Your skin is your body's most prominent organ, making it essential to properly care for it, especially during the summertime when UV levels can wreak havoc on exposed skin. While basking in the sun can feel sensational, the effects of sun exposure may not be as agreeable over time. When you decide to hit up the beach in your new swimsuit, your dermatologist urges you to take extra precautions to protect your skin.
Many beach and pool goers often complain of sunburn, which is a visible reaction of the skin’s exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, the invisible rays that are part of sunlight. Signs of sunburn may not appear for a few hours and the full effect to your skin may take up to 24 hours to appear, but when you have a sunburn, you will know it! Ultraviolet rays can also cause invisible damage to the skin. Excessive or multiple sunburns cause premature aging of the skin and can lead to skin cancer. According to your dermatologist, some of the most common symptoms of sunburn include:
- Swelling of the skin
- Dry, itching and peeling skin days after the burn
Sunburns typically heal on their own in a couple of weeks, but there are ways to alleviate the pain caused by them. It is often recommended that you take a cool bath or gently apply cool, wet compresses to the skin when sunburn develops. You many also take a pain reliever to help with the pain, but it is also important to rehydrate your skin to help reduce swelling by applying aloe.
Visit your dermatologist for more information on how to protect your skin this summer and to find out what to do when you suffer from sunburn. Remember, skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the United States, so protecting your skin this summer can help protect you for a lifetime.