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Sunburn

Sunlight has its benefits. But, if we do not protect our skin from the harsh rays it can be damaging. Particularly, children have very delicate skin. Their skin is more sensitive and therefore can burn easily as a result. This article will discuss sunburn and the best way to heal sunburn.

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Best way to heal sunburn

Sun damage can cause skin cancer, and therefore it is critical to protect yourself against it. There are ways to heal sunburn. The best ways to heal sunburn are below.

Understanding sunlight and the skin

There are two main types of damaging ultraviolet rays in the sunlight. For instance:

UVA

These rays penetrate deep into the skin and cause damage. It causes damage to the middle layer of the dermis. This layer contains the elastic tissues that help to keep the skin stretchy. By damaging the layer, UVA triggers early aging and wrinkles as a result.

UVB

These rays are absorbed by the top layer of skin called the epidermis. Mostly the damage is restricted to tanning. But, overexposure may also cause burning as well.

Both rays are harmful and increase the chance of developing skin cancer. The colored pigmentation in our skin is called melanin. More melanin is produced by the body to help protect the skin against the UV rays when exposed to sunlight. This is why when exposed at longer periods of time, the skin tends to get darker as a result. Melanin does not avert the harmful effects of UV rays on your body. It just prevents your skin from burning easily.

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Who is at risk from the sun?

Excessive exposure to the sun puts everybody at risk. Some people are more at risk than others. For example, people with fair skin and red or ginger hair. Also, people with blue eyes and freckles are more at risk than dark-skinned people as well. People with lighter skin tones have less melanin and are therefore at more risk of burning than those with darker skin. This is not to say that dark-skinned people cannot get sunburnt.

Outdoor workers and laborers are also at risk. People who are outdoors with no skin protection are also at risk as well. Skin protection such as wearing appropriate gear and sunblocks, for instance. It is not just people who choose to sunbathe that are at risk.

It is especially true in the following cases. For instance:

  • If you live in a country close to the Equator.
  • You live or work at a high altitude.
  • If you are outside when the sun’s rays are the harshest.

Who is at risk from the sun?

Overexposure to the sun causes the skin to burn, known as sunburn. The skin becomes hot to touch. It also becomes red and painful as well. After a few days, the skin may peel off too.

What are the best ways to heal sunburn?

The best ways to heal sunburn include the following. For example:

  • A cool bath
  • Soothing creams
  • After-sun lotions
  • Pain killers

Seek medical advice if the burn is severe.

 

 

 

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