Try These At-Home Sunburn Treatments

Milk, oatmeal, and shaving cream can all help soothe the burn.

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Equally important is to not exacerbate the problem. "Sunburned skin is fragile and needs to be babied," Bailey says. Otherwise, it will become redder and more inflamed. Avoid highly fragrant bubble baths, soaps, colognes, and perfumes—they could dry and further irritate your skin. Stick with mild soaps, and don't scrub too hard. Keep an eye on shower temperature, too. Hot water increases blood flow, inviting additional inflammation. Don't rub or peel sunburned skin, or expose it to harsh products, like glycolic acid, Retin A, or Renova. And stay out of the sun until your burn is fully healed, Bailey says. Sunburned skin is particularly susceptible to harmful UV rays.

Though sunburns are uncomfortable, they typically don't require medical attention. But seek treatment if you experience chills, nausea, fever, faintness, or fatigue. Same goes if you notice purple blotches or discoloration, excessive blistering, or intense itching. These could indicate that you have a second-degree burn, which penetrates beyond the upper layer of skin and causes more extensive damage. Skin cancer aside, the worst burns could cause future complications like liver spots.