My partner is on a vacation (5 wks - guy thing). Anyway, while he was gone, I took in a little too much sun one day in a different bathing suit than I normally wear. Needless to say, I got a pretty serious sunburn on the cheeks of my rear and just above my bathing suit bottoms. It is currently peeling, but very sore and looks as though it might leave some scarring - I already have stretch marks in those places. He gets back next week and we have a really "nice" time planned. Any suggestions on how I can minimize the damage between now and then? Not much time, please help.
keep it really moisturized, and also try to exfoliate (even though it hurts) but don't over exfoliate. Maybe use an Alpha Hydroxy Lotion. You can use salt to exfoliate in the shower (won't have irritating perfumes) also. Also drink a lot of water and use aloe vera gel for burning,
Hope this helps.
[This message has been edited by kmn (edited 07-09-2003).]
Thanks kmn. I bought Aveeno Skin Smoothing Body Scrub because I thought it would be gentle, but have not used it yet. I have been religiously moisturizing - sometimes as much as 5 times a day along with the aloe vera gel. I thought the Aveeno might work well because I know when people have skin irritations that brand of products is used alot. Thanks for your reply and wish me luck!
I hope this is not too late,but I think I can help with the burn .First off,do not exfoliate your skin right now ,if your skin is as burnt as it sounds it will irritate your skin ,wait until the skin is totally healed before you try this.Secondly,if this ever happens again,try a cool bath with a couple of drops of teatree oil in it.Obviously,you would not want any tight clothing on, the skin needs to cool off and breath.After a day or so,when your skin has had a chance to stop burning(your skin still tans or burns for a few hours after exposure to the sun ,etc......),try some jojoba oil and vitamin E oil (14,000 I.U.),after you get out of the bath ,put the jojoba /vit E on wet skin and air dry(rub it in ,gently).Jojoba has Myristic Acid ,an anti-inflammatory in it,and is a anti-oxidant,very good for burnt inflammed skin.Check out information on jojoba oil ,vit.E,almond oil ,rice bran oil,hazelnut oil,etc...on the net,they are full of healing benefits,you would be surprised.As for aloe vera,use only the pure aloe vera juice/liquid,you can buy it at a health food store,the other kinds with "99.9% aloe vera ," are also full of other ingredients that you may or may not want on your skin,check it out.Last but not least ,Aveeno products have mineral oil in them(amongst many other questionable ingredients,petroleum products etc..),mineral oil creates a seal over the skin,making it impossible for the skin to function properly,your skin cannot breath.Anyway,continue using jojoba and vit.E ,the scars will lessen eventually.Remember to Always use sunscreen,I use Ombrelle #45 or #30 ,it really protects the skin,slightly greasy ,but no clogged pores as of yet (5 yrs. counting) and it really works.I have a very deep dark tan(after only 5-6 days on the beach),and I religiously use sunscreen,reapplying every 1-2 hrs.My theory is ,if your skin is protected and you don't burn,it might take a little longer but your tan will be even (no peeling etc..),and last alot longer.Good luck!