right to take a larger percentage in food for victims of severe burns (in such patients, as you know, an accelerated metabolism), there is no one to be awarded the victory: two small, weakly designed studies support a diet rich in fats and proteins, but poor in carbohydrates, but it is too early to draw conclusions based on them. When asked whether they should start feeding through the tube in a day or two, there is also no answer.

For sunburn, the approach to treatment is similar: for example, the American Academy of Dermatologists recommends taking frequent cold showers, using creams with soy or scarlet (although this advice is based on conflicting evidence), and drinking plenty of fluids without touching the blisters and covering sunburned areas. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can help with severe redness and pain.

Our recommendations cannot be equated with a doctor’s prescription. Before you start taking this or that drug, be sure to consult with a specialist.

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What to do if sunburned, how to remove redness at home

What to do if sunburned, and how you can remove redness yourself at home – it becomes the number one problem in summer, which many unwittingly face due to for excessive enjoyment of the sun’s rays. A beautiful, even tan is something everyone strives for, but in fact, they often end up with skin burns. How to avoid this or alleviate the consequences of what happened, this article will tell.

Contents of the article

Why does the skin burn in the sun

Indeed, it is unfair that some, receiving a certain portion of sunbathing, are rewarded with continuous pleasure, while others are forced to be content with only a burn in addition to discomfort and pain. This is how skin cells react to exposure to ultraviolet rays to show the degree of danger of damage to DNA molecules, which leads to genetic disorders and mutations. And it happens differently for everyone.

The body tries, of course, to protect itself from ultraviolet radiation with the help of melanin (dark pigment). Therefore, people with dark skin, with a high level of this very melanin, are less vulnerable. Others have to produce pigment with small doses of radiation. It takes up to three days, and then a tan appears.

It must be remembered that, quite regardless of skin tone, all people tend to burn. Only those with less pigment are at risk.

Of course, the easiest way is to foresee this and use sunscreen, rather than then torment in search of ways to eliminate the consequences.

Sunburn – how it manifests itself and what happens

Signs of sunburn

There is no need to worry in vain when the skin has turned very slightly pink. But if it is strong, then the alarm should be sounded. The symptoms are as follows:

  • The skin in these places is dry and hot;
  • Redness appears;
  • Itching begins;
  • The arisen sensitivity is disturbing in this area;
  • Blisters are swollen;
  • Temperature may rise;
  • Severe headache occurs;
  • Dehydration of the body.

After a while, the skin slowly regenerates. The dead layers begin to peel off. But if the burn was severe, then the shell will fall off only after the blisters dry up and the liquid dissolves.

Degrees of sunburn

There is no clear separation of the stages of sunburn in medicine, but the degree of severity can be conditionally distinguished as follows:

  1. Severe burns. Very rare cases when the individual sensitivity of a person to sunlight is combined with ultraviolet radiation in a large dose.Lesions can cover about 60% of the skin. In such cases, in addition to blisters, edema and severe itching appear. There is an uneven heartbeat, rapid breathing, headache – all lead to sleep disturbance. And the most terrible damage is when complete dehydration sets in, there is a violation of the activity of organs, and ends in death.
  2. Medium severity. On the red skin, blisters inflate after sunburn with a yellowish liquid. If there are many of them, they are large, quickly burst, the condition is very serious and will worsen.If there are only a few small blisters, it is possible that the stage is closer to mild, and the victim has particularly sensitive skin. General weakness, edema, and nausea are also a clear sign of moderate burnout. Full recovery will take up to two weeks.
  3. Easy degree. Fortunately, this is the only way most people get sunburn. In this case, only the upper layers of the skin are damaged, which become purple in color. It hurts when touched, but no blisters (or very few of them). Symptoms: mild pain, slight swelling, redness.It is treated independently, depending on the severity, within two to seven days.

Usually those places that are not protected by clothing, and depending on the structure of the skin, are usually burned. The fastest burns the delicate skin of the face, neck, ears, chest.

The article will consider methods of treatment only for mild sunburn. With pronounced moderate and even more severe sunburns, you should immediately consult a doctor, and not self-medicate, as there is a very serious health risk, the likelihood of complications!

First aid for sunburn at home without temperature

What to do if sunburned skin, but fortunately there is no temperature? First of all, don’t jump to conclusions.

Temperature, chills do not appear immediately after burning. Most often this happens after 4-6 hours, or even later. Avid beach lovers, who have been sunburned more than once or twice, can already, by the initial sensations on the skin and the speed of their manifestation, determine what awaits them by the night when the effect will be maximum. But tourists who go on vacation to the strong sun no more than once a year are usually mistaken and underestimate the degree of burnout in the first hours.

But you always have to hope for the best.So, if you feel that you are burned out in the sun, first of all you need to do the following.

  • If you are still outside, immediately hide in the shade, cover the damaged skin with clothes, if possible, go to a cooler place.
  • Take a contrast shower, approximately 30-32 degrees. This will relieve inflammation and relieve pain. From the first drops of water, the sensations will be unpleasant. But be patient, the shower helps, really! Unfortunately, the shower effect is very short-lived.
  • Spread over the burned skin with suitable after-sun cosmetics or sunburn remedies, depending on the degree of burnout.
  • Increase the diet with drinking water. To avoid dehydration of the body, it is necessary to drink at least two liters of ordinary purified water per day.

With very light burns, regular after-sun products can also help get rid of the redness of the skin. Not all. It is important that they contain medicinal components such as panthenol, aloe vera. Components that moisturize the skin will be very helpful. Painkillers that create a feeling of “coolness” will help to get rid of unpleasant sensations.However, in any case, it is important to understand: after-sun products are not therapeutic, but restorative, relieving symptoms, while the body uses its own resources for regeneration.

Read on the topic:
The best modern after-sun creams: composition and application rules – >>>

If the skin peels off after sunburn, the following steps must be taken: stop further trauma by peeling off the film that appears, make light peeling.

Hint: 4 st.Dissolve tablespoons of ground coffee in boiled water and apply in a circular motion, then rinse it off with warm water. Or 5 tbsp. Dissolve tablespoons of sugar with water, massage the skin, rinse. After peeling, moisturize the body with cosmetics.

If the pain is severe, then cool cloth compresses, just soaked in plain water, will ease. But not ice. Unfortunately, in this case, the burning is most likely strong enough, and soon one should expect temperature, chills and other unpleasant manifestations.Also, the effect of after-sun creams becomes ineffective and it probably makes sense to use stronger medications.

Among those that can help relieve severe redness, burning of the skin, you can name:

  • Argosulfan;
  • Oflokain;
  • Panthenol;
  • Zinc ointment;
  • Rescuer Cream.

If you are badly burned, you need the help of modern medicine.
Read a review of the best medical remedies for sunburn – >>>

Burnt in the sun and the temperature rose, what then to do?

Temperature is, in fact, not an unambiguous sign of severe burns.It all depends on the subjective characteristics of a particular person. If there are no blisters on the skin and the other previously mentioned signs of a medium and high degree of burns do not appear, it is quite possible that not everything is so scary. However, the appearance of a temperature is, undoubtedly, a bad sign, and plans to quickly recover and sunbathe again tomorrow should be completely ruled out.

The first priority in the event of temperature after sunburn is to avoid further inflammation. To do this, you should immediately take pharmacological drugs, and only then deal with the elimination of redness.It may be some of the non-steroidal drugs, such as Ibuprofen, Nurofen, Aspirin. If you are concerned about itching plus swelling, then antihistamines will help – Tsetrin, Loratadin, Tavegil.

At temperatures, it is very important to closely monitor the condition of a person burnt in the sun. If severe chills, nausea, dizziness begin, if the temperature exceeds 39 – do not risk your health, consult a doctor. Untimely or incorrect treatment can lead to very unpleasant consequences, among which a spoiled vacation will not be the most serious.

When the child is sunburned, what to do?

Treatment of a sunburned child is not much different from the mechanisms described above. But, of course, there are nuances.

First of all, a child with sunburn will almost certainly be very capricious and cry. This does not mean that he is in great pain and that he is in a difficult stage. It’s just that many children, especially small ones, are, in principle, not ready to endure pain. As a result, finding out the true state from the child will be problematic and you will have to rely solely on your own observations.

In addition, children have especially delicate skin, and many effective cosmetics and medicines cannot be applied to it. The same applies to the fight against a possible temperature – baby drugs are needed.

It is important to know that after a walk under the sun, children’s burns may appear only after 8-10 hours. The baby’s thin skin is the most unprotected and can suffer from seemingly insignificant sun exposure, which does not appear immediately. With a temperature, chills and blisters, it is definitely necessary to call an ambulance.

What can be done:

  • Moisten with cool water;
  • Anoint with baby cream intended after sunburn;
  • Spray skin with Panthenol spray, spray;
  • Dress in cotton clothing;
  • On the street, be only in the shade;
  • Ask your doctor if you have any questions.

Burned back, shoulders and other parts of the body, what to do at home?

Ultraviolet light acts especially aggressively on wet skin, therefore, when swimming in the sea, most often you may not even notice when your shoulders are burnt.In such cases, a mixture of cucumber and watermelon juice, or baby cream, helps a lot.

There are many folk remedies that have stood the test of time. How to restore skin after sunburn with their help at home with the ingredients that all housewives have, you can use the recipes below.

Hint: When resorting to the help of folk remedies, it is important to pay attention to the specific area of ​​the effects of solar influence. Each area requires different compresses and masks.

What to do if your back is burned in the sun and hurts?

Perhaps there is no such person with whom such a tragedy has not happened at least once. And most importantly, there is no need to fry for hours on hot sand, just a few minutes is enough to be under direct rays of an open back – and a burn is guaranteed.

The first step is to take a cool shower or bath, but do not use any soap or gel. Allow back to air dry, without a towel.

If the back burns out in the sun, then how to spread it, as quickly as possible, and how to restore the skin after a sunburn?

Special ointments and creams containing hydrocortisone will have an effective effect.Or gels containing vitamin C.

