How Long Does it Take for a Sunburn to Heal?

Bathing in the sun can be relaxing, but it’s important to load up on the sunblock if you are going to be on the beach or hanging out in another sunny area. If you don’t, you could get a bad sunburn.

Sunburns are uncomfortable and, instead of producing a nice brown color, they make skin appear bright red. If you are unable to prevent one from occurring, you’ll want to do everything you can to get it to heal as quickly as possible.

But how do you get a sunburn to heal? And how long does it take to go away? Read on to find out the answers.

How Long Does a Sunburn Last?

The amount of time a sunburn lasts depends on the severity of the burn. Here is what you may be looking at in terms of healing rates.

·      A mild sunburn lasts for approximately three days.

·      A moderate sunburn lasts for approximately five days.

·      A severe sunburn can last for over a week and may require medical care.

The immediate symptoms of sunburn include red skin that feels sore and hot. This will worsen 24-36 hours after sun exposure and the pain will be at its worst 6-48 hours after burning.

If the burn is bad enough to cause skin peeling, it will occur 3-8 days after sun exposure.

While the symptoms of the burn will go away in days or weeks, the UVA rays may cause permanent damage to the gene coding DNA in the body’s skin cells. This can lead to wrinkles, age spots, and even cancer.

How to Treat a Sunburn

While there’s not much you can do to reverse the damage caused by the sun, there are things you can do to relieve the pain. Here are some steps you can take.

Take Cool Baths and Showers: A cool bath or shower will take the temperature of your skin down a notch. After you are done bathing, pat yourself dry so as not to further irritate skin. Follow up with a moisturizer that contains soothing aloe vera or soy.

Take Aspirin or Ibuprofen: Aspirin and Ibuprofen reduce the pain and inflammation associated with sunburn.

Drink Extra Water: A sunburn draws the body’s fluids to the skin and away from the rest of the body. Drinking extra water will ensure there’s enough to go around and it will prevent dehydration.

Use a Topical Solution: The right topical solution will soothe and moisturize skin. Califlora First Aid and Sunburn by Boericke & Tafel is recommended.

Califlora First Aid and Sunburn is a pain-relieving gel that can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions including sunburns, windburns and other minor irritations. It contains 10% Calendula officinalis, which is combined into a nongreasy formula. 

If you are planning on being out in the sun, you should be doing everything you can to prevent sunburn. If one occurs, take the proper steps to relieve discomfort and keep your skin moisturized. What do you do to soothe your skin after staying  out in the sun too long?