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Sun Burned: What to do Now

From the Center for Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa in Baltimore Maryland, Dr. Dean Kane, Plastic Surgeon recommends that the following suggestions regarding sun burns and reducing the inflammation of the pain and redness of the burn. I would treat the sun burn as I would treat a post chemical peel procedure: we tell our patients to take the following over the counter medications Claritin to reduce the histamine reaction of the sun burn as well as ibuprofen to reduce swelling. Both of these OTCs will also give pain relief. I would recommend cold compresses to cool down the skin and again reduce inflammation. Aloe is always good on sun burns and a more homeopathic remedy we use in the office is eating fresh pineapple. The bromelain in fresh pineapple has wonderful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammation properties that we use all the time in our cosmetic practice, especially when I use injectables like Restylane, Juvederm and Sculptra. To prevent future sun burns, we highly recommend to our patients, ZO Skin Health Products from Dr. Zein Obagi’s newest formulations.  The Daily Power Defense is a powerful anti-oxidant for the skin to help the skin be more resistant to sun damage and burning.  My favorite sun block protection is again Dr. Obagi’s ZO Oclipse. It comes tinted and untinted and has all the UV protection properties needed to prevent the skin from sun burning. I recommend these 2 skin products to all my patients to use every morning to prevent the damaging rays of the sun from penetrating the skin. Once the skin is feeling better after a day or 2 and the redness has diminished, we often recommend a cover up make line called Linda Seidel. Linda Seidel, from Baltimore,  formulated an exceptional camouflage line for redness and bruising. Her line is often used in movie productions and for TV personality as it has exceptional cover abilities. Again in our cosmetic practice we use post surgical and non-surgical procedures to cover any redness and brusing. As for clothes, I will leave that up to fashionistas.  Personally I would say any color clothes will have a hard time minimizing a red face. But using a nice big floppy hat will not only hide your face and the redness, but give you great protection from the sun’s rays.  Always best to prevent the sun burn from ever happening in the first place and reduce the risk of skin cancers that occur over time from constant sun exposure. For more information about our cosmetic practice, please visit: www.DrDeanKane.com. For additional questions you can reach Dr. Dean Kane at 410-602-3322.
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