The One Skincare Product You Should Never Use On A Sunburn, According To A Dermatologist

July 25, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
shefinds | beauty

Summer is a time for basking in the sunshine and lounging on the beach. But it’s also a time for very unfortunate sunburns. We’ve all had those days where we spent hours on the beach without a care in the world, only to arrive home in excruciating pain. We’re talking about sunburn everywhere!

If you’re already suffering from sunburn, that means you missed the very important window of time where SPF application was needed. Now, you’re skin is in recovery mode. The hours and days where your skin heals itself following a sunburn are very important. You can either prolong or speed up the healing process, depending on the products you use.

We all know there are plenty of products designed to help alleviate the pain, such as those containing aloe vera. But did you also know there are products that you should avoid because they do more harm than good for your sunburn?

Many people don’t realize this, but if you have a bad sunburn you should avoid applying makeup to it, especially heavy foundations. We know, you probably feel as though you are as red as a lobster and are just trying to cover up the damage, but don’t do it. Here’s why:

The best and quickest way for a sunburn to heal is to allow your skin to breathe. Covering it with heavy makeup, like foundation, only extends that healing time and causes your sunburn to stick around even longer.

“Introducing various make-ups through dirty sponges or brushes will only increase your risk for infection or allergic reaction, which will ultimately make it all uglier,” said Dr. Shereene Idriss, Cosmetic Dermatologist, to Readers Digest. “Embrace the burn, treat it well, but next time learn to avoid getting there in the first place!”

While it may not be fun to embrace the burn (and possibly the ridicule from your peers) while it heals, it will allow your skin to be good as new much faster.


Fashion & Beauty Editorial Assistant

Jessica is a former Editorial Assistant at SheFinds, where she covered everything from the latest fashion trends to new beauty launches. As a fashion-obsessed beauty junkie, she prides herself on hoarding far too many pairs of shoes (if that’s even a thing) and skincare products. Jessica’s work has also appeared in The Zoe Report, AhaLife, JoyfullyMe, and Her Campus Media. You can reach her at [email protected]

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