Smiling like Sunshine: 8 Facts You Never Knew About Sunburn

Monday, 1 September 2014

8 Facts You Never Knew About Sunburn

If you’re going to spend any time outdoors, the risk of sSunburn is something that we as people must deal with on a daily basisyou’ll have to deal with. , and there’s one thing we do know about it – it sucks. Sunburn is a terrible thing to experience – it hurts in the short term and does serious damage to skin and cells in the long term. Make sure you’re well protected when you go outdoors – you can get a whole range of sun protection creams from your pharmacists or first aid product supplier, such as Optomo . Sunburn is quite literally the worst aspect about going into the sun, but it’s something that we generally just can’t avoid; it happens to everyone at some time or other. What we do know about it is that it’s very harmful to our skin –Read on for 8 eight facts that you never knew about sunburn.



1. It’s a long process

Sunburn takes about 3-5 hours to fully develop on your skin. You may  get burnt in the sun in the morning and not notice you’ve gotten burnt; the heat and redness until later in the afternoon. The full redness and extent of your burn will show itself around 12 hours after burning, and will fade generally fade after 72 hours.

2. It’s also a very short process

Some people can be burnt after a mere 15 minutes in the sun – yikes!

3. Medications make your more prone to burning

Some everyday medications can make actually make your skin more susceptible to burning. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen, motrin), quinolone and tetracycline antibiotics (Cipro, Levaquin, and tetracycline), and hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) are some drugs that make you prone to sunburn.

4. Nothing can undo it

There’s no treatment that’s been discovered that resolves sunburn quickly – time is the only remedy. However, there are some things you can do to relieve discomfort of the skin – aloe vera, milk, tomato juice, and a tea bath are all well known remedies for the pain.

5. Blisters are dangerous

Sometimes your skin will blister from sunburn. – ensure you don’t burst these blisters open these blisters, they’re there to protect you from infection. Popping them might lead to otherwise severe infection may occur and halt will generally slow the healing process.

6.Dark skin can burn too

It is more likely for people with fair skin to burn quicker and easier, due to the lack of melanin in their skin.  However even people with dark skin should take precautions in the sun as no one is immune to sunburn!

7. Skin cancer is a big killer

Sunburn causes skin cancers and melanomas – this is one of the most deadly cancers there is. A minimum of one person dies every hour of skin cancer in the US alone.

8. Sunscreen is the biggest protection from sunburn

Sunscreen is the best protection that there is from sunburn – it’s insanely important to use it every time you go out into the sun. Sunscreen gives protection from the sun’s UV rays. The SPF rating (10, 30, 40, 50, etc.) basically means how long it will protect you for. For example: if you can be out in the sun for 15 minutes without being burnt, SPF 10+ will last for ten times that long (150 minutes). However, even if you’re using SPF 50+, you should still apply it every few hours to be on the safe side! Head to Optomo to check out the different types of sunscreen you can purchase!
Sunburn is a scary thing, – but it’s better to know your enemy! Now you know these facts about sunburn, and how to protect yourself, there should be no excuse for getting burnt. Go out, get some sunscreen, and stay sun safe!
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