Quick Sunburn Tips

Quick Sunburn Tips

Sunburn is red, hot and sore skin caused by too much sun. It may flake and peel after a few days. You can treat it yourself and it usually gets better within 7 days.


  • Get out of the sun as soon as possible.
  • Cool your skin with a cool shower, bath or damp towel (take care not to let a baby or young child get too cold).
  • Apply aftersun cream or spray, like aloe vera.
  • Drink plenty of water to cool down and prevent dehydration.
  • Take painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen for any pain.
  • Cover sunburnt skin from direct sunlight until skin has fully healed.


  • Do not use petroleum jelly on sunburnt skin.
  • Do not put ice or ice packs on sunburnt skin.
  • Do not pop any blisters.
  • Do not scratch or try to remove peeling skin.
  • Do not wear tight-fitting clothes over sunburnt skin.

Ask one of our friendly Pharmacists for recommendations to keep you comfortable as you heal.

Source: NHS UK

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