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Sun Burn Help!

Thu Aug 05, 2010 4:13 am

Hey all,
I am on vacation in the Cayman Islands and am suffering from a moderate case of sunburn! ouch! anyone have any good tips? (Besides Aloe Vera or Burn Relief Jell) Thanks so much.
P.s. if it helps, the sunburn is all over my arms and shoulders and face  
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RE: Sun Burn Help!

Thu Aug 05, 2010 4:29 am

Wear a t-shirt even if you go swimming (at least until you recuperate a bit) and also a hat that provides substantial shading for your head and neck (a boonie hat, e.g.). On top of that use very high (50+) SPF sunblocks.
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Thu Aug 05, 2010 4:36 am

I had massive sunburns once, when I was younger and stupid and ignored my mom's warnings on putting sunblock on regardless if it was overcast. Anyways, the resulting burn was so ridiculously bad (was way over 12 hours straight in the open), I could have easily been admitted to the hospital without questioning. And the burn just lasted forever, at least a month in agony, and I started molting like a reptile. Ever since then I always drench myself with sunblock.

Anyways, my point for that comment was that I tried at least 20 different types of ointments, from every known possible sunburn treatment and not one of them worked. Heck, some made the stinging much worse (specially the aloe ones it seemed). I dunno if it was just because my skin all looked like medium rare steak but otherwise I just had to suck up the incredibly nasty burning sensation for over a month.
 
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RE: Sun Burn Help!

Thu Aug 05, 2010 4:40 am

The only thing that actually provided me with some temporary relief was rubbing alcohol (not the drinking kind!). The stuff evaporates quickly and leaves a nice cooling sensation. But like I said, it doesn't last very long (used it on my back/shoulders only).

Thankfully I haven't had it this bad in a long time. Couldn't even have a bed sheet over my back it hurt so bad.

[Edited 2010-08-04 21:45:21]
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Thu Aug 05, 2010 4:43 am

Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 2):
Anyways, the resulting burn was so ridiculously bad (was way over 12 hours straight in the open), I could have easily been admitted to the hospital without questioning.

Were there blisters? Those are the worst kind! 3rd degree burns bad...

I once spent an entire day (9-5) out on a pool deck in Vegas while drinking etc...that was the worst set of burns I have ever had. Also the worst credit card bill I ever amassed in one bar sitting ($480 bucks or so...)
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RE: Sun Burn Help!

Thu Aug 05, 2010 5:16 am

The best advice was given already:

Quoting PPVRA (Reply 1):
Wear a t-shirt even if you go swimming (at least until you recuperate a bit) and also a hat that provides substantial shading for your head and neck (a boonie hat, e.g.). On top of that use very high (50+) SPF sunblocks.

Basically, do not expose yourself to the sun anymore until the burn is over. And for the rest, you just have to wait until it subsides. There are no magical reliefs, most are placebos and very temporary in their effect.

I have a very "nordic" skin, and I start getting a bit reddish (but not sunburnt) after 30-45 minutes of summer sun exposure with an SPF 20 sunblock on. I know it and I simply watch my sun exposure closely, so I can still enjoy vacation at the beach.
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RE: Sun Burn Help!

Thu Aug 05, 2010 5:25 am

Quoting Airportugal310 (Reply 4):
Were there blisters? Those are the worst kind! 3rd degree burns bad...

A few major blisters, but basically had borderline 3rd degree burns all around for sure. Heck, even the slightest breeze from just walking blown on my skin made the pain even more excruciation. Not to mention I wanted to walk in the nude everywhere because the slightest brush of any clothing anywhere on my body resulted in torturous pain. Not fun   

Amazingly though there's no evidence of that sunburn. However, I do have tons of skin moles (though this is mostly genetic) and lately I have had many sprouting up and growing rather quickly. I've had over 40 removed so far in my lifetime, a couple came back with "abnormal growth" results from the lab, which is the step down from cancerous, basically    So I have to be REALLY careful with the damned sun.

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Thu Aug 05, 2010 5:31 am

I cooked myself pretty good in Hawaii last year, and this is what I did:

1. I covered up the infected area. My back and chest is where the burns were, so basically I wore a shirt for the rest of the trip. And since I was in Hawaii, those Hawaiian shirts worked great. I suggest a nice, wide hat to protect your face too.
2. Aloe Vera. And plenty of it.
3. Another topical relief that's escaping my brain right now.
4. Tylenol.

Basically I was miserable for about a week. Almost nothing was comfortable to sit or lay on, so sleeping was difficult. I even lost most of my appetite for a few days. Ironically, the only time I felt OK was sitting in an airplane (old NW cloth seats were a lifesaver). My skin molt finally ended about two weeks after the burn. I had a visible tan lines for about a year! Time healed it, but gosh, time moved slowly.
 
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RE: Sun Burn Help!