But again, reliable grandmother’s methods can help out perfectly:

  • For example, apply a thick layer of sour cream or cottage cheese on the back. Itching, inflammation should go away, the regeneration process will accelerate.
  • The skin of the back loves the feeling of coolness from grated potatoes, cabbage, cucumber.
  • You can also use starch, diluted a little with water, and spread this thick mass on damaged skin.
  • Oatmeal compresses create miracles.Wrap the flakes in cheesecloth. Moisten with water and apply. Redness will subside within a few hours.
  • There is also salvation in natural honey. Don’t be afraid to smear honey on your back. With its help, recovery will go much faster.
  • Coconut and sea buckthorn oils contribute to the restoration of the epithelium.
  • If the pain does not make you forget about the usual exquisite comfort, then it is worth resorting to a cool bath with rose petals with the addition of white wine vinegar. It will cool, and roses will relieve inflammation.

What to do if your face is burnt in the sun, and how to remove redness?

There are proven methods that will help accelerate skin regeneration.

  1. The most common thing you can do is a cool compress. But the procedure should be repeated several times, then you can count on relief.
  2. Better yet, brew green tea and make a cold compress with it. Tannic acid and catechins soothe irritating sensations.
  3. If you have Panthenol spray or cream in your medicine cabinet, it can soothe slightly burnt skin.
  4. Aloe vera juice is considered to be an effective home remedy. After removing the thin skin from the sheet, squeeze out the juice and apply on the face.
  5. The old method using sour cream. Someone also uses yogurt, but here you have to be sure that there are no dyes and various flavors.
  6. Turmeric as an antiseptic can also help in removing blisters. Hint: combine a little water with two tablespoons of powder, apply the paste on the burn for 8 minutes.
  7. Oatmeal promotes healing. To do this, dry it is wrapped in a cloth, moistened with cold water and applied like a compress.
  8. And some more simple tips using regular cucumber and potatoes. It is enough to put the cut thin slices on the affected skin.

How to relieve sunburn of the nose?

Sometimes you don’t have to go to the sea, wallow all day on the sand to burn your nose. It is enough to raise your face, trusting in the gentle rays of the sun and summer.This is the part that stands out on the face, so it comes into contact with the sun easily. And sunglasses will not save, shielding the eyes, they attract radiation directly to the prominent nose.

And then suddenly redness and peeling begins, later drying of the mucous membrane or even nosebleeds may appear.

Therefore, it is necessary to start treatment urgently.

  1. Cool the burn area. Attach tea bags, cucumber slices, moistened napkins – everything chilled.
  2. Apply an antiseptic (Miramistin or Chlorhexidine).
  3. Only then can you apply a cream or something from folk remedies (but without alcohol and fat).
  4. If pain persists, take pain relievers.

There is a way out

Do not despair if there are no rescue creams in the first-aid kit, to restore the skin from sunburns, you can provide first aid with folk remedies that will end up in the refrigerator. Among them:

  • Fresh vegetables.Grate raw potatoes or fresh cucumber into the gruel, which is placed on top of the nose. Wipe off with a napkin after 30 minutes. And so 4 times a day.
  • Aloe. Squeeze juice from a slice of agave, add the same amount of water. Make lotions with gauze.
  • Sour cream. If there is a thick and fresh one, then add a little kefir, apply several times a day, without letting dry, rinse off.
  • Oil. You can not use butter or ghee, preferably olive, sea buckthorn or coconut. Do not rinse it off, blot it with a sterile napkin.
  • Egg white. Apply only in a cool form, when dry, wipe with a damp cloth and repeat a new layer. Wash off after 10 minutes.

Skin itches after a sunburn, what should I do?

There are many methods to help you solve your problem. Following popular advice, you can use raw potatoes, which have antipruritic effects.

Hint: Apply grated potatoes to the affected area, remove after 20 minutes. Apply 3 times a day.

What should not be done in case of sunburn?

  • Never use scrubs, the inflammation will only intensify from the use of abrasive products.
  • Do not lubricate the affected areas with petroleum jelly or vegetable oil.
  • Discontinue use of alkaline soaps.
  • Do not touch the blisters, do not try to pierce them.
  • Do not use any brushes or coarse scouring pads.
  • Ice is mistakenly applied. It falsely relieves pain for a while, but cell death occurs.
  • During the recovery process, you will have to avoid the sun, give up your favorite coffee and alcohol.

How long does a sunburn last?

All skin lesions begin to heal only after a few days. Significant improvement will occur after about two weeks. But we must not forget that cells in which damage to DNA molecules has occurred tend to continue to accumulate. The risk is increased by the frequency of tanning.

There are no special secrets – how to quickly get rid of a sunburn.You just need to follow all the generally accepted rules listed in this article. To master them and then it will turn out in the future to avoid the repetition of such unpleasant mistakes.

How not to burn out in the sun at sea

At the seaside resorts in the summer, vacationers make three mistakes: first, they irresponsibly violate the beach regime, being under the scorching sun after 10 am to 4 pm, exactly at the time of the extreme UV index. Why such a risk?

Second, many people apply sunscreen directly on the beach, rather than before leaving home.And then do not forget to renew it after bathing again every time.

Thirdly, the cream at rest lies directly in the sun. After such heating, it will no longer work. Makeup should be stored in a bag or in the shade.

It’s easy not to make these mistakes at sea, and your tan will be great. Caution doesn’t hurt.

Of course, you can surf the Internet as much as you like in search of answers to questions – what to do if you are sunburned, and how to remove redness at home, but it is much safer to just behave like an adult.This means not to take risks, but to avoid the peak of activity of a dangerous and insidious heavenly body.

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The doctor told how to avoid sunburn – Rossiyskaya Gazeta

Dermatologist of the SberZdorovye online medical service Victoria Koroleva told what safety measures should be taken while in the sun.

“The main and main effective means is to wear a wide-brimmed hat and closed breathable clothing.It is important not to forget about the eyes, as the sun’s rays are the most aggressive for them. Sunglasses will protect your eyes by 99%, “the specialist noted.

The doctor also advises not to forget to apply sunscreen with a protection factor of 30 or more to exposed areas of the body, hands, face and neck. This should be done 15 minutes before going on

“It should be renewed every two hours, as well as after bathing and intensive work with increased sweating, for example, after vigorous exercise or games.It is important to note that if you have applied the cream, this in no way means that you can be in the sun for a long time, “the doctor explained. It should be borne in mind that the shade of trees, umbrellas or awnings does not provide complete protection from the sun.

“It is important to be more careful around water and sand. They reflect the sun’s rays, so the risk of getting a sunburn becomes higher, “added the Queen.

In addition, the doctor dispelled the popular myth that it is impossible to get a sunburn in cloudy weather. “You need to check the UV index, which is indicated on almost all weather sites. If it is above 3, you need to prepare for maximum protection from the sun, even in cloudy weather.” – explained the specialist.

Doctors also advise avoiding tanning salons, which harm not only the skin, but also the eyes. In accordance with WHO recommendations, artificial tanning products for persons under the age of 18 are completely contraindicated.

Special precautions must be taken for children, who are more susceptible to environmental hazards than adults.

“Avoid sunbathing for infants under six months of age, and dress babies in light, tight-fitting clothing. Long trousers, long-sleeved shirts and brimmed hats are good. And of course, sunscreen should be used on those areas. skins that are not covered by clothes, “the Queen emphasized.

According to experts, sunburn significantly increases the risk of skin cancer.According to the WHO, four out of five cases of the disease are avoidable because the harm from ultraviolet radiation is, for the most part, preventable.

“It is important not to forget about moles. Unfortunately, few people regularly come to an appointment to check their moles. Under the influence of sunlight, they can change color, size and borders. Therefore, an annual examination by a dermatologist for this method studies like dermatoscopy (examination of a mole at tenfold magnification) helps to identify malignant formations in the early stages of change, “the dermatologist advises.

NIOD Modulating Glucosides (MG) | Customer Reviews

Hi 😍 In this post a little about an interesting product of the NIOD brand.

concentrated emulsion to eliminate signs of sensitivity, discomfort and irritation


Suitable for: all skin types, especially sensitive, irritated skin.

pH: 4.5-5.5.

Volume: 30 ml.

For what:

  • reduction of skin sensitivity;
  • elimination of discomfort and irritation;
  • Reduction of redness, itching and irritation associated with dryness;
  • skin moisturizing;
  • skin restoration;
  • Strengthening the skin barrier.

Directions for use: Apply a few drops to face morning and evening. If using as part of a NIOD system, apply after CAIS but before MMHC.

CAIS and MMHC are abbreviations for brand products that NIOD uses. CAIS – Copper Amino Isolate Serum; MMHC – Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex.

As the name suggests, Modulating Glucosides also has an abbreviation – MG.

Active ingredients:

  • Bio-Active Glucosides is a complex for strengthening the skin barrier that acts in several ways to instantly soothe the skin.Also neutralizes uneven skin tone caused by sensitivity and / or irritation.
  • Multi-Molecular-Lipid Complex – a complex of skin-friendly lipids (oats, ceramides, ginger root) to reduce signs of redness, itching, tingling, burning.
  • Neuro-Cosmetic Peptide is a lipopeptide that eliminates signs of irritation caused by chemicals.
  • Naringenin Chalcone is a bioactive molecule that has a soothing effect on the skin.
  • Yeast-Derived Superoxide Dismutase – neutralizes damage and signs of aging.
  • pH-Balancing Golden-Eye Grass Complex – Balances the pH of the skin.
  • Activated Cells from the Marvel of Peru – increases the protective functions of the skin.
  • Tasmanian Pepperberry – Instantaneous, helps soothe stressed skin.
  • Purified Levomenol – strengthens the skin barrier, moisturizes, gives comfort.

The design of is laconic and a bit strict. A bottle with a pipette, twists tightly, you can take with you on trips. I arrived in a minimalistic box, identical to NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum 2: 1 (Cais2) (I wrote a post here).

Photo of a pipette and a serum in a bottle. Mustard yellow NIOD Modulating Glucosides.

We put a few drops on the hand, a soft sweet smell is caught in the air. It smells nice, unobtrusive, a little sweet.

MG has a watery texture, glides very easily on the skin, spreads quickly and is also quickly absorbed. The first few seconds are felt on the skin, it seems dense.

But after a minute or two, much to my surprise on my first use of the serum, the skin was without a hint of stickiness! After application, a powerful soothing effect is felt in the first minutes.

About my experience.

