It has happened. Your Bare Republic color sunscreen worked well for taking pictures and reminding you to apply it, but you went swimming too soon after application and forgot to reapply it every few hours. After spending eight hours by the pool, you now resemble a lobster. Not just any lobster, but a teenage lobster, as blisters have also appeared. If you find yourself in the situation of living as an adolescent crustacean, here is how you can heal and soothe the blisters by using CUROXEN First Aid. Additionally, it is advisable to avoid moving too much.
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If you have fair skin and have never visited planet Earth before, here’s a rundown of what is happening to your body. UV rays emitted from our sun (that big yellow thing that we always stick in the corner on drawings) crash down onto the planet and hit our skin. Our bodies then get into gear to try and fight the harmful sun rays, usually resulting in a temporary darkened color (we call it a tan and are obsessed with them). However, if your body is fighting off too much sun, the skin can’t handle it and instead creates enlarged capillaries and sends extra blood cells to the area. The reaction then results in painful red skin that lasts for an average of several days.
Unfortunately, sometimes sunburns get so bad that they blister, causing you even more pain. When someone experiences a second-degree sunburn, the damage that affects deeper parts of the skin causes a blister that typically appears within 24 hours.
7 simple steps to treat sunburn blisters
- Leave them alone - Don’t pick them or try to pop the pus out. The ensuing result could lead to major infections and prolong healing.
- Cleanse the affected area - Wash the sunburn blisters gently with mild soap and cool water to remove any dirt or debris. Avoid using hot water or scrubbing the area, as this can cause further irritation.
- Apply a cool compress - Apply a cold, damp cloth or ice pack to the affected area for 15-20 minutes at a time, several times a day. This can help reduce swelling and discomfort.
- Use an over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever - Take OTC pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen to help alleviate the pain and reduce inflammation caused by sunburn blisters.
- Apply an OTC antibiotic ointment Apply a thin layer of OTC antibiotic ointment such as CUROXEN First Aid Ointment an all-natural and organic formula which kills 5X more germs than any other first aid ointment on the market. Apply to the affected area to help prevent infection and promote healing.
- Keep the affected area moisturized - Apply a moisturizing cream or lotion to the affected area to help soothe and hydrate the skin. Avoid using oil-based products, as they can trap heat and make the sunburn worse.
- Protect the affected area from further sun exposure - Cover the affected area with loose clothing or a bandage to protect it from further sun exposure. If you must go outside, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to the affected area.
By following these steps, you can help treat sunburn blisters and promote faster healing. Once you’re all healed, make sure to take precautions the next time you’ll be outside. UV rays can affect you at any time of year, even when it’s cloudy. Remember that any coloring- whether it’s that perfect bronze or just a “base tan”- is a sign of damage to your skin that can lead to cancer down the line. Always make sure to wear sunscreen with a medium to high SPF, cover where you can, and stay out of the sun as much as possible.
*You should seek medical attention if blisters are covering a large portion of your body, your experience high fever with aches and pains, if the sunburn becomes infected, and if the above treatment does not yield results.