Sunburns are dangerous ailments. They aren’t just painful, peeling, itchy, unsightly blemishes—they also increase your risk of developing skin cancer, particularly in children, who may be twice as likely to develop melanoma if they get even a single blistering sunburn.
When sunburns do occur, however, take the steps necessary to reduce the pain and alleviate the damage. Sunburns are sneaky—they start with a tell-tale tingling or feeling of tightness in the skin during the initial exposure, followed by a slow reddening, but may take 4–6 hours to fully develop.
Don’t wait until the blister is fully formed. As soon as you notice symptoms—tingling skin, pinkness or redness, skin soreness or sensitivity, itchiness—take the following steps to beat the burn.