Very cool NIOD Modulating Glucosides showed itself under the scorching sun of Greece in July, and then on the islands of Spain in September.During this time MG was my number one care agent. The serum is very soft, delicate and quickly soothes the skin after the sun. I applied MG on the areas that were reddened by the sun even on the body in the evening, and in the morning the skin was rested, even, fresh, soft, without irritation and traces of sunburn. My favorite LRP Lipikar Lait Lotion does a lot worse when it comes to soothing the skin.

In addition to incredibly soothing skin, MG has excellent nourishing and moisturizing properties. Primarily nutritious.The skin is after nourished, dense, without excessive stickiness. I supplemented MG with The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics (one of my favorite dehydration serums to this day) and the result was more than excellent. Now the skin is soft, nourished, without traces of dehydration.

Modulating Glucosides has a pleasant texture, after you want to touch the skin, it is so velvety to the touch. I am glad that I got to know MG and recommend it with pleasure. I am sure she will show herself with dignity when using products that irritate the skin.

27 € price

10 / 10evaluation

2 months, 2p / day use

Skin type: Combination skin, without any problems

Composition: Aqua (Water), Squalane, Isodecyl Glyopentano, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Pentylene Glycol, Propanediol, Hexyldecanol, Bisabolol, Butylene Glycol, Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside, Rosmarinyl Glucoside, Caffeyl Glucoside, Gallyl Glucoside, Tetrasodium Tetracarboxymethyl Naringeninchalcone, Hydroxymethoxyphenyl Decanone, 4-T-Butylcyclohexanol, Cetylhydroxyproline Palmitamide, Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-8, Superoxide Dismutase, Sodium Pca, Pca, Arginine, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline, Threonine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Aspartic Acid, Sodium Lactate, Mirabilis Jalapnia Callus Extract, Tasmanium Extract , Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Curculigo Orchioides Root Extract, Isochrysis Galb ana Extract, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Sterols, Stearic Acid, Dextran, Isoceteth-20, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol, Propyl Gallate, Tromethamine, Dehydroacetic Acid, 1,2-Hexanediol, Benzyl Alcohol, Caphenolyl. …

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Top 5 sunburn remedies | How to get rid of burns

From a sunburn, both folk and medical remedies will help. Photo: social networks

How to apply sunburn and how to protect yourself from skin damage.

Getting severely sunburned in late spring and summer is as easy as shelling pears.For example, I went out into the countryside to fry a barbecue, careless movement – and it’s ready, I accidentally dozed off by the river, and my back was already burned in the sun, on the weekend I went shopping at the market after lunch – I returned almost as a “leader of the redskins”, I took a walk around the city when the sun at the zenith, get ready to “burn”.

Think One Step Ahead

It is not easy for those whose work is connected with constant exposure to air – and before you have time to look back, you already have a sunburn! Most often, open places suffer: face, neck, arms, legs.Due to direct exposure to ultraviolet rays, the skin first turns red, and then it begins to hurt a lot, chills and fever may begin. The next stage is peeling and unpleasant itching of the damaged areas. Pain symptoms may persist for several days.

So before you leave the house, evaluate your outfit and how much time you will spend in the sun today. If you go kayaking, throw a light-colored cotton shirt over your swimsuit that covers your arms and shoulders; if you go for a walk in the city, give preference not to shorts, but to trousers made of light, flying fabric.Remember about a hat – being in the sun is fraught with not only sunburn, but also heatstroke.

What to do if sunburn cannot be avoided?

First of all, get away from the sun: in nature, hide in the shade, and in the city – indoors. Also drink water, green tea or juice – the body needs water now. It is better to refuse to go out into the sun in the coming days. And now shake it on your mustache than smear sunburn.

A wet compress should be applied at home: a cloth soaked in cool water will relieve the burning sensation, relieve pain, and also moisturize the skin damaged by sunlight.You can even take a bath, however, the water should not be cool or hot, but at room temperature. Remember – no contrasts of temperatures, soap and scrubs, the skin has already got it, until you need to injure and dry it even more. Do cool compresses and baths a couple of times a day. By the way, you can add corn or potato starch to the bath, as well as soda, chamomile, calendula, eucalyptus, rose or lavender.

The damaged areas can be treated with aloe juice: the skin will calm down, the heat will recede, in addition, the aloe will moisturize and protect the sunburn site, and the wounds will heal faster.If you don’t keep aloe at home, you can buy its oil at the pharmacy, as well as creams or wipes that contain its extracts. Mint and menthol oils and olive oil can also give your skin coolness and peace, but they relieve pain rather than cure.

One of the best products tested by our grandmothers is fermented milk products! Kefir, sour cream or yogurt will very quickly cool the damaged areas and relieve pain. The proteins in these foods will create a protective layer that prevents moisture from evaporating from the skin.The mask should be done a couple of times a day for 15-20 minutes.

A compress made from fresh potatoes or cucumbers, and they are always conceived in the house, can be a revelation in the fight against sunburn symptoms. It will help with severe pain and fresh tomato puree, as well as a mask of apricots with honey.

The pharmacies will advise you on a variety of medical treatments for burns. Pay attention first of all to Panthenol. It is sold in the form of sprays or ointments: it regenerates skin cells, stimulates skin regeneration and protects.Ointment “Rescuer” has the same properties, but after “Panthenol” the skin will not peel and crack.


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In another (120 patients), a skin cleanser with wax and oils was better for softening and radiant skin than a synthetic one.In another study, a remedy with olive oil, honey and beeswax on a sample of 39 people improved the skin condition in dermatitis and psoriasis in two weeks. In addition, there was no double-blindness in these works, which means that there was a high risk of interpreting the results subjectively.

Indicator.Ru recommends: use as cosmetics, not medicine

There are a number of studies confirming the benefits of calendula extract for skin lesions and diseases, including diaper rash in children, but their quality and sample size is poor.The works on chamomile extract are better in quality, but still limited in the number of participants. Moreover, even small observed effects are often known from research together with other substances (which are not in the “Rescuer”), so it is difficult to understand which substance should be attributed to them. In general, we can say that there is a very small chance that the vegetable oils and extracts in the Rescuer composition help against dermatitis, eczema and diaper rash, acne, tunnel syndrome, or they can work as antiseptics, but the effect is likely to be very weak.Alas, the components of the balm have not been studied together, and it is not clear how they interact with each other.

It is not surprising that the “Rescuer” is not even in the state register of medicines. It is registered as a cosmetic product for which the strict rules, design and large sample clinical trials required for medical products are not required. Therefore, you will not find the published results of such clinical trials: in scientific articles on the same CyberLeninka, for example, it appears, and even in the journals of the VAK and Scopus list, but not in clinical trials, but only mentioned by the fact of use.For some reason, they promote it in these articles for pregravid preparation (such an intricate word is called pregnancy planning), including for lubricating the place where leeches are attached from irritation and for antiseptic treatment of female external genital organs. But there is no research to prove that such methods are effective.

It remains to make the only correct conclusion: this is a cosmetic product, the concentration of active substances in which is unknown, and their effect itself is questionable.That is, you can use it, and it is unlikely to be harmful (unless you are a teenage boy – in this case, be careful with lavender and tea tree oils), but you can hardly expect a cure. Rather, adjustments to some parameters: for example, the skin may become softer, and the scratch will heal a little faster. In the treatment of burns, the balm can even interfere: the oil film will retain heat in already overheated tissues. Therefore, the “Rescuer” is more suitable for leaving – for this purpose, by the way, it is registered.

Our recommendations cannot be equated with a doctor’s prescription. Before you start taking this or that drug, be sure to consult with a specialist.

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Burns that a person receives in the bright sun are called sunburns.

Sunburns of the face and body are more likely to be received by people with pale skin, children and people who rarely go to the sun and suffer from skin diseases.

First degree sunburn is the most common. They are characterized by redness and soreness of the skin.

Longer exposure to sunlight results in second-degree burns with fluid-filled blisters. In extremely rare cases, solar radiation can cause more severe burns.

A person with fair skin can get sunburn in just 15-30 minutes. The first symptoms of sunburn appear two to six hours after the injury.

Symptoms of sunburn.

  • The skin becomes inflamed and reddened.
  • Touching the skin causes pain.
  • The skin swells slightly for several days after exposure to sunlight and then blisters and crusts.
  • Body temperature may rise.

Treatment of sunburn.

To restore the skin after sunburn, use creams, ointments, sprays, lotions, gels.

First aid for sunburn: Immediately cover the burn area with a dry, clean cloth. Apply a cooling compress to relieve burning and pain. Disinfect the burn site. If you have fermented milk products at hand, then you can lubricate the damaged areas of the skin with them. Use products that have analgesic and wound healing effects.In case of severe burns, consult a doctor.

Spray for sunburn: Spray for sunburns suitable for adults and children, eg panthenol, olazol.

Cream for sunburn: Silvederm has an antiseptic effect, Levomikol has an anti-inflammatory effect.

Ointment for sunburn: methyluracil has a high regenerating ability, fasin – is a combined preparation based on fat, it contains synthomycin , faratsilin and anestezin .Ointment rescuer relieves redness and pain.

Folk remedies for sunburn.

Kefir, simple milk. We apply them in a cool form, avoiding drying, after which we rinse off and repeat the procedure. These remedies eliminate pain, relieve irritation, moisturize pain, relieve irritation, and moisturize damaged skin.

Be careful in the summer sun, take care of yourself!

The best remedy for sunburn: cream, ointment, spray

What is the best remedy for sunburn: cream, ointment, spray? How to treat sunburn? What can and cannot be done with a sunburn? All these questions are often asked by those who have experienced all the “charm” of sunburn.Of course, it is best to sunbathe properly, avoiding sunburn. But if you have sunk under its rays, are badly burned and without medicine, you need to know which remedies for burns help the best.

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How to treat sunburn?

The sun pleases us with its bright rays, gives the skin a beautiful bronze tint, helps fight rickets and colds. However, staying in direct sunlight for too long is fraught with unpleasant consequences.Redness, peeling, pain, fever, weakness often become companions of careless vacationers.

You can get sunburn not only by sunbathing on the beach. Such damage to the skin can be earned by sightseeing, and by working in the country or at a construction site. The danger of sunburn also lies in the fact that it accumulates gradually, and the person notices the damage too late, when the skin is already badly damaged.

