Is steroid cream good for sunburn?
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Corticosteroid creams and ointments are often recommended for soothing a sunburn, but a new study suggests they are unlikely to help. Topical corticosteroids, like hydrocortisone and betamethasone, are effective for inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema.
Take OTC pain relievers like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve) to help relieve sunburn pain and inflammation. Topical over-the-counter (OTC) 1% hydrocortisone cream may help relieve sunburn symptoms such as pain, itch, and swelling.
- Use a moisturizer that contains aloe vera or soy to help soothe sunburned skin. Lotions that have something called aloe vera in them help make your skin feel better. Be careful not to use lotions or creams that have any of these things listed in the ingredients: petroleum, benzocaine, or lidocaine.
- The Best Sunburn Treatments
- George's Always Active Aloe Vera Gel. Best Overall.
- Farmaesthetics Cool Aloe Mist. Best for Mild Burns.
- Aquanil HC Lotion. Best for Itchiness.
- Aveeno Soothing Bath Treatment. Best for Whole-Body Treatment.
- Kiss My Face Olive and Aloe Moisturizing Lotion Spray. Best for Dryness.
- To get rid of sunburn fast, immediately take a cool shower, treat the burn with aloe or a deep moisturizer, and keep your skin hydrated by drinking more water in the days that follow; use other home treatments, like cold compresses, moistened/cooled tea bags, and pain relievers, as needed to ease discomfort and promote
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- Take frequent cool baths or showers to help relieve the pain.
- Use a moisturizer that contains aloe vera or soy to help soothe sunburned skin.
- Consider taking aspirin or ibuprofen to help reduce any swelling, redness and discomfort.
- Drink extra water.
- If your skin blisters, allow the blisters to heal.
- Ultraviolet B (UVB) is associated with sunburn. Exposure to both types of radiation is associated with developing skin cancer. Sunlamps and tanning beds also produce UV light and can cause sunburn. Melanin is the dark pigment in the outer layer of skin (epidermis) that gives your skin its normal color.
- Take OTC pain relievers like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve) to help relieve sunburn pain and inflammation. Topical over-the-counter (OTC) 1% hydrocortisone cream may help relieve sunburn symptoms such as pain, itch, and swelling.
- Do more severe burns last longer? How long a sunburn lasts depends on its severity. Mild sunburns usually come with redness and some pain, which can last anywhere from three to five days. Your skin may also peel a bit towards the last couple of days as your skin regenerates.
You may put a thin layer of ointment, such as petroleum jelly or aloe vera, on the burn. The ointment does not need to have antibiotics in it. Some antibiotic ointments can cause an allergic reaction. DO NOT use cream, lotion, oil, cortisone, butter, or egg white.
- The best home remedies for burns
- Cool water. The first thing you should do when you get a minor burn is run cool (not cold) water over the burn area for about 20 minutes.
- Cool compresses.
- Antibiotic ointments.
- Aloe vera.
- Reducing sun exposure.
- Don't pop your blisters.
- Take an over-the-counter pain reliever.
- Ice can freeze the area and cause even more damage. 2. Never use butter, shortening or petroleum jelly (Vaseline) on a burn. Items like these can prevent heat from escaping and allow the burning to continue deep inside the skin.
- There is generally no scarring, but the pigmentation of the burned area may change. A deep partial thickness burn is characterized by pain and whiteness in the area of the burn. This type of burn leaves a scar. Third Degree Burns: This type of burn damages all the layers of the skin.
Updated: 2nd October 2019