Feeling The Burn?

Working or playing outside can lead to a variety of ailments, including bug bites, allergies, and burns. Whether the concern is sunburn or windburn, various over-the-counter (OTC) solutions exist. Some treatments can effectively treat both types of burns. Knowing which products to purchase can make a big difference in achieving relief and returning the skin to baseline.


Understanding sunburn

Most people have had at least a few sunburns at some point in life. A sunburn occurs after the skin is exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun or artificial sources for too long. Sunburns can occur year-round but are more likely to happen during the summer months. Individuals with sunburn can experience painful, red, inflamed skin that feels hot to the touch. In some cases, swelling and blisters can occur. Severe sunburns can cause the person to experience headaches, fever, and nausea. Frequent sunburns can lead to premature aging and skin cancer, so prevention is important. Most sunburns heal within about 7 days.

What is windburn?

People in colder climates may be more likely to experience windburn. After spending time outdoors in cold, windy conditions, windburn can occur. The condition results in burning and redness on the exposed area. Like sunburns, a windburn can peel as the burn heals. Some people suspect that sunburn is the actual cause of windburn, with UV rays still able to penetrate through the clouds on cold, overcast days. Other individuals consider windburn an entirely separate condition that happens as the skin loses oil from the extreme cold.

Prevention first

The best way to avoid having to treat a sunburn or windburn is to avoid experiencing the condition in the first place. A high-quality sunscreen with a sun protective factor (SPF) of at least 30 should be applied daily. Avoiding the sun during peak hours and staying indoors when cold, windy conditions are present are additional approaches people can take to prevent burns.

Sunburn and windburn treatments

Since many symptoms are similar, treatment options for sunburn and windburn frequently overlap. A nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) can be taken for pain and inflammation. Restoring moisture to the skin is essential after a burn. For sunburns, a moisturizer that contains aloe vera or soy can help soothe the skin. Individuals with windburn may find that topical emollients can help restore moisture while treating irritating symptoms. In both cases, steering clear of further sun or wind exposure is essential to avoid further irritation.

Pay close attention to the lips

Due to thinner skin, the lips are especially vulnerable to burns, so attention should be paid to this area. A good lip balm with SPF is an essential prevention tactic. If a sunburn or windburn occurs on the lips, drink plenty of water and avoid hot, spicy beverages. Emollient creams and thick lip balms can help soothe the lips as healing occurs.

Feel better faster

Recovering from a sunburn or windburn can be uncomfortable, but treatment options are available. Focus on reducing pain and inflammation with OTC medications and restoring moisture to the burned area with lotions, emollients, and lip balms. With the proper treatment, the skin can return to normal, healthy conditions sooner rather than later.


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