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The main symptoms of sunburn are severe redness and inflammation of the skin.In severe cases, blisters appear on the skin, it itches and flakes, weakness, nausea, or headache appear. Fever or chills are also possible.

Probably everyone knows that sour cream or fresh aloe juice will help relieve the symptoms of sunburn. A cool bath or wet compress will also help. But it also happens that folk remedies are not available or do not help. And then the path of the sufferer lies in the pharmacy.

Best Medicines for Sunburn

The modern pharmaceutical industry offers a wide variety of ointments to relieve symptoms and quickly treat sunburn.Each sunburn remedy has its own characteristics. Therefore, it is necessary to select a sunburn cream individually, paying attention to the characteristics of the body and indications for use. Correctly selected and timely used products will help relieve pain, prevent further complications, moisturize the skin, restore the skin structure and return it to a healthy look, disinfect damaged areas.

Usually, such creams contain hydrocortisone (relieves inflammation and itching), analgesics (fight pain), panthenol (covers the skin with a protective film, promotes rapid regeneration).

Any remedy for sunburn in a pharmacy can be bought without a prescription, and the price is quite affordable for any wallet. However, you should not self-medicate for severe skin lesions, in this case it is better to go to the doctor right away.

Please note that below are the best modern medical treatments for sunburn. Creams, oils, sprays to prevent burning, which are highly desirable to use in the first days of exposure to strong sun, this is a completely different group of medical products that are ineffective for treating an already existing burn.

If, fortunately, you are not yet sunburned, but are only going to the strong sun and are prudently looking for protection from it, read:
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Bepanten and D-Panthenol

Today, both the one and the other drug is positioned as the best remedy for sunburn. They are very similar in composition. Manufacturers offer a wide variety of products: ointment or cream, lotion or spray.Dexpanthenol, which is the main component of both products, perfectly moisturizes the skin and promotes rapid healing of damage. The composition of the products also includes natural ingredients that effectively protect against the penetration of infections and prevent skin inflammation. The remedies are very effective, but they can cause allergic reactions.

For minor redness and minor damage, use a spray or lotion. For more severe burns, it is better to use thick creams and sunburn ointment with an analgesic effect.It is recommended to apply the remedy twice a day or more often (in case of severe irritation), the duration of treatment will be from 3 to 8 days.

Both “Bepanten” and “D-Panthenol” are quickly absorbed and do not leave greasy marks on clothes.


Ointment has long and firmly occupied a place of honor in many home first-aid kits. She will cope well with sunburn. In addition to bactericidal properties, “Levomekol” has established itself well as a means of fighting pain, as it contains an anesthetic component.The drug promotes early healing of the skin and prevents infection of the affected area.


The ointment heals the skin very well, accelerates the process of cell regeneration, restores their natural metabolism. Before applying the product, it is better to treat the damaged surface with any antiseptic. And the application of the ointment itself is possible from 2 to 4 times a day. The use of the drug is often limited by possible allergic reactions to the components of this drug.

Elover ointment

Another good drug to treat sunburn is Elover’s ointment. The product contains vitamin E, liquid paraffin, glycerin, aloe juice and other substances. Perfectly heals redness, restores damaged areas of the skin, promotes resorption of scars. Applies the ointment 3-4 times a day and is used no more than 2 weeks. Further use must be agreed with your doctor.

Zinc ointment

Inexpensive and time-tested ointment is perfect as an answer to the question “how to spread a sunburn?” The ointment gently dries the skin, at the same time heals small cracks and irritations.It envelops the surface with a protective film and relieves pain. Zinc well blocks the skin from the rays of our luminary.


The ointment will perfectly provide a quick improvement in the condition of damaged skin, but it should not be applied more than twice a day.


Will be an excellent remedy for reducing the effects of sunburn. The ointment has practically no contraindications. Its components increase energy metabolism and quickly eliminate inflammation and redness.It is applied twice a day, but not more than 12 days. The combination of “Actovegin” with other drugs is possible.


The drug is perfect for counteracting any inflammatory processes. But children need to use it with caution.


The advantage of the product will be the vitamins and minerals that make up its composition. The ingredients of the preparation prevent dehydration, normalize metabolism, promote cell regeneration, and renew their composition.For the treatment of sunburn, the ointment is used 2-3 times a day. The course of treatment is about a week.


Gel has anti-inflammatory and anti-allergenic effect. Quickly relieves itching and irritation, relieves pain. Apply “Fenistil” twice a day. He has proven himself well in complex therapy with tablets of the same trademark.

In addition to the above funds, Sudokrem, Rescuer, Fastin, Bioflorin are popular.

If you have a successful experience of using the above tools or you know some others, share your experience in the comments.


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Recommendations for the use of products for sunburn

Before using any sunburn remedy, you need to perform a few very simple steps that will save the skin from further destruction and help it recover faster.

First of all, you should immediately move into the shadow. It is better if this place becomes a cool house or hotel room, but for a start, an ordinary umbrella and clothing that will cover all affected areas of the body will do. At the same time, the fabric should be soft and delicate, without rigid folds and seams.

In no case should you yourself open up blisters and abscesses that have appeared after an unfriendly touch of the sun. If something gets into the wound, you can get a very serious infection.This is especially dangerous on foreign trips, where the external environment is alien to our immunity. Any violation of the integrity of the blisters is permissible only in the styryl conditions of a clinic or hospital.

Do not smear your skin with oil (neither vegetable nor butter). Instead, treat your skin with aloe juice.

Before using the sunburn remedy, it is advisable to cool the skin with a cold compress or cool shower. A 10-minute cool shower will not only relieve irritation, but also help reduce body temperature.

It is advisable to drink more unsweetened liquid, green tea or natural fruit juices will perfectly help to restore strength and health. It is necessary to increase the intake of vitamin C.

Skin exposed to strong sunlight should not be scratched. Better not to touch it again at all. Damaged skin is not able to reliably protect the body from infection, and scratches take longer to heal.

Before buying the drug, you should carefully study the attached instructions or consult your doctor or pharmacist.

It is easier to prevent sunburn than to treat it afterwards. For this, sunscreens are used, they are not in the bright sun during peak activity (from 12 to 2 pm), they try to swim more. Correctly selected clothes will also help, which will allow the body to breathe and protect from overly active ultraviolet rays.

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But if, nevertheless, a sunburn manifests itself, then you should not wait until it passes on its own.It is much safer to buy the best remedy for sunburn at the pharmacy: cream, ointment, spray. How to treat sunburn, you now know.

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Skin care during radiation therapy

Radiation therapy, or radiotherapy, is a local method of treating tumors
with ionizing radiation. Radiation therapy inevitably affects the healthy 90,081 tissue surrounding the tumor and can cause various side effects.
A common side effect in radiation therapy is a skin reaction – damage to the skin
in the irradiated area. This informative brochure provides advice on daily 90,081 skin care during radiation therapy to help relieve skin reactions.

The reaction of
skin to radiation appears approximately 10-14 days after the initiation of radiation therapy. Initially, there is slight redness on the skin of
, the irradiation area is sensitive and on palpation of
, the skin feels warmer.The sensation is similar to a sunburn, this condition is called erythema
. In the middle of radiation therapy, the skin may become dry and peel off 90,081, the touch may be painful, swelling and 90,081 itching may appear. These symptoms begin to subside after radiation therapy. In severe cases, ulceration of the skin appears:
wounds and watery discharge from them may appear. This occurs most often in the 90,081 areas of the folds (under the breast, groin).

Please report all
skin problems during radiotherapy
to the radiological technician or your doctor.The main thing is to notice on time
the appearance of a skin reaction and prevent its aggravation.

Skin reaction usually
disappears within a few weeks after the end of radiation therapy. Skin in the 90,081 treated area can remain pigmented, firm, dry and more than 90,081 susceptible to sun damage. It is recommended that you follow the skincare tips in this guide until the
redness has subsided.

Risk factors for skin reactions:

  • Smoking
  • Sensitive skin
  • Skin folds in the irradiated area (groin, under the breast and
  • Specificity of the irradiation area (the skin in the head and neck area is thinner and
    more sensitive)
  • Interaction between chemotherapy and radiation therapy
  • Radiation therapy dose
  • Genetic characteristics of the patient


Skin moisturizing

You can start with skin hydration after the first 90,081 visit to radiation therapy.In addition, the creams help to prevent sensation
of burning and redness of the skin.

  • For moisturizing the skin, water-based and unscented creams are suitable.
    do not make the skin oily.
  • Moisturize skin 1-2 times a day, preferably after radiation therapy and
    at bedtime.
  • Skin must be clean and dry before exposure.
  • Do not peel off flaky skin or damage it.

Skin cleansing

Certain foods and
hygiene procedures can aggravate skin reactions, such as causing dry skin
.Therefore, it is important to select suitable skin cleansers and take into account the following when washing

  • For delicate and thin skin, choose shower gels and soaps that do not contain
    fragrances and oils and have a pH of 5.5.
  • Avoid extremely hot or very cold water.
  • It is advisable to shorten water procedures (up to 30 minutes).
  • You can visit a warm bath or sauna if its temperature does not exceed 50,081 degrees, but you should not take a steam bath, as the temperature change causes skin irritation
  • Do not rub or scratch your skin when washing or drying your body or scalp.
  • After washing, dry the irradiated area with a soft towel, paying particular attention to the skin folds.

Sun protection

  • Do not sunbathe during radiation therapy.
  • Protect skin from sunburn. When exposed to the sun, wear clothing that is
    to cover the radiation site. Also use sunscreen.
  • Preferred sunscreen – SPF 50+ UVA / UVB protection.


  • Wear loose, soft cotton clothing.
  • Avoid clothing made of synthetic or breathable material

Additional tips

  • Do not depilate or shave the irradiated area if possible. If shaving is
    , use an epilator or razor.
  • Avoid the use of products containing alcohol
    (perfume, eau de toilette).
  • Avoid the use of conventional patches in the irradiation area.
  • Do not rub, scratch, or scratch the irradiated area.
  • You can continue to use the deodorant as long as it does not irritate your skin


  • Skin response to radiation may worsen in the first days after radiation therapy, then the skin will begin to regenerate
    . Typically, the skin will fully recover from radiation therapy
    after 2–6 weeks.
  • It is important to continue to follow the daily skin care recommendations (moisturizing, sun protection, etc.) after radiation therapy for 6 weeks or until the redness
    has subsided.

