05 August 2008

  1. Wear loose-fitting cotton clothing that will not irritate the affected areas. Avoid materials man-made like polyester or wool! It can rub harshly against the skin and make a burn feel much worse. Try putting a soft cotton blanket over the couch or bed to keep your skin from rubbing against upholstery.
  2. Be sure to drink plenty of water When you have a sunburn, you get dehydrated easily. It is not wise to drink alcoholic beverages, because they may increase the risk of becoming dehydrated.
  3. If the burn is very recent (still red and not peeling), use a tomato. Tomato juice is acidic but it doesn't hurt and helps the redness.
  4. The first shower you take after getting the burn, rinse the area with warm, NOT HOT, water! This opens the pores and releases the trapped heat in your skin. Keep the area cool afterwards.Taking a cool bath will also help make you more comfortable. The cool water will help lower your body temperature and reduce the heat of the skin. Avoid soap on the affected area, which can cause irritation. Soaps can remove naturally occurring oils that your body needs to heal.
  5. You can also try taking a bath with green tea. The tannin in the tea draws out some of the pain and can soothe the redness. Or you can try a baking soda. Add ½ a cup of baking soda or some oatmeal to it. This will help to reduce the swelling.
  6. After bathing, dress in loose comfortable clothing and stay in out of the sun until your sunburn begins to heal. Be sure to get plenty of rest.
  7. If your sunburn starts peeling, DO NOT pick, poke, or peel your sunburn! Can cause even more irritation. Try not to scratch! let it heal itself! Apply calamine lotion to alleviate itching and use plenty of moisturizer to help re-hydrate the skin.
  8. Aloe Vera Gel is often effective, and feels especially soothing when previously cooled in a refrigerator. If you have a terrible sunburn and Aloe Vera doesn't seem to soothe it much, then try using Calamine lotion.

  9. If you think you’ll be going in the water or not, It's a good idea to purchase a waterproof sunscreen and apply it liberally.
  10. If you have open blisters on your burns, Never try to open the blisters! as this may cause serious infection and scarring the best thing for it is to apply Bacitracin, 2 times a day. This will help with the healing and to reduce the chance in getting an infection.
  11. While sunburn is linked to melanoma (the most deadly form of skin cancer), regular sun exposure that doesn't result in burning still causes skin damage and increases your risk of other types of skin cancer.
  12. Calendula ointment is also a very effective treatment, especially good for severe burns with blistering. You can find it at a naturopathic store.
  13. It is possible, though rare, to have third-degree burns from the sun. If you suspect this might have happened, see a doctor immediately.


Most dry skin is caused by environmental exposures, such as :
  • Weather. In general, your skin is driest in winter, when temperatures and humidity levels plummet. Winter conditions also tend to make many existing skin conditions worse. But the reverse may be true if you live in desert regions, where summer temperatures can top 110 F and humidity levels sink to 10 percent or less.
  • Central heating and air conditioning. Central air and heating, wood-burning stoves, space heaters and fireplaces all reduce humidity and dry your skin.
  • Hot baths and showers. Frequent showering or bathing, especially if you like the water hot and your baths long, breaks down the lipid barriers in your skin. So does frequent swimming, particularly in heavily chlorinated pools.
  • Harsh soaps and detergents. Many popular soaps and detergents strip lipids and water from your skin. Deodorant and antibacterial soaps are usually the most damaging, as are many shampoos, which dry out your scalp.
  • Other factors. Including certain diseases, can significantly alter the function and appearance of your skin. These include:
    • Psoriasis. This skin condition is marked by a rapid buildup of rough, dry, dead skin cells that form thick scales.
    • Thyroid disorders. Hypothyroidism, a condition that occurs when your thyroid produces too little thyroid hormones, reduces the activity of your sweat and oil glands, leading to rough, dry skin.
    • Alcohol and drugs. Alcohol and caffeine can visibly dry your skin. Prescription drugs such as diuretics, antihistamines and isotretinoin (Accutane) also have a drying effect.
    • Dehydration. Severe diarrhea and vomiting, a high fever, profuse sweating during exercise or simply not drinking enough liquids can cause your body to lose more fluid than you take in. One of the first signs of dehydration is skin that has lost its elasticity. ca


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