Sunburned lips can cause increased sensitivity, a burning sensation, peeling, and dryness.
If you are in pain or have severe swelling or blisters, see your doctor.
You can treat sunburned lips with a cold compress, aloe vera, hydrocortisone, and NSAIDs.
You presumably know how to use sunscreen on your face and body when you spend time outdoors, but you may not realize that your lips need protection, too.
Inordinate sun exposure can leave you with fluffy and bothered lips that can make eating or drinking painful. However, you can treat it at home with aloe vera or pain relievers, but in more serious cases, If you get a sunburn on the lips.
Then are five ways you can treat sunburned lips and how to help lip becks in the future.
Symptoms of sunburned lips
Lips sunburns may look different depending on whether you have a first or second-degree burn.
First-degree sunburned lips are mild and include symptoms like:
- Increased sensitivity
- A stinging or burning sensation
- Discomfort while chewing or talking
- Slight peeling
Second-degree sunburned lips are more severe with symptoms like:
- Significant swelling
- Redness or darker color
First-degree sunburns will usually heal on their own after three to five days. But second-degree sunburns may require a visit to the dermatologist to prevent more serious issues like infection or scarring.
How to treat sunburned lips
Still, you can probably treat it at home, If you have a mild lip sunburn. Then are five home remedies you can try to help ease the perceptivity, blankness, and burning from sunburned lips.
1. Apply a cool compresses
It’s important to cool down your lips as soon as possible after a sunburn to reduce inflammation.
To make a cool compress, you can soak a washcloth with cold water or wrap a cloth around an ice pack. Hold the compress to your lips until you feel some relief.
Note: You should never apply ice directly to a burn. Moreover, if your compress uses ice — like you’ve wrapped a cloth around an ice pack — don’t use it for longer than 20 minutes at a time, as this can cause drying or irritation.
2. Try anti-inflammatory medications
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines,( NSAIDs) like aspirin or ibuprofen, can help relieve lip pain and bring down the inflammation that causes greenishness and lump, says Debra Jaliman, MD, a board-certified dermatologist with a private practice.
NSAIDs work stylishly if you take them as soon as possible after lip sunburn. This can help stop inflammation before it gets too severe.
Taking NSAIDs may also make it easier for you to tolerate the pain from talking, biting, and drinking through a straw.
3. Use aloe vera
Aloe vera is a common treatment for sunburn because it has a cooling effect that can help soothe bothered skin.
Aloe also acts as an anti-inflammatory, so it can help reduce greenishness and swelling in your lips, Jaliman says.
It’s important to choose an aloe product with as many added constituents as possible to avoid galling your lips.” Make sure the aloe vera is direct from the factory or scent-free,”Jaliman says.