Sunburns can happen when you least expect them — even if you remembered to put on sunscreen. Depending on the day, UV rays might be stronger than your skin is used to. Maybe you nodded off at the pool and forgot to seek refuge in the shade in time. Maybe it’s just not your lucky day.
Whatever might have happened, you’re burnt. Your skin is anywhere from a light shade of pink to a deep lobster red — and you’re in pain. What do you do?
There’s not much you can do to make the burn disappear, but you can expedite the healing process. And you can avoid making mistakes that could worsen the pain caused by your burn. The American Academy of Dermatology and the Skin Cancer Foundation both provide their science-backed advice for how to most effectively treat a sunburn. This can help to reduce the damage caused to your skin and avoid pain and discomfort. These are the things you should always do if you have a sunburn.