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10 Minutes to Banish Your Sunburn

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How to ease the pain of a sunburn.

You're fried -- red, itchy, uncomfortable. It happens. We understand. To ease the pain and help save your skin, try this three-step strategy from Susan H. Weinkle, MD, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of South Florida.

STEP 1 (2 minutes): Stop the inflammation that leads to wrinkles and brown spots by taking aspirin or ibuprofen every four hours. (Acetaminophen will only relieve pain.) Apply a topical steroid cream, like hydrocortisone, to keep the area moisturized.

STEP 2 (5 minutes): Steep a few tea bags (black tea is best), cool them in the fridge, and place them on the burned area. The tannins in tea take the sting out of a burn and help soothe skin.

STEP 3 (3 minutes): Once the burn has started to heal, use an antioxidant-rich lotion that contains at least one of the following: vitamin C, vitamin E, or coenzyme Q10. One to try: Eucerin Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Sensitive Skin Lotion ($11.99, drugstores). Antioxidants fight off the free radicals in your body that stimulate sunburn and damage skin cells.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, September 2007.


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carternana4 wrote:

Thanks for this tip,my son used 90% sunblock from Dollar General on my grandson and he has really bad sunburn on his shoulders,will possibly leave scars. He applied it several times but he still got sunburned. Thanks for this tip! We have a pool and visitors are used to getting burned because you can't stop them from swimming

6/15/2011 09:22:05 PM Report Abuse

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