FAQ – Skin Care

What should I do if I get a sunburn?

If you develop a sunburn that is reddish-pink and mildly tender-to-the-touch, there are a few over-the-counter and home remedies that may help you feel better. A cold compress will help to soothe a sunburned area. Your pharmacist can also recommend other products such as aloe, oatmeal baths and moisturizing lotions. It is important to avoid ointments or oil-based topical products as they will trap in the heat in the sunburned area. The presence of blisters, oozing sores, or deep red, very painful sunburns warrants immediate medical attention by a physician.

What’s the best way to use sunscreen?

Apply sunscreen evenly 30 minutes prior to sun exposure, remembering ears, hairline, and face. Re-apply every 2-3 hours or more frequently if swimming or exercising. Be aware that sunscreens can expire, becoming less effective over time; therefore, it’s important buy a new bottle if your current sunscreen is expired to avoid increased risk of sunburns.

How do I choose a good sunscreen?

Select a broad spectrum sunscreen that covers both UV-A and UV-B rays with a sun-protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. Make sure to read the list of ingredients to check for any dyes, fragrances or components (such as PABA) that you may be sensitive to. Choose a waterproof/sweat-proof product if swimming or exercising and an oil-free formulation for the face if prone to acne.

Why do I need to wear sunscreen?

Not only can the sun lead to immediate problems, such as sunburns and heatstroke, but it can also lead to long-term damage, including, wrinkles, sun-spots, and skin cancer. Damage is caused by UV rays emitted by the sun. They can be damaging even on a cloudy day or reflected off of snow. UV-B rays cause sunburn and UV-A rays can cause long-term damage such as pre-mature aging. Because of this, it is important to find a sunscreen that protects against both UV-A and UV-B rays.