Sun burn


I have naturally darker skin. I, however, burn in the sun - especially on my arms, butt and back of my legs. I use SPF of 35 and above, however, when I'm in water, especially salt water, I think it just washes off. Any suggestions for good sun block. AND, any suggestions for treatment of sunburn. I've used Solarcaine (sp?). I also have eczema on my arms and legs. I don't like being directly in the sun, but I love the water. So, staying out of the sun completely is not a option. Thanks.
Jun 20, 2009 @ 06:47 pm

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welcome to my world!

I have the same problem.... with getting burnt lately but for me it is the tops of my feet, back of my legs etc. I currently use Neutrogena Ultrasheer dry touch suncreen, you can get it all the way to SPF 70... I find that the only way to prevent the burn is to reapply over and over again...especially when you go in the water. A rule of thumb I use is, if it is SPF35, I reapply every 35 mins, if it is SPF45, I reapply every 45 mins and so on and so forth! All the best, I love water in the sun too and would never give it up!!!
Jun 21, 2009 @ 12:10 pm

Love the sun, hate the burn

Thanks MizzRobin! It's funny - people always find it odd that I, a dark skinned person, can burn. Believe me - we do!!! I'll check out the Neurtogena. I totally agree with the rule. It's just such a pain to do this though. I guess I was looking for a miracle, long lasting, waterproof sunblock. I'm tackling this one with my doctor this week, as the summer sun has already started it's number on me while I've been driving around town with the windows down. Thanks for the reply. Happy summer to you. Will post if I find a miracle solution.
Jun 22, 2009 @ 06:15 pm

Here's what I know about sunblock

I don't know much about sunblock but here's what I do know.

SPF only protects against UVB rays which is the UV rays that cause sunburns. I've also heard what mizzrobin has said about if an SPF is 15 higher it'll last 15 mins more. I also heard that after you get to SPF50 there's not much of a different. 50 might protect you against 96% of UVB and 70 would be 97%. I'm just making these numbers up but the main ideas is that the difference isn't too great. You probably don't need to spend a lot of extra money for an SPF100 or something like that.

I'd recommend getting a sunblock that also protects against UVA. To generalize they said UVB causes sunburns ad UVA makes you look like you're aging faster. I forget the exact ingredient to look for to protect against UVA but I do know for a fact that not all sunblocks have that. Most people will see a high SPF, get it and they're not protected against UVA.

You should apply 15-30 mins before going out and reapply every 2 hrs and after you've gone swimming. You need the sunblock to absorb into your skin and sweat and water will make it ineffective. I dont think you'll EVER find a sunblock where you don't need to reapply. Even with a water-resistent you'll have to.

A common problem with sunblock is that people don't apply enough. I don't know how much exactly is "enough" but most people put on a thin layer and that's not enough. I think on the news they said that not applying enough can reduce the SPF effectiveness by the square root of the number. So instead of an SPF50 you're now at the square root of 50. Are you applying enough?

The best way to protect against getting burned is to cover yourself up. I know you can't exactly do that when swimming but wear a t-shirt or a hat will help a lot.

I don't think you'll find a miracle solution that'll last all day. You just have to take the 5mins to reapply. Let me know what your doctor says. I'm curious if there is something out there although I'm not aware of it.
Jun 22, 2009 @ 10:42 pm

opposite problem

I am very fair, but I don't burn unless I am sailing. I rarely ever use lotion, which is bad, I know, but I am not a tanner - I don't lay out in the sun etc. My burns turn into tans the next day, so it's not an issue, except I never tan/burn evenly.

Definitely put on a tick smearing of lotion, especially on places that stick out, like your nose, ears, shoulders etc. I don't trust lotions that claim to be waterproof, always reapply after swimming, and if you are sweating lots. You will always burn more in or on water because of the reflection off of the water - limit yourself while swimming, exit the water to re-apply often, perhaps use that timing MizzRobin mentioned, only cut it in half for swimming, as all that light is being reflected on you. I remember growing up zinc was all the rage, with the different colours for your nose - is that still around? It was actually a good way to know that you had enough on, and when it was coming off! Albeit at the price of looking silly...

I have gotten my fair share of burns growing up in the tropics, mostly from sailing, and even from skinny dipping - do not skinny dip on a hot day for more than a few minutes! The most painful burn i have ever had was on my breasts!!! Aftersun is great stuff, it really sooths a burn, I like the stuff from clarins the most. I'm not sure if it prevents blistering and flaking. However, nothing beats natural aloe.

We always kept aloe bushes on our property, as we had fair skin and had cooks in the family. Aloe works on kitchen burns as well as sun burns and other skin irritations. Keep one in your kitchen and cut off a large slice when needed. Slice it down the middle, and slap in on the burn and move it all over - it's slimy and does not smell pretty, but by God it works! I had a manchineal burn once (like poison ivy), which bubbled and burst and burned my skin, and aloe was the only thing for it. Aloe is also good for your scalp, many people use it instead of shampoo. Anyway, it may make you smell a bit, and it's sti0kcy, but give it a try.
Jun 22, 2009 @ 11:07 pm

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