Does Peeling Sunburn Remove Tan? The Truth About The Treatment

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Does Peeling Sunburn Remove Tan

When your skin is exposed to the sun, it naturally produces oils to protect itself. The sun also produces sebum (oil) to protect your skin from water loss and for shine. When the oil production of your skin exceeds the oil removal capacity of your skin, it causes sunburn. Peeling sunburns are a common side effect of sun exposure. This is where your skin peels right off. It can be a painful and uncomfortable experience, especially if you’ve just been out in the sun. Are peeling sunburns really harmful? And can they be prevented? Read on to learn the truth about the diagnosis, treatment, and effects of peeling sunburns.

Does Peeling Sunburn Remove Tan?

Peeling sunburn removes the tan that you have already developed and does not leave your skin looking lighter. It also takes away the tan that you have been trying to develop by using self-tanning lotions and sprays.

What Is A Peeling Sunburn?

A peeling sunburn occurs when your skin, normally unprotected by sunscreen, gets burned by the sun. The skin starts to bleed or peel, as it’s exposed to high levels of sun damage. This is why you should protect your skin from the sun (a full list of recommended steps can be found here).

How Does Peeling Sunburn Occur?

  • The sun’s ultraviolet rays penetrate the epidermis, the outer layer of skin, and damage the DNA of skin cells.
  • When the damaged skin cells are exposed to the air, they start to die, or apoptosis. In other words, they commit suicide and turn into dead skin cells that are removed by exfoliation (the process by which dead skin cells are removed).
  • These dead skin cells are then pushed through a wound created by your body’s natural exfoliation process (which removes old and damaged skin).
  • The dead skin cells act as a scab on your body, blocking normal blood flow and preventing oxygen from reaching healthy new skin tissue below it.
  • The result is a burn that appears as a red patch on your body (see photo above). This is known as erythema (also called sunburn) or sun-induced blistering disease. Erythema is caused by a combination of damage to the epidermis and inflammation of the skin.
  • As your body tries to heal itself, it produces more skin cells that try to heal the damaged areas (this is called proliferation).
  • In addition to healing your body, these new skin cells also cause premature aging of your skin as they are exposed to UV rays they do not normally see.
  • This is why peeling sunburn occurs on older people who have not been wearing sunscreen for years and neglect their pre-sun care plans (see below for more tips).
  • If left untreated, this can lead to further complications such as scaly patches of dry, flaky skin; thickening and discoloration of the affected area; itching; redness; swelling; and pain (due to an infection or irritation).
  • Peeling sunburn can also come with a risk of developing melanoma (see below for more details) if you have been exposed to the sun for a long time.

Is Peeling Sunburn Harmful?

  1. Firstly, make sure that you find a dermatologist or doctor to treat you if you have to peel sunburn. If not, then at least make an appointment with a dermatologist to be checked for any possible skin cancer.
  2. The next thing you should do is apply an effective moisturizer after the sunburn treatment has been done (see below for more details).
  3. You should also apply SPF 30 or higher sunscreen every time you go out in the sun again (see below for more details).
  4. Lastly, remember to always use sunscreen every time you’re out in the sun and use a good hat and sunglasses when going out in the sun! 
  5. If you have peeling sunburn, then it is best to avoid the sun for a few days or weeks until the redness and itching on your skin have gone.
  6. You should also be sure to check your skin for any signs of skin cancer every once in a while (see below).
  7. Lastly, apply a good moisturizer on your skin after you’ve been out in the sun (see below for more details), or use an effective sunscreen if you’re going out in the sun again!
  8. Lastly, remember to check your skin for any signs of skin cancer every once in a while (see below) and make sure to use SPF 30 or higher sunscreen whenever you go out in the sun!
  9. If you have peeling sunburn, then it is best to avoid the sun for a few days or weeks until the redness and itching on your skin have gone.
  10. You should also be sure to check your skin for any signs of skin cancer every once in a while (see below) and make sure to use SPF 30 or higher sunscreen whenever you go out in the sun!

Peeling Sunburn Treatment

The best way to treat peeling sunburn is prevention. Here are some tips on how you can prevent it from occurring in the first place.

  • Always wear sunscreen. There is no better way of preventing peeling sunburn than wearing sunscreen every time you go out in the sun (see below for an easy way of applying it).
  • Try to avoid going out in the sun when there are clouds or haze (especially at dusk and dawn). This will reduce UV exposure even further, and therefore, your chances of getting peeling sunburn will be reduced even more.
  • If you are going to go out in the sun, then make sure that you do so with a good hat (to cover your head) and sunglasses that shield 100% of UV rays from entering your eyes (see below for some recommendations).
  • Remember to always apply sunblock before you go out in the sun and reapply it every 2-3 hours if you are going to be out for a long time.
  • Try to avoid swimming or going into the ocean when there is a lot of UV rays from the sun (especially during summer). You will not only get peeling sunburn, but also skin cancer (melanoma) as you will be exposed to more UV rays than usual.
  • Reduce your exposure to UV rays by staying indoors between 10 am and 4 pm when the sun is at its peak intensity (see below for more details).
  • Keep your eyes protected by wearing sunglasses that shield 100% of UV rays from entering your eyes (see below for some recommendations).
  • If you are planning on going out in the sun, then make sure that you apply good quality sunscreen at least 15 minutes before going out so that it has enough time to absorb into your skin.

Conclusion

The best way to prevent peeling sunburn is to make sure you wear sunscreen every time you go out in the sun. It’s also important to check your skin for any signs of skin cancer every once in a while (see below) and make sure to use SPF 30 or higher sunscreen whenever you go out in the sun!

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