The Best Ways to Get Rid of a Sunburn (From a Dermatologist)

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Finding yourself trouncing around the shores of South Haven this summer without your sunscreen (shame shame)?

Dermatologist, Dr. Erin Gilbert, shares some great insight on the best ways to relieve the pain and redness from sunburns.

Tips include:

  • First and foremost, stay out of the sun for at least a week to let your skin heal
  • Soak a washcloth in milk and place it in the fridge

The coolness will take away the uncomfortable heat from the sunburn, and milk contains lactic acid which helps exfoliate your skin and may help reduce blistering.

  • Tried and true aloe vera is always a good go-to for sunburn relief
  • It’s a good idea to take anti-inflammatories. With a sunburn, your skin is inflamed, and over-the-counter medications like aspirin or ibuprofen can help reduce that inflammation.

Dr. Gilbert also recommends that you avoid sunburn gels that contain lidocaine or benzocaine. While they can temporarily reduce the pain of a sunburn, once they wear off you’re going to feel an even more intense pain.

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