If you have a skin reaction to radiation or have any further questions, contact your radiology technician or your healthcare professional .

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How to “cure” a sunburn

Bishkek, 09.07.18. / Elena Tsoi – Kabar /. How to “cure” a sunburn. Elena Bayalinova, consultant of the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic, informed about it.

According to her, a burn is a serious injury to the skin layers and with each subsequent time it is more and more severely endured. With repeated overdose with ultraviolet rays, damage to the epithelium of the skin in the future contributes to the appearance of wrinkles and age spots on the damaged area.

“There will be no consequences from one burn, but there is already statistics that if there are five or more at the age of 15–20 years, they increase the risk of melanoma by 80%, and at an older age – by 30–50%.It is very important to act correctly if you still did not save yourself and got burned. A separate category of people is more protected from exposure to sunlight. Blond people with discolored skin are at the highest risk, while for African Americans this risk is reduced to zero, ”- said in the message.

According to the available data, further actions depend on the symptoms of sunburn, among them:

• pain
• redness
• swelling
• occasional blisters
• sunburn can cause headaches, fever, nausea and fatigue if the sun is too large for the sun.

Sunburn symptoms usually appear within a few hours to a day after exposure to sunlight, and peak after 2-3 days. Redness and unpleasant signs, as a rule, begin to decrease after 2-3 days, sometimes they can last 7-10 days, and at this time, even with minor burns, the skin begins to peel off.

1. Do not go outside

If you suspect that the skin is burnt, stay at home. Sand, salt water, and bleach can irritate the skin and increase pain and risk of infection.If you can’t bring yourself to leave the beach, at least apply a sunscreen with an activity of 30 SPF or more on your skin. And not only on the damaged areas, but also on all other open surfaces of the body: the fact that there is already a tan will not save you. Sit in the shade and dress or cover yourself with a towel, and put on a hat.

2. Neutralize burns

A cool compress will help neutralize the effects of sunburn. When applying a compress, thoroughly moisten a towel or gauze in cool water, preferably from the tap, twist and evenly place on the affected area of ​​the skin.As the water dries, a cooling effect occurs, which makes it possible to reduce pain and burning.

Frequently perform water procedures in the shower or bath, but very carefully. To cleanse the sunburned skin area, doctors advise using cool water (20-25 degrees) and mild hypoallergenic soap. Do not rub your skin or use a washcloth. If you prefer to shower, do not direct the stream of water directly onto the painful area. You can apply ice to burnt areas.Leave the ice in place for five minutes, apply as needed several times a day.

3. Spread the damaged area

Ointments used in the treatment of sunburn mainly contain vitamin E and a factor that protects against ultraviolet radiation. These substances make the skin less susceptible to ultraviolet light, which prevents the aggravation of the skin condition. The following ointments are most often used in the treatment of sunburn: hydrocortisone, zinc, bioflorin, sinaflan.

If these ointments are not available, then aloe vera cream will help, its extract not only heals, but also cools the skin, but perfumed fragrances cannot be used, they will make it worse.

4. Treat your skin with care

Women should temporarily give up masks, remedies for rashes, anti-aging care and products with lidocaine and benzocaine, despite the analgesic effect, they can provoke rashes and even

blisters on damaged skin.You can use a face cream, but it is advisable for sensitive skin. And no makeup.

5. Drink plenty of water

The very exposure to the sun promotes the appearance of thirst, plus the water evaporates from the damaged surface. But it is important to drink water, not alcohol.

6. Wear loose-fitting clothing

Try not to wear anything that could irritate the affected skin. Choose loose-fitting clothing made from light cotton or natural smooth silk.Wet garment fabric protects skin 50% less than dry fabric. It is advisable to avoid synthetic and wool fabrics until the sun damaged skin has healed.

7. Do not touch blisters

Bubbles are a sign that a harmful solar impulse has gone deeper than just into the surface layer of the skin, and caused damage and caused the release of fluids from cells in the deeper layers of the skin.

It is not recommended to pierce the blisters. If they break, try not to infect these areas and apply a sterile, dry gauze bandage.In the absence of such a bandage, a clean ironed handkerchief will do. If you have a second degree sunburn, see your doctor and do not self-medicate.

8. Drink the pain reliever

Even if there is no pain effect, it is considered useful to take an ibuprofen tablet in the first couple of hours after the burn and another one after 4-6 hours. It will reduce discomfort and make the cells of the body repair the damaged area faster.

More severe anti-inflammatory and steroid medications prescribed by your doctor may be needed to treat a more severe burn.But the use of such drugs can have a side effect – problems with the gastrointestinal tract.

Before taking them, be sure to consult your doctor.

“Sour cream has side effects.” Doctor about sunburn skin care | HEALTH: Healthy Living | HEALTH

In the first sunny days, many strive to quickly get a bronze tan and often overdo it. Experts remind that in addition to the obvious advantages – the production of serotonin and vitamin D – the sun’s rays can also have a negative effect.How to sunbathe, what remedies to use and what to do in case of sunburn, Ekaterina Burmistrova, a dermatovenerologist at the Voronezh regional dermatovenerologic dispensary, told the AiF-Voronezh correspondent.

Blondes – in the shade

Daria Verbitskaya, AiF-Voronezh: What hours is it recommended to sunbathe in the sun?

Ekaterina Burmistrova: You can sunbathe in the morning – until 11.00, depending on climatic conditions.And also in the evening – starting at 16.00, depending on the activity of the sun.

– Who is contraindicated in sunbathing?

– People with systemic dermatoses (skin diseases – ed.), With high oncological alertness. It is also important to know your skin phototype. On the territory of Russia, there are mainly four phototypes. The first is light blondes and red-haired people with blue or green eyes. They often have white skin and freckles. What is special about these people? They cannot sunbathe.Even light exposure to the sun will cause skin burns or uneven tanning, which can result in increased freckles.

The second, third and fourth phototypes include people with light hair and brown hair. Their eyes can be from blue to brown, skin – from light to dark. Such people, depending on the color and natural skin color, need to sunbathe with protective equipment or dose the tanning regimen.

– How to protect yourself from the harmful effects of the sun?

– There are SPF creams with varying degrees of protection.They mainly contain filters or a screen. SPF-30 products transmit ultraviolet light, but in a certain amount. The higher the number, the less ultraviolet light will penetrate the skin.

There are three types of ultraviolet rays – A, B and C. Type C rays are solar radiation, which is trapped by the ozone layer, type B rays cause sunburn on the skin, burning, redness of the skin, edema. Type A ultraviolet rays penetrate deeper into the dermis, they do not have such a damaging effect, but they are dangerous in that they destroy collagen and can cause early photoaging.People who work outdoors in the sun tend to wrinkle faster. Freckles can also become brighter under the influence of rays of type A, and sometimes lead to cancer.

You should try to apply a cream with sunscreen filters of two types – A and B. Then we will prevent photoaging and reduce the likelihood of burns.

There are oils that contain photosensitizers that enhance tanning. So they are categorically not to be used in the first days of exposure to the sun.Applying them to the skin, you can get quite serious burns even if you are outside for a short time.

Also in summer you must wear closed loose clothing made of cotton fabrics. In a person in synthetic clothing, thermoregulation processes are disrupted, which can lead to overheating. Try to drink more and do not forget about the hat.

– How to take care of your skin after sunburn?

– The skin requires systematic hydration. In warm weather, creams with a dense texture should not be used; they must contain allantoin and vitamin E.Care must also be taken to acid-containing products. They can enhance the removal of sunburn and injure the skin.

– What if itching or swelling occurs after sunbathing?

– In both cases, you need to see a doctor. Itching is a subthreshold stimulus for pain receptors. There can be many reasons for its occurrence, and only a specialist can find out them. If swelling appears, cool lotions must be applied.

– How can a sun allergy be recognized?

– Photodermatitis is called an allergy to the sun.It manifests itself as itching, redness, crust formation. Usually exposed areas of the body are affected.

Sour cream, aloe and chamomile

– What to do in case of sunburn?

– First you need to immediately leave the street. But not in the shade, because even there ultraviolet light reaches the skin. You can cleanse your skin with a cool shower. And then apply a sedative containing anesthetics. Don’t rub the skin. To prevent possible consequences, it is better to consult a dermatologist.When the damaged layer of skin begins to flake off, there is no need to speed up this process. During this period, it is important to moisturize the skin and not injure.

– What home remedies can I use for burns? For example, sour cream?

– Sour cream or kefir can only be applied to cleansed skin. It contains lactic acid in its composition, so it will help moisturize, soothe the skin and help prevent blisters. But it also has a number of side effects. It is better if it is a specialized tool.Moisturizers are suitable – allantoin and panthenol, aloe restores and nourishes the skin damaged by a burn, lotions from a cool chamomile decoction will also help soothe the skin.

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Sun protection for rescuers

If you want to be absolutely sure that you don’t have to worry about sunburn while you work as a lifeguard (on the beach or in the pool), you should pay close attention to this. to all inside information that we may share with you below.

Believe it or not, rescuers are some of the smartest people around when it comes to keeping other people safe, but they don’t always do that well at providing complete protection for themselves at all times – especially when it comes to something equally innocent. appears as sunlight.

But since rescuers will be exposed to intense sunlight on a daily basis, they need to make sure they are as protected from sunburn as possible – and this is where these tips and tricks come into play.

Take a quality sunscreen in your hands and update it regularly

You will definitely want to make sure you have the best quality rescue lotion you can find with an SPF level that will protect you even if you are on Mercury or Mars!

In addition, you should regularly update the amount of rescue lotion you will wear throughout the day. An ounce of sunscreen applied to your body every two hours should be more than enough for your safety, but on especially sunny days, you can add a little more every 30 minutes to never burn yourself.

Get your hands on a quality hat

While there is a lot to be said for this super cool lifeguard in his rig with nothing more than a pair of red shorts, a whistle, and aviator sunglasses, if only you want to get a nasty case of sunburn – and maybe even skin cancer – you want a quality one. rescue hat or rescue cap.

