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You make enjoy eating lobster, but you certainly won’t enjoy looking like one. Sunburn is caused by ultraviolet (UV) light overheating and blistering your skin. Your skin produces melanin to protect itself against the sun’s harmful rays, but though you see this as suntan, it cannot protect you against the sun’s other harmful side effects, such as premature ageing and skin cancer. Whilst redness and blistering of the skin are common, sunburn can also cause dizziness and headaches, as well as making you feel sick and lethargic. This is not the best way to spend your holiday. If you’ve already baked yourself and are looking for treatment then you should cool the skin by sponging it with tepid water and drink plenty of water to replace the lost fluid. You can also apply moisturiser and after sun cream to relieve the tightness, but if your burn is severe you may need to see your GP.

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I have found a round 2mm black spot on my labia what could it be?





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I had really bad sun burn on my chest and shoulders where I cud not move naw my chest is blochy and have more frecols and red blotches wot shut I do please help





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Ive just currently visited Poland a few days ago and 1 morning I woke up in so much pain it was almost impossible to sit up or move. My full body except my hands face and soles of my feet were so hot, itchy and stinging like severe sunburn.. But I wasn't in the sun or on a sunbed. I tried treating it like a normal sunburn but it still really sore and stings whenever I take a bath, my skin is also painful to touch as it feels bruised.. Especially my bum cheeks.. Any ideas?





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I am 22 years of age and have used sunbeds on and off for years, I love the colour of being brown but I have now had to endure so much more pain than what I had ever imagined. over the past year or so I have noticed that my face, especially my face has had some dramatic changes for example, my tzone is red raw, flakey, burns and always peels, I would build up a layer of skin on my face throughout the day at work and when I got home I would exfoliate my face and the process would start again. I wore tanning creams thinking that this would help cause less damage but how stupid I was to think that. I recently spent over 100 pound on some skin care products to help my skin for moisture, rejuvenation etc, and I have now come to the conclusion that because I have abused the sunbeds for a long time I now have developed hypoallergenic skin due to constantly burning my face and still going on the tanning beds! my skin on my face can not tolerate any product not even 100% organic aloe Vera, it's so horrendous, ugly and sore I have really damaged my skin through my own stupidity. Now I am stuck and have no other idea what to do which regards to what products to even attempt to use, does anyone have hypoallergenic skin and could possibly give me some suggestions? Thanks really Appreciate any response.





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I severally burned my legs and arms over 15 years ago and now my legs are covered with brown spots and skin is lose and saggy. What if any kind of treatment can be done. I have nice shaped legs but to embrassed to wear skirts or shorts.





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I got really bad sun burn about 3 weeks ago and I am still peeling!! I am now peeling in body areas I didn't even know I got sunburned. I put aloe on it every night and it's not getting any better!! What do I do!?





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Hi i got a sunburn 6days ago and im peeling at the moment but today in planing to go to sunbeds with my sister,will i tan normally or will it leave patches on my skin because im peeling?





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I was allergic to the uv rays..I would get blisters from a light bulb within mins..I went to er and told me to use sun block I ended back in er the same day again. Foundi I was allergic to sun block they told me to use benadryl cream and in er next mornin was allergic to that to..so docs were confused and referred me to a deramtogligist. I went and they said it was hormondes and lots of females do do through this but not a sever as mine due to me bein allergic to sun block and benadryl at time there was nothin u can do just take beta caratine pills and eat lots of carrots which is good for the skin and yes had to wear winter clothes in summer big hat and scarf..I was misabrel but believe me I thought I never be normal again and I am been sun tannin for two yrs and enjoyin the sun..erm. docs said it hormones takes five to fifteen yrs to get better..what brings it on is pregnancy was mine but puberity is another even some medication but those are the ones I know..I hope this helps and hopefully they have some kinda cream now that they didn't back then...good luck I feel ur pain and confusion





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I suffer with blistering of the skin on my face, neck and chest. I keep covered up and even cover my face completely and still get blisters, which become very sore where they spread all over my face, neck and chest. They get bigger, my face becomes very red and if I am not careful my skin breaks open. I use allergy tablets, factor 50 sun cream, steroid cream and have used antibiotics in the past which have not really made any difference to me. After 10 minutes of walking about in the sun is all it takes. The sun does not need to be hot for it to affect my skin.





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I went to the beach on a sunday spent all day there sunday. I woke up sunday my face was so swollen i couldnt see. On the monday i woke up the same with blisters all over it. Its now tuesday and im still swollen and ive read a numerous amount of internet sites saying the swollen face will go down, has anyone had this problem? And how long did it take to disappear? What can i do to help the swollen eyes, cheeks and the blisters.





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Sunburn is skin damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) rays in sunlight. With too much exposure to UV light, your skin overheats and becomes red and painful, and may later peel or blister. Read More »

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