How to prevent sunburn
- Wear an effective sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, or 30 if you are prone to sun sensitivity.
- For children under six months of age, do not apply sunscreen. Instead, cover up your child to avoid exposing skin.
- Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going out in the sun, and every two hours afterwards for maximum protection.
- Apply water resistant products before swimming. However, if you are very active in the water, you should re-apply after swimming.
- Try to stay out of the sun during peak hours, which are generally from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
How to treat sunburn
- Avoid further exposure to the sun if you are sunburned.
- If you have a severe sunburn with fluid-filled blisters, leave the blisters intact.
- Use cool compresses and calamine lotion or aloe vera to soothe the skin.
- Use a painkiller to deal with the pain of sunburn. (See your pharmacist for recommendations.)
- For minor burns, you may use a skin protectant such as petroleum jelly after the first 24 hours to help protect irritation from clothing.
- Ask your pharmacist about over-the-counter products that can help with itching.
Please note: The information provided on this site is not medical advice and is not intended to replace a consultation with your pharmacist or physician. If you have questions about your medication(s) or are experiencing a health concern, please talk to your pharmacist.