You need something that covers your face, protects your eyes and gives you the shade you want.Even a sun visor will usually be more than enough to protect you while still allowing you to get the tan you need in the first place!

After all, there are many different things you can do to protect yourself from the sun’s rays. Pay attention to the above tips and tricks and you should be fine!

14 Best Zinc Oxide Sunscreens in 2021

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If we’ve said this once, we’ve said it a thousand times: It is absolutely imperative to use sunscreen every day, 365 days a year, in rain or bright weather, no ifs and buts about it. You can exfoliate, mask, and moisturize until the cows get home, but if your sunscreen play isn’t right, all the products in the world won’t save your skin. When it comes to choosing a sunscreen, there are several criteria to look out for.“Make sure the sunscreen you choose has an SPF of at least 30, is broad-spectrum labeled, and contains zinc oxide with or without titanium dioxide,” says board-certified dermatologist Dr. Arash Ahavan.

Sunscreen formulas fall into two categories. There are chemical options and mineral (or physical) sunscreens. “The chemical ingredients in sunscreen absorb energy from the sun and undergo a chemical reaction that protects the skin from absorbing that energy,” says Dr. Ahavan.”The physical tanning creams that I prefer and recommend to my patients reflect the sun’s energy away from our skin.” Each has its own pros and cons, but mineral sunscreens tend to cause less irritation. One of the most commonly used minerals in sunscreens is zinc oxide. But it’s not like that thick, viscous, white mass that rescuers smear on their noses. The latest versions look much more elegant from a cosmetic point of view.

Here are the best zinc oxide sunscreens perfect for protecting your skin.

Final judgment

We give top honors to EltaMD UV Sport Broad-Spectrum SPF 50. This dermatologist favorite formula provides transparency and does not clog pores, unlike many zinc oxide products. Plus, we love that it’s waterproof for up to 80 minutes, which is enough for outdoor workouts or swimming in the pool.Since it is very important to protect not only the body but also the face, it is necessary to use ISDIN Eryfotona Actinica Ultralight Emulsion SPF 50+. Not only does it provide powerful broad-spectrum sun protection, it also contains reparative DNA elements that work diligently to reverse signs of previous sun damage.Finally, reapplication is just as important as your initial application, which is why we’re big fans of user-friendliness. Travel Beautycounter Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Stick that lets you apply (and reapply) on the go.We also appreciate how moisturizing the cocoa seed butter base is.

What to Look for in Zinc Oxide Sunscreen

Zinc oxide percentage from nine to 11%

When you review zinc oxide sunscreens, Dr. Ahavan recommends choosing products with a percentage of zinc oxide in the range of 9 to 11%. “Anything below may be ineffective, and anything above may become too sticky,” he says.

Formula of waterproofing

A waterproof formula is a must for any sunscreen, zinc oxide or not.Thus, it can be effective in the pool or at the beach, as well as when you sweat, says Dr. Ahavan. Of course, be sure to check the label to see how long it will waterproof, and always reapply after swimming, sweat, or towel.

Feeling of comfort

While the above is of course very important for a sunscreen to be fully effective, Dr. Ahavan says the most important thing he looks for in a zinc oxide sunscreen is convenience and elegance.”Mineral sunscreens need to feel silky, luxurious and stay clean, or I will find that my patients won’t use them regularly.” Remember, the best sunscreen is the one you will actually use.

Frequently Asked Questions

How should I apply zinc oxide sunscreen?

When it comes to applying zinc oxide sunscreen, Dr. Ahavan suggests applying it with your fingertips, allowing it to fully absorb before applying any foundation or other makeup to make sure it doesn’t dissolve.Of course, remember to reapply (at least) every two hours or immediately after getting wet or sweating. When it comes to reapplying over makeup, he suggests using a powder formula.

What percentage of zinc oxide should be in sunscreen?

Dr. Ahavan recommends choosing sunscreens containing 9 to 11% zinc oxide to provide complete UV protection.

Zinc Oxide sunscreen is about to expire?

Yes, like all sunscreens, zinc oxide products do have an expiration date, “and UV protection can be significantly reduced after the expiration date,” warns Dr. Ahavan.Sunscreens usually expire after three years, but be sure to check the date on any product you use.

Does zinc oxide sunscreen cause acne?

Zinc oxide sunscreens do not usually cause acne, “especially if the product is formulated for the face,” he says, according to Dr. Ahavan. “Like all skin care products that are worn throughout the day, I recommend rinsing them off your face very effectively before bed.”If your skin is particularly fussy, buy non-comedogenic products so they don’t clog pores and worsen existing breakouts.

Meet Expert

Dr. Arash Ahavan is a board-certified dermatologist practicing in New York City.

As per our Diversity Commitment, 15% of products in our recently published market reports will include black owned and / or black based brands. At the time of posting, we were unable to find enough Zinc Oxide sunscreens from Black-owned and / or Black-based businesses to meet this percentage.If you know what we should consider, please email us at contact @ byrdie.com and we will evaluate the product as soon as possible.

SPF for hair

– Michael Van Clarke

June 7, 2019

We know that too much sun destroys our skin. SPF sunscreen has been known and used for two generations. The ancient Egyptians used rice and flower extracts, and for thousands of years Burmese women used tanaka tree bark cream for limited sun protection.But the first commercially effective sunscreens appeared in the 1930s, albeit with only SPF 2. Now you can get SPF 100. But research on SPF for hair is late.

Wet beach weather and the surf style caused by sea salt can trick us into thinking our hair is thicker and denser; a sense of confidence enhanced by a radiant tan. But we do know that the sun damages hair, as these glow effects are temporary and quickly disappear after returning home.Hair remains dull, dry, faded, and difficult to maintain.

When UV rays penetrate the outer cuticle of the hair, they create highly active free radicals that damage the melanin pigment, causing discoloration, and attack the protein structure of the hair, causing thinning, brittleness and split ends.

Not much has come on the market to practically prevent hair damage during the holiday, and people want to do it. The few sunscreen oils available for hair may or may not provide protection, but they are very style-killing, so people rarely go without the first try.Put on a hat, put on an oil stain, or stay at home! It has been a choice ever since.

The science of SPF for hair is still in its infancy, but a lot of research is underway. Our own line of UV protection started with LifeSaver UV, an amazing hair care product that gives great beach hair while nourishing and protecting hair; unlike sea salt sprays, which are actually corrosive.I love doing my own testing and we thoroughly evaluate all of our products before launch, both in the showroom, on the podium and in harsh climates around the world.

This I took to the Maldives for 7 days of intense testing in 32-degree sun and sea water before launch.

Maldives Hair Test conducted on blonde and brown hair. This is the seventh day after all the ducks have been left for seven days and nights and bathed in seawater twice a day.Left hand pale and brown ducks were protected twice daily with LifeSaver UV Spray .

The unprotected hair on the right has become brittle, faded and noticeably thinner. I myself was surprised at how noticeable the differences were and how devastating only seven days of unprotected sun were.

Amazing Protective Properties LifeSaver UV Spray is a breakthrough. It reliably protects against thinning, drying out and fading, but allows you to wear your hair in attractive styles.

Never stopping to rest on our laurels, we tested the new sunflower SPF ingredient for our UV Protective Shampoo and UV Protective Conditioner , as well as the new and improved LifeSaver UV Leave-in Styling Treatment , which due out later this year, this time we set off for the blazing Negev desert in Israel. One strand of hair is cut in half and only one side is protected with LifeSaver UV, which is sprayed onto the hair twice a day.Each ducks was watered once a day from the pool.

You can see that in just seven days, the unprotected hair on the left has become noticeably faded, dry and thin.

Hair shrinks and fades under the sun’s rays. Long hair would take 3-4 years to completely replace the damage at the ends, during which time this punishment would probably be repeated dozens of times over the weekend. LifeSaver UV Leave-in Hair Styler is a new sunscreen for hair.


Always protect your hair from the sun. Why not bring hippy chic to the beach and cover your hair with a hat or scarf.


Maintain UV protection. LifeSaver UV leave-in styling is simply the best way to protect skin color and condition from the sun’s rays. Leave the product on for a semi-wet look, which will also give you the best beach waves you’ve ever had! Rinse off UV Protective Shampoo and UV Protective Conditioner for silky smooth hair.


Make your highlights the week before your vacation to give them time to sort out. You can use a darker or warmer light to prevent the sun from lightening your hair too much.

Renew your hair daily with regular treatments. Vacation is the perfect time to fully condition your hair. LifeSaver Prewash is ideal as it protects and nourishes. This intelligent leave-in solution works from the inside out for your hair. Apply in the morning, leave it on all day, wash off with shampoo and conditioner in the evening.

Hair grows 6 inches per year, and severely damaged hair cannot be permanently restored until new ones grow. While using a quality control system like 3 ” ’More Inches can help damaged hair, prevention is always better than cure, so follow our top tips to make your days of bad hair a thing of the past!

Michael Van Clarke

Everything You Need To Know About Sunscreen

There are hundreds of brands and types of sunscreens on the market, so choosing the right one for your skin type and sun exposure can be overwhelming.The Columbia Skin Clinic is the resource you can turn to for all dermatological issues and offers this useful information to help protect your skin in summer and all year round.

Why do you need sunscreen?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, affecting more than 1 million people in the United States each year. However, skin cancer, because it is caused by sun exposure, is fortunately one of the most preventable cancers.This makes sunscreen a truly life-saving product.

It is important to wear sunscreen all year round, but since we officially start summer, it is especially important to use sunscreen when you are in the sun for a long time. Using sunscreen can be lifesaving, but only if used correctly.

How do I know I have the right sunscreen?

As a first step, read the label of any sunscreen before making a purchasing decision.Sunscreens always have a sun protection factor or SPF. Our dermatologists usually recommend using a sunscreen with SPF 50, which blocks 98% of the sun’s rays. It is debatable whether using a sunscreen with an SPF above 50 really matters. Sunscreens with an SPF above 50 provide only about 1% of sun protection.

In addition, a higher SPF does not mean that sunscreen will last longer. All sunscreens should be reapplied every two hours, or more often upon contact with water.

Regardless of what the label says, sunscreen is not waterproof or sweatproof. You can find sunscreen that is “waterproof,” but remember the label’s time limit and always reapply immediately after bathing.

