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Summer is in full swing, so it’s prime time for fun in the sun! But, if you’re not careful, you can quickly end up with a sunburn. So, how do you treat one? Today our team of dermatologists will give you some tips on how to treat sunburn.
6. Drink plenty of water. Dehydration happens when you lose more fluid than you take in, resulting in your body not having the necessary water and essential minerals (calcium, magnesium, sodium, chloride, potassium, phosphate, and bicarbonate) to keep your body working properly. Drinking plenty of water, sports drinks such as Gatorade or Powerade, and fruit-infused water with watermelon or cucumber with mint can help you avoid dehydration.
7. Know when to visit the specialist. If you have itching, swelling, fluid-filled, painful blisters, and are experiencing symptoms such as headaches, fevers, nausea, and fatigue, don’t hesitate to contact your dermatologist to get the right treatment and prevent further complications, such as scarring, premature aging, sun spots, wrinkling, and the risk of skin cancer.
Meet Dr. Daniela Gutierrez, Dermatologist & Trichologist at Bellphoria.
The duration of sunburn is determined by its severity:
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The body produces melanin to protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays, which produces the brownish pigment on your skin (a.k.a a tan) to protect you from further burning; this pigment darkening usually begins 3 days after the exposure and can last for two weeks.
A tan is not necessarily the result of sunburn, which is why some just burn instead of “getting” a tan, which is highly influenced by skin type and color. For example, people with lighter skin are more likely to just burn, while people with neutral or warm undertones are more likely to tan. However, is important to know that all skin types and colors can be damaged and at risk of complications due to prolonged sun exposure.
Depending on how you applied your sunscreen or the clothes you wore, you might get weird tan lines that, aesthetically speaking, can be very uncomfortable. There are different ways to even out tan lines:
Treatments like chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and hydrafacial can help exfoliate and regenerate the skin by promoting the formation of new skin. You must wait until your skin is fully healed after a sunburn that turned into a tan.
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Bellphoria is located in the most important medical tower in Latin America: NewCity Medical Plaza, where we offer a great variety of dermatology treatments using the latest technology, carried out by the best-certified doctors, at a fraction of what it would cost in other countries such as the United States.
Taking care of your skin will let you enjoy summer safely and stay healthy while having fun! Whether you are looking for a summer skincare routine, the right sunscreen according to your skin type, or getting a sunburn treated by a professional at Bellphoria, we can help. Schedule an appointment today!
The Bellphoria medical team has more than 40 years of combined experience in different specialties of beauty and wellness medicine, receiving international patients who are looking to become the best version of themselves.