Thu Aug 05, 2010 5:47 am

Try some Aloe Vera cooling gel, it worked for me when I had such bad sun burn (It was the worst pain I have ever experienced in my life).

Natural yoghurt also works to cool the skin down but your going to end up smelling like tzatziki :lol:
 
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RE: Sun Burn Help!

Thu Aug 05, 2010 5:53 am

I've had great results with calamine lotion. Makes you pink like a Dragon Fruit but the results of several days of use are unequaled compared to anything else today.

Other than that, I believe the other users above have covered the topic nicely. Get well.
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Thu Aug 05, 2010 9:28 am

Eat lots and lots and lots and lots of cantaloupe.

Actually eat lots of whatever fruit you like best; cantamaloupe is a major favorite of mine.

The point is, it's nearly bursting with Vitamin E, which is vital for healthy skin. Keep your Vitamamin E intake way the heck up there and the faster your skin will heal.  
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RE: Sun Burn Help!

Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:10 am

Nivea hands and body cream.

Reduces the 'burn' sensation and hydrates the skin so it's less likely to fall off. Apply every 2 hours or so.

Use sunblock as well whenever you go out in the sun.
 
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RE: Sun Burn Help!

Thu Aug 05, 2010 12:28 pm

As a red head who has lived in South Florida all my life, I understand.

Quoting PPVRA (Reply 3):
The only thing that actually provided me with some temporary relief was rubbing alcohol (not the drinking kind!). The stuff evaporates quickly and leaves a nice cooling sensation. But like I said, it doesn't last very long (used it on my back/shoulders only).

The problem with that is it drys your skin out. Bad for the burn.

sun burn gel with Aloe Vera works great, esp. if you put the jar in the refridgerator and get it cold. Taking a hot shower helps some, opens up the pores and get the natural oils flowing. then rinse with cool water, feels great.

Keep the burn covered up, nothing feels worse that the sun beating down on the sun burn. Dont want another burn on top of the one you have. Long sleeve light shirts work good---why do you think fishing guides where long sleeve in the summer?

Tylenol for the pain. Dont drink--well at least not a lot. Drinking dehydrates you, not a good thing when burned.

If you have blisters, try not to pop them, as the skin will rub off, and you might get an infection. Just remember they are there, dont do like I did, forget the ones on my back and sit back in a chair--they popped, and liquid all over the chair and my shirt. eww.

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RE: Sun Burn Help!

Thu Aug 05, 2010 12:38 pm

Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 6):
Quoting Airportugal310 (Reply 4):
Were there blisters? Those are the worst kind! 3rd degree burns bad...

A few major blisters, but basically had borderline 3rd degree burns all around for sure. Heck, even the slightest breeze from just walking blown on my skin made the pain even more excruciation. Not to mention I wanted to walk in the nude everywhere because the slightest brush of any clothing anywhere on my body resulted in torturous pain. Not fun

Amazingly though there's no evidence of that sunburn. However, I do have tons of skin moles (though this is mostly genetic) and lately I have had many sprouting up and growing rather quickly. I've had over 40 removed so far in my lifetime, a couple came back with "abnormal growth" results from the lab, which is the step down from cancerous, basically So I have to be REALLY careful with the damned sun.

Sun burn is in every sense of the word a "burn". You might as well have been scolded with boiling water. Whilst it is still painful, you cannot reverse the burn. Immediately after exposure, if it has not yet started hurting, prolonged cold showers may help, but you are beyond that. See a doctor about anaesthetic ointment or better spray so you don't have to rub. You have done irreparable damage to your skin and your moles are a warning that you may have an increased predisposition to skin cancer. Take it from a Celtic skinned Australian, don't mess with the sun again for the rest of your life. Profit from this bitter experience. Ration your exposure. Don't rely on sun block: cover up and stay out of strong sun. By all means enjoy the beach, swim, get a little sun, but never again contemplate the foolish early 20th century invention known 'sun bathing'! or wandering around all day in strong sun.

Above all, in the next six months, get a dermatologist to check out your skin for sun damage, especially on black moles and do this every year.
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RE: Sun Burn Help!

Thu Aug 05, 2010 12:41 pm

As a joke, we told a friend of ours to dab cold tea bags on the sunburn.
A few months later, I was reading online, and this turns out to be a valid treatment... Apparently the tannin helps.
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RE: Sun Burn Help!

Thu Aug 05, 2010 12:46 pm

Asprin for pain and swelling

cool bath.

I also sometimes apply cool washcloths to the area offers me some relief
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RE: Sun Burn Help!

Thu Aug 05, 2010 1:13 pm

Quoting signol (Reply 14):
Apparently the tannin helps.

If thats the case, then bathe in wine! Rich in tannins  

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RE: Sun Burn Help!

Thu Aug 05, 2010 4:29 pm

Quoting tk747 (Reply 8):
Natural yoghurt also works to cool the skin

  

Sometimes here we use yoghurt it is very soothing especially if it is cold. Fatty strained yoghurt is better from what I have heard because the fat content also helps.
 