What ingredients should you look for in sunscreen?

Another factor to consider when reading sunscreen labels is the ingredients.Some studies suggest avoiding products containing oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate, which can cause allergic skin reactions and increased development of skin tumors, respectively. Instead, look for sunscreens that include zinc oxide and titanium dioxide in their active ingredients. Always opt for more effective sunscreen lotions instead of sprays.

What does “broad spectrum” mean?

To add misleading sunscreens, product labels often advertise protection against UVA or UVB rays.Sunscreen is a protective barrier against UV or UV rays from the sun, but there are two different types of UV rays. UVB causes superficial damage to the skin and causes sunburn. UVA, on the other hand, causes damage to the skin below the surface and can lead to skin aging. SPF is used to measure sun protection UVB and does not protect against UVA radiation. Most sunscreens in the US do not protect against both UV rays.

This is why it is important to always look for “broad spectrum” or “full spectrum” on sunscreen labels to ensure complete protection.Broad spectrum refers to sunscreen that not only blocks UVB rays like most others, but also blocks UVA rays. The FDA has set rules that a sunscreen can only be called “broad spectrum” if it blocks both types of UV rays.

Are homemade and DIY sunscreens effective?

As there is a trend towards more natural products for the home in the country, sunscreen is one of the many products that consumers are looking for a natural alternative to.Google “DIY Sunscreen” and you get countless blog posts and recipes, as well as many false claims.

While homemade sunscreens are generally not harmful, their protection from harmful sun rays is insufficient, if effective. Many of these recipes are just a blend of essential oils that provide no real sun protection. Even if a DIY sunscreen includes sunscreen minerals, its actual SPF would never be known without laboratory testing.This leaves many people unprotected.

Mineral sunscreens are a more natural alternative, although their sun protection rating is lower than chemical based sunscreens. Choosing a zinc oxide sunscreen is a more natural option. Zinc oxide works by reflecting the sun’s rays rather than absorbing it like most chemical-based sunscreens. The bottom line is that chemical-based sunscreens are composed of FDA-approved active ingredients and their use is an extremely important step in preventing skin cancer.

Am I wearing sunscreen correctly?

Even after reading all the labels and choosing the right sunscreen, you may still not be getting all the benefits you need to protect your skin. Applying sunscreen correctly is the last step to sun protection.

American Academy of Dermatology reports that people generally don’t use enough sunscreen to fully protect their skin. Most people use between 25% and 50% of the recommended amount.Adults should use one ounce or enough to fill a shot glass to completely cover their entire body. Plus, the sunscreen is completely absorbed into the skin in 15 minutes. This means that you should always wear sunscreen BEFORE going outside so that you are always fully protected. Always use sunscreen at least every two hours if you are in the sun for an extended period.

Bottom Line About Sunscreen

The use of sunscreen while in the sun is essential to protect the skin from cancer.Sunscreen can also prevent early signs of aging and sun spots. Daily use of sunscreen, at least on the face, has become common practice and will help prevent various skin problems.

For more information on how to protect your skin this summer, request a consultation. And if you need a new sunscreen, we have a variety of sunscreens that you can purchase from one of our offices in Colombia, Irmo or Camden.

Here, where the sun shines 300 days a year, this is how desert workers working outdoors cope with the heat

Tips for sun safety

Quick tips to protect your skin while enjoying the sun.


When Alex Espinoza works as a lifeguard at the Palm Desert Aquatic Center, the sun is an integral part of her day. It shines from above, it reflects off the blue water in the pool, it heats the pavement under her feet.

The items that make up her work uniform serve several purposes, but sun protection is key to all of them. The shirt has no sleeves to keep it cool. Sunglasses and a straw hat reduce glare, making swimmers easier to see.

To avoid sunburn, always have a bottle of sunscreen on hand.

“I’m lucky that I’m not very pale so I don’t get that kind of lobster,” said 24-year-old Espinoza.”I really start to get dark by the end of the summer.”

In the Coachella Valley, where the sun can shine brighter for more than 300 days a year, people whose jobs keep them outdoors for hours must adapt or risk sunburn, which can lead to skin cancer years later.

Palm Desert Aquatic Center provides its employees with shorts and sleeveless T-shirts, as well as wide-brimmed straw hats worn by Espinoza and other lifeguards on Tuesday afternoon when temperatures hit above 100.


Center also provides sunscreen, although aquatics manager David Keys said many staff use their preferred activities.

“Getting them to wear hats is sometimes tricky,” Keyes said. “We tell them that they need to wear hats when they are out in the sun. Especially when it’s 115 on the street. It really puts you down. ”

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Lifeguards usually change location to a station away from the pool and in direct sunlight every 45 minutes.This is a chance for them to cool off and reapply the sunscreen. On very hot days, they will come to the station every 30 minutes, where they observe the provision of first aid.

Keyes occasionally stores a small bottle of sunscreen in an extra pocket for his swimming trunks. He said the biggest mistake swimmers make is to smear on sun cream and then jump into the pool right away. He said that you can see a greasy film spreading through the water around them as the sunblock rinses off, completely destroying its purpose.

Other workers in the valley outdoors must make similar preparations if they wish to protect their skin from the sun.

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Palm Desert is providing straw hats, long-sleeved shirts and sunblock to members of its street repair teams, supervisor David Reyes Jr. said.

Crews spend hours in the sun removing graffiti, filling potholes and repairing sidewalks.If there is no shade nearby, the teams will set up a small canopy, Reyes said.

Workers also start the day early in the summer at 5:30 am to avoid working during the hottest hours of the day, he said.

Sun on a golf course

Brett Schupman, a professional golfer at the Desert Willow Golf Resort in Palm Desert, was diagnosed with melanoma, the most severe form of skin cancer, in August 2012. the following year, he was diagnosed with melanoma, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Surprisingly, not all of his golf time resulted in Schupman’s cancer. His doctors believe that the abnormal cells in the lower right side of his torso were the result of swimming all the time as a child.

“I never thought it would be under my shirt because I never go shirtless,” said Schupman, now 53. “But what I did as a child caught up with me later.”

For about six months, Schupman watched a mole just above his belt grow into an irregular shape, the size of a pencil eraser.When he was finally examined by a doctor, he knew it was cancer. He was treated with chemotherapy and had to remove an almost three centimeter long piece of skin and several lymph nodes.

Since then, Schupman has been free of cancer. The charity golf tournament he started after treatment raised more than $ 114,000 over five years for local cancer services.

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He also raises awareness while working at Desert Willow.

“There is a common misconception among golfers that if you put on sunscreen before you leave the house, you will be happy all day. But you will have to reapply it every two hours, ”he said.

Because it is easy to forget to reapply sunscreen, Schupman prefers to wear long-sleeved shirts on the golf course. Over time, he said he sees golfers become more careful with their exposure to the sun. According to him, brimmed hats now sell better in a professional store than they did years ago.

Sun Safety

Schupman spent the summer at Lake Tahoe as a child. He recalls multiple “blistering sunburns” as he grew up.

Each of these burns increased his chances of skin cancer later in life, but even moderate sun exposure poses a threat, experts say.

“There is no safe tan,” said Dr. Keian Matinpour, dermatologist and medical director of the Center for Dermatology and Mohs, Eisenhower Medical Center at Rancho Mirage.

“When you start to tan, it means your DNA has been damaged and your body is reacting to it,” Matinpour said.

Matinpur said that in 2017 most people have a basic understanding of sun protection. As for sunscreen, which can be confusing because there are so many brands and varieties out there, it recommends people to use an SPF of 30 or higher.

Look for a label that says “broad spectrum,” he said, which means it protects against UVA and UVB radiation.

“There is no waterproof sunscreen,” Matinpour said, so people should reapply the cream after getting out of the water or sweating heavily. And still reapply every couple of hours. ”

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Many people do not realize that their clothes only provide limited protection from the sun.

“If you put the shirt on the light, you can see through it, so it doesn’t look like a darkened shadow,” Matinpour said.”It won’t protect you on long exposures or if you have very light skin.”

Anyone intending to spend several hours in the sun, such as golfers or lifeguards, should wear sunscreen under their clothing, he said. There are also clothing that provides increased sun protection and detergents that can enhance the sunscreen properties of fabrics.

Finally, Matinpur said that people should not neglect their ears, eyes and lips. According to him, people with skin cancer on the ears and lips are in his office every day.

Apply sun cream to the tips of your ears or wear a wide-brimmed hat. Wear UV protection sunglasses and SPF lip balm.

Early skin cancer presents as a scar, often on the head or neck, that does not heal, or as a mole that is irregular and uneven in color.

“The great thing about it is skin, so you can just walk into your dermatologist’s office and they can have a look at it,” Matinpour said.”A common mistake people make is that they wait too long or are afraid.”

Health Correspondent Barrett Newkirk can be reached at (760) 778-4767, [email protected] or Twitter @barrettnewkirk.

By numbers
  • One in five Americans gets skin cancer.
  • Nearly half of Americans over the age of 65 have skin cancer at least once.
  • People who use tanning for the first time before the age of 35 have a 75 percent higher risk of developing melanoma, the most aggressive form of skin cancer.
  • Your risk of developing melanoma doubles if you have more than five sunburns.
  • One person dies from melanoma every hour.
  • Daily use of sunscreen SPF 15 or higher reduces the risk of melanoma by 50 percent.

Source: Skin Cancer Foundation

Top 10 Remedies for Sunburn Treatment for 2021

Sunburns can be violent , , and even if we can pretend to lie on the beach or spend all day in amusement parks, it is worth the redness and pain, in the end, we still suffer.And sunburn is much more than just a cosmetic irritation. Sunburns can cause long-term damage to the skin, which can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Learning to keep your skin as protected as possible is a vital part of enjoying time in the sun – and all these days you forget to lather with sunscreen, it’s also important to learn how to heal your skin with a sunburn treatment….

How to protect your skin from sunburn

According to board certified dermatologist Dr. Adam Mamelak, the golden rule to prevent sunburn is to apply sunscreen every day (yes, even on cloudy and cold days). Another key? Use it correctly – which means reapplying every two hours and more often if you’re swimming in a pool or ocean.

