Two treatments you should never use for sunburn — and how to relieve it instead

If you are sunburned after a warm weather weekend, avoid putting these two common household items on your skin as they could aggravate the skin

Female with severe sunburn on back and shoulders
Sunburn can be painful – here’s how to relieve it (stock photo)

After the nice weather over the Easter During the holiday weekend, many people today may see more pink on their face or on their arms/shoulders.

If this is you, then we have some top tips for calming them down burn – and what to avoid during treatment.

Sunburn can be treated at home and should get better within seven days. However, if you experience swollen, blistered skin, a high fever, headache, and dizziness and nausea, you should see a doctor or call 111.

Otherwise, you can soothe your skin by taking a cool shower or bath, or by placing a damp towel on the area.

NHS warns against applying petroleum jelly to sunburn (stock photo)


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Following that the NHS recommends using an aftersun cream or spray containing aloe vera.

It’s also recommended to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, take pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen if you’re in pain, and stop exposing your sunburn to sunlight until it’s fully healed.

And there are two other treatments you should definitely avoid for your sunburn – as they can do more harm than good.

These include petroleum jelly and ice or ice packs applied directly to the skin.

According to experts, petroleum jelly doesn’t work like a moisturizer like you might think, but rather becomes a barrier that traps heat and sweat, making you uncomfortable and possibly leading to an infection.

Ice should never be applied directly to affected skin and can cause pain and damage.

You can use it for sunburn if you wrap it in a towel first and then apply it to the skin.

Other top tips to keep in mind are not to pop any blisters that form no matter how tempted you may be, and to wear loose clothing over sunburned skin to avoid irritation and pain.

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