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BY ANNA-MEGAN RALEY, CBS Houston
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With the ongoing drought across Texas, the weather continues to be hot and sunny. Use sunscreen to prevent sunburn, but follow these steps to treat the skin if it happens to get burned.

  1. Use the succulent aloe vera plant. Cut it down the length of the leaf and open it, revealing the inner portion of it. Rub the clear gelatinous part over the burned area. Repeat as needed. This is better than most aloe vera treatments that you can purchase. Keep skin moisturized by using a mild lotion before bed.
  2. Wear loose-fitting cotton clothing that will not irritate the affected areas. Materials can rub harshly against the burned skin. Wear as little clothing as possible.
  3. Use an anti-inflammatory agent.  Medicines such as Ibuprofen can ease the pain of inflammation.
  4. Use Noxema facial cleanser. The cleanser is effective at removing the heat and sting from sunburned skin.
  5. Use a cool, damp cloth with skim milk and rest it on the burned spots. The coolness takes out the initial fire, and the milk creates a protein film that helps ease the ensuing discomfort.
  6. Drink water,  juice, or sports drinks to replace body fluids. When you have a sunburn, you get dehydrated easily.
  7. Bathe with tepid water and avoid soap on the affected area. Sometimes a cool or luke warm shower can take away the pain and itchiness.
  8. Take a bath with green tea. The tannin in the tea draws out some of the pain and can soothe the redness.
  9. See pharmacy for topical treatment. Extremely painful sunburns can be treated with Lidocane, a topical anesthetic spray, It can be found in most drugstores and will make the burn more bearable.
  10. Sea Breeze is an astringent for the skin and scalp. It’s common use is to remove oils from the hair and skin, but it can be used to treat sunburn. Place a cloth dipped in astringent on the burn. It should provide relief for the sting and heat.
  11. Make a paste with baking soda and small amount of water. Put the paste on the burned area to cool skin. Remove when it has completely dried and starts to flake.
  12. Use olive oil. Using olive oil on the sunburn keeps it moisturized and usually prevents the skin from peeling. Rub olive oil on the burn until it is moist. Don’t wash it off immediately. Wait a couple of hours until it doesn’t feel as oily.
  13. Stay out of the sun. Allow some time for the skin to heal. Use a non-greasy moisturizer to soothe the area if peeling occurs.
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