Sunburn is caused by over-exposure to the sun and often results in red, swollen and painful skin. Sunscreen (also known as sunblock or suntan lotion) is often worn to prevent sunburn.
- Wear an effective sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, or 30 if you are prone to sun sensitivity.
- For children under six months of age, do not apply sunscreen. Instead, cover up your child to avoid exposing skin.
- Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going out in the sun, and every two hours afterwards for maximum protection.
- Apply water resistant products before swimming. However, if you are very active in the water, you should re-apply after swimming.
- Try to stay out of the sun during peak hours, which are generally from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
- Avoid further exposure to the sun if you are sunburned.
- If you have a severe sunburn with fluid-filled blisters, leave the blisters intact.
- Use cool compresses and calamine lotion or Aloe Vera to soothe the skin.
- Use a painkiller to deal with the pain of sunburn. (See your Conway’s pharmacist for recommendations.)
- For minor burns, you may use a skin protectant such as petroleum jelly after the first 24 hours to help protect irritation from clothing.
- Ask your pharmacist about over-the-counter products that can help with itching.
Talk To Us
For more information about preventing and treating sunburn talk to your Conway’s pharmacist. We are also happy to make presentations on sunburn to schools and other groups if you would find that helpful.