So your face is beet red after you forgot to reapply sunscreen at the graduation party you attended last weekend?
Here’s what to do. Stay clear of the sun until your skin has healed. “Sunburned skin temporarily loses its protective barrier, so it’s more susceptible to subsequent burns,” says Fran Cook-Bolden, MD, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
To reduce inflammation and pain, take aspirin as directed until the burn fades. Take a cool bath of cool and add a bit of baking soda to ease the burn. Apply a topical over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream to help reduce swelling. It is best not to peel flaking skin as it actually protects the new skin that is forming beneath it from exposure. In the future, be sure to apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going into the sun and reapply it every 2 hours.