“Sunscreens often indicate whether they are waterproof for 40 or 80 minutes.This means that the sunscreen is degraded and washed off in the pool or with vigorous activity over a period of time, ”says Dr. Mamelak. “If you enjoy a walk outside, it’s a good idea to try applying sunscreen every hour or so.”

Dr. Mamelak also notes that it is important to find a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. “The SPF rating only shows how well you are getting protection against ultraviolet B (UVB) rays,” he says.“Make sure your sunscreen is ‘broad spectrum’ to make sure you are protected from UVA and UVB rays and therefore get full protection from the sun’s rays that can damage your skin.

Tips for mitigating sunburn

It doesn’t matter if you missed a spot when applying your SPF sunscreen, or (unfortunately) missed it altogether, sunburn tends to take hold of us from time to time. If you burned your skin on your last hike, Dr. Mamelak will give you some tips:

  • Take a cool compress: “Cold compresses, cool baths and even ice packs will reduce the swelling and burning sensation associated with burns and make you feel more comfortable,” he says.
  • Hydration is the key to success: Dr. Mamelak notes that , when the skin is burned, the skin draws water from your body and you can quickly become dehydrated. So make sure you drink plenty of water and keep moisture in your skin by applying a moisturizer. “I prefer moisturizers with aloe and calamine because they can soothe the skin even more,” he says. “One tip to keep in mind for your skin is to keep your moisturizer in the refrigerator for best results.”
  • Avoid exfoliating: Given how sensitive your skin needs to be due to sunburn, this is definitely not the time to exfoliate. Dr. Mamelak suggests removing brushes, masks, and peels and focusing instead on moisturizing and soothing the skin. “Don’t burst blisters or peel off skin flakes,” he adds. “Let the skin heal and roll over on its own.”
  • Feel free to take over-the-counter medicines: It is perfectly normal to use over-the-counter medicines like ibuprofen for pain relief.Dr. Mamelak also notes that using topical ingredients such as hydrocortisone can further reduce the discomfort or inflammation you may experience. “Be careful with products that contain benzocaine, however, they can further irritate your burn,” says he.
  • Aloe Vera is your best friend: “Aloe vera has a long history of soothing effects, and applying aloe vera lotion or gel to a sunburn can be beneficial,” says Dr. Mamelak.“Not only will it help your skin feel better on the surface, but it will also help in healing.
  • Don’t Forget Sunscreen: The last thing you need when you have a sunburn is more sun, but we know you are not going to hide in your house until you are fully recovered. When you go outside, Dr. Mamelak suggests Protect yourself with SPF 30 zinc sunscreen and don’t forget to cover your skin, especially areas that are already tanned.
The best treatments for sunburn
Points to Consider

When purchasing products for the treatment of sunburn, remember that you need a product that soothes and nourishes your skin, and does not make it worse. So, as recommended by Dr. Mamelak, make sure you focus on moisturizing ingredients like aloe vera and hyaluronic acid, and ditch the aggressive active ingredients (think: salicylic acid, glycolic acid, retinol, etc.)Etc.). It’s also important to stock up on SPF while your skin is struggling to heal, so finding the best sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 is critical to recovering from sunburn.

We know you don’t want to splurge on sunburn, so we’ve provided a range of sunburn products to suit every budget. None of the products on this list cost more than $ 30, so you can soothe your skin without breaking. They all contain soothing ingredients that help soothe burned skin, and best of all, they are all in an affordable price range!

In addition, you may notice that many of these products have different uses: some are balms and lotions, others are gels and sprays, all of which help restore and soothe skin.It really depends on your preference: if you’re feeling a little toasty after a hot day in the sun, use one of the lotions or an after-sun mist to cool your skin before the problems worsen, but if you’re redder than a lobster, you you can try something more intense, such as a bath, gel, or balm.


The best bath soak

Aveeno Calming Bath

Irritation from a burn may cause itching or two.Stop scratching before you even start by taking a dip in a warm bath soaked in all-natural Aveeno solution. Made from 100% pure colloidal oatmeal, your bath transforms into a milky pool that’s guaranteed to soften and soothe skin by the time your fingers are pleasantly trimmed. And as an added bonus, this soothing bath includes 8 treatments for under $ 10!

More details: 12 lotions with aloe vera to soothe tanned skin


The best after-sun balm

Clinique After Sun Rescue Balm with Aloe


US $ 30.50

Clinique comes to the rescue with this sunburn remedy. This after-sun balm is infused with aloe, making it an indispensable aid after a day under harmful UV rays. The best part? This reduces flaking, so you won’t feel embarrassed about filming white spots in public while you heal.


Best fog

Hampton Sun Hydrating Aloe Continuous Mist

Hampton Sun

USD 28.00

Keep this sunburn with you at all times to reapply during day trips and outdoor activities. Unlike heavy aloe vera gels, which lay on the skin until massaged, this air mist is very light and instantly absorbed, while aloe and vitamin E penetrate deeply into the skin to soothe inflammation and reduce redness.


Best sunscreen

EltaMD UV Pure Broad Spectrum SPF 47

When it comes to sunscreens, it is ranked # 1 by Dr.Mamelac, and we love that too. Its gentle lightweight formula with a broad spectrum of SPF 47 makes it safe for all skin types.

This sunscreen is also mineral-based, which means its SPF power is provided by all-natural mineral ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.


The best body lotion

Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Lotion


39 dollars.42

Take this cooling body lotion when your skin is on fire. It is formulated with moisturizing ingredients such as aloe vera and glycerin and a non-greasy formula so you won’t feel wet with lotion. Another bonus: less than $ 10!


Ultra moisturizing

Thermal water Avène Eau Thermale

Eau Thermale Avène

$ 18.50

Dr. Mamelak says he enjoys using this soothing mist on skin that appears to be a little tanned.This hydrating sprinkler contains Avène’s patented Thermal Water to instantly soothe dry and irritated pores. It’s also packed with antioxidants that help relieve redness from sunburn or irritation associated with psoriasis, eczema, and rosacea.


The best of pure beauty

Burt’s Bees After sun soother with aloe and coconut oil

Who doesn’t love pure beauty at an affordable price? Let the moisturizing aloe vera and coconut oil melt away all your concerns with this inexpensive after-sun treatment.These beloved cosmetics are formulated with 98.6% all-natural ingredients, and most importantly, they help soothe and soothe burned, tired skin.


The best body oil

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Solid Lotion for Daily Skin Therapy

We love cocoa all year round, but Palmer’s decadent cream is a summer treat. Instead of putting on a thick layer of aloe, replace the green gooey mass with this velvety-soft oil that penetrates the skin upon impact, creating a protective barrier to keep moisture from moving.


Best Sheet Mask

TONYMOLY I’m Real Aloe Mask Sheet


US $ 5.55

As if we really need another reason to put on a face mask, TONYMOLY Moisturizing Film is a fan favorite and – surprise! – ideal for soothing tanned skin. The three-layer sheet is covered with a water-based essence, enhanced with aloe extract to relieve irritation.Unfortunately, there is only one sheet per packet, but it is worth buying in bulk for the season.


Best Gel

Sun Bum Cool Down After Sun Hydrating Gel

So maybe your skin isn’t best friend with greasy creams. In these special cases, soothe sunburns with a lighter after-sun gel such as Sun Bum. Its hypoallergenic formula is infused with vitamin E and tea tree oil to cool the skin, while aloe vera gel moisturizes and soothes any redness.

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How rescuers can protect themselves from ultraviolet (UV) rays

Ultraviolet rays are invisible rays , which are part of the energy emanating from the sun. These rays can burn the skin and eventually cause skin cancer through over-exposure.Rescuers are one of the few people who, by the nature of their work, are exposed to excessive exposure to ultraviolet rays. These harmful rays make the job of a rescuer even more challenging. Given the heat from the sun and the ensuing effect of cancer, it is appropriate for rescuers to protect themselves properly. This article gives us some great ideas on how rescuers can protect themselves from UV rays.

Use sunscreen

Sunscreen is a terrific beauty product that protects every lifeguard the most.This is a product that you apply to your skin to protect you from UV rays. It is important to note, however, that sunscreen does not block all UV rays, it only significantly reduces them.

Using sunscreen should not be an excuse to prolong UV exposure, so while a rescuer is advised to use sunscreen, it is very important that you also follow all of the other advice suggested in this article. Sunscreens come in many different forms – creams, lotions, ointments, gels, sprays, etc.E. When choosing a sunscreen product, always read the label to make sure it is a broad spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. These are commonly referred to as “broad spectrum.” Plus, as a lifeguard, your sunscreen needs to be waterproof, so even as you get in and out of the water to help injured swimmers, you stay safe. Make sure the sunscreen you use indicates whether it protects your skin for 40 or 80 minutes of swimming and sweating based on testing.

Wear clothes

Rescuers should wear clothing that covers as much skin as possible. Clothing varies in thickness and texture, as well as its ability to protect the rescuer from UV rays, so it is recommended to wear thick, long clothing as it provides maximum sun protection. If you see light through fabric, UV rays can pass through too.

When shopping for lifeguard clothing, look for sunscreen clothing, which may have a UV protection factor (UPF) rating (the level of protection that clothing provides against the sun’s ultraviolet rays, typically on a scale of 15 to 50+).

Several sewing companies are now producing lightweight, comfortable clothing that protects against UV radiation even when wet; these are the best options for the lifeguard.

Sun Protection Factor (SPF): The SPF number is the level of protection a sunscreen provides against UVB rays, which are a major cause of sunburn. The higher the SPF, the higher the UVB protection. For example, a lifeguard who properly uses sunscreen with SPF 30 receives the equivalent of 1 minute of UVB for every 30 minutes spent in the sun.So one hour in the sun with SPF 30 sunscreen is like spending 2 minutes without protection. No sunscreen will protect you completely, but the less sunscreen you have, the less UVB protection you have. and this is undoubtedly the path to sunburn and, ultimately, skin cancer.

Other tips:
Wear a hat
Wear UV-blocking sunglasses
Do not use tanning beds or sun lamps

Note: The instructions in this article do not guarantee 100% UV protection.However, using the methods described can significantly reduce your chances of sunburn and skin cancer. Stay safe!

Info: UV = ultraviolet, UVB means Ultra Violet B .