Relieving a Sunburn Rash
Sunburns will usually bring many undesirable side affects such as dryness and blistering of the skin, which can irritate the skin and lead to a rash forming. A few days after receiving the sunburn, depending on how severe the sunburn is, your skin may start to develop blisters. These blisters will become tough around the edges, causing them to harden up and start to flake. When this happens, inflammation and itchy rashes can occur.
It’s important to keep your skin moist while you treat your sunburn, as dry skin can lead to infection and cracking of the skin. This can permanently damage your outer dermal layers, and could possibly even leave your skin scarred. The cracks in your skin could lead to infection, which is the last thing you want on top of an already painful sunburn.
Be careful of what creams and lotions you put on your skin for the healing process. Some antiseptics and anesthetics will irritate the skin instead of helping, which could also lead to a rash. Rashes are actually a result of your skin healing itself from the irritants, even though that may seem like a contradictory statement. You’re seeing your skin repair itself before your very eyes, even though it’s a slow process.
We highly recommend using aloe vera gel to soothe and moisturize the skin. Most people find it very soothing to sunburns. Another popular product is emu oil with vitamin E. Emu oil has been clinically proven to provide hydration for sunburns, which greatly reduces itching, flaking, rashes, and scaling of the skin. It also fights infection and inflammation, which helps your epidermis and dermis to heal without scaring.
While aloe vera is the most popular treatment option, there are many other home sunburn remedies you can to help relieve the burn. It’s important to check with your doctor before trying any of these, but try to find one that works for you. Some treatments don’t work for everyone.
Make sure the clothing you wear in the days after your sunburn won’t further irritate the area. Wear loose articles of clothing that won’t rub against the dry itchy skin. Drinking alcohol dehydrates your body, so it is recommended that you do not drink while letting your skin heal.