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RE: Sun Burn Help!

Thu Aug 05, 2010 7:45 pm

Quoting JJJ (Reply 11):
Nivea hands and body cream.

Actually a moisturizer like you mentioned helps a lot. It also will help keep the skin from peeling afterwards. AAhhggg, the itching!

When I was younger, I'd take a cool shower and then put Noxema on my shoulders, the part that seemed to burn more than other parts. It worked pretty good.
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RE: Sun Burn Help!

Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:27 pm

Quoting OzGlobal (Reply 13):
You have done irreparable damage to your skin and your moles are a warning that you may have an increased predisposition to skin cancer. Take it from a Celtic skinned Australian, don't mess with the sun again for the rest of your life. Profit from this bitter experience. Ration your exposure. Don't rely on sun block: cover up and stay out of strong sun. By all means enjoy the beach, swim, get a little sun, but never again contemplate the foolish early 20th century invention known 'sun bathing'! or wandering around all day in strong sun.

I know. I have become much more paranoid since then. And now I actually avoid the sun as much as I can.

Quoting OzGlobal (Reply 13):

Above all, in the next six months, get a dermatologist to check out your skin for sun damage, especially on black moles and do this every year.

Been doing that exactly, or more often when suspicious moles pop up. I may be going in again shortly since there's been a few large ones that I don't recall being so big not long ago. It's been less than a year since my last couple of moles were extricated. It's annoying.
 
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RE: Sun Burn Help!

Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:44 pm

Quoting ipodguy7 (Thread starter):
Hey all,
I am on vacation in the Cayman Islands and am suffering from a moderate case of sunburn! ouch! anyone have any good tips? (Besides Aloe Vera or Burn Relief Jell) Thanks so much.
P.s. if it helps, the sunburn is all over my arms and shoulders and face

Vinegar.

Stops the burn cold. I have used it for years now and it works. It seems to stop the chemical reaction that is occurring in the skin or something like that. If I get a burn, I come home and douse myself with white vinegar wherever the burn is, let it soak in for a couple of minutes and then rinse it off. And voila, skin is still red, but the burn, the "heat", is gone and I can once again wear what I want and sleep under the sheets at night.

Of course you still have to deal with the dry, peeling skin that happens a few days after the burn. If you want to try to avoid this you can try the various creams that are out there but I find that no matter what you do the skin is damaged and peels.

But use the vinegar as soon as you can after the burn for best results.

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RE: Sun Burn Help!

Fri Aug 06, 2010 2:49 am

Quoting Tugger (Reply 20):
But use the vinegar as soon as you can after the burn for best results.

May work in milder burns but I'm not too convinced that would've helped when I roasted myself the one time. Heck, vinegar is acidic, not by much, but an acid nevertheless.
 
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RE: Sun Burn Help!

Fri Aug 06, 2010 3:42 am

Reading this thread makes me glad that I don't burn very easily, sunburns suck big time! That said, the advice about moisturizing creams is good, it won't lessen the pain in any measurable way but it will help prevent peeling which can be extremely annoying and unsightly. My last serious sunburn came from falling asleep face down during spring break at Panama City Beach a few years ago during college. I don't usually burn, but apparently the backs of my knees haven't had the same sun exposure as the rest of me so they burned until they were as red as I've ever seen anyone's skin. Horrible place for a burn, as simply walking becomes nearly impossible, not to mention sitting in a chair or sleeping on your back. Basically, the only thing that wasn't miserable was lying face down on a bed with an ice pack or two on the burn, along with continual applications of aloe.
 
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RE: Sun Burn Help!

Fri Aug 06, 2010 5:11 am

Quoting PPVRA (Reply 1):
On top of that use very high (50+) SPF sunblocks.

Without a doubt. I use Coppertone SPF 90 and that stuff that works great.
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RE: Sun Burn Help!

Fri Aug 06, 2010 7:02 am

Strong Mediterranean genes make me lucky enough to rarely burn.   I have, a couple of times, really cooked myself though. One time in France, I used La Roche-Posay products. I want to say the one I used was Posthelios. It was an amazing gel that I took home with me and had on hand. Before we could get it in the United States, I always kept Solarcaine spray along with aloe on hand.
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RE: Sun Burn Help!

Fri Aug 06, 2010 5:42 pm

I have heard that Preparation H can help...
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RE: Sun Burn Help!

Fri Aug 06, 2010 6:39 pm

Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 21):
May work in milder burns but I'm not too convinced that would've helped when I roasted myself the one time. Heck, vinegar is acidic, not by much, but an acid nevertheless.

Yeah, it is an acid and I don't know why it works but it really does work!

Quoting waterpolodan (Reply 22):
Quoting bhill (Reply 25):
I have heard that Preparation H can help...

I'm telling you: Vinegar. Don't knock it till you try it.

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