Sunburn and treatment for it

  • manpit209

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    Jul 06, 2008 6:32 PM GMT
    There's no real section to post this but given that surfing is an outdoor sport, I believe you guys would have the vast knowledge behind sunburn and treatments of it.

    I got slight sunburn on my shoulder from all day outdoor activity yesterday. I've been putting moisturizing lotion on it to help it cool down and heal. Do you guys use other things? What do you use? Thanks for any input!
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Jul 06, 2008 6:40 PM GMT
    Since I got skin cancer, I have never gotten sunburn.

    My advice to you is don't get sunburn again. Aways use sun block ALWAYS

    You should have posted this in the Health forums.

    Mike
  • sillyror

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    Jul 06, 2008 10:43 PM GMT
    use something that has Skin Recovery System in it, it's trade marked and will help yyour skin's ability to recover from UV exposure
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    Jul 06, 2008 11:12 PM GMT
    I've taken a light dose of Ibuprofen to help with the swelling ( the redness comes from the vessels swelling and moving superficially to the skin) and avoid putting on moisturizing lotion. Moisturizing lotion works by trapping in moisture, you want your skin to be able to breath and release heat, so the lotion is just impeeding the healing process by trapping in heat. thats just my 2 cents and what i've done in the past
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    Jul 06, 2008 11:16 PM GMT
    Whenever I get skin injuries, I take beta-carotene for a few days. It helps tissue regeneration among other things. I make sure I get plenty of healthy protein. I think drinking carrot juice can help too.
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    Jul 06, 2008 11:20 PM GMT
    if you have a serious burn, try a product called Ruhli Gel. It stings when it goes on, but takes the pain away after its done. It's pretty amazing and I've used it on some of my 3rd degree burns (redhead here). It has aloe plus some pain blockers so you get more for your money than just aloe.

    Usually available at an apothecary - OTC.
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    Jul 06, 2008 11:23 PM GMT
    aloe gel... get some put in fridge and apply to effected area's ... it will be cold and feels great on the burn and helps alot...

    apply 3x daily

    till burn is gone

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    Jul 06, 2008 11:24 PM GMT
    growingmuschou saidIt's pretty amazing and I've used it on some of my 3rd degree burns (redhead here).
    Youch!! could you redheads stop toasting your perfectly sexy pasty skin?
  • Timbales

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    Jul 06, 2008 11:34 PM GMT
    cool showers can help, and aloe vera gel
  • manpit209

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    Jul 06, 2008 11:43 PM GMT
    Wow thanks for the advice guys! My burn is pretty minor. It's localized to a small area of both shoulders. The right side is worse than the left. I'll try out some of the tips. Thanks much!
  • UStriathlete

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    Jul 07, 2008 12:16 AM GMT
    Pure Aloe gel! ALOE ALOE ALOE! drink plenty of water.

    apply every couple of hours.

    make sure you get 100% aloe without all the chemicals. go to the health food store.
  • manpit209

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    Jul 07, 2008 4:19 AM GMT
    OMG the aloe vera gel in the fridge suggestion is the best thing ever!! It feels so good and my burn is much less irritated now. Thanks for the advice guys!
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    Jul 07, 2008 5:31 AM GMT
    Calamine lotion helps relieve the pain of sunburn.
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    Jul 07, 2008 1:00 PM GMT
    Youch!! could you redheads stop toasting your perfectly sexy pasty skin?

    If more guys would say things like that, we would!
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    Jul 07, 2008 1:10 PM GMT
    I've heard the same thing about moisturizing lotion from a dermatologist so there must be some truth in it.

    I've also been told to use chilled natural yogurticon_confused.gif
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    Jul 07, 2008 2:14 PM GMT
    Besides Aloe Vera if it's REALLY bad another aide is Plain Yogurt!! SERIOUSLY!! I got FRIED, fell asleep in the sun, and that's all we had at the camp site, and the Dermatologist said if it wasn't for the Yogurt it would have been REALLY BAD!!!
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    Jul 07, 2008 3:00 PM GMT
    I'll agree with Mike. Try to use sunscreen consistently and avoid burning again. Even you guys with sexy brown and olive skin can get skin cancer. I don't think I've burned since I was 19.

    Of course I've not been tanned either but there's things to be said for being able to read at night from the reflection coming off my stomach and chest... icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 08, 2008 3:55 AM GMT
    If I get a little rosy (ie not a bad burn) I like Gold Bond in the Green bottle. It has menthol in it so you put it on and the menthol creates a cooling "aahhh" sensation. It really helps relieve the sting. For a more serious burn, I keep aloe in the fridge.
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    Jul 10, 2008 3:55 AM GMT
    Best hint....
    Dont fuck with it... the less you treat it with some bird brained home remedy , the better off you will be.
    take something for discomfort... motrin 800 mg three times a day for three days. will take the edge off of the pain and will help to decrease inflamation.

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    Jul 22, 2008 11:53 AM GMT
    I know it is a little late now, and your burn has definitely healed naturally over a period of two weeks. But for next time, if the burn is bad, I would highly recommend Silverdine cream. It has to be prescribed by a doctor, but it is definitely worth the hassle if you are in major pain. I was blistered really bad by the sun when I was little, and it was cleared up in no time when I used the cream.
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    Jul 22, 2008 12:09 PM GMT
    This is the best stuff ever. Its called Save A Tan.

    http://www.gotchacoveredkauai.com/w_save-a-tan.html

    It was originally made in Hawaii, so I think you can trust that they know what they are talking about. After a burn this stuff completely soothes everything. It also does a great job of preserving a tan!
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    Jul 22, 2008 12:14 PM GMT
    I surf pretty much every day. I got seriously burned a week ago and is now peeling (sick), I used LIDOCAINE on my skin to help with the stinging and such.