Questions About The Sunburned Scalp

Sunburned Scalp

We often unnoticed our scalp while applying sunscreen. Arielle Nagler, a dermatologist at NYU Langone Medical Center, in New York City says. “Even if you have a full head of hair, your scalp is at risk for sunburn,” Here are some useful tips that are going to help you to deal with this problem.

1.How to treat it?

Well, moisturize the sunburnt skin to give some symptomatic relief says, Nagler. Apply a generous schmear of soothing aloe vera gel to the affected scalp before going to bed. In the morning, wash your hair with lukewarm water and use an alcohol-free shampoo.

2.What to avoid?

Nagler recommends “Avoid products with alcohol since they may make flaking worse,” Also steer clear of petroleum, which can catch heat and aggravate sunburn and lidocaine that can be very irritating. Keep hair gel, spray, conditioner, dry shampoo, and mousse off the affected area too. If the burn is painful to touch, nix the blow-dryer, and while brushing, avoid the roots.

3.How to prevent it next time?

Don’t forget to wear a UPF hat or apply a good quality sunscreen to your scalp. “If you cannot wear a hat for some reason, using sunscreen particularly to the most exposed parts of the scalp is essential,” Nagler says, who also recommends SPF 30 or higher with the broad spectrum protection (including UVA and UVB). “Apply 1 ounce or enough to fill a shot glass to exposed areas of the body, 15 minutes before sun exposure. Sunscreen should be reapplied every 2 hours ideally and certainly immediately after getting in the water or sweating.”

4.When to see a doctor?

You should consult your dermatologist or physician if you have a severe, blistering or painful scalp. And if you have a fever or the sunburn is getting worse instead of getting better.

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